Plans to bring a tattoo studio to the Georgian town of Holt have been supported at a meeting of the town council.

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At last night’s (Monday) meeting councillors voted in favour of the plans which would see barber’s, The Tonsorial Artist on 20 High Street, change from a retail unit to combined use to include a tattoo studio.

The Tonsorial Artist first opened its doors in 2004 and describes itself as a “traditional barbers with that old fashioned sense of style and service”.

Manager Doug Wybrow, 45, said he was keen to bring something new to the town and emphasised it would be in keeping with the traditional look.

“We will keep everything as normal as possible and it will always be a barber’s shop,” he said.

“We tried doing shaving and that was very good but we needed to find other ways to bring money into the shop. We know about tattoos and we like them.”

The plans would see the tattoo studio placed on the ground floor at the back of the shop to keep the area “private and sterile”. It has already been decorated in the same vintage style seen throughout the building.

Mr Wybrow added that he was “obsessive about old things” and it was very important to him to make sure the residents and other business owners in the town welcomed the venture.

At the town council meeting mayor Bryan Payne feared that “most people” might not want to see it in the town but councillor Maggie Prior said it was not for them to decide if a tattoo studio was suitable.

She said: “I don’t really know if we should stand in judgement of such things.”

Overall the members of the council were positive about the idea but only if it was in keeping with the look of the town.

Councillor Andy Turner added: “Just because you have got a tattoo does it make you a bad person? No.”

Mr Wybrow, of Melton Constable, followed his father into barbering has worked in and managed salons in both London and Sydney.

He currently employs a full-time, part-time and trainee member of staff and has recently taken on a local tattoo artist who specialises in vintage-style tattoos.

14 comments

  • I have attended a fund raising evening held by UkIP, If i had my tattoos exposed rather than wearing a dinner suit would my contribution be deemed unfit Mr Baker ! Be aware that not everyone who has tattoos has love and hate on their knuckles

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    Jason Cockaday

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • Another problem for the Nhs to deal with down the line once this fad wears off - which is more than can be said of tattoos.

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    BG

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • @Elijah Greenleaf What has religion got to do with this? or I should say Christianity. There are many religions that pre date this religion that use tattoos. I feel your comment is very ignorant. There are thousands of people walking this earth covered in tattoos all getting along, living positive lives. Maybe these people consciously don't want to hear the word of YOUR Lord? At the end of the day, if you dont want one, dont get one! thanks

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    rballs

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Re: BG. It is actually near impossible to get tattoos removed by the NHS; the vast majority are done privately. As for it being a "fad", the last time I checked, people have been getting tattooed for years. It just happens that past a minority of close-minded people, it is considered more socially acceptable these days.

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    MPJ87

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • @Whiley Boy. You have just made the most ridiculous statement I have EVER read on these comments pages.

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    Wandering Crab

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • @Elijah Greenleaf What has religion got to do with this? or I should say Christianity. There are many religions that pre date this religion that use tattoos. I feel your comment is very ignorant. There are thousands of people walking this earth covered in tattoos all getting along, living positive lives. Maybe these people consciously don't want to hear the word of YOUR Lord? At the end of the day, if you dont want one, dont get one! thanks

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    rballs

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • do share your traumatic experience whiley boy

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • about time the holt mafia stopped trying to stop every other business.never been tattood but could be tempted to take the plunge.

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    oldchild

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28, The Holy Bible. Tattoos are on the people who didn't get the word of the Lord!

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    Elijah Greenleaf

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Whiley boy. You're saying that anyone with a tattoo must be a bad person?? Does this include, David Beckham, Robbie Williams, and all the Jews who survived the concentration camps??? You'll be claiming all bikers are hells angels next....

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    Lord Elf

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

  • I have attended a fund raising evening held by UkIP, If i had my tattoos exposed rather than wearing a dinner suit would my contribution be deemed unfit Mr Baker ! Be aware that not everyone who has tattoos has love and hate on their knuckles

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    Jason Cockaday

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • Councillor Andy Turner added: “Just because you have got a tattoo does it make you a bad person? No.” I beg to disagree.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Brilliant news! Holt is far too twee and needs a good old shake-up.

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • mr baker has been flexing his muscles again asking people to write to the district council about it ! when will he start to allow other businesses to flourish in holt ?

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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