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Grovetown passes strict tattoo ordinance

Monday, April 15, 2013 7:59 PM
Last updated 10:37 PM
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Grovetown council members unanimously approved an ordinance Monday that allows only licensed physicians to give tattoos inside the city.

The city attorney presented council members with ordinance options to regulate tattoo shops in the city.

“This is the one council has chosen,” Mayor George James said.

The new ordinance goes into effect immediately. It also covers body piercings.

James has previously said only allowing licensed physicians to perform tattoos is the “safest” option.

Electric Avenue, the city’s only tattoo shop, and its owner, Brad Thomas, were grandfathered into the city ordinance and will be able to continue operating under the guidelines that were in place when Thomas opened the shop on Robinson Avenue.

The Columbia County Board of Health, on which James sits, worked with commissioners to put a body art ordinance in place in early 2012. That ordinance, which local tattoo artists were involved in developing, regulates sanitary and safety procedures.

Thomas’ shop falls under the county ordinance and, like other county shops, is inspected annually and must follow strict operating procedures.

Thomas attended the meeting, but did not comment on the ordinance. He has said that he doesn’t have a problem with the new rules.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 04/15/13 - 08:35 pm
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only game in town
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Why would Brad Thomas have a problem with the ordinance, he is the only game in town! I don't know about all doctors, but the way my doctor wries, I would not let him tattoo "Mom" on me because it would probably look like "Mow"

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/15/13 - 11:07 pm
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Banned in Boston

When tattoos are outlawed, only outlaws will have tattoos.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/16/13 - 04:20 am
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It'd be funny if some old

It'd be funny if some old doctor actually took them up on it.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/16/13 - 05:56 am
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Don't know how many doctor's

Don't know how many doctor's are out there giving tattoos but it appears Mr. Thomas now has a monopoly on the market.

my.voice
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my.voice 04/16/13 - 06:21 am
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No offense but this seems to

No offense but this seems to be some sort of an end run around constitutional law. What kind of MD does tattoos?

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 04/16/13 - 06:35 am
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So just go to augusta and get
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So just go to augusta and get one and give augusta their tax dollars. Fail Grovetown!!! Another law banning a freedom. If someone gets a tattoo, they know they are taking a chance on something happening. Why do grovetown politicians care about tattoo shops?
And how many doctors do ya know that give check ups and tattoos? Thats really funny and whoever thought of this, and approved it, is an idiot and everybody is laughing at you!!!!!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/16/13 - 06:43 am
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It sounds to me that Mr.
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It sounds to me that Mr. Thomas has friends in "high places" in Grovetown.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/16/13 - 06:53 am
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Nuts, payoff, or both.

Nuts, payoff, or both.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/16/13 - 08:02 am
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Look for Grovetown to be back in court for this one....

It's a stupid rule. The tattoo industry is safe and very sanitary. I have been in a bunch of shops and all artists are schooled in bbp and first aid. This is a law to keep other shops out and has nothing to do with safety. It makes about as much sense as the X-Mart law that cost Augusta tons of money in lawyers fees and an eventual payout. Make smart laws not ridiculous ones like this that are bound to cost you money in litigation and will most likely be overturned.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/16/13 - 08:10 am
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Backfire

This overreaching law could backfire for Brad Thomas. If people who seek tattoos band together and get the word out, they could get a good boycott of Electric Avenue going. Thomas can be smug about his grandfather gift from city council, but if customers retaliate and use only tattoo parlors outside Grovetown, Thomas won't be smiling long.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 04/16/13 - 08:13 am
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Don't want a tat anyway even

Don't want a tat anyway even if a doctor performs the drawing.

rockymissy1
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rockymissy1 04/16/13 - 09:19 am
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#8

Hard work and sucess are met with higher taxes and more goverment intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, section 8 housing, and free cell phones!! We do live in a country ran by idiots!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/16/13 - 09:37 am
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Maybe the doctor can supply a

Maybe the doctor can supply a morning after tattoo pill.

Dorothy Kernaghan-Baez
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Dorothy Kernaghan-Baez 04/16/13 - 10:19 am
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They actually took the time

They actually took the time to make this a law? Aside from the shenanigans, it seems to be that the members of the Grovetown City Council do not have enough to do.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/16/13 - 11:07 am
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Surrender, Dorothy!! LOL

Surrender, Dorothy!! LOL They have plenty to do! They are busy banning BB guns and the like. If those pretty girls who shoot tee shirts in the crowd at sporting events lived in Grovetown, the city council would throw them in jail as well.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/16/13 - 02:11 pm
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Flashing

Funny you posted about girls lifting their tee shirts there, GAD. Coincidentally, there is an obituary in today's paper where the children of the deceased lovingly reported that their mother's hobbies included flashing truck drivers.

Here's the link .

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 04/16/13 - 04:15 pm
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I wonder if Obamacare will

I wonder if Obamacare will cover tattoos now.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 04/16/13 - 05:54 pm
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You know tattoos are popular..

When something like this has to happen..

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