Council Votes to Extend Tattoo Parlor Hours
JEFFERSON CITY - City Council voted Monday night to extend tattoo parlor hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Currently, tattoo shops can only be open until 8 p.m. every day. The ordinance expands those hours to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Capital Tattoo said most of its clients come in by appointment. Changing the weekend hours wouldn't make a large difference.
"We start appointments at noon, just throughout the day," Capital Tattoo owner, Derek Schlotter said. "We like getting out of here a little earlier than eight sometimes."
Some customers think there shouldn't be any restrictions on business hours.
"I think it should be left up to the shop owners, when they make their hours...just like any other business," Brian Kimbrell said.
One tattoo client said he usually walks-in to get his tattoos and typically that's in the afternoon. He said it would help if the tattoo parlors could stay open a little longer in case he does walk-in later in the day.
"I think it would be a good thing for the business to be open a couple extra hours at night," Scott Lawrence said.
Schlotter said he was never concerned about the early close restrictions. He said he doesn't think he will get many more clients with the new, extended hours. Schlotter said he prefers to have his clients come by appointment.
Capital Tattoo artist, Jacob Parker, said he'd like extended hours.
"If we started at seven o'clock, and it was a two hour tattoo and I knew it was going to run overtime, it'd be nice to have the extra hour to finish it up," Parker said.
City councilwoman Carrie Carol said there are additional things they'd like to add to the tattoo ordinance. An example: requiring shop owners to have liability insurance.
This was not on Monday's ordiance, however. Those changes may be added at a later time.