Man owns up to obscene tattoo
A BACKYARD tattooist has admitted etching a lewd image on a man’s back after a disagreement.
Matthew Francis Brady, 22, yesterday admitted to tattooing a 40cm-long image of a penis and a crude slogan on a former mate’s back.
The 25-year-old victim had asked for a Yin and Yang design with some dragons but the end result was far from what he had hoped for.
Brady, an amateur tattooist, talked his friend into getting a tattoo after a disagreement at Ebbw Vale in October last year.
He tattooed his victim while another man watched and told him it looked “really good”.
The man was then punched and thrown out of Brady’s house and told not to show anyone the image for a few weeks.
But the victim showed a friend, and he was horrified to discover that what he thought was a stylish Chinese symbol was actually a huge image of a penis.
The victim was reported to be extremely upset at the time.
The story sparked headlines around the world after The Queensland Times first reported the case.
Brady appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday to plead guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and assault occasioning bodily harm.
He wore a black shirt, black thongs and blue denim shirts which revealed crudely-drawn tattoos on his hands and legs.
Prosecutors initially charged Brady with assault occasioning bodily harm but upgraded it to grievous bodily harm.
But the more serious charge was dropped yesterday and replaced with the original offence.
Brady will face sentence in Ipswich District Court on a date to be fixed.
Defence barrister John McInnes said a psychological report for his client would be prepared for the sentence.
Unrelated charges of evading fare, drink driving and driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle while his licence was disqualified by a court were adjourned until September 7.