Your Opinion: Capital Tattoo apologizes

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to address my community, friends and neighbors regarding the unfortunate issues surrounding this year’s Living Windows display, offered to the community by Capital Tattoo Company.

It is our position that there were publicized inaccuracies involving the degree in which our window was presented at this year’s event. It is our understanding that some members of the community viewed our display as inappropriate; one person quoted as saying “at different times, we had exposed derriere.” We view this entire situation as being blown out of proportion. We have received many more positive responses and support from many members of our community.

Capital Tattoo Company would like to formally apologize to both the city, as well as any members of our community that were offended by anything we displayed in our window during the Living Windows festival. We would like to point out that the tattoo was actually placed on the girl’s leg, not on her derriere as quoted in the News Tribune.

Capital Tattoo Company took every precaution possible to ensure that our display would not be viewed as provocative in any way. The garments worn by both the artist and the young lady receiving the artwork were provided by Capital Tattoo Company and chosen with care. The artist wore a festive Santa hat and the young lady was wearing a pair of long-legged fleece pajama bottoms and a long-sleeved long-john style Rudolf printed shirt and a nice warm pair of fuzzy socks to make sure her feet were covered. She also wore a set of reindeer antlers on her head.

When the artist performed the tattoo on the young lady’s leg, she did in fact pull her pajama bottoms down, on one side, above the knee. She had an appropriate length pair of shorts underneath the pajamas and the only skin exposed was the area on her leg in which the art was being placed. To ensure no amount of additional skin was exposed, we taped surgical drop around any other area in question. Again we would like to remind everyone that the only skin exposed was the young lady’s hands, face and the area where the artwork was being placed.

Capital Tattoo Company is not only surprised but also disappointed at the reaction from a small percentage of our community. It is our position that these allegations are both ridiculous and unfounded. However, any and all comments and/or suggestions are duly noted and will have great bearing on our future window displays for years to come.

Everyone employed at Capital Tattoo Company is very family oriented and we have always prided ourselves and placed high standards on positive community involvement. We have participated in multiple downtown events, always offering free entertainment and swag for the kids.

We value our community and it was never our intent to disrupt or upset any of its members. Thank you for your time regarding this matter.

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