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Tattoo shops given the green light

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For 2 months Stay True Tattoo on Avenue J remained closed, like many other businesses.


Owner Veronica Mora tried to keep the doors open as long as possible in late March, but ultimately complied with the stay-at-home order.

"I would look at the phone and see all the missed phone calls and it was just heartbreaking," Mora said. 

Patricia England's mother died a few weeks before the shutdown. She has been waiting to honor her, with a tattoo of her mother's fingerprint.

Wearing her shop-required mask, she finally saw it through on Tuesday afternoon.

"This means the world to me. Because this is a part of my mother, and now she's forever with me," England said.

Mora says the forced shutdown was "financially devastating" to her business.

"We really didn't think it was going to be 2 months. We were thinking a couple of weeks at most, okay, 'we can do this, we got this', and then it just kept getting longer and longer," Mora said. "As the owner, I did everything I could to try and help my artists survive during the crisis with no income."

 

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Some of the team was watching the governor's announcement on Monday at the shop.

"It was a celebration we were so excited, so happy. And then our phone started ringing off the hook," Mora said.


The team got right to work afterward, serving about 20 customers that day. But they recognize their road to recovery, will not be overnight.

"It's going to take a while for us to dig ourselves out of a 2 month hole," Mora said.

Mora is also urging others to remain patient as the shop is only taking appointments, and is working with limited staff.

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