Epic and ridiculous tattoo fails

By Jake Schroeder

Some things you just have to think about before doing – like getting tattoos. When you just leap into things feet first, bad things can and will happen. From misspellings to awful art, these are some of the worst tattoos we’ve ever seen.

Epic and ridiculous tattoo fails
Epic and ridiculous tattoo fails

Finally, a bad tattoo

Sure, you could get costly, painful laser surgery to have tattoos removed, but isn’t it easier to just think about the whole thing beforehand? “Nope!” this young woman probably replied, as she got a tattoo that was meant to say “Finally famous” across her sternum. Unfortunately, the artist forgot one of the Ls in “finally” and she ended up being “Finaly famous.”

Finally, a bad tattoo
Finally, a bad tattoo

Lost in translation

Naz Mila has made quite a name for herself on social media, and so she wanted to treat herself with a new tattoo. As the story goes, Naz apparently intended to get a tattoo that said ‘only God can judge my mistakes and truths.’ While this is a nice saying, she accidentally got something quite different tattooed on her body. So unfortunately she ended up getting a tattoo that says “I can judge a single god with my wrongs and wrongs.”

Lost in translation
Lost in translation

A nice idea

Presumably, this guy wanted to show his love and devotion for his girlfriend. He decided to take a very nice picture of her to the tattoo parlor, and ask for the artist to draw it on his skin. Sadly, we can not in good faith say the artist did his girlfriend justice. We’re not sure that he captured her eyes, smile, or just about anything correctly. Again, the intention was completely romantic and wonderful, we’re just not entirely sure that the execution measures up.

A nice idea
A nice idea

Opposite effect

According to this young woman’s caption, she believes that – because she got the word “vegan” boldly tattooed on her face – she will no longer have to tell people that she’s vegan. While her plan may or may not work, we still think this tattoo might inspire people to ask her other, even more awkward questions. For instance, a common one might be “why on earth did you get the word vegan tattooed on your face?”

Opposite effect
Opposite effect

‘Tazting’ the rainbow

This tattoo error seems so obvious, that it just might be she purposely chose to go with a z instead of the s. We can understand why some people would confuse it with a z. Nevertheless, it seems like quite an interesting error to make, especially if you love the candy that’s being tattooed to your body. If one has a love of Skittles, as this woman clearly does, then shouldn’t she know the correctly way to spell this candy?

‘Tazting’ the rainbow
‘Tazting’ the rainbow

A mysterious woman

Marilyn Monroe serves as an icon to women across the globe. She’s not only an inspiration because of her acting career, but also because of the fact that she kept it so real. So it’s no wonder this woman wanted Marilyn tattooed on her arm. What is a wonder, however, is the fact that she left that tattoo parlor with that on her arm. If we didn’t already know her goal was to have Marilyn tattooed on the arm, we would have no idea who that was.

A mysterious woman
A mysterious woman

Time to get grilling

This past year, Ariana Grande released a number of hit singles, including ‘7 Rings.’ To celebrate her song’s success on the pop charts, she decided to get a tattoo on her hand. We guess she should she was getting 7 rings tattooed in Japanese, but he fans quickly let her know it meant something entirely different. Apparently, Ariana’s tattoo actually refers to a Japanese style barbecue grill. Good think Ariana has a net worth of $100 million, because she might need that money to get her tattoo redone.

Time to get grilling
Time to get grilling

Where’s the resemblance?

So, the tattoo has a beauty mark and some curls in her hair – we think. That’s as close to Marilyn Monroe as it really gets, though. The woman who was once an icon and one of the world’s most famous pin-up girls has been honored in a truly horrific way here. The tattoo, complete with flowers and leaves, had the potential to be beautiful, but sadly, they missed the mark by quite a long shot. Better luck next time – if you’re brave enough to get another tattoo after this.

Where’s the resemblance
Where’s the resemblance

Eternal reminder

There’s only one thing worse than a tattoo about your ex-girlfriend, and that’s a tattoo of your ex-girlfriend’s selfie. Actually, make that two things. The second is a tattoo of your ex-girlfriend’s selfie which is, unfortunately, not so well done. Was there not a better picture he could have used? Or was there not a better tattoo artist for the job? And why didn’t this guy go for a traditional dragon tattoo or floral design?

