Mum renames son after epic tattoo fail

Bianca Soldani
Acting Lifestyle Editor

Tattooing your partner’s name on your body is always a risk. If you break up down the track, you’re stuck with a constant reminder of your failed romance – as many unlucky-in-love folk have found out.

But you’d think that tattooing your child’s name would be decidedly a safer option, right? Well, not for this mum.

Johanna Giselhäll Sandström from Sweden, had to take a rather drastic step after she decided to get a tattoo of her two children’s names, and it went seriously wrong.

Would you change your child’s name after a tattoo typo?

Despite having seen the design before it became a permanent addition on her arm, Johanna didn’t notice a glaring spelling mistake in her son’s name.

The boy, who’s almost two, is called ‘Kevin’ but the ink says ‘Kelvin’, and instead of going through the lengthy and painful process of tattoo removal, or covering it up with another design, Johanna decided to change her son’s name.

Yep, you heard correctly, she legally had it changed to ‘Kelvin’ and now loves the unique sound of it.

“I thought I was going to faint,” she told local paper Blekinge Läns Tidning of the moment she noticed the spelling error.

“I said I wanted the names of my children tattooed on me and I gave the artist their names. The artist drew the design and didn’t ask anything about the spelling so I didn’t give it any more thought.”

She’s since had a third child and also hopes to get her moniker added to the collection.

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