The court has since ruled that the Sri Lankan authorities had no basis for their arrest and treatment of Coleman, awarding her more than $6,000 in compensation.

But this isn’t the first time a traveller have been faced with trouble while on an overseas holiday because of some body ink.

If you have a tattoo, then expect to face some resistance in Japan as the traditional of soaking in traditional onsen baths are reserved for people without tattoos.

An Australian couple also found themselves in quite a scary situation in Bangalore in India because of a tattoo a man had on his leg of a Hindu goddess.

If you have any visible tattoos, then be sure to enquire about the local customs and religions before you go, just to be sure.