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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!"

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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