Caveat Emptor

A recent small claims case in NS has reinforced the point that if you are thinking of getting a tattoo you might want to apply a spell-checker or perhaps you might want to stop using your spell checker so that your eye might be better trained to spot spelling mistakes. In this case the individual saw the preview of the word and the stencil on her arm where “beatiful” (aka beautiful) was spelled incorrectly. The adjudicator ruled that “…the Claimant is the author of her own misfortune. The Claimant saw the phrase on the computer, on the stencil and then on her arm before being tattooed and she approved of the tattoo”. So at the end of the day, know that caveat emptor applies even when getting your tat. CBC Story.

Just in case you might be wondering, this is not the first time that the law of tattoo has been discussed on Slaw. I’ll do my best to create a law related post with the Nova Scotia International Tattoo later this summer.


  1. She shouldn’t feel too bad. The celebs are doing it too.

  2. Francis Barragan

    With a little bit of research on the internet, you can find plenty of misspelled tattoo horrors… don’t know if any of those have been tried as well.