Suing for a bad tattoo

A couple from Ireland contacted me because they wanted to sue a Chicago tattoo shop for a spelling mistake made on one of their tattoos.  They got the tattoo at 3:00 a.m. Chicago time after what sounds like more than just a few pints.  But hey, maybe they were on Dublin time and thought it was really 9:00 a.m.

The tattoo is on her thigh, presumably for his viewing pleasure only.  It must suck to have this mistake made and they could sue, but it’s probably not worth it.  The damages are really minimal, probably the cost of getting the tattoo fixed and maybe a little bit more for their troubles.  It would probably cost more to fly back here and pay for lodging and if she has to give a deposition, she might have to do it twice.

Plus, while they told me that they weren’t “that” drunk, it certainly could create the possibility of a defense.  They said they wrote the words down on a piece of paper and handed it to the artist, but that piece of paper is gone.  They didn’t notice the mistake until the next day.

So unless they want to plop down a couple grand for a lawyer, it’s probably not worth pursuing.  And in many cases, that’s what you really need to decide.  It’s not about who’s right or wrong, it’s about what makes sense objectively.

In the mean time, enjoy this gallery of tattoo disasters.

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