What Our Readers Think: East End Tattoo Parlor

A round-up of reader comments.

On Thursday, Patch asked readers, . Currently, there are no locations to get inked.

Responses were mixed with some saying they would love a tattoo parlor while others questioned the economic feasibility of a tattoo business in the area. Some even shouted out possible locations, including Sag Harbor and Southold.

The following is a round-up of comments posted. Feel free to continue the conversation by posting your thoughts in the comment section below.

said, "Absolutely. It is a completely legitimate business."

added, "Why not, as long as they meet the local codes and health department requirements. Like David said, it is a completely legitimate business."

, "Tattoo Parlor, alright!!!! Then I guess we are going to need a strip club...maybe in Amagansett. A pool hall and an off track betting parlor won't be far behind. Some kind of gambling establishment would round out the, 'vacationability,' of the town. A few "sweat shops," a pawn shop and a massage parlor."

, "As the economy goes, so goes the environment. The area is being allowed to change and not for the better (save for south of the hwy.) however, I think Kevin is secretly hoping for the OTB and Amagansett strip club, Of course a TV show based on "Hampton's Pawn" could be a good thing for the area... I can hear it now.. "How much will you give me for my Bentley?"

Velaine Brown-Pfund said on Facebook, "Ummm how can I put this nicely??? HECK NO!!!!!!! Not that I dont say one shouldnt have a tattoo....just dont want to attract the types who consider tatoos stamps and not Art work...Tattoo parlors like chain restaurants and stores are best left up island. If someone wants to go to one, travel there."

Brett Gilbert said on Facebook, "Yes. Those who seek this completely legal service should have relatively convenient access to it."

Richard Osterberg Jr. said on Facebook, "Sure! Why not? What's wrong with tattooed people? Then local people don't have to drive up island to get them. Its unfortunate that narrow minded people still hold a grudge against tattooed people. This isn't the 1950's. The difference between tattooed people and not tattooed people is that tattooed people don't care if you don't have a tattoo."

said, "Absolutely. Feather Hill plaza in Southold would be the perfect spot."

commented, "Maybe in Sag Harbor? He/she could specialize in Ishmael and whale tatoos...there are so many artistic people in the area..."

said, "Hell yeah. I've lived on the East Coast and the west coast and every where in between-and Eastern Long island (the Hamptons) is the only place that is void of tattoo studios... (back in the day as kids we'd hop on the LIRR and have to get inked in the City).... The Hamptons is infested with yoga studios though. People in the Hamptons find tattoos distasteful? Offensive? Not 'CLASSY'?" ... "Dont worry a tattoo shop on Main Street won't bring down your property value."

Teens getting tattoos is one concern that came up:

said, "Oh Great. Now our impulsive teenage children can come home with permanent tattoos on their torsos and pierced noses. Wonderful news."

responded, "Incorrect: It is violation of section 260.21 of New York State Penal Law to tattoo minors under the age of 18, regardless of parental consent."

said, "Why are your kids impulsive? I know full well that I wasn't... I would've been the recipient of a flying shoe coming down the matriarchal line. I learned... quickly."

Some were concerned an East End tattoo parlor would be too pricey couldn't stay in business:

, "That would be awesome, however, tattoos are so expensive here on Long Island, I will still head to Virginia to get mine."

, "I'd love to see one out here. But like a lot of places around here, think about the prices they'd charge to have to keep up with their rent. The economy still isn't great so many tattoo enthusiasts may be willing to keep going west for a better deal. I personally am just dedicated to a particular artist and I know a lot of people feel the same. It would be interesting to see."

wrote, "It would be alright. But as someone else mentioned, could it be economically viable?"

reponsed to Jerry, saying, "Well Jerry that is what the free market and capitalism is all about, you need to try and see if it works though with the changing face of America we could have the great tattoo bailout soon. I mean Congress under President Obama passed a law mandating all citizens have or purchase health insurance, why not a law making us all get tattoos, it is not really that different."

Some commenters were direct and to the point:

Lesus Mor-Band said on Facebook: "Bring it!!!"

