Mum decided to rename her son after a botched tattoo.

Johanna Giselhäll Sandström, from Sweden, decided to get her children’s names, Kevin and Nova, inked on her arm.

But the tattooist made a spelling error and the 30-year-old was left with the name Kelvin instead of Kevin, reports Yahoo 7.

The mother said her “heart stopped” and she “almost fainted” when realising the error, local newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning reported.


“The artist drew the design and didn’t ask anything about the spelling so I didn’t give it any more thought,” she said.

Ms Sandström was told she would have to undergo a series of laser removal sessions to get rid of the tattoo and instead decided to change her son’s name to Kelvin.

She said she spoke to her husband and the name quickly grew on them as it was “unique”.

Well that’s a bit unusual.

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  • I guess it depends how old the child was.


  • Who changes their child’s name to match a tattoo strange


  • Dear oh dear, not smart not to spell the names for the artist.


  • Forehead slap. I have no words!


  • Hahaha… this reminded me of the story of my Pop whose middle name is Kenvil! It was written incorrectly on the birth certificate instead of Kelvin and so it had to stay.

    • Haha! My son had a Languages teacher, who was Italian. The same thing had happened to her. Her parents wanted to name her Nancy, but with their accent…. She’ll forever be known as Nensy.


  • This is a bit insane. How old is Kevin…. err Kelvin?!


  • I knew there was a sound reason why I never a wanted a tattoo. What a way to name your child though – hope grandpa Kevin isn’t too unhappy about being displaced.


  • Always check spelling for important things


  • That would be a difficult choice to make. One reason why I’m so reluctant to have a tattoo done


  • Always pays to check the spelling on everything.


  • It really does make sense to check designs before committing to a tattoo.

    • Laser removal can be quite expensive too!


  • Que sera, sera – whatever will be, will be. She will think of this song often, methinks


  • They must have liked the name Kelvin, otherwise you wouldn’t do such thing.


  • Um… I’m not sure how thrilled the kid will be when he’s old enough to hear this…


  • Getting rid of the tattoo was probably to completely. And if they like the name Kelvin, why not? :-)


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