Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Oklahoma Will Continue to Prohibit Tattooing

Tattooing has been illegal in Oklahoma since 1965 and it appears that Oklahoma will likely continue to be the only state to prohibit tattooing, at least for another year. The chairman of an Oklahoma state House committee says members have more pressing issues to consider than thetattoo bill.

However, tattoo parlors are openly advertising, and drumming up plenty of business. The Tulsa County District Attorney issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for a Broken Arrow tattoo artist. He faces a possible $500 fine and 90 days in jail if convicted.

Opponents of the body art bill say tattooing can spread disease. Health officials say "regulation" would actually curb the spread of blood borne illnesses like Hepatitis.


At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they need to legalize it but with the restrictions of age & the cleaniness of the parlor. There is nothing wrong with tattoos! If you look 99% of Oklahomans have tattoos so why not legalize it?? If it was possible for the public to vote on it & not the stiff upper collar people that would be fair we vote for the gov't, senators, school board officals & etc.. so why not let us vote on it or JUST PASS THE BILL for us to do tattooing.

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