Business license fees not comparable to others.
Getting a tattoo in Macon County can be an expensive endeavor. But for tattoo artists, working at their profession can be equally pricey.
In the state of North Carolina, each county sets its own annual fee for tattoo licensing through the local board of health. In Macon County, the cost is $700 for a parlor owner and $500 for every artist therein. According to local tattoo artists, that is just too high.
“It’s pretty ridiculous if you think about it,” said Tony Mingacci, owner of Estelle Tattoo Parlour in Franklin. “Comparatively, anywhere else it’s anywhere from $100 to $250. I don’t understand why they keep it so high for just a few businesses.”