"The Hobbit" director Peter Jackson.

"The Hobbit" director Peter Jackson.

Kiwi director Peter Jackson has been inked with the same tattoo as a man he helped save from death row.

The Southland Times reported Jackson and Damien Echols – one of three men who were accused of murdering three eight-year-old cub scouts in 1993 – visited a Queenstown tattoo parlour earlier this week to get tattoos.

The owner of the tattoo shop, Greg Burt, confirmed to the paper that both men had visited but refused to give any other details as “it was kind of special”.  Read the rest of the article here.