The Smoking Gun suggests that this is a piece of fake news which originates with the following image.
As seen above, the photo appears legitimate. In fact, it first surfaced online about 18 months ago as part of a “Worst Tattoo of the Day” post on the blog I Am Bored.
A review of court indices, of course, shows no such civil complaint has ever been filed (either in federal or state court) by “Brovent.” James Druber, administrator of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court (where Dayton residents file their six-figure complaints), said that he had heard nothing about the purported tattoo lawsuit.
Additionally, a review of the Nexis database turns up no “Rossie Brovent,” or, in fact, anyone with that surname. And a search for “Ryan Fitzjerald” (with or without the middle initial “L”) turns up nobody with that name.
Here is the original post.
However, looking at the EXIF data you can see the image has been manipulated in Photoshop.
Creator Tool Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
Create Date 2010:06:19 09:17:31-07:00
So, using the power of Google I was lead to a French blog post that pointed me to UgliestTattoos.com:
Via Ugliest Tattoos, le 16 décembre 2009.
Finally, the page was down, but I was able to retrieve a copy via the magnificient Wayback Machine. The page was cached on January 14th 2010, thus pretty much timestamping the image to the end of 2009.
The following is the (presumably) original image. Note the ugly writings at the bottom, which have been removed in later copies.
UgliestTattoos.com says it was uploaded directly to the site.
Submitted by: nasza-klasa via Submission Page