Tattoo artist wants to open parlor in Olde Reynoldsburg
Would an art gallery be welcome in Olde Reynoldsburg?
If the floor above housed a tattoo parlor, would it still be welcome?
On March 16, the city council will again hear from Durb Morrison who would like to open such a business where S.R. 256 joins Main Street.
Morrison, who resides in Reynoldsburg, is a nationally known tattoo artist. His business, Stained Skin, has been a fixture in the OSU area for 15 years and he founded the Hell City Tattoo Festival.
If the council permits Morrison's request, nobody younger than the age of 18 would be permitted to enter.
The sign for the building would state only the name of the business - Red Tree, with no indication of a tattoo parlor. The gallery would feature work by local artists.
"I think you are very talented, while some of the art I found really dark," Councilwoman Leslie Kelly said. "My concern is that (your business) is not something that you think of as 'Olde Reynoldsburg.' I am just not convinced it's the right fit."
Councilwoman Donna Shirey said she was offended by a photo on Morrison's Web site that depicts a woman with a tray of cupcakes greeting a boy hiding a bloody knife.
Morrison said none of his own work would be on display.
Councilman Mel Clemens said that Red Tree would be "a character not intended for Olde Reynoldsburg. It would affect the adjacent properties."
Supporters of Morrison collected 20 signatures from Olde Reynoldsburg business owners who indicated they would welcome Red Tree to their community.
Shirey was not swayed.
"I have not had anyone come up to me and say they are in favor of it," she said.
Dr. Trent Hayes, pastor of New Antioch Bible Fellowship located in Olde Reynoldsburg, spoke against Red Tree for two reasons.
Hayes said everyone should "abide by the law" and adult-oriented businesses must maintain a 1,000-foot distance from schools, daycares and churches.
Hayes also said church members "don't support the marking of the body."
To learn more about Morrison or to view his art, visit durbster.com.
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