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As a heavily tattooed person, it hurts my heart to see my artist friends suffering.

In case you didn't know, tattoo parlors have been categorized along with strip clubs and amusement parks in Governor Greg Abbott's executive order outlining the reopening of Texas businesses, which means they aren't cleared to reopen:

People shall avoid visiting bars, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, sexually oriented businesses, or interactive amusement venues such as bowling alleys, video arcades, amusement parks, water parks, or splash pads, unless these enumerated establishments or venues are specifically added as a reopened service by proclamation or future executive order of the governor.

What should have been a boon season (taxes back March) ended up being a devastating loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. It begs the question: what makes tattoo shops different than a hair salon? I will let the artists speak for themselves.

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