Petition to amend zoning for tattoo shops in myrtle beach

Petition to amend zoning for tattoo shops in myrtle beach

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Jessica Fogle started this petition to City of Myrtle Beach Planning and Zoning

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Our goal is to extend the permittable zoning districts for tattoo shops in the Myrtle Beach area. Currently tattoo shops are restricted to the wholesale and manufacturing district with a requirement to be 1000ft from any church, school or playground. These restrictions essentially only offer a small area on one street for tattoo shops to operate. Most are directly next door to each other, 10 of which are sharing the same building and parking lot.

 

This is absolutely discrimination against tattoo artists, in a city that allows something like bike week to define it. Strict restrictions on zoning for tattoo shops is a violation of the first ammendment. The federal court system has ruled over and over in favor of tattoo shops in civil rights cases, stating that "the tattoo itself, the process of tattooing, and the business of tattooing are forms of self expression fully protected by the First Amendment."

We have a right to practice our legal, chosen profession just like anyone has a right to practice their chosen religion. Restrictions on the practice of tattooing or the business thereof, is as much a violation of freedom of expression as wearing the tattoo itself. Tattoo artists are ARTISTS. We offer a professional service and have a right to do so without overbearing restriction. As long as we have permission from the building owner and are not causing an issue, we should be free to practice where we choose and buildings owners should be free to use the building as they see fit. Optimal use for buildings changes over the years and excessive zoning laws inhibit economic growth, especially for small businesses. Tort law allows any business to take legal action against any tattoo shop if they are disrupting their business. If there is no actual, demonstrable harm- not a theoretical possibility- we have a right to be there. The city cannot restrict zoning for tattoo shops based on imagined possible outcomes.

Tattoos are mainstream now. There is money to be made for the city. The beauty industry has realized the potential and is actively making an effort to cash in. 3 in 10 people have tattoos and of those people who have tattoos, 7 in 10 have more than 1. We should be allowed to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our clients to get quality work.  We should be allowed in an area with decent foot traffic in a building that actually appeals to our clients, and doesn't immediately deter them. We should be allowed to spread out across the city without direct, side-by-side competition.

No where in the country do you see this:

10 coffee shops sharing the same building

10 liquor stores sharing the same building 

We have been set up to fail and it's time to reevaluate and make some changes. Opening tattoo shops to new zones will allow them to spread out across the city, providing a safer environment for tattoo clients and allowing tattoo artists to practice their profession with an equal opportunity to succeed financially.

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