POLL: Body Ink in West Concord, Whaddya Think?

Would you welcome a tattoo parlor to the West Concord business community? Take our poll or let us know in the comment section below.

After deciding , but , Concord’s next interesting debate could be about body ink.

According to Boston.com, Acton tattoo artist Kurt Brown will go before the Board of Health on May 15 seeking approval for himself as a licensed body art practitioner and for his new establishment above in the newish building at the corner of Main and Cottage streets in West Concord.

If approved, Brown’s tattoo business, The Gallery Tattoo Studio, would be the first of its kind in Concord since tattooing was legalized in Massachusetts and the town’s Board of Health drew up its regulations 10 years ago, Health Director Susan Rask told YourTown Concord.

Brown lives in Acton and commutes through West Concord to work out of his Cambridge studio. He “loves the vibe in the neighborhood” and is eager to join the business community. 

“It’s near the train in a great neighborhood,” Brown told Boston.com. “I knew right away when I saw the space that this was it.”

So, with that in mind, we want to know, What do you think of a tattoo parlor joining the West Concord business community? Take our poll or let us know in the comment section below.

x May 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Perhaps Jean and Jill could get custom tattoos... single serve water bottles inside a red circle and slash. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Samantha DeSuze May 02, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Why not? Ill be the first customer. I need a new one anyway.
SassyGirl May 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
After reading the Boston.com and Concord Patch article, Kurt Brown has presented a thoughtful approach and desire to starting a tattoo parlor in West Concord, Based on the poll (at 89 results), it seems just the word "tattoo" spells trouble to many. Mr. Brown deserves his opportunity to start a business that is perfectly legal. To deny him, continues the "Potterville mentality" that is already crippling business development (i.e. more restaurants) in Concord and keeping others from starting businesses with the outdated attitudes that prevail among those "in power".
Paul Berge May 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM
My question to those who answered "Not in My Back Yard!" is why? What exactly are you afraid of? I have yet to hear a legitimate answer to this question that wasn't filled with dated stereotypes about people who get tattoos.
chickie May 04, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Kurt and his wife Anne are a wonderful, caring and responsible young couple. Concord would be lucky to have them as part of their business community.
chickie May 04, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Good luck, with your endeavor!
Alyssa Jansen May 04, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Good Luck Anne & Kurt!!! Wish you all the best!!
patchy mcpatcherson May 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I think the people who voted "A tattoo parlor?!? Not In My Back Yard!", either have seen too many movies that portray the old stereotype of a tattoo parlor, or haven't been to a tattoo parlor in 50 years! Nowadays, they are monitored by the state and strict regulations and health code rules are enforced. The tattoo parlors I've been to are more hygienic than some doctor's offices I've been to! The place that Kurt Brown is trying to open is NOT some stereotypical seedy joint from long ago, with questionable needles, walls discolored by smoke, and clientele consisting of gang-bangers and local thugs... NO.... it's going to be modern, hygienic and serving regular people who appreciate his style of artwork. He’s just a young family man trying to start a business, in a place he really likes….I say give the guy a chance!
Rachel May 07, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Yes, please! Kurt Brown is an extremely talented artist (body art as well as various other mediums) and is excited to join to the art community in the area. He's extremely professional and I think Concord would be lucky to have him and the diversity his business will offer. This "Mom/Dad" tattoo is actually a very inaccurate representation of the kind of work Kurt does and the kind of clientele that he attracts, so don't jump to conclusions based on outdated misconceptions of tattooing.
S May 07, 2012 at 01:14 AM
How about residential property values? I am not sure if I own a house the town assesses at over $700k (the Concord median) I would choose to live across the street from a tattoo parlor. This building abuts a residential neighborhood (Cottage Street) where homeowners have invested many hundreds of thousands of dollars. The new Dino's building just obtained a zoning variance to furhter encroach into a residential zone. So this is not the back yard, but the front yard of those of us who live on Cottage Street. We have been working very hard over the years to improve the neighborhood. Thank you, Mr. Dee for your promise to consider the neighbors when placing buisnesses in your new building. Thank you for stipping thousands of dollars of value from a house, which I have worked extremely hard to improve and maintain.
Kurt Brown May 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Thank you so much for all our supporters. Your comments mean the world to us. Please continue to comment and help educate residents on how far this artform has become. If your free Tuesday night May 15th please come to the Board of Health meeting to give some positive support. We would greatly appreciate it.


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