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.
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.