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Ink Again: Hermosa Beach Considers Temporary Ban on Tattoo Parlors

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Are tattoos bad news for Hermosa Beach? The ink you get on your own skin is protected by the First Amendment as free speech, but the City of Hermosa Beach is still looking for ways to contend with their tattoo parlors.

After implementing a ban on the businesses, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that such a ban was unconstitutional. "The city's anti-ink measure was challenged in a civil rights lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court in 2007 by Johnny Anderson, a tattoo artist with a shop in Gardena and the desire to expand into Hermosa Beach," noted KPCC, following the ruling that the ban was "unreasonable."

Now, however, the City Council is slated to "discuss adopting a 45-day ban on tattoo studios," tonight at their 7 p.m. meeting, reports the Daily Breeze. "If approved, city officials say the temporary ban will allow time to craft a policy regulating new tattoo shops."