The ordinance states the temporary location must have a license posted as well as can only be in conjunction with events or conventions. The artists would have to bring all their sterile equipment and would have to be in an enclosed building, not just in a tent or booth in open air.
Each location would also be held to the same sterile standards as shops. "There's sections for each artist, that are completely separate from each other, everyone has their sterile equipment that's brought in before hand," said Wright.
This means if Lubbock had a tattoo convention in the city, the tattoo artists could actually tattoo on the spot, instead of just showing off work they've done before.
Tiffer Wright, the owner of Identity Ink, said he would have liked to have this in the past, because when his shop was a sponsor for the Hub City Bike Race, they were unable to tattoo during the event, but had to try to build a customer base for the future.
"I would probably say 75% of the people that stopped to look at our booth, look at our portfolios or t-shirts asked if we were tattooing at the location, there at the event," said Wright. "It would have been a crazy amount of business made for any business that was attending."
Wright also thinks the ordinance could bring an increase in business to Lubbock, which would also mean more money, especially if a tattoo or piercing convention was ever planned in the city. "I think it could bring quite a few people to Lubbock, outside of Lubbock for the convention, I mean conventions are huge," said Wright.
The ordinance needs to pass a second reading before it can go into effect, and is planned to be on the agenda at the next City Council meeting on February 14th.