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February 24, 2004
A man was shot and wounded yesterday during an altercation in a Glen Burnie tattoo parlor, Anne Arundel County police said. Alvin Lomax Burruss, 33, of the 800 block of Phirne Road in Glen Burnie was shot in the leg about 3:30 p.m. in the Viet Dragon, in the 300 block of Hospital Drive. A friend drove him to North Arundel Hospital before notifying authorities, said Lt. Joseph Jordan, a police spokesman. The injury is not life-threatening, Jordan said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2012
Not even getting stabbed repeatedly by a needle could get Danielle Cromb to put down her smartphone Saturday afternoon. "I've been on Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest," said Cromb, of Charleston, S.C., who clutched her iPhone as she was having ink injected into the skin on the back of her neck. "Mostly it's helpful if I'm looking up a picture in the middle of a conversation with an artist. And it can definitely be a distraction. " It is a common sight this weekend inside the Baltimore Convention Center: Semi-dressed, prostrate people playing games, texting and listening to music on their cellphones as tattoo artists work.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1995
As a zoning official heard a proposal for a tattoo parlor in Towson yesterday, tattoo artist Vincent Myers stressed his worldwide reputation and self-imposed code of conduct, but opponents said the business could hurt the area's image.Mr. Myers, who hopes to open a shop on the second floor of 416 York Road, said he won't tattoo anyone under age 18 without the consent of a parent or guardian. He said he also won't tattoo anyone he suspects of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.But a handful of opponents at the hearing expressed concerns that a tattoo parlor is not an appropriate business for Towson.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,jill.rosen@baltsun.com | March 3, 2009
How it came to pass that a young Baltimore man lay down at a tattoo parlor Wednesday night as an artist etched Twitter's whale icon onto his leg is a tale that illustrates not only the power of social media, but the idiosyncrasies that drive it. What started with an impromptu race to bring traffic to the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association's feed on Twitter, the micro-blogging social media site, resulted in an Internet sensation, complete...
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1995
While acknowledging a tattoo artist's impressive background and impeccable credentials, a Baltimore County zoning official denied his petition yesterday to open a tattoo parlor in Towson.Vincent A. Myers, president of LVT Dermagrafix Inc. and owner of Little Vinnie's Tattoos in Westminster, had sought to open a tattoo parlor and body-piercing business in the 400 block of York Road in the heart of Towson.Because such a use is not listed in county zoning regulations, Mr. Myers' attorney, Michael P. Tanczyn, filed a petition for a hearing, which was held Oct. 25 by Zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,jill.rosen@baltsun.com | March 3, 2009
How it came to pass that a young Baltimore man lay down at a tattoo parlor Wednesday night as an artist etched Twitter's whale icon onto his leg is a tale that illustrates not only the power of social media, but the idiosyncrasies that drive it. What started with an impromptu race to bring traffic to the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association's feed on Twitter, the micro-blogging social media site, resulted in an Internet sensation, complete...
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By Laura Rottenberg and Laura Rottenberg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 4, 1996
California has long been the unrivaled leader in outlandish retail concepts, such as 24-hour, drive-through nail salon-video stores. But a Baltimore stalwart just might put those combos to shame. Cafe Tattoo is a music club cum barbecue joint cum tattoo parlor. The music is hit-and-miss and we have no criteria for judging the tattoos, but the barbecue merits taking the drive out Belair Road.Technically, the tattoo parlor is upstairs from the dark, cavernous bar presided over by its chatty owner, Rick Catalano.
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October 24, 1995
$20 million shiplift to be finished by 1997 at Coast Guard YardThe Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay will be getting a new $20 million shiplift that will enable the facility to replace two outdated dry docks, state and federal officials announced yesterday.The shiplift, which will be in place by late summer 1997, will allow easier repair of large vessels and help lower maintenance costs at the facility, said U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who has assisted in getting the funds for the project.
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December 18, 1995
LET'S SEE IF we understand this decision by the Baltimore County zoning commissioner. Rembrandt would not be allowed to set up shop in downtown Towson if a portrait painter's studio was not identified as a permitted use in the commercial zoning regulations. But pool halls, erotica shops and stores selling books of a prurient nature are permitted because they are so identified?We mention the Dutch master because Commissioner Lawrence Schmidt previously compared tattoo artists favorably to great painters.
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By Carl Schoettler | July 28, 2005
What: Exhibition of classic photographs by A. Aubrey Bodine. Where: Ocean Gallery World Center for the Arts, Boardwalk and Second Street, Ocean City When: 10 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, until Sept. 1. Why: A Maryland treasure, A. Aubrey Bodine (1906 -1970) was one of the 20th century's finest pictorial photographers. A photographer for The Sun for half a century, Bodine combined photojournalism with the eye and the darkroom techniques of an artist. His pictures illuminate a world largely lost: working skipjacks on the bay, Southern Maryland tobacco farmers, Baltimore dock workers, gaslit streets, a tattoo parlor on The Block, steam engines on the Western Maryland Railroad, the spires of Frederick, a Fells Point barber shop, the building of the first Bay bridge and Park Avenue in the snow, the street he lived on in Baltimore.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | December 31, 2006
As the Westminster City Council moves closer to banning tattoo parlors from the downtown business district, local practitioners of skin decoration plan to bring Carroll County's first tattoo convention to Westminster late next month. The council could pass the ban before then. City officials said a zoning amendment should be introduced Jan. 8 and go to public hearing Jan. 22, when it could come up for a vote. Tattoo parlors would still be permitted in the industrialized business zone along Route 140, and an existing tattoo business downtown would be allowed to stay open, Mayor Thomas K. Ferguson said.
