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First Amendment Suit Forces Long Beach to Alter Zoning For Tattoo Shops

The change in zoning was prompted by a lawsuit brought against the city in 2011 alleging that its rules governing where tattoo parlors could exist infringed on the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The suit, filed by James Real, owner of American Beauty Tattoo in Huntington Beach, sought to capitalize on a 2010 ruling that stated tattooing was a federally protected form of free speech.