Woman Takes Extreme Measures When Tattoo Artist Misspells Her Son's Name

By Dave Basner

June 13, 2020

Tattoo artists aren't perfect and occasionally, they make mistakes. When they put ink on someone and misspell a word there are a couple ways to deal with it - cover it up with something else, color it in, or even get it removed. However, one woman took the most drastic measure possible when her tattoo didn't come out right. 

Johanna Sandstrom of Sweden went to a tattoo parlor to have the names of her two kids put on her arm. She detailed to the artist the style of writing she wanted the words "Nova and Kevin" inked on her and he agreed and got to work. However, he wound up writing "Kelvin" instead of Kevin. When she saw the mistake, she explained to a local reporter how she felt saying, "My heart stopped and I thought I was going to faint."

Johanna returned to the tattoo parlor and the artist laughed. He explained to her how he showed her the design ahead of time and she reviewed it and agreed to it, but he still refunded her money and gave her the number of a tattoo removal clinic. 

After learning that the removal takes multiple treatments, she and her husband instead chose to do something else - rename her son. The name Kelvin had grown on Johanna and her husband and this way her son's name would match the tattoo. She explained, "I had never heard the name ‘Kelvin’ before. There isn’t anyone who names their kid Kelvin. So when I thought more about it, I realized that no one else has this name. It became unique. Now we think it is better than Kevin." Since the boy was only two, he didn't seem to even notice the change. 

Johanna has since had another child, a girl she named Freja. She does plan on adding her daughter's name to the tattoo but promises to "check it over ten thousand times" before it's inked on.  

Photo Credit: Getty, Johanna Sandstrom. 

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