Man loses legal battle to use drawing of penis as his signature
A man who used a drawing of a penis as his signature for a laugh has lost a five-year battle with Australian authorities for it to be recognised.
Jared Hyams scrawled the provocative - and hairy - moniker at the bottom of a form for the Australian Electoral Commission as a joke but will be breaking the law if he continues to use it.
He said: "When I did this signature all of a sudden the s**t hit the fan. I was receiving letters and phone calls telling me I couldn't have it. I thought, that's interesting, why not?
"I thought it would be a laugh; they would approve it and next year I would sign something different.
What followed was a five-year battle by the 33-year-old with various official bodies as he tried to get his novel signature used on all sorts of documents and identity cards.
The various rejections and challenges his unique quest threw up led him to begin his own legal studies, a course he will finish next year.
And while the Australian Government have officially rejected his cheeky signature, his driving licence from Victoria does have it, as does his library card and his proof of age card.
Hyams plans to continue to use the signature, but he admits if he had known the trouble it would cause, he would have chosen a different symbol for his joke.