New tattoo parlour for Nailsea High Street?

The tattoo shop is planned for The Arcade in Nailsea High Street.

The tattoo shop is planned for The Arcade in Nailsea High Street. - Credit: Archant

A ‘fresh and modern’ tattoo parlour could soon open up on Nailsea High Street.

The Arcade in Nailsea is being refurbished at the moment.

The Arcade in Nailsea is being refurbished at the moment. - Credit: Archant

Planning permission is being sought by two people from Portishead to convert one of the units in The Arcade.

The Arcade, including Nailsea Jewellers’ in High Street, is currently being refurbished and a proposal to create a tattoo outlet has been put to North Somerset Council.

In a planning statement published on the council’s website, applicants Mr and Mrs Humphries said a tattoo shop would be a good addition to the town’s scene.

They said: “Tattooing is no longer something the minority have. It is becoming very popular and in years to come it will be more unusual not to have a tattoo.

The applicants believe Nailsea would benefit from a tattoo shop.

The applicants believe Nailsea would benefit from a tattoo shop. - Credit: Archant


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“Celebrities and public figures have made the art form very trendy and the tattoo industry is flourishing as a result. Tattooing is an expression of art and self-expression and would add diversity to Nailsea.

“The shop is at the rear of The Arcade and it will remain in keeping with the rest of The Arcade, in terms of colour and look.

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“The shop will be scrupulously clean and kept to the highest standards – it will look modern and fresh. It will not detract from the surroundings.”

The pair say their business would improve the cultural offering in Nailsea too.

They said: “With a surge in population in the area there is definitely room for another shop vying for the professional market.

“We believe the art of tattooing will bring diversity and new culture into the centre and we will have art evenings where people can come and learn to draw their own tattoos or explore other cultures for ideas. Our artists have tattooed all over the world and have a wealth of experience and techniques.

“We may have late evening opening on some evenings to try to encourage the public to use Nailsea centre during the evening as well as the day times.”

Nailsea Town Council has raised no objections to the idea, but North Somerset will have the final say.

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