The world famous angel wings tattoo covering my back is the FIRST and to date, ONLY tattoo to be issued a registration by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This is a legal precedent for the United States and also the world! Until now, no other body art (or any aspect or feature of a human body) has ever received such recognition by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Registration No. 2,645,270 was issued to me on November 5, 2002 for my full back angel wings tattoo, which was done in 1986 by Bob Roberts, in Los Angeles, California. Specifically, the Registration is a Service Mark in conjunction with commerce relating to body piercing services.
In accordance with the advice of my attorney, I had the encircled "R" ("indicia of registration") tattooed at the bottom of my wings. My attorney explained that he had never before in his career advised a client to get a tattoo. But, he said, in this case, bearing the encircled "R" would entitle me to greater legal protection of my Registered Service Mark (tattoo). There will be more comprehensive benefits due in the event I win any legal action brought about as a result of infringement on the Mark.
In addition to being the author of The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing. I was the founder and President of Rings of Desire, Inc. Body Piercing (closed post-Katrina); and founder of Chi-wa-wa Ga-ga, specialty dog clothing, costumes and accessories, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has also issued Registrations for the Rings of Desire name, and its wings-with-ring logo derived from my back tattoo.
Rings of Desire Logo
The Indicia of Registration
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Below is an article from the January 2005 Skin & Ink Magazine about my back tattoo being
the first body art to be registered by the US Patent and Trademark Office.