October 26, 1995 in Nation/World

Man’s Teed Off Over Irish Tattoo

 

Dan O’Connor is fighing mad. Not “fighting.” “Fighing.”

The Notre Dame fan went to a tattoo parlor in August for a permanent symbol of his allegiance to the school’s Fighting Irish - a $125 drawing of the university’s leprechaun mascot.

But when O’Connor took the bandages off, his girlfriend began laughing.

The inscription read: “Fighing Irish.”

“I was irate, and for a minute or two after I cooled down I kind of giggled,” he said. “But I can’t just live with this. You’re not talking about a dented car where you can get another one … you’re talking about flesh.”

On Monday, the 22-year-old from Lodi sued the Tattoo Shoppe in Carlstadt seeking unspecified damages.

O’Connor said he was humiliated by the typo. His friends call him “Fighing.” And even his girlfriend mocks the dropped “t.”

There was no comment Wednesday from the parlor. A man who answered the phone would not identify the owner, and the owner did not return a call.

O’Connor said the owner offered to squeeze a “t” into “Fighing,” but he declined.

O’Connor’s lawyer, Marc Chase, said it would cost about $700 for a laser procedure to remove the tattoo. O’Connor also wants compensation for pain and suffering.


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