Rockwood considers regulating hours of tattoo parlors

Rockwood considers regulating hours of tattoo parlors

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The owner of the town's only tattoo parlor believes the ordinance is targeting them. The owner of the town's only tattoo parlor believes the ordinance is targeting them.
"From the time this business was open, folks would come by and ask us what the tattoo ordinance was. At that time we had none, so we asked the planning commission to create a set of rules to govern them," explained Rockwood Mayor Watts. "From the time this business was open, folks would come by and ask us what the tattoo ordinance was. At that time we had none, so we asked the planning commission to create a set of rules to govern them," explained Rockwood Mayor Watts.
"There's been nights there's been so many people here, they haven't left until 6 or 7 in the morning," said Lexi Spencer, owner of Twisted Minds Ink. "There's been nights there's been so many people here, they haven't left until 6 or 7 in the morning," said Lexi Spencer, owner of Twisted Minds Ink.

ROCKWOOD (WATE) – The city of Rockwood wants to enforce an ordinance regulating tattoo business hours.

The hours city leaders want to set are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., but Lexi Spencer, the owner of the town's only tattoo parlor believes the move is targeting her business.

Rockwood Mayor James Watts says the city isn't targeting anyone. They just want to get a set of rules in place for this type of business.

"There's been nights there's been so many people here, they haven't left until 6 or 7 in the morning," said Spencer, owner of Twisted Minds Ink.

The business is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Most people hear tattoo studio and they think of some muscled tattooed person who smokes or does drugs," she said.

"From the time this business was open, folks would come by and ask us what the tattoo ordinance was," explained Mayor Watts. "At that time we had none, so we asked the planning commission to create a set of rules to govern them."

6 News called tattoo parlors in Knoxville. They say their hours are not regulated by the city.

Spencer says that's the way it is most parts of the country. She believes the city is targeting just her business.

The mayor says that's not the case.

"We're simply setting up a time and place for a tattoo parlor to operate," he said.

If the ordinance is passed, Spencer says, it will make a big hit to their business.

"If they limit our hours, we won't be able to make any money. We won't be able to do any business," Spencer said.

The ordinance will be taken up by city council members next week.

Spencer hopes she can drum up support for her side before that.

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