August 06, 2010
A friendly piece of advice to anyone considering tattooing their love for their favorite team on their face: If you decide to go through with it, you may want to avoid running afoul of the law.
North Carolina resident Donald Shaun Black pleaded guilty this week to charges stemming from a drug deal-turned-robbery on April 28, the Gaston Gazette reported. The primary reason Black was unable to make a clean getaway? The man he robbed at gunpoint was able to describe him to police by the powder blue Tar Heels logo he had tattooed on his right cheek.
Black, and his brother, Brendan Black, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell drugs. Robbery with a dangerous weapon charges against the Blacks were dropped as part of plea agreements.
Brendan Black pleaded guilty to an additional charge of malicious conduct. He yelled at police during the arrest, told them he had a gun and reached behind his back as if he was grabbing for a weapon. Officers subdued Black with a Taser gun but he still spit in the officers faces. Black said he had been drinking the day the incident occurred.
Missing from the article was a little more background information on what caused Donald to get his face tattoo, but perhaps someone will do a jailhouse interview and a follow-up piece.
Either way, let this be a lesson to Mike Tyson, Kenyon Martin, Chris "Birdman" Andersen or any other tattoo-happy athletes. Continue to stay clean, or the tribal image around your eye, the ex-girlfriend's red lips on your neck or the colorful tattoo sleeves up and down your arms may give you away.