Petition draws up support for Livingston County tattoo parlors

By Anna Yee

February 19, 2013 Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM CDT

PONTIAC, Ill. -- A push to open a tattoo parlor is drawing dozens of people together across Central Illinois.

Three local tattoo supporters have started a petition against Livingston County's ban on tattoo parlors.
That public health ordinance was created in 1996 after someone allegedly contracted a disease after getting a tattoo.

Petitioner Raimin Bohm is a certified tattoo artist and says the ban is unconstitutional and prevents good business in Livingston County.

"This was a guy that took advantage of something that wasn't supposed to be taken advantage of," said Bohm, "and I feel that because of him being punished, 17 years later, I'm being punished too. I don't feel that is correct. I feel that is unconstitutional as an artist."

"We're not telling you you have to come in and get your next tattoo. We're not telling you you ever have to get one," said Erin Mays, another petitioner. "We just want a chance to be able to do what we want to do, where we want to do it."

"From any indication from what I've seen, there's a lot of tattoos out there, and I'm sure it could bring some revenue into the county," said Marty Fannin, the Livingston County Board Chairman. "Now whether someone will agree with that or not, that's up for debate."

The petitioners are still trying to round up more support before presenting their idea to the county.

Lifting or amending the tattoo parlor ordinance would take a majority vote by the full county board.

For more information on the petition, click on the link above or visit https://www.facebook.com/PetitionAgainstLivingstonCountyTattooOrdinance.

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