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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What do you think of the proposed tattoo ban at Suma Beach from this year?


By ALAN GIBSON

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Ai Yamamoto
Bartender, 25 (Japanese)
That's unbelievable! How could they even think about doing that? I would never be allowed to go to a beach again in my life. Give me a break!

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Steve Nelson
Systems engineer, 41 (American)
It's crazy! Just because someone has a tattoo, it does not mean that they are going to commit a crime. Most tattoos are just cool works of art.

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Kaori Maeda
Shop assistant, 25 (Japanese)
As a Japanese who seeks her own individuality in this changing world, I disagree with the tattoo ban, it shows lack of understanding of others.

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Deep
Language teacher, 33 (Canadian)
What next — no tattoos on the street? And how are they going to enforce that!? The police checking everyone all over their body on the way to the beach?

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Manabu Asada
Musician, 39 (Japanese)
Why would they do that? I love to see tattoos at the beach! I play at these events, sometimes, and it would make less people come to see my band.

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