Needle alert

I generally don’t go poring over the legal notices in the newspapers; they’re legitimate news, but hardly ever good news, and each and every five-pound notice is packed with ten pounds of Officially Mandated Boilerplate, which is not what makes for encouraging reading. To get my attention, a legal notice has to have something I’ve never seen before.

Something like this one, found in the Mid-City Advocate:


In accordance with state laws and regulations, [name and address redacted], a corporation, hereby publishes notice of its intent to apply within sixty days from this date to the Oklahoma State Department of Health for a Tattoo Establishment License, under authority of and in compliance with state laws and regulations: That it intends, if granted such license, to operate as a tattoo and piercing studio with business premises located at [address redacted], in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, under the business name of [name redacted].

Dated this 31st day of October, 2006.

Signature follows. I suppose that either this is nothing new where you live, or you can’t believe that the state actually regulates such things. But I’ve been here more than three decades (not all of it consecutive), and to me, this is news, and not bad news either.


  1. Winston »

    11 November 2006 · 5:36 am

    Governments will regulate anything they can squeeze a few tax or license fees out of. It’s easy with something like tatoo parlors since theirs is probably not the strongest or most feared lobby group up at the Capitol or in the legislative halls.

  2. CGHill »

    11 November 2006 · 9:00 am

    Especially since they’ve only been legal for eleven days (!).

  3. Goof Beyou »

    11 November 2006 · 11:24 am

    Uh, Winston, I think it has to do with the fact that Oklahoma has finally legalized the tattoo business after being the only state to outlaw those establishments.

    Forrest Claunch’s head, on the other hand, would explode if he read that notice.

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