Coast Guard rule change may benefit New London tattoo parlors

Coast Guard rule change may benefit New London tattoo parlors


IT MAY BE WELCOME NEWS FOR MANY THE NAVY AND COAST GUARD ARE LOOSENING THEIR TATTOO RESTRICTIONS.BOTH BRANCHES HAVE A BIG PRESENCE IN SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT. NEWS 8 TINA DETELJ TELLS US HOW THE CHANGES ARE IMPACTING LOCAL ARTISTS. 3 [TINA DETELJ/@TINADETELJ] [24:20-24:34]”TATTOO SHOPS HERE IN NEW LONDON GET THEIR FAIR SHARE OF COAST GUARD CLIENTELE. RECENTLY THE COAST GUARD LOOSENED UP SOME OF ITS RESTRICTIONS ON TATTOOS SO WE WANTED TO FIND OUT IF THAT HAD ANY IMPACT ON BUSINESSES HERE.”[NAT OF GETTING TATTOO]WE WENT TO TWO LONGTIME TATTOO SHOPS ON BANK STREET. OUR FIRST STOP SPIRIT GALLERY TATTOO…[LARI MOSTRO/SPIRIT GALLERY TATTOO] [15:32-15:34]”WE DO A LOT OF COAST GUARD CLIENTS YES.”AND THEN NEW LONDON INK…[JOHNNY RIVERO/NEW LONDON INK] [51:10-51:15]”I’D SAY PROBABLY ABOUT FORTY PERCENT OF OUR CLIENTELE BETWEEN THE COAST GUARD AND THE NAVY.”LIKE THE NAVY THE COAST GUARD RECENTLY LOOSENED ITS RESTRICTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO BODY ART.[MORE NAT OF TATTOO]WOMEN CAN GET PERMANENT EYELINER BUT NOT PAST THE OUTER CORNER OF THE EYE.NECK TATTOOS ARE NOW ALLOWED. BUT NOT THIS BIG. [NAT WITH JOHNNY RIVERO/NEW LONDON INK][49:43-49:44]”IT CAN’T GO ABOVE RIGHT HERE.” THAT’S BELOW THE COLLAR OF THE SHIRT.”RING” TATTOOS ARE ALLOWED BUT NOT ON THUMBS OR PAST THE KNUCKLE.”MINIMAL BUT IMPORTANT” CHANGES ACCORDING TO THE COAST GUARD WHICH HAVE MEANT A MININMAL BOOST IN BUSINESS.[JOHNNY RIVERO/NEW LONDON INK][49:55-50:01]”A LITTLE BIT NOT MUCH. I MEAN JUST LIKE I SAID THEY’RE JUST GETTING A LITTLE MORE IN MORE AREAS THAT’S ABOUT IT THOUGH.” [LARI MOSTRO/SPIRIT GALLERY TATTOO][15:55-16:00]”A LOT OF THEM ARE GETTING BIGGER TATTOOS NOW SO THAT’S ALWAYS EXCITING.”KATIE SLOWKOWSKI’S BOYFRIEND IS IN THE NAVY. [KATIE SLOWKOWSKI/GROTON] [55:10-55:16]”DO YOU THINK HE’S GOING TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF THE RULE CHANGE? I DON’T THINK SO.”[NAT WITH BOOK][47:53-47:56]”A LOT OF THE TRADITIONAL OLD SCHOOL TATTOOS.”NAUTICAL STARS AND CLIPPER SHIPS ARE POPULAR AT NEW LONDON INK WHILE SPIRIT GALLERY TATTOO DOES A LOT OF THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY’S RUGBY TEAM LOGO. [LARI MOSTRO/SPIRIT GALLERY TATTOO] [17:12-17:15]”I THINK THAT IN THE SPRING AND THE SUMMER IT WILL EXPLODE.”[TINA DETELJ/@TINADETELJ] [27:22-27:31]”BOTH SHOPS EXPECT TO SEE MORE CADETS COME IN THIS SUMMER AND THAT COULD MEAN MORE CHANGES IN WHAT THEY GET. IN NEW LONDON TINA DETELJ NEWS8.”

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