This is a story that appeared in the Dallas Observer blog yesterday. Driven largely by Lana Massey, the owner of the tattoo seen to the right (and according to her Facebook page a manager of a Gas Pipe – a long standing chain of Dallas area head shops) and her claims that the manager of an area Legoland children’s park found her tat offensive enough to ask her to leave and receive a full refund.
You can read all the full details on the blog, but essentially Massey is claiming that she was discriminated against because of her looks. While she insists that she was never told it was a specific tattoo that got her and her son booted, everyone agrees it was probably this one.
In Massey’s opinion there is nothing offensive about her tattoo – a rendering of Tinkerbell, topless and looks to be having a erotic moment with a light switch. While the latter detail is more sublime, the former is out there for the world to see on Massey’s calf (ironically about the height of many children running around Legoland). Massey claims that the manager is lying that others complained and that she was singled out and that she’s never been asked to leave from anywhere before.
Massey has several tattoos and is very proud of them. You can go to her Facebook page where you can find that she has made this incident a personal crusade and has spent the last few days contacting local Dallas media for attention as she plans on suing Legoland. There she has posted copies of emails from Legoland and gives further explanation to her side of the story. She does find it perfectly ok to rant about the manager that kicked her out, as “Morbidly obese, she was just gross” and has friends that feel that anyone that would find that tat offensive at a child’s attraction are, “fat, twinkie eating, bible banging hypocrites” (peet: a look at it again this morning reveals that she appears to have edited out many of the postings about her story – probably on the advice from a lawyer). She does also clearly state her objective, money, “We will be compensated, believe that!”
Interesting enough Massey does have a limit to what she would understand as offensive, “I could see if it was like a gaping vag or something like that, but I don’t have anything like that.” She also claims that the tat is original artwork from the 1940’s, but Tinkerbell – the animated Disney version – didn’t come out until the 1950’s.
I have added this story mostly because of the highly ridiculous nature of the tattoo and the idea that showing it off at a children’s park is somehow “ok” in her mind. I really admire tattoo culture and art, but this is where tattoo owners and I part. I have a t-shirt I think is really funny, “Abortions Tickle” (with a illustration of a woman looking coy), but I never wear it because I know it will offend people. But I also realize I am supplying her what she wants, attention, and that there are people that think she is in the right. It is certainly an interesting discussion.