• Petitioned The City of Memphis

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The City of Memphis

Ronin Tattoos and Graphics

    1. Babak Tabatabai
    2. Petition by

      Babak Tabatabai

      Memphis, TN

Let this serve as a formal petition in support of the re-zoning efforts of the City of Memphis to allow the above stated business to open and operate as a tattoo and graphic arts studio.

 

 

The above stated business is being denied the re-zoning of their address to allow for a tattoo studio to operate at said location.

Let us state first the precedence already made by the State of Arizona. In December, 2011, the City Council in Mesa, Arizona found that Tattoo parlors are entitled to the same First Amendment protections as the artwork they produce, and that limits the government from restricting where they can go. This means that because of the artwork that is produced by the artist in operation, Babak Tabatabai, the Government is obliged to uphold the “freedom of the press” Defined by Chief Justice Hughes in 1938 as “every sort of publication which affords a vehicle of information and opinion.” Since a Tattoo is artwork and expression or a “vehicle” of information and or opinion of the individual displaying such tattoo, no such law shall be passed nor the denial of such business operation to be upheld as it would stand as a violation of the First Amendment right of both the business owner and it’s patrons.

 

It has already been noted that the business goals and aspirations of Ronin Tattoo and Graphics are in line with where this business community seeks to be in the future, so I ask that you sign my petition in support of my business and I thank you for that support.

 

 

To:
The City of Memphis
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The City of Memphis.

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Rezoning of 2615 Broad Ave. Memphis

To allow for the opening of Ronin Tattoos and Graphics
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Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Amberle Byrum CORDOVA, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Babak did both my tattoos. He is a wonderful artist, and tattoos ARE ART! He submitted a very reasonable variance that should have been accepted.

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    • Christina Miller HORN LAKE, MS
      • over 2 years ago

      I support all arts.

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    • Allison Young MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I think it would actually be nice to have a respectable artsy tattoo shop in this burgeoning area of Memphis. My understanding of this area is that the city hopes to develop a bohemian type atmosphere which supports small, locally-owned, and retail businesses. Babak has clearly put in a lot of thought to how he can best contribute to this climate / atmosphere. He doesn't seek to harm the area, but rather to enhance it. He has already demonstrated a commitment to a unique inventive experience in the money he has already invested. At times like these when things are so tough for the small business owner, this sort of narrow and closed - minded attitude is the last thing we need from this cities leaders. You should be embracing the initiative and drive this man is showing not throwing up road blocks because it doesn't fit the letter of the zoning regulations, merely the spirit of it.

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    • Michael Hatchett NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      Babak is an amazing tattoo artist and an all together amazing artist all around. He is one of the only tattoo artists that I know that I will allow to tattoo me at all. I think that it is A shame that he is having such A hard time opening his business in your city.

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    • allyson janelli MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I have commissioned work from this artist in the past and wish to continue to support his talents and business. He is a remarkable artist who doesn't just tattoo, he breathes life into every work of art he does.

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