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Tattoo shop says 'Walk Up Weekend' still on despite notice from Public Health

Posted at 12:12 AM, Nov 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-17 03:12:22-05

1st Amendment Tattoo in Southwest Bakersfield is hosting 'Walk Up Weekend' on Saturday.

Owner Chris Earl says 25% of proceeds will benefit Jamison Children's Center, Kern County's only 24-hour emergency shelter for abused and neglected children.

“There are 25 to 30 artists coming from all over California,” said Earl.

Friday, a hand delivered letter from Public Health says Earl doesn't have the appropriate permits to hold the event, specifically a body art temporary event permit.

 

But Earl says he's held similar fundraising events at his other tattoo business in the past.

“We do these kind of events all the time," said Earl.

Public Health says they plan on coming to the event Saturday if it does take place.

In an e-mail the department said:

"We will take action based upon what is happening on site and warranted for public safety."

Regardless, Earl says Saturday's event is still on.

“I'm worried because all of us work here," said Earl. "This is what we do for a living.”