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February 3, 2006

Thomasville -- Centuries old, tattoos have made their mark on history, except in Thomasville's downtown historic district. Anyone looking to open a tattoo parlor in the Rose City may have to follow some strict guidelines.

Tattoo parlors are popular in many South Georgia towns, but you won't find one in Thomasville-- yet.

"Although the State of Georgia allows for tattoo parlors or shops, the city doesn't have anything in its code that addresses that," said Thomasville City Manager Steve Sykes.

Now, Thomasville is proposing an ordnance designating where the shops are allowed- including barring them from the downtown historical district. "It doesn't belong in a residential neighborhood. It needs to be in the right commercial and industrial type districts," said Sykes.

Health concerns top the city council's discussions. It proposes the city works with the county health department to outline guidelines. The council also says tattoo shops should be subject to inspection.

"The business is required to post the results of that annual inspection just like a restaurant is required to post their food inspection reports," said Sykes.

So, while people get tattooed elsewhere, the council could vote on the matter at its next meeting on February 13th. The nearest place to Thomasville to get a tattoo is across the line in Florida.

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