S.S. Lake Ypsilanti, later the USS Lake Ypsilanti in 1919

Ypsilanti has long had ties to tattoo shops and the U.S. Navy. Many an Ypsilanti swabbie got their first tattoo in downtown Ypsilanti before shipping off to the war.

When those naval men grew up, was it any wonder the first chance they got, they named a ship the USS Lake Ypsilanti.

Fast forward to 2008 and Downtown Ypsilanti is home to not one but two tattoo parlors, Liquid Swordz on N. Washington and Ink for Life on N. Huron.

On Wednesday, December 17th at 7:30pm, the Planning Commission is considering a rules change for tattoo businesses in the Downtown and Depot Town Business district.

However, full-time DDA Director and part time tele-evangelist Brian Vosburg is very much opposed to easing the restrictions on these Ypsilanti dens of iniquity and perversion. It is little wonder Vosburg pushed so hard to move the DDA office so he didn’t have to tell visitors he worked across the street from the Deja Vu and Liquid Swords.

Vosburg is firing up business owners, especially in Depot Town, to oppose any change to the zoning regs.

Vosburg rarely, if ever, comes to meetings in Ypsilanti after 5pm, so it will be interesting if Vosburg actually attends the Planning Commission meeting. Mayor Cheryl Farmer is expected to show up Wednesday as she has opposed tattoo parlors since she first came to power in 1995.

Someone should ask at Wednesday’s Planning Commission for a show of hands of everyone that has a tattoo or knows a family member with a tattoo.

The only tatt the Tattler has is the one under the left wing she got after accepting an invite to attend a WWF event. Who new the WWF has nothing to do with wrestling.

The Tatt still can’t get over the nut at the WWF that thought tattlers were a protected species and after the tattoo put a radio collar on me. Tattlers are not very often confused with eagles, make that  pretty much never.

Sadly, the Tattler won’t be able to attend with Vosburg and Mayor Farmer as she and the family are visiting our cabin on Tattler Lake before we close it up for the Winter. So shoot the Tatt a bird gram and let me know how goes the meeting.

In the mean time, maybe the Mayor can ask Congressman Dingell to get us a Naval base at Ford Lake or better yet, Water Street. We can then benefit by the new military buildup as we watch our car industry swirl down the tubes.

History of S.S. Lake Ypsilanti

Lake Ypsilanti, a 2371 gross ton (5300 tons displacement) freighter, was built at Detroit in 1918 as part of the World War I emergency ship construction effort. Completed in September 1918, she sailed to Europe in convoy as a U. S. Shipping Board vessel, and was then assigned to the Army coal trade, carrying coal from Wales and Ireland to French ports. On 11 January 1919 the ship was taken over by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (N.O.T.S.) and placed in commission at Cardiff, Wales, as USS Lake Ypsilanti (ID # 4114). She was transferred from the Army coal trade to the Navy coal trade on 19 February 1919 but continued to operate between the same ports. Departing Cardiff for New York on 14 June 1919, Lake Ypsilanti was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board on 15 July of that year. She was scrapped by the Ford Motor Company in 1928.

Hmmm, the Tatt could not help noticing Ford scrapped the Ypsilanti in 1928 and 60 years later Ford is scrapping all of  Ypsilanti when the Ford/Visteon/ACH plant closes down in three weeks.