 

Eternal reminder
Eternal reminder

Ain’t that the truth

This tattoo might be the definition of irony. The young lady in question clearly wanted this important, and very true, reminder forever imprinted on her chest. But instead it turned into the biggest joke of her friend group. What she meant to get tattooed was obviously “nobody’s perfect”, but in her case the more accurate sentence is “no tattoo artist is perfect”. We hope someone a bit more professional fixed the mistake, so she got the tattoo she wanted in the end.

Ain’t that the truth
Ain’t that the truth

A loving portrait

Someone has had the lovely thought about getting a tattoo of what we can only presume is a relative or partner on their upper arm, but this most likely isn’t what they expected to receive. Not only is the tattoo dark and unrecognizable, but also, what happened to her teeth? While the idea is nice and may even be a loving memory of a lost loved one, there must have been a better tattoo artist for the job.

A loving portrait
A loving portrait

Artistic quote

In theory, this is a nice tattoo. It has a sweet and inspirational quote, presumably aimed at a lover. However, it takes a bit of time to get your head around the design, to be able to read it in the first place. The mix of fonts makes us a little uncomfortable, as does the lack of spacing between the words. What’s in the heart at the bottom, too? Is it even a heart? This tattoo raises so many questions, and we wonder if this person goes out in shorts anymore.

Artistic quote
Artistic quote

The easiest way to get lost

So, firstly, we can’t even come up with a meaning or reason behind this tattoo. Compass tattoos are one of the most common designs in body inking. They usually symbolize things like letting fate decide your journey and following your dreams. However, this tattoo comprises of many strange symbols. The most shocking thing about this back tattoo, however, is the placement of each letter. Who’s responsible for this monumental mess-up? Was it actually on purpose, or was the tattoo artist incompetent?

The easiest way to get lost
The easiest way to get lost

The similarities are uncanny

This woman has a tattoo as a tribute for a children’s movie, and we can only assume she’s probably a huge Disney lover. What we presume is the person’s name, is written below a picture of Stitch from Disney’s popular film, Lilo & Stitch. However, the adorable Experiment 626 from the movies looks nothing like this ghastly creation. Could this be a new experiment from Dr. Jumba? Either way, we don’t expect Disney to recreate Stitch to look like this any time soon.

The similarities are uncanny
The similarities are uncanny

A multilayered tattoo fail

This lady has an incredible tolerance for pain, as getting a tattoo on your armpit is probably the most painful thing she’ll ever experience short of childbirth. But…We’re not sure it was worth it. For starters, hardly anyone would ever see it. But even if they did, (or especially if they did) exactly what message was she sending? That she smells like an onion? We don’t know, but she certainly seems to be living her best life there.

A multilayered tattoo fail
A multilayered tattoo fail

A kingdom far, far away

To be fair, we have no idea what this woman wanted to be the queen of, and it very well could have been the Queen of Prome. Prome is a city in central Myanmar, which is located just to the south of China. Truthfully, however, it’s not the safest place to be right now, which makes us think she probably meant for the tattoo artist to write ‘prom’ instead of ‘prome.’ To be the Prom Queen would have meant she got to wear the crown in front of all her friends. To be the Prome Queen means something a bit different.

A kingdom far, far away
A kingdom far, far away

We’re all howling, too

Looking at the bottom image, you’d expect to see quite a picturesque tattoo. That is until you see the top half. Has that wolf lived in McDonald’s for the last eight months? His chin is almost the size of the moon below him. Could it be intentional as part of some long joke? Did they just want it to be comical, yet appear normal upon a first glance? While the wolf looks as though it’s in some sort of agony, it is definitely an amusing tattoo, to say the least.

We’re all howling, too
We’re all howling, too

Scales

We actually think that this tattoo was very well done, and that’s what makes it terrifying. For some reason this woman wanted her leg tattooed to resemble snake scales. She found a tattoo artist who did it so well that if we saw her leg under a table we would probably run the other way. It might be a work of art but it’s also not the kind of thing that we would want on our leg for the rest of our lives!

