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Tattoo artist denied spot at daughter's career day

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 23:11


A tattoo artist is banned from career day at his daughter’s school.


After two years of attending the Great American Teach-In at his daughter’s school, Clearwater Fundamental Middle School, Walter Smith was told that he could not contribute with his career. The school says that they do not want to open their student’s eyes to Smith’s “alternative lifestyle”.


“Their parents are closed-minded,” Smith said. “And don’t want their children to know about these things.”


Smith is not some reckless tattoo artist. Smith owns a tattoo parlor and encourages children not to get inked until they are 18 years old. He promotes tattoo safety and the prevention of diseases using sterilization practices. He has been a tattoo artist for 15 years and is licensed in Florida.


According to Elliot Morgan of Sourcefed, the principle told Smith that “the decision was one of political correctness and not at all personal.” It should be noted that the principle has tattoos and piercing.


This man is a professional tattoo artist, is licensed and promotes safety therefore he should be allowed at career day. Tattoo artists should been seen as what they are called, artists.


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