Local Artist Fixes ‘World’s Worst Tattoo’

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AKRON -- A tattoo that's been known on the Internet as one of the worst portrait tattoos ever inked has now been officially fixed right here in Northeast Ohio!

When you go online and type 'world's worst portrait tattoos,' it is one of the ink jobs that comes up first.

"I was embarrassed to show anybody the tattoo from the start just because it didn't look like my wife," explained Chad Stahl of Tiffin, Ohio.

Stahl had someone ink a picture of his wife, Melinda, on his shoulder as a tribute to her after the one year anniversary of her death.

She was killed in an electrical fire in 2006 shortly after the couple got married.  They have three children.

Stahl heard about Empire Ink in Akron and drove several hours from his home in Tiffin to get the botched tattoo finally fixed by Scott Versago on Thursday.

"Showed me his tattoo and I was, I think my jaw literally fell open.  Wow, couldn't believe it was the infamous piece that I'd seen on the Internet," said Scott Versago of Empire Ink in Akron.

The old tattoo is gone, now covered up by the new one and the Stahl family says they are much happier.

"I showed my kids last night and my 8-year-old said, 'It looks so much more like my mom.'  I'm very, very pleased. Words can't explain how grateful I am to that man, I feel like like I owe him," said Stahl of Versago.

Versago usually charges $150 an hour but did the four-hour project for free because he said he wanted to give the man closure after his tragic ordeal.

"He was almost in tears, he was very happy, he said he was happy that I could finally help bring closure to this horrible scenario of events," said Versago.

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