From the Home News Tribune:
TATTOOS, CLUB FEES TO COST MORE SUNDAY Sales tax to expand
By RICK MALWITZ
As angry taxpayers, they could make for a strange scene at a protest march — customers of Big Brad’s South River Tattoos marching in Trenton alongside well-tanned country-club members and their limo drivers.
Beginning Sunday, the 7 percent New Jersey sales tax will be extended to a wide array of services, including tattoos, tanning salons, nail salons, limousines, storage units, and memberships in country clubs, health clubs and shopping clubs.
“Everyone’s appalled, shocked, when I tell them,” said Brad Aschenbrand, who has been giving tattoos on Main Street in South River for 15 years.
“A guy comes in here for a $100 tattoo, and I’ve got to charge him $7 more. I have a hard time (getting) that first hundred from him,” he said.
Big Brad’s job gives him ample time to talk with his customers, and what he’s been hearing is people are fed up with high taxes in New Jersey. “The hum on the street is people want to leave,” said Aschenbrand.