Senate Bill 844 passed unanimously through the Health and Humans Services Committee at the behest of opthamologists who see the trend as dangerous, with the potential for blindness.
However, a local Oklahoma City tattoo artist, Jason King, stated that "you could probably count on one hand" the number of individuals in the United States who have eyeball tattoos. King believes the legislature is again trying to "advance a moral agenda and save us from ourselves." Many would agree.
It has only been a couple of years since tattoo shops were made legal in Oklahoma. Before that, those who wanted to get inked, fled south to Dallas - taking their cash with them. Gambling was another Oklahoma milestone, as it made tentative in roads via legalized gaming on Native American reservations. So, to some, this needless bit of legislation bodes poorly for the social and economic advances that had begun.
Not too many years back, Oklahoma ranked in the top five for highest paid state officials while ranking only around 47th for money spent on education. Consistently, issues such as legalized tattoos, gambling, and lotteries were shot down by the "moral" majority while the state languished in economic recession. Why does this matter to eyeball tattoos? Perhaps it doesn't, but it is symptomatic of the mindset at the capitol.