Scales
Scales

Placing is as important as the design

This woman has a tattoo which will no doubt say something along the lines of “no regrets,” seeing as this is one of the most common tattoos around. However, her choice of placement was a little off. While the tattoo is probably elegant and inspirational, the location of it most definitely is not. Well, it might be on any other occasion, but for the sake of her engagement photo, the tattoo seems to tell a different story than her ring.

Placing is as important as the design
Placing is as important as the design

When you see it

This guy’s tattoo is a little bit harder to see. Have you spotted it? Here’s a hint, it’s nothing to do with his arm and neck tattoos. Yep, that’s right. Those glasses are tattooed onto his face. This man wanted to rock the well read and intelligent look all day every day, so, what better way to do so than just get a pair of square glasses inked onto his face permanently? We’re not sure we’d ever be this devoted to a look to commit it to our skin forever.

When you see it
When you see it

A quote from an idol

While this may be a joke, we’re a little worried it may also have been messed up by accident. Not only has Bon Jovi’s name been turned into Jon Bovi – someone should pitch the name change to him – but the grammar is also shocking. It’s also difficult to tell whether or not the handwriting is intentional or just by a really skeptical tattoo artist, that maybe suffers from the shakes. All in all, it’s a unique way to honor Bon Jovi – and we all know what we mean by “unique.”

A quote from an idol
A quote from an idol

A creature of our nightmares

While it may not be a traditionally scary monster, this tattoo is scary in its own way. It’s worryingly bad, but in a way we kind of love it. Does this count as a tattoo fail? We’re thinking it might be more of a tattoo win. Who wouldn’t want a strange little dinosaur monster concoction tattooed onto their body? The tattoo might have a deeper meaning, like a replication of a child’s drawing, or, equally, it could be the work of a horrifyingly bad artist.

A creature of our nightmares
A creature of our nightmares

Close enough

This tattoo was so close to being beautiful, it was practically within touching distance, but it just missed. Actually, it missed by quite a lot. What could have been a beautiful image of a newborn child, quickly became something that has more resemblance to an otherworldly creature. Is the tattoo of a young baby or a 70-year-old man? We guess we’ll never know. One thing we do know, however, is that this person more than likely went home to research cover-up artists.

Close enough
Close enough

Not for the faint-hearted

If you’re anything like us, this is precisely what haunts you in your dreams. The tattoo is scarily real, making it a marginal success. He no doubt achieved what he wanted, which makes this tattoo better than the others on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less absurd. Who even wants a three-dimensional arachnid over their face – well, apart from this guy? The legs are horrifyingly realistic, but we can only imagine the pain this man went through to have a tattoo over his nose and eyelid.

Not for the faint-hearted
Not for the faint-hearted

Their true love

We really cannot decide what the aim of this tattoo was. We’d like to think they did their research and knew what the tattoo meant before getting it inked, but then, do we want to believe that they knowingly got “turkey sandwich” tattooed on them in Chinese? The alternative is no better, however. This involves getting a tattoo which they believed meant something else – something deep and personal, no doubt – but ended up with this. We have so many unanswered questions regarding this tattoo.

Their true love
Their true love

Another heartfelt tribute

With Freddie Mercury being one of the greatest stars of all time, it’s hardly surprising that a vast number of his fans have tattoos in his memory. However, this one stands out from a crowd for all the wrong reasons. This tattoo was supposedly meant to be a realistic replication of the former singer but ended up as a far cry from that. We can’t imagine that anyone went into a tattoo studio and asked specifically for this, but we could be wrong.

Another heartfelt tribute
Another heartfelt tribute

Inspiration and motivation

Tattooed quotes have become incredibly popular all over the world. Some have quotes from celebrities, others from family members, and a huge number of people have generic quotes which seem to be perfect Instagram captions. This person, however, has a quote tattooed on them, that we bet you’ve never seen before. What a way to avoid a cliché tattoo! Although, we wouldn’t recommend using a spelling mistake to make your next tattoo unique, because it might just gain attention for reasons considerably different to what you hoped – sorry, hooped.

