A newlywed husband found himself in the doghouse with his wife when he got the wrong wedding date tattooed on his finger.
To make matters worse, Wayne Lomax got the inking done just two weeks after his big day — and even then didn’t notice the mistake for six weeks.
The plasterer had decided it would be romantic to get the wedding’s date tattooed on his finger instead of wearing a ring as he was worried he would lose the jewelry while at work. It wasn’t until his wife Natalie was telling pals at a party about his romantic gesture six weeks later that the red-faced couple realized he gave the tattoo artist the wrong date — swapping August 25, 2017 for July 25.
Luckily, mom-of-three Natalie saw the funny side and claims it was something that “could only happen to them."
“It just basically sums up how we are. Everything is a laugh and a joke. Everyone says, 'That could only happen to you two — that’s just you two all over,'" Natalie, from York, in the U.K., said.
“Because he’s a self-employed plasterer, he can’t really wear a wedding ring with his job. So we said before [the wedding] we’d get the ring for the day and then after that he’d get my name tattooed down one side of his finger and the date of the wedding on the other side of his finger,” she added. “It wasn’t until five or six weeks after that we were all at a party, and I was telling people he’d had the tattoo done.”
“He’s not got a very good pain threshold so he was in agony getting it done. I’d been telling people how much it was hurting and something clicked in my brain. I said, actually, can I just look at it? Instead of 25.08.17 he had 25.07.17. He’d got July instead of August,” the newlywed recalled.
“I was like, you’ve got the wrong date and he said he hadn’t, and then I said, 'Look that’s July and we got married in August.' So we both stood staring for ages and burst out laughing.”
“He said it was my fault and I said, ‘How’s it my fault? You told the woman what to do and got it done.'
“I think he told them the wrong date. He’d been putting [the date] into an app on his phone to see what kind of font he wanted. He got it wrong in his phone and he showed them [the date] off his phone when he got there. We both found it so funny.”
The incorrect wedding date just added to Wayne’s collection of strange tattoos — after getting his own name tattooed on his arm at 16. Luckily, Wayne was already going back to have the faded ‘t’ in Natalie’s name redone, and his tattoo artist corrected the seven to an eight.
He also got the names of his children Alfie, 8, Tommy, 6, and Lacey, 2, tattooed on his other fingers in a sweet tribute to his family.
But cheeky Wayne wasn’t done there — and even encouraged his partner of nine years Natalie to get their correct wedding date tattooed on her ring finger too. Natalie, who works in housekeeping at a hotel, said, “When he went in to get it changed, he booked me in for a tattoo on my leg for my Christmas present. I was laughing at him for his reaction to the pain when he was getting his fingers done.”
“So he said you need to get a tattoo and I got the wedding date and the names on my ring finger too — but I still wear my rings though. It was really painful on your fingers, it definitely is. He was just laughing at me saying, 'I told you so. And you think I’ve got a low pain threshold.'
“But then I had a three and a half-hour sitting for the one of my leg, which he said he couldn’t do. Wayne’s tattoo is due to be done for a third time, as that seven is still visible through the eight and the ink just doesn’t like staying in his skin, what with his job and everything. It may be perfect one day, but we are having plenty of laughs getting there,” Natalie said.