4-26-06 - Oklahoma is the only state in the country with a ban against tattoos, which means good news for stores in the North Texas area who see a lot of loyal customers from up north. But their business could decrease soon if the Oklahoma legislature decided to lift the ban.
Some tattoo businesses in North Texas say they hope that Oklahoma does lift the ban because that will mean a much more competitive market once the illegal artists are gone. If the ban is lifted that will stop renegade artists from doing it underground.
Currently you can find illegal tattoo shops in Oklahoma, with their artwork being less expensive since they do not have the overhead of a licensed store, but it also means they do not have to comply with health codes and regulations.
Tattoos have been banned in Oklahoma since 1963. The tattoo bill was passed by the house and is on its way to the senate.