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Not So Beautiful

April 2nd, 2010 by

Time and time again we see bad tattoos.  Some are bad simply because someone has bad taste, some are bad because the tattoo artist was a scratcher or just plain talentless and some are bad because they totally missed the mark of what they were originally intended to be.  The most painful to look at (and possibly the most humorous) of these types of tattoos of course, is the latter.

“Missed the mark” tattoos come in a variety of awful forms, but I would say that the most common is the tattoo that has been misspelled.  You know the type: some saying or quote that was intended to be profound, but comes off utterly stupid because of an error as small as spelling “beautiful” as “beatiful”.  Oh wait – that actually happened?  Damn.

Yep, that did indeed recently happened to Amy Ullock of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  She went into a local tattoo studio wanting to have the phrase “You’re So Beautiful” tattooed on to her arm, but ended up instead with ‘You’re So Beatiful”. Tattoo artist Marie Reid typed the phrase into her computer and then showed it to Ullock.  When Ullock had read and approved it, Reid placed the stencil on Ullock and went to work.  It wasn’t until after the tattoo was finished that Ullock realized what had happened.

“There was a brief confrontation at the tattoo parlour. Reid told Ullock she would have to wait a couple of months before she could fix the gaffe, and Ullock and her irate brother were ordered out of the shop…Ullock went directly to another tattoo artist, who tried to fix the mistake.”

Deciding that she was not going to back down, Ullock took the matter to small claims court and well, lost.  Adjudicator David Parker ruled that Ullock had no one to blame but herself.  And you know what?  Of course she had no one to blame but herself.  If you’re that plain dumb that you don’t see a typo in the words that are going to be permanently inked on to your flesh, then you deserve whatever you get.  Sorry, it’s a hard lesson to learn, but it’s a lesson to be learned all the same.

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