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Tattoo parlor proposal for 1218 Moore gets … interesting

Several residents of East Passyunk Crossing spoke out at the civic’s zoning committee meeting last week against a proposal for a tattoo parlor for 1218 Moore St. And the guy who wants to open there, Alfred Amoroso, didn’t like that too much.

The plan, Amoroso said, is to open a “classy place” that would take appointments until 9 p.m. in the corner storefront that was Calm massage and yoga studio, which closed last month.

Where he wants to open, at Moore and Camac. We imagine he'd get rid of the color motif.

Where he wants to open, at Moore and Camac. We imagine he’d get rid of the color motif.

According to people who attended the zoning meeting, Amoroso took an aggressive stance with opponents of the proposal, pointing to them and demanding  ”How long you live here?”  before one of the committee members told him to cool it. He also insinuated that his opponents would “rather have a nail shop full of illegals,” the people said.

To Amoroso’s credit, one meeting attendee said that the opponents “baited him” before he got aggressive, but the person wouldn’t elaborate.

Amoroso, who has dabbled in Mixed Martial Arts, has another tattoo shop near Atlantic City called Rock Star Ink (or Rock Star Tattoo). Reviews on Citysearch and other websites for the shop are mixed, to say the least. Several cite the owner’s bad attitude, botched tattoos and lacking customer service.

A couple others exclaim in capital letters that Al is the BEST!!!

We left two messages earlier this week at the N.J. shop to see if we could get a response, but he didn’t return the call.

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8 Responses to Tattoo parlor proposal for 1218 Moore gets … interesting

  1. AnthonyG August 5, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Nice. What a wonderful addition to the Avenue, another PoS business.

  2. scott D August 5, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Yep…good job neighbors…they fought a tattoo parlor on 10th and Tasker years ago,so instead it became a mexican pizza place with people smoking weed and trash all over outside…much better,keep fighting everything,and you will keep getting salons,crappy food and stores that will fail.

    • Camac&Moore August 5, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Scott D, please read the guy’s current tattoo shop’s reviews…I’m sure his current neighbors aren’t exactly doing cartwheels over his presence. With the exception of that corner property, Camac street is very residential- having a business of that type and reputation doesn’t seem like a positive at all- and I’m sure there are other alternatives other than “salons, crappy food, and stores that will fail” that can add to the neighborhood, rather than take-away from its appeal/quality of life.

      • Adam August 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

        I agree – just because a business is wanting to open doesn’t mean that it is the right type of business for the neighborhood. I think the neighbors are allowed to be a little selective.

    • EZ RIKER August 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Hmm…I like El Maguey! Those guys work hard. Sounds like
      you should leave the neighborhood. Clearly, you aren’t happy

  3. erin August 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    We don’t need another tattoo shop in EPX! Especially not a
    crappy one. We have Dakini at 12th & Snyder- they are
    friendly, super talented and exactly zero percent seedy. Anyone
    hoping to open a tattoo shop nearby better be able to maintain that
    same standard, as far as I’m concerned.

  4. kim August 5, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I wouldnt let my worst enemy get tattooed by this guy.

  5. Frank August 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    This is a terrible idea. I hope the zoning board doesn’t
    shit the bed and allow this place to open. The reviews on this guy
    speak volumes.

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