Christchurch bar's tattoo ban prompts outrage

  • 25/08/2015

By 3 News online staff

A Christchurch man is frustrated a bouncer stopped him from entering an inner-city bar because of his extensive face tattoos.

Jesse Wright, 22, is considering a complaint with the Human Rights Commission after being blocked from The Rockpool bar on Hereford St on Friday night, Fairfax Media reports.

The tattoos include a Cheshire cat on his throat, an anarchy symbol, a cross, an anchor, his mother's birthdate and the words 'rest easy' on his eyelids.

Mr Wright was with around 30 friends at the time and was stopped at the door by the bouncers, who were concerned the tattoos may be affiliated with a gang.

"I find it highly offensive. You don't judge a book by its cover," he told Fairfax.

"None of my tattoos are gang-affiliated whatsoever, they all have high meaning to me. […] It's really, really insulting and it's hurt me deep down."

Rockpool owner Peter Whittaker says he plans to continue blocking people with facial or neck tattoos from the bar and told Fairfax he didn't want "that profile of person there".

The bar recently reopened after a $15 million rebuild brought on by the city's earthquakes.

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