Tattoo parlor opens in former Presbyterian church in Michigan

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By: Associated Press

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A house of worship in Bay City for 123 years has been repurposed as a tattoo parlor.

The Bay City Times reports that Memorial Presbyterian Church held its last service in January. Its doors reopened last month as VooDoo Tattoo.

Shop owner Justin Rodriguez bought the building in May for $35,000 and spent more than $150,000 to renovate it.

Rodriguez retained religious trappings such as stained-glass windows, votive candles, statues of saints, the organ and altar.

But the walls are now green, purple and orange, among other colors. The exterior is yellow. Pews are gone, replaced by partitions for work stations where six tattoo artists and one piercer work.

Check out photos of the church online.