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Readers Debate Potential Tarrytown Tattoo Parlor

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Tarrytown is proposing a change in the law to allow tattoo parlors in the village, and our Facebook fans have varied opinions about it.

The village will have a public hearing on the proposed law on August 15 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall.

Terri Flynn told us she was not in favor of changing the law to allow tattoo parlors.

“Such a business would take away from the quaint atmosphere of our village,” she wrote. “If someone wants to get a tattoo, let them go to Pleasantville -- not that far away.”

Flynn added that she had previously tried to open a bed and breakfast in an old Victorian house, but the village said the inn was not within zoning laws and “would not fit the image of the village.”

“What are we becoming -- a place to satisfy "Indie" folk? Let them stay in NYC & get their tattoos & piercings there,” she wrote.

Suzanne DeAngelis responded to Flynn’s comments, saying that there’s a huge misconception about tattoo parlors.

“Tattood people are not biker and trouble makers, they are people who express themselves through art on their bodies,” she wrote. “Yes I have a few in memory of my mom who passed when I was 17, does that make me a bad person? Does that mean when I walk the streets of Tarrytown that I am looked down upon?”

DeAngelis elaborated that the tattoo parlor would add revenue to the village.

Tiffani Ciufo added her two cents to the conversation as well, saying tattoos symbolize “something important to them or as a monument to a loved one close to them.”

Liz Karkoff doesn’t necessarily think tattoo parlors are bad. “As long as it's a well-run tattoo parlor, I don't see a problem,” she wrote .

How do you think a tattoo parlor will affect Tarrytown? Join the conversation on our Facebook page .

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