Tulsa celebrates 10 years of tattooing with the Oklahoma All-American Tattoo Convention this weekend at the downtown Hyatt.

It wasn’t long ago that tattooing was illegal in Oklahoma. In fact, my husband was one of the last to get an illegal tattoo in mid-2006 in his college friend’s basement. I still can’t believe he didn’t get blood poisoning.

Anyway, our state has come a long way since it became the last state to legalize tattooing 10 years ago. The tattoo industry is booming, with a studio on nearly every corner, not to mention that tattoos don’t raise eyebrows like they used to. If you’re under 35 and don’t have a tattoo, like me, you sort of feel like the odd man out.

Tulsa has come so far that we’re hosting the Oklahoma All-American Tattoo Convention this weekend. The event will bring some of the most talented national tattoo artists to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 100 E. Second St., from Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1. Attendees can book tattoos with the convention’s artists and/or enter their tattoos into numerous contests all three days for $10 per entry.

Convention hours are 2-10 p.m., Friday; noon-10 p.m., Saturday; noon-8 p.m., Sunday. Admission at the door is cash only: $20 for a single-day pass; $40 for a three-day pass ($50 to add a T-shirt); free for children 12 and under. College students with a valid college ID, active military, veterans and people with Federal Tribal ID card will receive a $5 discount at the door.


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