Tattoos Gone Bad And What To Do Next

There’s something so permanently awesome about a really bad tattoo. From having an ex’s name removed to facial impressions that are here to stay. Even the great artists had their off days, but while Picasso or Monet could screw their cock-ups into a ball and throw them in the nearest bin, when tattoo artists get it wrong their mistakes last, well, forever.

Tattoo artist Ryan Fitzgerald from Dayton, OH was hit with a $100,000 lawsuit last week by his ex-girlfriend Rossie Brovent. She claims that her boyfriend was supposed to tattoo a scene from Narnia on her back but instead tattooed an image of a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it.

Apparently, Ryan found out that Rossie had been cheating and figured he would use this opportunity to get revenge. Originally, Rossie tried to have Ryan charged with assault but it was proved unfounded when she signed a consent form.

Was this scandal against her boyfriend worth a permanent reminder? Moral of the story is probably think long and hard about your next tattoo. Also it is wise not to get a tattoo from the boyfriend you cheated on with his friend!


In the United States, there is no federal law stating a required age to be tattooed. When a person reaches the age of 18 in the U.S., they are legally considered an adult. Many states require that the person being tattooed is an adult over 18, but some states do allow minors (17 or less) to be tattooed with parental consent.

The law here (in all of the UK) is 18, no parental consent clauses. And contrary to what someone says, you won’t be able to walk in anywhere and get a tattoo at 16 with a parent to sign for you. Of course there are places dotted around that will tattoo you under-age, but not if you go in and admit you’re under-age, parental consent or not.

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Who Can Remove a Tattoo?

The first thing to try is a visit to your GP to find out if you are eligible to have your tattoo removed on the NHS. It’s unlikely that they will fund you, but some Health Authorities will make an exception in some cases. At the very least your doctor can give you some advice about what method is best for you, and you can ask him for a referral to a reputable cosmetic surgeon who could do the work.

You might see cheap tattoo removal advertised in the newspapers – it’s never a good idea to go for the budget option for any cosmetic procedure. Find someone who is registered with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) or the British Association of Cosmetic Surgeons (BACS) and at least you’ll know that you are in good hands. Ask questions – ask what options are available, find out the success rates for the different options, and find out how long the surgeon has been carrying out the procedure.