The History of Tattooing in Oklahoma
A brief History of Tattooing in Oklahoma by "D.C." Dave.
Gabe from TVM ventured out into the Oklahoma area and found a very interesting individual. Dave, more well known as D.C. at Bennetts Tattoo, shared his life experience in the tattooing industry.
D.C. or "Dave" had so much to say about how the tattoo industry began in the Oklahoma. As it's relatively knew to being legal here. In May of 2006 Tattooing became legal. So as it's only 2017 tattooing has only been legal in Oklahoma for 11 years.
He spends quite a bit of time devoted to giving advice about Tattooing, as well as getting started in the tattoo industry.
Oklahoma has a very interesting history about tattooing seeing as Natives to this land roamed through Oklahoma's plains since before the beginnings of Western Civilization were tattooing and inking each-others bodies as war paints, decorative pieces and many other forms of tattooing. So it is hard to pinpoint when tattooing became a thing in this area but according to written records in Oklahoma, tattooing was not legalized until 2006. Can you believe that? IT WAS ILLEGAL TO GET A TATOO UNTIL THE YEAR 2006 IN OKLAHOMA! Oklahoma was the very last state to remove its prohibition of tattoos and it was done on May 3, of 2006. Tattooing has and will most likely always be a controversial subject because of the type of artwork it is. Artwork itself is expressive and then you're putting that artwork on your body for display making it even more profound.This image is by Aaron Plyler at Black Sheep Tattoos, if you would like to go to his Instagram page click on the picture or this text Even before legalization was completed there had been many tattoo shops in and around the Tulsa area, but since it became legal there has been a burst of Tattoo shops popping up all over Oklahoma with many different styles that are present within them. Keep in mind Tattooing is an art and can be manipulated in the eyes of both the artist and the canvas he/she is working with and there are many different types of bodies out there as canvas' for these artists. For a more broadened idea of tattooing in the world check out our main article Tattoos