What would you do if a tattoo artist messed up your ink? Have a three-day-long panic attack? Sprint to the nearest removal clinic? Sue? (All valid responses, to be honest.) One Swedish woman came up with a more creative solution when her artist screwed up her piece — but it’s definitely not for everyone.
Kyrkhult resident Johanna Giselhall Sandstrom, the proud mother of three, told local newspaper Blekinge Lans Tidnin that she wanted to get the names of her daughter, Nova, and son, Kevin, inked on her body just after the latter was born.
Her session went smoothly, she told the BBC‘s Newsbeat: “The spelling did not look wrong to me at first,” explained. “For me, the text is upside-down so it’s in the right direction when I’m standing.”
It was only when Sandstrom’s cousin pointed out the typo during their car ride home from the tattoo shop that she realized the artist had misspelled her son’s name. KELVIN.
İsveç’te yaşayan Johanna Giselhall Sandstrom, oğlunun adını dövme yaptırmak istedi: Dövme sanatçısı Kevin ismini ‘Kelvin’ olarak yazınca bir süre şok yaşayan kadın çareyi oğlunun adını Kelvin olarak değiştirmekte buldu…🤦♀️ pic.twitter.com/IlviQHR9e5
— GÜZEL GERÇEKLER (@hicnesesiyokk) May 16, 2018
“My heart stopped and I thought I was going to faint,” she told the Swedish paper after her story went viral, People reports. “The artist drew the design and didn’t ask anything about the spelling so I didn’t give it any more thought.”
Sandstrom immediately returned to the tattoo shop upon discovering the error and asked the artist for a solution. She was told laser surgery was her only option.
Faced with a huge bill to remove the erroneous ink from her arm, Sandstrom decided to go a different, cheaper, and arguably much more clever route.
“I had never heard the name ‘Kelvin’ before. There isn’t anyone who names their kid Kelvin,” she told Blekinge Lans Tindin. “So when I thought more about it, I realized that no one else has this name. It became unique.”
That’s right: She changed her son’s name to match her tattoo — and she has zero regrets.
“Now we like it better and do not want to change back,” she told Newsbeat, adding that the incident will not deter her from going under the needle in the future.
Thankfully, this story had a happy ending. Do you think any of the following misspelled tattoo owners are enjoying the same fate?