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By Carl Schoettler | July 28, 2005
What: Exhibition of classic photographs by A. Aubrey Bodine. Where: Ocean Gallery World Center for the Arts, Boardwalk and Second Street, Ocean City When: 10 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, until Sept. 1. Why: A Maryland treasure, A. Aubrey Bodine (1906 -1970) was one of the 20th century's finest pictorial photographers. A photographer for The Sun for half a century, Bodine combined photojournalism with the eye and the darkroom techniques of an artist. His pictures illuminate a world largely lost: working skipjacks on the bay, Southern Maryland tobacco farmers, Baltimore dock workers, gaslit streets, a tattoo parlor on The Block, steam engines on the Western Maryland Railroad, the spires of Frederick, a Fells Point barber shop, the building of the first Bay bridge and Park Avenue in the snow, the street he lived on in Baltimore.
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February 24, 2004
A man was shot and wounded yesterday during an altercation in a Glen Burnie tattoo parlor, Anne Arundel County police said. Alvin Lomax Burruss, 33, of the 800 block of Phirne Road in Glen Burnie was shot in the leg about 3:30 p.m. in the Viet Dragon, in the 300 block of Hospital Drive. A friend drove him to North Arundel Hospital before notifying authorities, said Lt. Joseph Jordan, a police spokesman. The injury is not life-threatening, Jordan said.
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By Richard O'Mara | September 30, 2002
A YOUNG woman walked into a Charles Street bar recently with a tattoo flashing from her calf. I couldn't tell if was a dragon or a triggerfish, though surely a cold-blooded creature of some sort, rendered in that spiky, heavy-metal style favored by graffiti artists. A few years ago I would have been surprised. I would have felt sorry for her. No longer. Tattoos are rife among the young, even women. The author of an article circulated by the venerable Pacific News Service in California described tattoos as "fashion statements for the mainstream."
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | August 18, 1999
Alarmed that tattoo parlors could damage Ocean City's image, officials have outlawed the businesses in Maryland's beach resort -- unless the designs are applied by a doctor.City lawmakers say a last-minute zoning change modeled after a 1960 New York City ordinance should be enough to thwart the plans of two Delaware tattoo artists who want to share space in a body-piercing shop in Ocean City's historic downtown. In a 5-2 vote Monday night, Town Council members voted to change a 15-year-old ordinance that had kept tattoo parlors out by requiring that a physician be present if tattoo artists were applying the designs.
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1997
Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker, already pushing for new restrictions against massage parlors and adult bookstores, has added pawn shops, tattoo parlors, striptease bars and fortune-tellers to the list of businesses he wants to restrict.Ecker, a Republican, wants to limit these businesses to general business zoning districts, mostly along U.S. 40 in Ellicott City and the U.S. 1 corridor from Elkridge to Laurel. Existing businesses would not be affected.Such restrictions are becoming increasingly common as suburban counties seek to limit the growth of businesses once found only in the downtown areas of major cities.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1996
Dundalk's legislators are jumping into the debate over minors receiving tattoos, planning to submit bills in next year's General Assembly session that would outlaw tattooing those under 18 statewide without parental approval.Meanwhile, the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is preparing rules that would require sterile needles and other health standards for tattoo shops, said Dr. Diane Matuszak, deputy director of Community Health Surveillance."Our focus is informed consent covering any body adornment procedure" -- including body piercing -- and infection control, Matuszak said,The moves are the result of continuing controversy over tattooing in eastern Baltimore County.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | November 4, 1991
Tattoo Tux stands in the middle of his electric studio and takes a deep drag on his cigarette.Surrounded by colorful stencils and strange sculptures with flickering candles, miniature Buddhas and skulls, he leans against a table and kicks at the leg.He's trying to explain his fascination with tattoos. Why did he, at age 41, after quitting the business to put himself through art school, open another tattoo parlor? Why did he, after painting still lifes and becoming fascinated with religious icons, go back to drawing dragons on men's backs?
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1997
After years in legal limbo, tattoo parlors would be allowed to operate in most Baltimore County business zones, under a proposal county planners are expected to give the planning board today.But the proposal -- called "a good middle ground" by senior planner Hillorie Morrison -- could face a rocky future on its way to becoming law.Two county councilmen think the plan is too lenient. Tattoo parlor advocates view it as too strict. A community activist complains that the plan deals only with the location of tattoo parlors, not their public health implications.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1997
When is a tattoo like a Rembrandt painting?When Baltimore County zoning commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt says so.In a 1993 decision, Schmidt ruled that tattoo parlors are covered by a zoning provision that permits a residential art salon as an accessory to a residence in a business zone.Such a salon is defined as "a portion of a dwelling unit used for the exhibition and sale of original works of art." It is meant to define an in-house art gallery.This ruling -- and a conclusion by the zoning commissioner that there is no difference between "the work of the great masters" and a tattoo artist "other than a matter of taste and the surface (canvas or skin)"
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