Law in Popular Culture

Oops. Rolling Stone cover puts John Hancock signature under Constitution tattoo on star's bare back


A famed rock ‘n’ roll music magazine is getting a lesson in legal history from its readers.

John Hancock, because of his huge signature, is one of the best-known signers of the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, readers are pointing out to Rolling Stone. The comments were sparked by seeing a tattoo of the 1787 document inked on the bare back of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the magazine’s latest cover over a copy of Hancock’s famous signature from the Declaration of Independence, according to the New York Daily News and the Washington Times.

The new issue of the magazine officially debuts Friday. A Rolling Stone article on the new cover says nothing about the blooper, but a magazine representative offered an explanation to the Daily News that “the Declaration of the Independence is on the other side, but we couldn’t fit in all the signatures.”

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