Tattoo Law: When Your Tattoo Turns Out Not-so-'Beatiful'
There are blawgs out there on everything from "Law and Magic" to "Mixed Martial Arts Law" so how can there not be a blawg about Tattoo Law? Is there not an ink-loving lawyer out there who will step up here?
A post today on the Slaw blog notes that tattoo law jurisprudence continued to build slowly last month when the Small Claims Court of Nova Scotia had occasion to rule in Ullock v. Slaunwhite. It seems Ms. Ullock is now the proud bearer of a tattoo that reads:
"You're so beatiful"
Ms. Ullock wanted to be "beautiful," not "beatiful," and the lawsuit followed. Unfortunately for the plaintiff, the court found that certain key facts doomed her case:
- The defendant drafted the tattoo phrase on a computer and showed the plaintiff the tattoo phrase she drew on the computer.
- The defendant took off a stencil of the phrase from the computer and showed the plaintiff the stencil.
- Only then did the defendant stencil the phrase on the plaintiff's arm.
Accordingly, the court found, the plaintiff was "the author of her own misfortune."
We obviously cannot continue to rely on all-purpose blawgs like Slaw to cover all tattoo law developments, so who wants to fill this void? Maybe it could be this attorney who already uses the domain name tattoolaw.com for his "specific practice areas related to the business of tattooing and for the tattooists, piercers, and artists that comprise the body modification industry." Perfect!
Posted by Bruce Carton on April 9, 2010 at 02:24 PM | Permalink
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