Inspiration and motivation
Inspiration and motivation

No pain, no gain

Have you ever pictured yourself jogging down the beach, flaunting your six-pack, or getting an incredible body without ever lifting a finger? Well, this guy has the answer. While we have to admit that this tattooist’s dot work is pretty impressive, we’re sure that the tattoo was probably more painful – and expensive – than working out for the very same ripped body. Regardless, this tattoo is ingenious and creative. It’s executed well but still seems just a little odd to us.

No pain, no gain
No pain, no gain

Spell check, people!

Please, someone, tell us this was a joke. No, don’t, that’s no better. Whether this was purposeful or not, it’s still shocking. We can’t help but wonder how no one noticed the error, before it became permanent, or even during its creation. The tattoo may have been inspirational and have a deep meaning to this person, but it is completely and utterly ruined by the horribly obvious mistake. Plus, that’s not going to be an easy cover-up by any stretch of the imagination.

Spell check, people!
Spell check, people!

This has got to be a joke

While the thought of this tattoo alone makes us shudder, we’re pretty sure it was supposed to be entertaining and ironic. Whether purposeful or accidental, however, this tattoo is one of the worst we’ve ever seen. It’s huge and unmissable, meaning this unfortunate soul has got to look at that every day for the rest of their lives. Even if it was supposed to be an amusing tattoo, that humor will surely wear off quickly, and then they’re left with a pretty shocking piece of ink.

This has got to be a joke
This has got to be a joke

Eminem M&M

Other than their names, there is not much that rapper Eminem and an M&M have in common. Despite this fact, someone decided that combining the two would make a cool tattoo. Sure, the face is a very good likeness of Eminem (despite the fact that it is clearly blue) and the shading and texture show that the artist knew what they were doing, but the concept is so very bizarre we don’t know what this person was thinking.

Eminem M&M
Eminem M&M

Turtle head

That’s one way to deal with going bald. Tattooing something on your head is always a bold move, since everyone is bound to see it wherever you go. This guy seems to have a love of turtles that surpasses the normal level. Now, he’s going to have a turtle on his head for the rest of his life! This one could take some getting used to, and we hope his friends and loved ones like turtles as much as he does or it could become problematic.

Turtle head
Turtle head

The hair

Troll dolls are popular toys that are particularly known for their iconic hair. They have this big colorful hair that sticks up super high. This man noticed that the hair on the back of his arm resembled a troll doll’s style, and decided to capitalize on it. He got a tattoo of the famous toy and used his natural arm hair as the doll’s hair. There’s no doubt that it’s creative, but it’s also one of the weirdest tattoos we’ve ever seen.

The hair
The hair

Darth who?

Apparently, this guy bought a tattoo machine and thought it would be a good idea to give himself a Darth Vader tattoo. It seems that he neglected to practice before he went ahead with his tattoo, and that was probably a mistake. The sketchy result only vaguely resembles the legendary Star Wars antagonist, and now he’s stuck with it. Tattoos are something that are probably better left to the pros, no matter how easily you can purchase the equipment on Amazon.

Darth who?
Darth who?

Gorilla in the mist

Alright, so right off the bat – this tattoo is actually very well done, artistically speaking. Unlike many other entries here, it has that going for it. Unfortunately, that’s about the most we can say. It’s a funny gag, we guess, but it can only work if he constantly shaves that area of his head. That’s not a tattoo, it’s a lifetime job. But that seems like a small price to pay for terrifying small children for the rest of your life, doesn’t it?

Gorilla in the mist
Gorilla in the mist

Is everything okay, Pikachu?

We’re… We’re a little uncomfortable looking at this tattoo of the most famous Pokémon, Pikachu. He’s clearly going through something – possibly Pokémon puberty – and we simply want no part of it. This person wanted a big part of it, apparently, because he got the image forever etched onto his skin. And now, for the rest of his days, people might see the tattoo from afar and say, “Oh, cool, Pikachu!” And then, when they get close, the perplexed look on their faces will speak volumes.

