Thai tattooist mistook day for gay
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
An Australian football fan's tattoo tribute to his team went horribly wrong when the tattooist got the words day and gay mixed up.
The Geelong Cats supporter wanted a permanent reminder of the team's AFL triumph and decided to get a tattoo done on a celebratory trip to Thailand.
The supporter, called Neville, had 15 cans of beer to ease the pain and it took five-and-a-half-hours work.
He had asked for "Day Premiers 2007" to be written on his arm but instead the Thai tattooist wrote "Gay Premiers 2007".
His instructions for each arm were also taken literally as he now has "left arm" and "right arm" tattooed on the appropriate limb.
He had paid $150 for the artwork and to make sure the Phuket tattooist got it right, he wrote down exactly what he wanted under the headlines "right arm" and "left arm".
Neville told 3AW radio: "I couldn't believe it.
"I gave them a piece of paper and wrote down on the right arm, I wanted the new Geelong emblem they've got out now ... and Day Premiers 2007."
"I gave them a week to work it all out. And on the left arm side I wrote "left arm" and the two grandkids names and Night Premiers 2006"
"When I first walked in he showed me the picture of the thing, and I just looked at a picture and didn't really take notice of the words.
"My son-in-law walked in halfway through it ... and told me what happened, and I thought 'you're joking!
"Once they'd written right arm, I told them you might as well have left arm on the other one – and make it a bit fun."