April 1st, 2010
01:16 PM ET

Judge on misspelled tattoo: Only 'u' to blame

Her tattoo was supposed to be beautiful - literally, with the word inked into her arm. But it turned out to be anything but for Nova Scotia resident Amy Ullock - in fact, it turned out to be "beatiful."

Ullock's misfortune began with the tattoo request which was typed onto a computer, shown to her and stenciled on her, according to CNN affiliate CBC. When she finally got a look, that's when she noticed there was a letter missing in the tattoo. It led to a fight in the store and eventually landed her and the tattoo artist in small claims court.

On Thursday, Amy Ullock got her answer from a judge on who was responsible in the form of that same missing letter - You, adding people having nobody else to blame if they don't catch the error.

The judge ruled Ullock was an "author of her own misfortune" and denied her restitution.

Ullock isn't the first to end up with messed up ink (even Heroes star Hayden Penatierre suffered the same fate). And a quick Google search shows a variety of unfortunate tats including: one that would be extreme, if only they'd spelled it that way.

The other takeaway? There are slew of tattoos out there with the word tomorrow spelled out in a variety of incorrect ways. Perhaps spell-check has its downsides after all.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Jay

    15 Years old? Sounds wrong from the start. Perhaps if the parents were paying closer attention to their child, she wouldnt have been allowed to try to get a tattoo in the first place. Sure, the Tatoo artist cant spell, but she shouldnt have been there to start with. Pay attention to your kids and know whats going on!

    April 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    34 million people in Canada and this is the only news story about the country that CNN feels is newsworthy enough to print. ugh!

    April 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. I think poster "someone who thinks for themselves" is speaking from experience

    LOL! "Someone who thinks for themselves" had a bad tattoo experience? Seems like it! Without getting into whether or not a 15 yr old should be getting a tattoo, bottom line, she was shown, she approved, she was tattooed. If she is not old enough or wise enough to understand the meaning of, "Yeah, that looks great! Ink me!" perhaps she isn't old enough to get the tattoo in the first place. I don't give a flying fig if the original typo was the fault of the artist. It was approved. When I got my tattoo she showed me the design which she copied from a sketch I gave her, put the stencil on my leg and I looked at it in a mirror, liked it and ok'd it. Get over it. You got a bad tat. If she didn't have a fit in the studio perhaps they could have come to some sort of agreement, possibly a fix or price reduction.

    April 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jen

    It doesn't matter if you're 15 or not. To be honest I got a tattoo from marie when I was 14 ! I am now nineteen and even then she was very Professional and clean. I had many chances to tell her I didn't like the tattoo or it didn't meet my expectations. It felt like an agreement when she showed me the stencil and asked if this is what I wanted and if I'd like anything to change.

    July 2, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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