Tattoo magazine is being sued by a former staff member who claims he was fired for refusing to wear a pinstripe tie during a magazine shoot.
Mark Ritter sued Tattoo on Wednesday after the publication allegedly threatened to “disrupt” his livelihood in an online forum.
“This was the most ridiculous, most ridiculous piece of journalism ever put out by Tattoo,” Ritter told The Hill.
“The company said I was fired because of my tattoo.
It was not accurate.”
Ritter, a tattoo artist, claimed that the magazine was the subject of a hostile work environment that he says led to his dismissal.
“Tattoo was a place where people came together for a common purpose.
People wanted to know what tattoos they were getting, what they needed, and what they could do to help themselves,” he said.
“When they asked questions that were completely inappropriate, that were not in line with the tattoo community, I felt violated.
I was angry.”
Ritters suit seeks damages and attorney fees.
A tattoo artist in the United States.