Anne Marie Grossman also commented on Facebook, saying, "Absolutely!"

simply said, "yep!"

said, "No, No, and, Oh Yeah....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO."

wrote, "EN OH: NO!"

todd February 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Can't wait to start a tattoo removal biz next door.
Sol February 25, 2012 at 11:39 PM
OMG,people relax and take that 2/4 out of your rear end,its just a drawing,we have much worst things to worry about(strippers,gambling,dog track,really)?And the real best of all...pool hall,what the heck is wrong with people playing pool now.For the record,l dont have a tattoo or play pool,but l do have a life.
BillLongisland February 26, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Well at least all of the miscreants will gather in one place...it will help Police, when there are numerous police calls to the locality !
BillLongisland February 26, 2012 at 08:44 AM
Here's a video preview of your new local businessman...oh Yeah, they are going to fit in, especially at those village meetings... http://www.zocial.tv/today/Entertainment/18605121/cliffs-tattoo-blooperpreview-dan-lavery
Steve Stoddard February 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM
How about a removable tattoo parlor??? Eliminates the need of expensive tattoo removal.How many out there have regrets of his/her tattoo??
Glen Divo February 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM
How about a check cashing place and a 'we buy gold and coins' store too. I bet the crime rate will go up too. These types of establishments always bring more crime to an area.
Bryan Downey February 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I'm with Sol, however I do play pool!. Tattoos and body piercings go back thousands of generations, before man could even make fire. People that have been getting tattoos are from all walks of life for hundreds of years from lawyers, to pilots, doctors, teachers, bus drivers, yoga instructors, politicians and our highly respected troops. They are just personal body art and they can be a wonderful conversation piece. Also try to remember, the discomfort one has to go through to actually have one, is down to the pain barriers of each person and their intent to go through with it to the end. We need to respect the fact that people get them to remember loved ones, parents, fallen comrades and even pets. A small hole in the wall tattoo parlor would be a wonderful addition to Sag Harbor. Or we could just have another store selling sea shells and "Beach this way" signs. We need more of those right?.
Caroline Waloski February 26, 2012 at 01:38 PM
A tattoo parlor would fit in nicely with the maritime history on the East End. The Village of Greenport will be hosting a tall ship event this year on the Memorial Day weekend. The East End Maritime Museum is also planning an exhibit for that same weekend. Title: "Tattoos". The exhibit will be about the history of tattoos and their meanings. Tattoos are part of the maritime history on the East End.
not a farmer February 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
i thought we aready have one. isnt that where all the idiots get the NOFO stickers they tattoo on their minivans...
PJ Delia February 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
It could be a fun thing with a Hamptons personality, as long as there is a good artist. There's a great location for it right behind the Memory Motel in Montauk.
rena wilhelm February 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I can not believe the narrow mindedness of some of these comments! Not only are tattoos a significant part of our American History ( not to mention world history) but your doctor, lawyer, dentist, pharmacist, psychiatrist & other high profile entrepreneurs are adorned with symbols as well. Women who have survived breast cancer are tattooed with pink ribbons and there are many other examples of tattoos that represent personal triumphs, dedications, memorials and other significant moments in their lives. So for those of you who are this ignorant, please, continue to drive your Bentley's with your matching sweaters tied around your shoulders, sporting your Sperry topsiders & living in your la-la land...this Greenport business owner says "bring it"! We celebrate history, the arts, diversity & individuality which is why Greenport is so attractive to so many. Should a tattoo parlor open in "these parts" make sure you hold on to your children & coach bags, since you never know what kind of danger will be lurking in the shadows. {{{Stepping down from soap box.}}} Cheers!
Mmg February 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
The question might be- why does the East End need a tattoo parlor? Are there that many people who want one? Surely those people can find one fairly easily? I think there are many other businesses that would fare better and might be more "useful." How about a driver service? I have been trying to find a driver for one day a week. As of now, Four Ones has all the business- but try getting one when the trains arrives or departs. How about a year round Pilates Studio? A seamstress? A food delivery service from all the restaurants? There must be many things that people need rather than a tattoo? Tattoos might be pretty or sentimental, etc.... in any case, with a recession, wouldn't that money be better spent elsewhere? And if you have plenty of $$, then a short drive will not hurt.
Erin Schultz February 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Billy Eagle said on North Fork Patch's Facebook: "Count me in I need some more ink."
Erin Schultz February 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Denise Vasilakos said on North Fork Patch's Facebook: "This sounds amazing!! If the artists got the talent, I'm totally down!! ...could be dangerous that I might end up there more often then planned though ;)"