Is everything okay, Pikachu
Is everything okay, Pikachu?

A bit of grammar

We hate to be sticklers for grammar, but this person left us no choice. His tattoo, while containing an inspirational message, is sending out the exact opposite one of what he was trying to say. Two wrongs don’t usually make a right, but they do in grammar. A double negative means a positive, and “Never don’t give up” actually means “Always give up.” It’s not quite what they were going for, and that’s a shame, especially considering it would’ve been fine if they had just left off the “don’t.”

A bit of grammar
A bit of grammar

Yankees fan

“I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can,” Jay Z once rapped. Well, we’d argue that this person could make the Yankees logo more famous than a Yankee can. Really, how hard is it to draw the Yankees logo? It’s literally just an N intersecting with a Y. Sure, their shapes are distinctive, but really any letter N intersecting with a letter Y would’ve been recognizable as the logo of the most decorated team in baseball. This doesn’t look like that. It doesn’t look like anything.

Yankees fan
Yankees fan

Fierce

What can we say about this one? So, we don’t know if this is intentional or not, but if they wanted a realistic tiger, they must have been horribly disappointed when their tat was finally finished and this is what they saw. Has the tiger had a terrible car accident? It certainly looks as though it has. We can only hope they wanted some sort of abstract tiger, but if not, it must have been a shocker to stand up after several hours, only to witness that in the mirror.

Fierce
Fierce

Yeah, that’ll work

Some of these people’s choices can really make you question your faith in humanity. This woman (we can tell by the pink fingernails) wanted to get “fearless” tattooed on her knuckles. As an eight-letter word, it could fit perfectly. Eight letters, eight knuckles. How could anyone mess this up? By forgetting the second S, that’s how. “Aw,” the tattoo artist was thinking, “I’m one letter short. Oh, well, I’ll do a heart instead.” Don’t do a heart, tattoo artist. Do the second S.

Yeah, that’ll work
Yeah, that’ll work

Larry King Jr.

This tattoo is for the record books. Just file it under “Idea that looked great on paper.” Getting suspenders tattooed on your skin sounds like a laugh until you realize no one will ever see them until you take off your shirt. But the real kicker of this tattoo is that he seemed to have tattooed the same pattern on his thumbs just so he could pose the way he’s doing in the photo. That’s dedication to a bad idea, and we can respect that.

Larry King Jr.
Larry King Jr.

Which witch?

Apparently this person wants the world to know that it will not be a witch that will kill them, but that witches only make them stronger. Perhaps they meant to use the word “which” here instead of “witch”? Easy mistake, we get it. If only this mistakes wasn’t inked onto their body for forever. We hope that the regret from this tattoo will only make them stronger and that they avoid witches – and spelling bees, for that matter – for a while.

Which witch
Which witch

Regret “somehing”

The most ironic part of people who get tattoos about not having any regrets is that if they have a spelling error, then the ink job is probably one of their biggest regrets. So, in other words, this person probably does regret something and it is definitely this horrible misspelled tattoo. Or at least we think they were trying to say they regret “nothing” and not “nohing” because we’re not really sure what “nohing” is.

Regret “somehing”
Regret “somehing”

*You’re

All of the grammar geeks of the world will cringe when they see this photo. This would be their worst nightmare to have a permanent grammar mistake inked onto their body constantly reminding them of the mistake. Hopefully this person isn’t so into the English language and is okay with the fact that their tattoo uses the wrong “your”. They clearly meant to use the contraction “you’re”, which stands for you are. Oh well, better luck with “you’re” next tattoo.

*You’re
*You’re

Rest in “piece”

While those who are in heaven are meant to “rest in peace”, we don’t think this is what this person was going for. They clearly meant to say “A little piece of heave” and now they are left with a disastrous ink fail on their arm. If anything is really a little piece of heaven, it is certainly not this tattoo. It would seem they really struck out when they decided to go into the parlor.

