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In the News: New Zoning Bill Could Oust Glen Burnie, MD Tattoo Studios

March 27th, 2008
New Zoning Bill Could Ban Tattoo Shops in Glen Burnie, MD, Town Centers
Be sure to read the update below!
If you’re familiar with the art of Tom and Mick Beasley, then you know that Dragon Moon is fighting for its right to exist right now. I spoke with Ms. Mick the other day and she is preparing for a battle against the Town Center Advisory Committee right now. The committee claims that the bill does not include current-standing shops, such as 30 year-old Dragon Moon, but only stands to prevent new shops from opening in Town Center. However, there is no grandfather clause language in this bill and Ms. Mick is fighting, not only for her own shop but for her competition in downtown Glen Burnie. This bill could push out anything the current County Councilman, Ed Middlebrooks, deems inappropriate or unwholesome. Unfortunately, Ms. Beasley knows exactly what that means, as she has been a witness to Councilman Middlebrooks’ outright animosity towards body art establishments for 15 years and they have a considerable history together, albeit a chilly one.

What Does That Mean to Us?

If you don’t live in or even near Glen Burnie, you may wonder why this case should be of interest to you or me or anyone else. Well, just as we were all affected by the bans on body art in Oklahoma, Massachusetts and South Carolina, we are all affected by any situation where the government succeeds in making their personal opinions law, either on a local or federal levels. We should all be concerned when our industry is threatened by small-minded individuals in positions of power who feel the right to use that power to thrust their personal beliefs on others. If it can happen in Glen Burnie, Maryland, it can happen anywhere. This kind of bureaucratic “righteousness” needs to be stopped before our right are completely stripped.

UPDATE: Good news! The bill is DEAD! Thanks to Mick Beasley’s efforts, Councilman Middlebrooks agreed to withdraw Bill 8-08 on March 25, 2006. This is a victory for the entire body art community. Way to go, Ms. Mick!

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