Despite the city’s reputation over the years as an anything-goes party place during Spring Break, Bike Week and Speedway races, there is not a single place within city limits to get a tattoo.
That could change in a few months.
In April city commissioners will decide whether to OK a proposal to allow tattoo parlors in all five of the city’s redevelopment areas that cover much of downtown and the beachside, the northernmost tip of Ridgewood Avenue and areas zoned for business automotive uses that are scattered all over the city.
That initially sounded like a great opportunity to Mark Valliant, who was exiled to an island of county land just north of Daytona Beach when he wanted to open a tattoo shop 30 years ago.
“Main Street would be a coveted spot,” said Valliant, who owns the Tattoo Zone on the northern end of Derbyshire Road in a low-income neighborhood.
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