Rest in “piece”
Rest in “piece”

Lyrical genius

There’s no doubt that this tattoo was a joke or maybe even a dare from some – cruel – friends. Either way, it’s pretty shocking considering this poor person – is their name actually Dave? – has to live with this forever. Although, it’s a pretty incredible poem and would put the likes of Kanye West and Stevie Wonder to shame for their lyric writing! Jokes aside, however, what goes through someone’s mind to make them think that having this permanently on their skin is a good idea? We’re definitely intrigued.

Lyrical genius
Lyrical genius

Ever heard of spell check?

This picture speaks for itself, really. This egotistical person is so sure of themselves that they decided to get a tattoo, telling people how great they are. Except, they’re that brilliant that they couldn’t even get it spelled right. What’s more worrying is that the tattoo artist didn’t question the spelling, or even more worrisome still, the spelling mistake may even be because of the artist. Regardless, this tattoo is humiliating, especially seeing as it spans across their entire upper back!

Ever heard of spell check
Ever heard of spell check

He’s always watching

Now, we’re not sure whether or not to even class this as a tattoo fail. It’s pretty creepy but, it’s kind of cool, in a weird sort of way. Is it for when he uses the classic “I’ve got eyes in the back of my head” line on his children so that they can’t dispute it? We hope so. We don’t envy whoever took this photo, though. It’s got to be unnerving sitting behind a face that’s seemingly staring at you. Let’s just hope that wasn’t a long haul flight.

He’s always watching
He’s always watching

Dream big

We wonder if this guy dreams of having a really intelligent and good looking tattoo. If so, then apparently there are dreams that are too big. Unfortunately, even though this is just a small mistake and a seemingly easy fix, looks can be deceiving. In order for a tattoo artist to add an extra o in there, it would have to be tiny because there is simply not enough space between the words to do so. Sorry buddy, find another dream.

Dream big
Dream big

Look upon a star

If we hadn’t already been told what this tattoo is supposed to represent, we probably never would have guessed its meaning. Our first impression was that this person really loves the look of freckles, and she always dreamt of having them. Since no amount of sun exposure granted her the precious freckles she wanted, she decided to make it happen by going to the nearest tattoo parlor. But no, that’s not what this tattoo is about – those dots are actually supposed to be stars!

Look upon a star
Look upon a star

Expectation vs. Reality

Here we have a classic case of expectation versus reality. The image on the left shows a beautiful drawing of a crab, which is the Zodiac symbol for the astrological sign of Cancer. This person is probably a huge Astrology fan, and they wanted to mark their body with their favorite sign’s symbol. However, something happened during the tattoo session, and instead of a mysterious, mystical tattoo, they ended up with something that looks straight out of the animated movie Monsters Inc. Maybe Pixar will be interested in working with this tattoo artist.

Expectation vs. Reality
Expectation vs. Reality

When food is life

Everybody knows that food is the single greatest source of joy in a person’s life (no? It’s just us?). That certainly seems to be the case for this man, who loves snacking on corn dogs so much, they felt the need to mark their skin with it forever. Some people will get tattoos of a loved one, some people will get tattoos of a memorable, life changing moment. But not this guy. This guy is all about his tattoo of a deep fried sausage on a stick.

When food is life
When food is life

We can feel his embarrassment

The thing about tattoo fails is that, a lot of the times, they’re completely accidental. The person might not have checked the spelling of a word, or they might have incorrectly translated something from a foreign language, or they simply didn’t know that their tattoo artist can’t draw. However, this right here is a different case. The whole concept of the tattoo is ridiculous to begin with, and we get a strong feeling that this guy is really embarrassed by it. We feel you, man; we feel you.

We can feel his embarrassment
We can feel his embarrassment

Haircut regret

This tattoo of a braid is actually pretty well executed, but still, we can’t help but look at it as ask ourselves “Why? Why would a person want to tattoo a long braid at the nape of their neck?” The only explanation we can find is that this person used to have long, luscious hair, but for some reason or another, they decided to cut it. Haircut regret instantly kicked in, and instead of trying to get used to the shorter do, they decided to tattoo this long braid and just live in denial.

