December 2, 2020

Spell check! Spell check! Spell check!

Letters and words are extremely prevalent in tattoos. There are those who ink Bible passages, lyrics from their favorite songs, names of loved ones, nicknames, etc. Whatever words you choose to get permanently etched on your skin, make sure everything is spelled correctly before the artist begins to sling that ink. Typically, the artists will ask you to write your quote or name down before the tattoo is designed. After they apply the stencil on the skin the client will be asked to check out the design and spelling one final time before the tattooing begins.

There are countless comical — and not so comical — stories of misspelled tattoos. They’ve even made “Top 10” lists of the worst misspelled tattoos on numerous websites. Double-check, no, triple-check, the spelling beforehand and avoid becoming the next tattooed dummy on that computer screen.

The tattoo gods have spoken. Vaya con Dios!


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About The Author

Born to Dominican parents in NYC and raised in Passaic, NJ, in nearly a decade as an entertainment writer, Emmanuel Ureña has written for numerous publications, including VIBE,,, LLERO, Urban Ink, Inked, and many others. When he’s not typing away on his MacBook, Ureña is reading fictional novels and comic books while enjoying ice-cold Blue Moon beers. You might also find him at a local tattoo shop getting some fresh ink!

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