Bad Tattoos Lead To 'Chi-Tonw Gate'


Posted April 13, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

TheFeed doesn't want to impugn everyone who wears tattoos. Some tats can be pretty cool, especially gunmetal blue pictures of hula girls on the forearms of the ancient sailors we like drinking with. Also, FeedBoss Gentle's arm tat of Neil Diamond*.

But we do want to slander the following two classes of tattoo-bearers:

  1. People with "tribal" tattoos around their arms. What tribe are you in, anyway? TheFeed regards these tattoos as haircuts from the 70s, only permanent.
  2. People in chicago who got the words "Chi-Tonw" inscribed on their bodies because a tattoo artist made a mistake on a stencil.
  3. Other people who intentionally had the mispelled moniker inscribed on their flesh as a show of solidarity with the offending tattoo artist.

See, after bad-spelling artist Sam Hacker was sued for the error, Several of Hacker's friends got Chitonw tattoos together, Then the Chicago Tribune wrote several stories on what some call "Chi-Tonw-gate," strangers started dropping into Hackers's parlor to get their very own "Chi-Tonw" tattoos.

"They want it spelled wrong," said Hacker. "They insist on it. They want it spelled the right way, now is what we're saying. They want it spelled C-H-I-T-O-N-W."

TheFeed rarely beats on people for typos (pot calling teh kettle black) but we're making an exception for the literally hundreds of people who receieved "Chi-Tonw" tats without taking a second to read 'em. It's only one word...or one hyphenate, anyway, and you're having it permantly inscibed on yourself. And for the people who got them put on that way on purpose? Words fail us. Click the link for the full, amazing details!

6abc.com: Tattoo Typo Leads to Trend


*This is not a joke. Gentle actually has a big tattoo of Neil Diamond on his upper arm.

Bad Tattoos Lead To 'Chi-Tonw Gate'


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