Haircut regret
Haircut regret

Just (don’t) do it

Hey, impressionable youth, you know what’s cool? Disfiguring your body to become a walking billboard for a multinational corporation, and not even being paid for the privilege. You know what’s cooler, though? Letting your seven-year-old brother do the honors of inking you. That’s what happened, right? Because if we reject the possibility that a small child was given access to tattooing equipment, we’ll have to assume that this gentleman paid money so a “professional” could do it. And that just makes us sad for everyone involved.

Just (don’t) do it
Just (don’t) do it

Oh… Oh no…

On the plus side, this is actually a very well done rendering of a Croc sandal. On the negative side, someone of sound mind and body (at least we hope) chose to get a tattoo of a Croc sandal. We mean… Why? It’s bad enough that people wear them, but at least then they can just take them off and put on something respectable. Getting a tattoo of Crocs is like taking a bad decision and making another one by saying you want it on your body forever.

Oh… Oh no…
Oh… Oh no…

The bad tattoo is out there

So this is obviously a tattoo of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, as portrayed by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on The X-Files. We recognized them because of the UFO above their heads. And also because the tattoo artist realized what a bad job they had done, so they helpfully added “F.B.I.” floating in nothingness near the bottom. We certainly didn’t recognize them because the likeness is good. It’s not just that they don’t look like Mulder and Scully so much as they don’t look human. We want to believe… that the tattoo artist profusely apologized and gave this person their money back.

The bad tattoo is out there
The bad tattoo is out there

Ah, that famous comedian

This tattoo is frankly tragic. Now, sure, you could argue about why anyone would get a tattoo of Seinfeld in the first place, but that’s really beside the point. Once the decision has been made, it was just important to get a good likeness of him. And hey, they totally did! It looks just like the comedian. That’s precisely why, in fact, adding his name was completely unnecessary… but if they were going to add it anyway, could they have at least double-checked what his first name is? This is like something Kramer would do.

Ah, that famous comedian
Ah, that famous comedian

Bad on so many levels

This tattoo is a like microcosm of bad decisions, each bumping into each other and then exploding to create more tiny bad decisions. To start with, it’s a neck tattoo. We don’t care what the tattoo even is at that point – only get a neck tattoo if you don’t mind never holding down a respectable job again. That having been said, let’s look at the actual piece. Ah, it’s just the name of rapper Wiz Khalifa. Fine, and his name is spelled correctly, so that’s a bonus, but… Why does it look like the artist started coloring the letters in but then quickly gave up?

Bad on so many levels
Bad on so many levels

Bet she loved it

Well, there are really only two options when it comes to this tattoo. Either the person wanted to get a tattoo of Monster Energy’s iconic M but then got too embarrassed (and rightfully so), or they wanted to get a tattoo saying “mom” to start with. If the latter is the case, though, why use Monster’s M? Both options are just so bizarre that we think we need to lie down for a moment. Either way, we’re guessing this person’s mom isn’t going to be happy with her Mother’s Day surprise.

Bet she loved it
Bet she loved it

Seen a million of these

Oh, pffft, how unoriginal. Seriously, if you’ve seen one tattoo of a weird child either eating or expelling a sock from his mouth, you’ve seen them all. Are we right? Are we right, America? Is this thing on? Okay, so we guess maybe not everyone gets that tattoo. But they totally should. Think of what an interesting conversation starter a tattoo that automatically gives people nightmares would be! Why, when your dinner guests stop screaming, you’ll all have the time of your lives talking about your haunted, evil tattoo.

Seen a million of these
Seen a million of these

Thanks for the caption!

First off, that’s a bad likeness of Canadian heartthrob Ryan Gosling. You know how we know? The tattoo artist had to write down his name so people would recognize him. But really, mentioning that is like saying that the harpoon sticking out of your chest makes you look weird. It’s technically true, sure, but it’s not really the issue. The bigger issue here, if you’ll excuse our boldness, is that Ryan Gosling’s head is mounted atop either a spider or a crab. Is that… Is that a popular image people have? We guess we’re really behind the times…

Thanks for the caption!
Thanks for the caption!

