Tattoo's dropped 'R' worth $9,000

July 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM   |   Comments

DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, July 5 (UPI) -- A Canadian tattoo artist who dropped an 'R' on a client's body message has cost her employer a $9,000 legal levee for removal costs.

In December 2010, Marie Huckle, 23, went to the Newcombe's Ink tattoo parlor in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to have a tribute to a recently deceased friend inked on the side of her abdomen.

She asked for a Gothic font to read "See You at the Crossroads," the National Post reported.

It wasn't until she got home that she realized her tattoo said "Cossroads."

The tattoo parlor first offered to do a cover-up tattoo, which Huckle declined. The parlor's owners then agreed to pay for eight laser tattoo removal sessions, which Huckle said wasn't close to removing the error.

It's "100 times more painful than getting the tattoo itself," she said.

She took legal action as it could take as many as 15 more laser treatments to remove the tattoo.

In awarding the damages, the adjudicator placed the blame on the tattoo artist.

"There is a high duty upon a tattoo artist to double check that everything is precisely as it ought to be before putting a needle to someone's skin and potentially making permanent something that the person would not want on their skin," the ruling said.

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