Another issue with tattoos and why photos are so important

So today I was looking into updating a missing persons case and found some conflicting info on his tattoos. The tattoo in question was on the MP’s arm. One source said it said “RIP PUSHER T”. Then I found another source that claimed it was actually “RIP PASHA”.

I looked further and eventually found an old Instagram account whom the MP had apparently abandoned a few years prior to his disappearance. One of the photos showed him asleep on a sofa with his arm outstretched, and you could see part of the disputed tattoo. I could make out “RIP PUSH CHEA” but the curve of the arm obscured the rest.

I thought the tattoo probably spelled “RIP PUSHER CHEATER”, but I wasn’t sure, so I kept looking. Towards the bottom of the Instagram page there was a photo of the whole tattoo: “RIP PUSHA CHEAA”.

I think what may have happened is that whoever put the information down, in both of the conflicting sources I saw, was just hearing the tattoo described, and not having it spelled out for them. I can see “Pusha Cheaa” being misheard as “Pusher T”, and maybe the second person misheard “Pusher” as “Pasha” and didn’t catch the “Cheaa” part at all. Not sure.

In any case, this is another example that goes to show why photos of tattoos are vitally important to show if at all possible.

One thought on “Another issue with tattoos and why photos are so important

  1. Patrick Kerrigan January 3, 2020 / 4:36 pm

    I quite often see references to a missing person’s tattoo’s. One of the thoughts that I have in regards to tattoo’s, is wondering if there is a magazine that tattoo artist would normally subscribe to.

    If there was such a magazine, law enforcement should be posting notices to it. It might help possibly identify who drew the tattoo, and maybe possibly identify an unidentified victim. There is a Cold Case in Cook County, where the female victim had two tattoes (Joe 64) and (SWE) on her body. It would be a long shot, but something to try.

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