Hey now, you’re a no-star

This is such a waste. Think of how much money this person paid to get this tattoo done, and how much it hurt getting it. Seriously, tattoos on the foot are just a little less painful than chopping it off altogether. And what do they have to show for it? A tattoo that neither they nor anyone else will ever see unless they’re barefoot. Bonus point? The tattoo is all but guaranteed to be gone, since feet take a lot of punishment and that’s a good recipe for ink vanishing.

Hey now, you’re a no-star
Hey now, you’re a no-star

Birdog

We apologize for the less than stellar quality of this image, but we suspect that any camera or phone pointed at this tattoo immediately malfunctioned because it’s cursed. So what we have here is a bulldog or some other similar breed of dog, but it has the body of a bird. It’s not a bad idea so much as it is an insane one, honestly. We mean, originality’s great and all, but just because no one in the millennia-long history of tattoos got this specific one done doesn’t mean that you should.

Birdog
Birdog

More bang for your buck

We understand how hard it is to pick just one favorite character when you’re a true Disney fan. But tattoos don’t come cheap, so you have to make a choice and stick with it, right? Not for this Disney fanatic, who clearly got the most bang for their buck.

More bang for your buck
More bang for your buck

Their one and only…out of five

Hardly anyone gets it right the first time, and maybe not the third or fourth, either. But Laura is the one, and he’s sure of it! Of course, she may not feel the same once she spots all the other ladies who came before her.

Their one and only…out of five
Their one and only…out of five

Can you guess their favorite food?

Okay, so this person clearly loves olives. They also have an eye for detail, considering there’s a barcode on the lid of the jar. As for M & L, we weren’t able to find a brand of olives under that name, so we’re thinking it’s their own initials, or the initials of themselves and the one they love.

Can you guess their favorite food
Can you guess their favorite food

Wish them well with butter

To be fair, this tattoo would probably make you laugh when you’re feeling blue over a failed venture. On the other hand, a stick of butter that’s being cut into while it’s alive isn’t quite as fun to think about.

Wish them well with butter
Wish them well with butter

What does a crab say?

Actually, we have no idea what these aquatic arthropods sound like, but we think it’s safe to assume it’s not “Grrrrr.” Also, are those tentacles we see on its legs? We’re pretty sure those aren’t attributed to crabs, either.

What does a crab say
What does a crab say

That medical degree was totally worth it

After slaving away for years in medical school, this doctor is finally enjoying the finer things in life. Except for this clearly amateur tattoo, that is. While it’s not uncommon for people to ask for tattoos when they’re drunk, in this case, it may be the tattooer who was a bit sloshed.

That medical degree was totally worth it
That medical degree was totally worth it

From your secret admirer

Having a crush on someone can be agonizing when you’re too shy to tell them how you feel. But a small, discreet tattoo that reminds you of them would be like an announcement to the world, without the risk of being rejected.

From your secret admirer
From your secret admirer

A spellbinding failure

There’s no shortage of Harry Potter tattoos out there, and some of them are definitely works of art. Ones like this, however…eh, not so much. Aside from looking like a child’s doodle, it doesn’t make a lick of sense!

A spellbinding failure
A spellbinding failure

An “aingelic” creation

If you’re a daddy’s girl, the idea of telling him about your first tattoo may fill you with dread and anxiety. But maybe a sweet and sentimental image reminding him that you’re still his little angel would make him feel better. Unfortunately, the precious “aingel” below is unlikely to win over her dear ol’ dad.

An “aingelic” creation
An “aingelic” creation

Failure of the pack

Whether you’re a lone wolf or the leader of the pack, a majestic, artfully rendered wolf tattoo makes a bold and lasting statement. This tattoo makes a statement, all right, but it’s probably not at all what this guy had in mind.

Failure of the pack
Failure of the pack

Socorro is Spanish for…

Let’s end with something helpful, unlike this tattoo. The word “socorro” means “help” in Spanish, which may be what you need if you’re cursed with this image on your arm for the rest of your life.

Socorro is Spanish for…
Socorro is Spanish for…

It’s hard to know where to start with this thing, but it’s like the tattooer just gave up at some point, maybe right around when they got through half of the moustache. Frankly, the sad and defeated expression on the character’s face pretty much says it all.