Shop owner Ryan Coleman poses at Angel Tattoo in Mesa. March 17, 2009.
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I think that tattoos should be protected by the first amendment because it is simply another way for us to express ourselves and the views that we have. The tattoos that we put on our bodies are a physical representation of those views. Most tattoos have strong meaning behind them that allow us to represent something that is close to our heart. What is important to you may be different than what is important to someone else, which is the same as what someone may want to say may be different than what you want to say. The first amendment allows us to have the freedom of speech and everyone says a picture is worth a thousand words, so why are tattoos not seen as another representation of our freedom of speech. The tattoos we get and the parlors that provide them to us should be protected by our first amendment, and not regulated by the government.
Those getting obnoxious tattoos better think ahead about a job in the future. Many employers will not hire someone with those things showing all over their arms or legs. When you work for a business, you represent that business and many owners won't hire people with weird piercings, tattoos, or hairdos that make people look twice to believe what they are seeing. Just a warning. Many of my students cannot get a job because of the way they present themselves with this childish adornment - I've talked to the business owners.
OK, your Honor, this is about the last straw. My guess is you've never taught. However, since I started teaching (in the 60's) we've seen the right's of students increase to the point that they are a major distraction in the classroom. First there was speech (Vietnam era), then there was Children's Rights to call the State (post-Nixon), then we faced "Age of Permissiveness", then came State-wide curriculum, the State-wide testing for teacher certification, then Nation-wide curriculum, now nation-wide certification/fingerprint for teachers, and now (also) let the kids get tattooed! How many weirdoes, gun shooters, drug dealers, meth heads, animal abusers, non- disciplined students do you think our schools can educate?
Welcome to Utah South. I came to AZ 20 years ago because of the freedom, openness, and people who lived their own lives and let others be. Now I'm watching it melt away because of a cult and a maniacal sheriff. Mind your own undies and leave the rest of us alone.
"“based on the concerns of the residents in the area,’’
What a total load of bovine excrement.
This was what they TRIED to pin on Joe Arpaio - claiming he went after Latino suspects because of complaints from residents. He won that case because no evidence was presented to support the claim.
In THIS case however, their stated reason for refusing the permit is exactly that!And they publically admitted it!
Boil away all the fluff and feathers (the legalese nonsense) and what we have here is a bunch of religious prudes trying to enforce their outdated "morality" on the rest of us...to which I say, NOT IN THIS COUNTRY YOU JERKS!
And before the hate and false claims start spewing, let me remind everyone that I have exactly ZERO tattoos/piercings.
I'll bet they would allow another mormom church there even though it offends me that grown adults still believe in that Bul lshit.
I wasn't aware there was a freedom to be seen. Think the court needs to rethink its absurd conclusion.
Leave it to the City of Mesa to not want a business that will collect sales tax, employ people, and bring a service that many Mesans would take advantage of.
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