Village of Farmingdale trustees banned tattoo parlors from Main Street or almost anywhere in the village at their board meeting Monday night.
The board amended its zoning laws to relegate such businesses to the village's industrial zone -- a 1 1/2-block area at the southeastern corner of the village. No one spoke during a public hearing before the unanimous vote.
Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said the idea to prohibit tattoo parlors had come from consultants who prepared the village's master plan, which was finalized in 2011. At that time, a tattoo parlor called Tattoo Ritual operated on Main Street in the walkable downtown area.
"We all figured the best thing to do was not move it at this time because we had an active business going on," Ekstrand said.
The studio tried to find a location nearby after its building was sold and the lease was not renewed earlier this year, tattoo artist Frank Acevedo said in an interview Monday. Acevedo said they found a place nearby but were told by the village they would have to apply for another special use permit.
"It's very disheartening," Acevedo said.
The business had been successful but they didn't want to risk losing revenue while applying for a permit, he said. Instead they moved to 700 Main St., about three blocks south of the village line.
"They don't want to let a tattoo shop be on Main Street in Farmingdale, that's their loss," Acevedo said.
A tattoo studio will still require a special permit to operate in the industrial zone.