Erin Schultz February 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Laura Tandy-Rutkowski said on North Fork Patch's Facebook: "the comments on the site really had me laughing. does anyone remember we did have a tattoo shop in mattituck? or gasp, oh no a POoL hall? oh and remember a bowling alley! get a grip! tattoos are artwork. if you don't like them you aren't required to get one."
Erin Schultz February 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Melissa Martin Condon said on North Fork Patch's Facebook: "There are a lot of incredibly judgmental comments on the site. A lot of people, including myself, have tattoos and are fine upstanding individuals."
Erin Schultz February 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Anastasia Beth Loper said on North Fork Patch's Facebook: "Agreed Melissa, If you look at me at work you'd never even know that I have 7 tattoos along with plans for several more. Just b/c you have tats doesn't make you a sleeze bag."
Erin Schultz February 26, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Mary Cline-Mitchell said on North Fork Patch's Facebook: "Tattoos are some incredible artwork when they're done right, what is the problem with having one? What do peope think they're going to walk out if the local tattoo parlor and do....what? Get a hamburger in one of the local restaurants maybe...."
Bill Graham February 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
OMG a Tattoo parlor!!! RUNNNNN!! Live and let live...
Mike Burke February 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
That is very witty! Nice.
Yearounder February 26, 2012 at 09:46 PM
It's the Hamptons NIMBY mentalilty that makes people think they are allowed to keep out legitimate businesses. Truly sad people. This is the U.S.A.!!!
Iheartcitypeoplelocal February 27, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Obviously people here are noticing the ever increasing "upislandfying" of the East End. We have Wading River proclaiming itself to be a town in The Hamptons, Nassau County Contractors, Aggressive day tripper drivers,and now the idea of a tattoo parlor... Next time this week were going to have a strip mall in water mill that would look better on Route 112 in Medford. Just saying...
Degg February 27, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Tattoos... a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.
Rick Hoyt February 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Sure, What The Market Will Bare, Free Will,It's a Legitimate Business,Should Be Given a Chance.
Alexandra Rose Miller February 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
A Tattoo parlor is just a lagitamite business as everyone else's gyms,spin studios,grocery stores,coffee shops, mom and pop deli's etc. as a tattoo parlor would be. If most are so worried about keeping the town, without "strip malls" and what not then the best bet would be for someone to open a privately owned shop. Keeping the towns "image" while catering to the people who are into the body art. Just because tattooing was considered taboo years ago, and some people are stuck on the fact that tattooing is "distasteful" does not mean that people who appreciate its art do not want somewhere to go. If you do not like the idea of the shop and it offends you, then do not visit it, and if you are so UN-educated to associate tattooing with bars,bikers, and strip joints, then you are in need of a lesson on stereotyping. There are plenty of people out there who enjoy getting tattoos for the sake of having them, and there are also some out there who like the fact that they can put a memorial on themselves in remembrance of a lost friend/family member. How are you too say they are wrong for wanting too alter there body,Isn't cosmetic surgery on the same level, for those with half plastic faces? ". We are catering to the fact that this is the "Hampton" with all the Gucci,Prada, BCBG, etc. stores along the Main Street's in the towns that makes an impression on some of the visitors that we are all wealthy people..no? How are these such additions "keeping our towns image"?
Alexandra Rose Miller February 28, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Blending in, is boring :-D
E. Trillo February 29, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Having a tattoo is like wearing the same shirt everyday for the rest of your life. Take a look at Jeremy Lin compared to most of the other players in the NBA. It's a refreshing change from all that skywriting at night.
Elizabeth Clarke March 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Please God, tell me this isn't a real consideration. As of 4th of 5 generation member of the Hampton's I shudder to think where we are headed these days. For generations Town fathers carefully crafted and maintained a certain standard of decorum that has made the Hampton's into a place to be proud to live. Do you think people come here because we have strip malls, tattoo parlors and fast food places on Main Street? Many businesses survive on the traffic and trade we attract during the summer because we are a special location. If this is the direction the Hampton's is going, people will save them selves the long trip out and will start shopping "Up The Island" as there won't be any difference. People come here because we are different, even elite if you wish and we are held to a different standard. If we start becoming run of the mill we will one day stop being the Hampton's that generations before us strove to maintain. It is our responsibility to maintain Hampton's standards and a tattoo parlor would be just one more wrung descending on the ladder to losing the Hampton's we were born in. Today a tattoo parlor....tomorrow a strip club?
Preliator March 01, 2012 at 08:34 PM
As much as things change, snobbery never goes out of style.
Michele March 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
No ink for our Already stupid misguided youth


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