Update: Tattoo ordinance vote could come in 2 weeks

Update: Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m.

The Jefferson City Council heard and discussed the 2nd reading of the tattoo parlor ordinance. A vote on the ordinance could come at their next meeting on Nov. 1.

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Last January, the Jefferson City Council passed a code permitting tattoo parlors.

Now, the parlors want that ordinance fine tuned. So, Monday night, the city council is going to discuss what some of those changes might be .

Tattoo parlors throughout the city want their weekend hours extended from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. so that it will help business.

"If you want to get a tattoo, I need to start a tattoo by 6:30 p.m. to be able to finish it by 8 p.m. which are the hours we have to close our doors. It TMs not a lot to ask for a couple extra hours on a Friday and Saturday night, Cadillac Ink Owner Mark Pulliam said. So that's the deal, I do lose a lot of walk in traffic Friday and Saturday nights because of the 8 p.m. closing."

Monday evening Jefferson City Council will discuss the changes that are being introduced to amend the tattoo ordinance .

Jefferson City Council member 4th Ward Carrie Caroll thinks this bill shouldn't be a big issue.

"Most businesses do stay open later on the weekends, so I don't see any problem with that. We haven't had issues with other places in town that would make us not want to do that, Caroll said. So truly I can't think of any reason no to extend the hours till 10 p.m."

Caroll said that she has heard some concerns from people that worry those who get intoxicated will go over to try and get tattoos.

"The state actually highly regulates the tattoo industry already so that's not an issue," Caroll said.

Caroll said they're expecting a long discussion about the tattoo ordinance, but she said she hopes that everyone realizes it's just a two hour difference.

The meeting will be Monday evening at 6 p.m. at Jefferson City Hall.