Quick! What’s So Wrong With This Tattoo?

I stared at this tattoo for almost 10 minutes before I realized what the issue was.

An Olympic torch bearer by the name of Terri Peterson decided she wanted to get a tattoo to celebrate the fact that on June 30th she was one of the very few who got to carry the Olympic torch through Derby in England. In all the excitement, she marched on in to a tattoo parlor and ended up with what you see above — a misspelled tattoo.

Bizarrely, when she realized the mistake, Peterson didn’t throw a fit and threaten a curse on the house of the tattoo artist. She didn’t even take him up on his offer to fix it! Instead she said this: ”He felt so bad when he found out. He wanted to fix it but I decided I want to keep it. It’s fine. It’s the Oy-limpics – it’s as unique as I am.”


I want to know what this Peterson woman is smoking and I want some. Tattoos are permanent, people, so if you get one that happens to be misspelled, you should probably get it fixed. On top of being an avid drug user with very clouded judgment, Peterson is a dream tattoo customer. If only everyone else with a misspelled tattoo could chalk it up to being as “unique” as they are, this world would be a finer place.


Photo: BBC


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    • Courtney

      I got a tattoo in college (my 2nd out of 3) that ended up misspelled. I had a hunch that something was up with the tattoo artist (turns out he was high) but I went through with it anyway. It’s on the back of my neck and I haven’t been able to seriously entertain the idea of letting anyone touch it in the 6 years I have had it. I keep my hair over it as much as possible, and I’m fine with it for now. I used to obsess over it, but after about a year I started to forget it was even there, and most of the time when someone asks about it it takes me a second to figure out what they’re asking about. Maybe if it were in a more visible place like the one in this article appears to be I would feel differently, but I certainly wouldn’t spend more money and let someone else try to fix a tattoo mistake just because other people think I should.

      • Amanda Chatel

        My friend actually got a misspelled tattoo a couple weeks ago — she was drunk and gave him the wrong word. When she went back to have it fixed they injected it with witch hazel which is supposed to help… nothing yet though.

      • Lacy

        So here’s what I want to know. How does this happen? I ask this out of genuine curiosity, not trying to be a snarky bitch. Every tattoo I’ve ever had, the artist put a transfer on first and let me look at it to make sure it was in the right spot and give me an idea of what it would look like before they grind it into my skin permanently. Then they just go over it. Did the guy just freehand it or did you not notice the mistake or what?

      • Amanda Chatel

        Honestly, I have no clue.

        Like you, I’ve always received the transfer first. All I can figure is that in my friend’s case and in the case of this torch bearer, they’re the ones that fucked up by either not spelling things correctly, or double checking the transfer.

    • Jen

      This lady sounds waaaaaaay more laid back that I am. And I’m pretty laid back.

    • Maggie

      Oy. I would’ve freaked out. I went to school with a guy who intended to have “Never Lose Faith” tattooed on him, but unfortunately neither he nor the tattoo artist knew how to spell, so now his forearm says, in 1″ high letters, “Never Loose Faith.” Cringe.