Tattoo shops are the target of a new ordinance in Riverbank, as council members seek to regulate how and where these shops can do business.
This was a first reading of the zoning regulations. Next month, the city council will read over the ordinance again, and if there are no changes made, council members will vote on the ordinance.
The new zoning regulations for tattoo parlors would mandate shops be in commercial zones; however, they cannot be within 100 feet of residences or within 500 feet of schools, parks or businesses selling alcohol.
"If tattoo shops are ran properly and by the proper people, there are no problems," Tattoo You owner Ray Hoote said.
Hoote is one of two tattoo shops in Riverbank. He said it wasn't easy getting started.
"When I first went to get my business license, they said we will not allow a tattoo shop in our town," Hoote explained.