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Southbridge gets inked

New tattoo parlor starting to take off in town

Jessica Rousseau sits back as tattoo artist Mike Haskins works on her butterfly tattoo at Ink-Toxicating Tattoos, located at 53 Central St. Although the process of opening the shop took longer than anticipated, owner Jorge Marcano firmly stated he wants his shop to be a fixture in town. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 25, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Ink-Toxicating Tattoos is standing by their word.

In an interview in the March 14 edition of The Southbridge Evening News, owner Jorge Marcano said his shop, which became fully operational Wednesday, April 6, has gone beyond state requirements for health and safety.

"I've had people come in and say they're expecting this place to be cleaner than a hospital," said Marcano, whose shop is located at 53 Central St. "We're very consistent for this time of year. I used to own a shop in New York City, so I was a small fish in a very large pond. For having a new shop in Southbridge and having previous shops ruined, it's tough. The town has unfortunately had a bad relationship with tattoo shops in the past. People are starting to realize we're a legitimate shop and they realize we have talented people working here."

When the business first opened in early March, they were unable to tattoo or pierce and only took appointments for when they were finally able to do so.

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

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