The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 May 2006

You won't feel a thing

Governor Henry has signed Senate Bill 806, which legalizes the fine art of tattoo, putting the Sooner State out in front of ... well, nobody, actually, since every other state has already taken tattooing off the Forbidden List.

Since the provisions of the bill don't take effect until the first of November, the only immediate effect is to reduce by one the number of gripes from those who believe that if there's a bright center to the universe, they're in the state that it's farthest from.

Despite the law, those under 18 cannot go under the drawing pen, and body piercing for minors (except ears, presumably in the usual place) still requires a note from the parental units.

And, to no one's surprise, the state is contemplating annual licensing fees for tattoo artists and their establishments.

The Oklahoma tattoo ban was enacted in 1963, possibly motivated by health concerns; other states had bans of their own, but all fell by the wayside over the next four decades.

For those keeping score, the state's Greens and Libertarians have long been on record in favor of legalization.

Posted at 7:42 AM to Soonerland