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An 'ink-toxicating' venture


Tattoo parlor hopeful to open pending Planning Board OK



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Ink-Toxicating Tattoos owner Jorge Marcano, left, and tattoo artist Mike Haskins are hoping to get permission from the Planning Board to begin tattooing and body piercing. Their meeting is set for Monday, March 14. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
March 13, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — At first glance, you'd swear you were in a doctor's office.

According to Ink-Toxicating Tattoos owner Jorge Marcano, they have gone beyond the state requirements for cleanliness and sterility for their tattoo and body piercing stations, and are waiting on final approval by the Planning Board to start tattooing.

"People don't realize how extensively trained you have to be to become a tattoo artist," said Marcano, whose shop is located at 53 Central St. "They have to take a skin course, first aid courses, blood-born pathogens courses and CPR courses. They have to be ready to handle any situation."

Every inch of the stations can be wiped down and cleaned, including the walls, which are the same texture that would be found in a shower stall.

The shop has only been open for a little over a week and although they aren't able to tattoo or pierce yet, that doesn't mean they haven't been busy.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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