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Tattoo parlor to open despite mayor’s orders

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A tattoo parlor owner plans to defy Mayor Joe Hogsett’s orders and re-open Monday.

Owner of Steel Rod Tattoo on 16th Street, Eric Noe, said he’s willing to pay a fine to re-open. 

Similar to many other businesses across the country, he says his staff hasn’t worked in almost two months.  But that is all going to change Monday.  

In a Facebook post Sunday, the tattoo shop said it will be accepting appointments Monday. 

However, customers have to call ahead and walk-ins will not be accepted. 

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Noe said his shop will do temperature checks and have masks for customers. He added every piece of equipment is sanitized and covered in layers of plastic, and every artist will wear gloves and PPE.

In the post, Steel Rod said it wants to show the mayor that small businesses can control their environment better than big chain stores. 

Noe said he believes his shop is going well above state-mandated COVID-19 guidelines to keep people safe. 

He said so far it seems customers are also ready to get back. The tattoo parlor is booked through the next month. 

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