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Gangsters forced boy to replace 'trademark' tattoo

TT/The Local · 10 Jun 2009, 16:18

Published: 10 Jun 2009 16:18 GMT+02:00

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The boy was approached by two members of the Fucked For Life gang after they learned that the 18-year-old had a tattoo on his arm bearing the legend Förstörd För Livet (Ruined For Life).

The boy said he got the tattoo because it reminded him of a rock band and he thought it was "a cool thing to do".

But two Fucked For Life members, 36 and 33, saw matters differently and contacted the boy to inform him that he had breached the gang's trademark.

The boy was told he had two choices: either cover over his tattoo with a new design or get it removed altogether.

Last winter he was taken to a tattoo artist in Tumba, the south Stockholm suburb where the gang has its base. There the offending words were covered over with a tattoo representing a long knife.

When the new tattoo was completed the boy was informed by the gang members that he owed them "compensation" for stealing their trademark. A couple of weeks later the boy's parents paid the men 50,000 kronor ($6,500).

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The two gang members are to stand trial at Södertörn District Court on charges of aggravated harassment, assault and aggravated extortion. The tattoo artist has also been charged with assault for inking the boy without his consent.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

22:06 June 10, 2009 by ooh456
WTF. This is truly a bizarre news item on so many levels. These people all need jobs.
23:26 June 10, 2009 by martell
Extortion - nothing new in gangland where the dwarves learn from the big ones.
01:32 June 11, 2009 by jimmyjames
Who exactly are these people ? They are all adults so why not give us some names.....I got a funny feeling about this nonsense.
08:51 June 11, 2009 by Kooritze
Sometimes I can believe I am on another planet here in Sweden!!! With news like this......and presented like this!

09:25 June 12, 2009 by Nemesis
Is the judge on another planet.

He should have sent the gang people to a shrink to find otu what is wrong with there heads, then the police for not arresting them sooner.
22:44 June 14, 2009 by Coalbanks
Why not? MacD.... can sue anyone using the name even if they are not in the fast- er, "food"? business so why not a couple of guys who have devoted their lives to creating an image, a brand of their own, why should some pale wannabe imitator be allowed to use & debase their "trademark"/brand?
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