Man at His Best

15 Tattoos That Went Horribly Wrong

For every good tattoo, there are two horrible ones.

BY SAM ESCOBAR | Aug 4, 2016 | Arts

The fact of the matter is that a lot of people have misspelled, misshaped or just plain weird tattoos. And here's the craziest thing: not everybody wants to remove 'em. Enjoy.

1 | The Dress 

Remember that week when everyone just sat around, talking about "The Dress"? Just in case you need a refresher...

2 | Strength... Sort Of

This tattoo artist should never, ever enter a 5th grade spelling bee.

3 | Foggy Memory

When I asked people to send me their bad tattoos for this piece, my favourite response came from Helen, who not only acknowledges that she has a bad tattoo, she actually embraces it. "It's Kevin French from the show Mission Hill covered by Malevich's Black Square, which is really a terrible rectangle," Helen explains. "Then it was laser-removed 24 times after the face scarred through the square like puffy paint."

4 | (Almost) Bon Jovi


#scumbagtattoos#tattoofail #itsismylife#jonbovi#tattoo#plebs

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If you're going to get a text-based tattoo, make sure to read it over. Twice. Three times. Then read it out loud.

5 | Goonies Away

"Goonies never say die," reads this quote tattooed on the foot of Twitter user @borderlinefemme. "I wanted it to be on the side, but the artist said my foot was too tiny so he did it diagonally," she explains. "Oh, and turns out if you choose a font from a film about 12-year-olds, it will look like a 12-year-old DIY tattoo."

6 | Here's Looking At You


Tell me the back of this guy's head doesn't slightly resemble a #ninjaturtle?! #tattoo #tattoofails #peoplewatching #tmnt

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This is a serious commitment to the idea of having eyes in the back of your head—but it's somehow even creepier.

7 | Totally Bad-Bass

Done in—wait for it—a living room the month this writer turned 18 by somebody, who barely knew what she was doing. It is patchy and jagged, and if you turn you head to the right, it looks like a sad face. Yes, I regret it. 

8 | No Regerts

Not even a single letter?

9 | No Regerts Part 2

At least now there's enough people for a support group.

10 | Bad Horoscope

Francesca originally wanted to get a tramp stamp "because that was the coolest thing to do in the '90s." Since she was obsessed with her astrological sign, she opted to turn it into a tattoo design—which she subsequently had tattooed on her lower back, as did her boyfriend at the time. And while she hasn't seen her ex since 1999, she's pretty sure he still has it.

11 | Mirror, Mirror


Check out 34 of the worst tattoos definitely worthy of being removed #badtattoos #yikes

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This tattoo is supposed to look like the girl snapping a selfie in the mirror. Sadly, however, we don't see much of a resemblance.

12 | Oh, Baby

And you thought baby dolls were creepy—imagine waking up and seeing this eerie face every day.

13 | Cheers!

Which is the best part: the mustard-coloured hair, the exceedingly long neck or the Beelzebub claws?

14 | RIP Gradad

Your grandfather would so appreciate the sentiment, but probably not the misspelling.

15 | Dolphins Heart Miley

Yes, of all the musical artists in this day and age, it is Miley Cyrus who will stand the test of time. 100%. On the bright side, at least dolphins never get old.

From: Good Housekeeping