Misspelled tattoo draws mom's wrath
Police: Amateur inks 14-year-old

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville woman is pressing charges against an amateur tattooist who, without permission, scribed her name on her son's arm - and spelled it wrong, according to police.

The alleged inker, Lance Nicholas Romero, 17, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and tattooing of children, both misdemeanors.

Romero, the mother claims, tattooed her 14-year-old son's right forearm Jan. 21 at a Boggs Road apartment complex while she was away at a funeral.

The boy, who also lives in the complex, was chatting with a friend about how badly he wanted a tattoo when Romero overheard them and offered his services, according to a police report.

Romero allegedly used equipment in his apartment to tattoo a cursive semblance of the boy's mother's first name, Joanne, on his arm, much to the chagrin of the mother.

The woman "stated the tattoo was not even spelled right," a responding officer wrote.

Warrants for Romero's arrest were issued Thursday. He hadn't been arrested as of Friday afternoon, according to Gwinnett County Jail records.

Tattooing anyone under age 18 is unlawful, except when done by a licensed physician or technician for cosmetic or medical purposes, according to Georgia code.