02/02/2014

Tattooed Man Has Banned Name

I've often toyed with the idea of changing my name legally. I don't have a problem with being called Steve but it's hardly the most thrilling of names. I was thinking of changing it to "Your Highness". At least that way, when I get pulled over by the police they would be forced to treat me with a level of respect I think I deserve.

Turns out, there are some downsides to having a silly name. For a start, most people will assume your parents were celebs, but more importantly it can lead to administration issues. Britain's most tattooed man changed his name to "King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite" and now he can't get a passport. Even if he could get one, imagine the size of the thing to fit that on it.

Previously known as Mathew Whelan, he changed his name probably because he wanted to stand out from the crowd, as if being covered in drawings wasn't enough for the crowd to get the hint. He passport renewal was rejected on the grounds his new name was not appropriate. Because as well all know "King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite" is a girl's name.

"This is a breach of my human rights", King said, "They want to put my birth name on my passport. But that is not my name any more."

Hmm, human rights gets brought up a lot. As soon as something does go the way a person wants it to they go on about human rights. Do we really have an innate right to be called by ridiculous names? Does calling someone by an old name really hurt their existence?

As much as I think people misuse the human rights angle, in this story, it doesn't matter what he puts on his passport. Let's be honest, you'd recognise that face.

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