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November 21, 2012

Man arrested after offering to tattoo a Mcalester police officer

McALESTER — A McAlester man was recently charged after offering to tattoo a McAlester police officer.

Joshua Lee Ross, 27, of McAlester was charged Tuesday in Pittsburg County Court with two misdemeanors after he allegedly offered to tattoo an undercover McAlester Police Officer Max Clark and for allegedly possessing tattoo equipment without a license.
This type of arrest is not common in McAlester, according to McAlester Det. Capt. Gary Wansick. 
“It’s relatively rare,” Wansick said.
Ross was arrested Monday after two McAlester police officers, Max Clark and Shawn Delana, went to Ross’s home.
Officer Clark described Ross as “a thin white male with tattoos all over him,” according to court records.
“Ross held the door open and told us to come in,” Clark said. 
Ross then walked around into the open dining room area and on the dining room table was all of his tattoo equipment, the records state.
Clark showed Ross a copy of the tattoo he wanted and Ross offered to do the tattoo for $250. 
Officer Clark then asked Ross about some of the equipment.
“Ross showed me the tattoo guns there on the table,” Clark said. 
That’s when court records state that Clark showed Ross his badge and placed him under arrest for illegal tattooing and all of his tattoo equipment was photographed and collected for evidence.
Ross with arrested and release after posting a $1,500 bond.
He is charged with one court of unlawful tattooing or offering and one count of purchasing or possessing tattoo equiment with out a license. 
If convicted, Ross faces up to 90 days in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.
In September the Oklahoma State Health Department fined a man $5,000 for operating an illegal tattoo parlor in Kiowa.
That man has not yet been charged, according to Tony Runyon Kiowa chief of police.

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