The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

2 May 2007

Oh, that wicked ink

You might be forgiven if you thought that the Oklahoma Legislature was utterly afraid of tattoo artists: while they finally got around to letting the decorators ply their trade, they also stuck them with some locational limitations. The law provides, for instance, that no tattoo parlor can be located within 1000 feet of a school, a church, or a playground, a restriction consistent with — well, nothing, really:

[B]ars which serve alcohol for on-premise consumption must only be 300 feet away from any public or private school or church. Strip clubs must be 500 feet away from playgrounds.

In February, the Association of Body Art, a tattoo trade organization (and who knew there was one of those?), filed suit against the state; yesterday, an Oklahoma County District Judge ruled that the distance regulations, and the requirement for a $100,000 bond, were unconstitutional.

I presume that neither bars nor strip clubs will have to move in the wake of this decision.

Posted at 7:25 AM to Soonerland

Strip clubs must be 500 feet away from playgrounds.

I first read that as applying to strip malls. And it actually sounded like a good idea.

Posted by: McGehee at 1:08 PM on 2 May 2007

There is a similar ordinance in Illinois, or maybe it is specific to Chicago. A moralist church moved within the proscribed distance of a notorious tavern, and then tried to use the ordinance to shut down the tavern. The judge ruled that the church was the violator and would have to move.

Posted by: triticale at 11:19 PM on 5 May 2007