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Oklahoma Tattoo Laws

Tattoos are now legal in Oklahoma

Repealed by Laws 2006, SB 806, c. 141, 5, eff. November 1, 2006.

Historical Data

Laws 1957, HB 555, p. 162, 1, emerg. eff. May 29, 1957; Amended by Laws 1963, HB 665, c. 36, 1, emerg. eff. April 4, 1963; Amended by Laws 2001, HB 1964, c. 384, 10, emerg. eff. June 4, 2001 (superseded document available); Repealed by Laws 2006, SB 806, c. 141, 5, eff. November 1, 2006 (repealed document available).

841. Tattooing prohibited--Definition--Exemption

It shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo or offer to tattoo any person. As used in this section, to "tattoo" means to insert pigment under the surface of the skin of a human being, by pricking with a needle or otherwise, so as to produce a permanent indelible mark or figure visible on the skin. Medical micropigmentation, performed pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Medical Micropigmentation Regulation Act, [FN1] shall not be construed to be tattooing.

Provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any act of a licensed practitioner of the healing arts performed in the course of his practice.


2002 Main Volume

The 1963 amendment substituted "any person" for "any minor" following "offer to tattoo" in the first sentence.

The 2001 amendment added the second sentence in the first paragraph; and made other nonsubstantive changes.

Title of Act:

An Act relating to tattooing; making it unlawful to tattoo or offer to tattoo any minor; defining "tattoo"; making certain exemptions from Act; fixing penalty for violation of Act; and declaring an emergency. Laws 1957, p. 162.


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1. Advertising

In view of First Amendment, Oklahoma statutes proscribing tattooing do not prohibit advertising of tattooing services where tattooing is to occur in jurisdiction where it is legal.