Tattoo Typo Led to Lawsuit

Here's a funny story about tattoos and typos:

How in the world could a man end up with a typographical error tattooed on his chest?

That was the question raised last week by a news story about a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court by Michael Duplessis, a Northwest Side auto mechanic who said that in April 2005, tattoo artist Sam Hacker inked “Chi-tonw” on his chest where he had asked for “Chi-town.”

The suit accuses Hacker and Jade Dragon Tattoo & Body Piercing, where Hacker worked at the time, of negligence.

But four of Hacker’s professional colleagues rose to his defense Wednesday afternoon in a most fitting and unusual way: They got “Chi-tonw” tattoos of their own.

Their purpose was to show that the error-control safeguards at tattoo parlors render Duplessis’ accusation of negligence a “farce,” according to 31-year-old “Dras” (pictured; one name only), who went first.

Link - via reddit

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I'm on the customer's side. If you actually read the article, Hacker admits that he's the one that mixed up the letters, and the customer didn't catch the mistake. The customer didn't even realize until the next day that it was messed up, probably because it was hard for him to notice the mess-up by looking at it backwards (in a mirror). It probably took a friend making fun of his new tattoo for him to realize it.
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I recall seeing one of those TV court shows the local station runs about 50 of a day several years ago (I think it was Judge Joe Brown) that had a case involving a misspelled tattoo. It didn't go particularly well for the defendant, I seem to recall.
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So... basically the guy is suing the tattoo parlour because he can't read? If I was getting something permanently emblazoned on my body, I think I'd want to check for spelling errors first. And if I knew that I was bad at spelling, I'd bring along a friend who wasn't.
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