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Sailor's World Famous Tattoos can stay at Towne West Square until at least Jan. 26

WICHITA — Sailor's World Famous Tattoos has a temporary reprieve and can remain in Towne West Square until at least Jan. 26.

Raul Tanguma and Justin Haas recently learned their 3-month-old business doesn't have the proper zoning.

"We did receive some . . . citizen complaints," says Kurt Schroeder, superintendent of the city’s Office of Central Inspection.

The city told them they had to be gone from the mall by last week, but they’ve been granted an extension.

Schroeder says Tanguma has been given time to decide if he and the mall want to pursue zoning changes and community unit plan amendments to get to stay.

Towne West has limited commercial zoning, which doesn't allow tattoo parlors, and also has a CUP that further restricts uses in the mall.

A few years back, the city tightened its zoning provisions for tattoo parlors and piercing establishments.

Tanguma may seek a review to change those provisions.

"It'll be interesting," Schroeder says.

If Tanguma pursues zoning changes, he'll likely need an extension past Jan. 26.

"We're going to kind of play it by ear," Schroeder says.

Tanguma is proceeding as if he's going to get to stay. In fact, he wants to invite people to bring old sailor pictures to his shop so he can display them.

He'd like "actual local guys, preferably."