Brit tattooist vows to keep his shop open in lockdown and ‘wants a party’

A British tattooist has vowed to keep his shop open despite the second coronaviruslockdown.

Aron Walton stated his studio will not close in breach of government rules that will be in place from Thursday.

The Bishopston owner posted a video on Sunday on Facebook and said: "“We will not be locking up our studio, not at all.

“I encourage every business to do the same… so anyway, where’s all the parties at? Who’s game for a party Thursday?”

The post was shared on the Facebook page of his Gloucester Road tattoo parlour, Holey Skin.

Tattoo studios are considered non-essential businesses and must shut from November 5, when a national lockdown comes into force.

Avon and Somerset police say they will ensure the new rules are followed.

In September, Mr Walton claimed he flew from Zante to Bristol Airport on an easyJet flight carrying three passengers who later tested positive for Covid-19.

Bristol Live revealed he kept going into his tattoo shop in the following days. He said he did not “consent” after Test and Trace identified him as a contact of someone who tested positive.

In yesterday’s footage, Mr Walton said: “It’s the first time in your life someone has actually had the cheek to turn around and say you’re gonna be locked down and can’t have bonfire night, as s****y as it is anyway and what they’re celebrating.

“I’m gonna open the studio as normal, work as normal, tattoo my client as normal, and afterwards I’m thinking firework display or bonfire.

“I will not be shutting my studio, I will not be consenting to anything to do with these guidelines whatsoever.

“I need to settle down a bit. I’m so excited. It’s great. I’m looking forward to exercising my rights.”

Mr Walton has been a vocal member of Covid-denying conspiracy group Stand Up Bristol in recent months.

In September, it threatened to “seize public buildings” if Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees did not respond within a month to its anti-lockdown demands. No buildings have been seized.

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Laura, a 41-year-old carer from Whitchurch, criticised Mr Walton’s comments.

She said: “Why can't people just think of others for a change? I'm fed up of the selfish, irresponsible people who do videos like this.

“It may be a tough few weeks but if we all do our bit then hopefully we will be able to have a good Christmas.

“These people who ignore lockdown or encourage businesses to stay open are just going to make lockdown drag on longer.”

A Bristol City Council spokeswoman described it as “hugely important” everyone follows the guidance.

She said: “We understand recent months have been difficult for businesses and many will be concerned about the impact of a second lockdown.

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have been working pro-actively and closely with businesses in the city to ensure they are operating in safe environments, following social distancing and hygiene guidelines and investigated reports of breaches to ensure these measures are in place.

“We continue to work with the police on the enforcement of rules and regulations in relation to Covid 19 and will continue to do so with the onset of a second lockdown.”

Holey Skin has been approached for comment.

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