Chesterfield approves county's first tattoo parlor

By Matt Butner - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Is Chesterfield County finally ready for a tattoo parlor?

A local business owner says yes, and the Board of Supervisors agrees. The proposed ink and piercing shop will be the first in the history of the county.

If you want to find the pulse of a community, you visit the local barbershop. Regulars at Wanda's in Chesterfield were tackling the taboo on tattoos Tuesday morning.

"I have a daughter who's tattooed- she loves it," said Ted May as he sat waiting his turn in the barber's chair. "I don't have a tattoo myself, but it doesn't bother me one way or the other."

Chesterfield's first tattoo parlor, proposed by business owner Evan Somogyi, will soon open on the lot next to Wanda's- on Hull Street, near Speeks Drive.

For years, the perception in Chesterfield County has been that tattoo parlors are something that exists on the other side of city limits, in Richmond- but that perception may be changing.

"No, it doesn't bother me, because tattoos are very popular now, and I guess it's about time for Chesterfield County to get into the scene," said Wanda Capano, who operates her namesake barbershop on the lot right next to the proposed parlor site.

The county's Board of Supervisors was nearly unanimous in its approval of the shop. Only Bermuda supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle dissented, saying the tattoo parlor would run counter to revitalization efforts in the area.

Capano says she's not worried about her potential new neighbor.

"When I go by there and I see it, I'm going to say 'gee, that's new.' We need new things in the area, anyway," she said.

Somogyi told the board he has the approval of the property manager to open the shop, which will feature tattoos and piercing. There's no word yet on when the parlor will open- or when the ink will start flowing in Chesterfield.

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