Just like everything else that is personal in life, tattoos represent a lot of things to different people. For some they are a sign of commitment, and for others they may be seen as a sign of independence. With that said, there are good tattoos and there are just god-awful tattoos. Unfortunately for those that are the recipients of god-awful tattoos, they're meant to be permanent. Thankfully if you have the money as most of these celebrities do, there are ways to get them removed if you are no longer happy with the choices you've made in the past. Yes, it is definitely pricey and uncomfortable, but that's a small price to pay to get a tattoo gone-wrong removed.
12 Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey were married for six years. Sometime within those six years Nick got the tattoo "Mariah" across his upper back. Big mistake. After their marriage ended in divorce, Nick was left with a broken heart and his ex-wife's name emblazoned on his back.
Thankfully Nick enlisted the help of a tattoo artist to transform his embarrassing "Mariah" into a huge piece of elaborate art. You wouldn't even know "Mariah" existed on his back. If you have to prove your love by getting a tattoo of your loved one's name, perhaps this love isn't your greatest love after all?
11 Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson is known for two things: the infamous ear biting incident and his facial tattoos. Mike's facial tattoos definitely made him look even more intimidating than he already did. In 2003, Mike made the decision to get the tribal design inked onto the left side of his face. The tattoo goes from the middle of his forehead down to right below his cheekbone and underneath his eye.
Mike claims he has no regrets over getting the facial tattoos and is even somewhat proud that his tattoo has started a face-tattoo trend.
10 Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johannson appears to have a kindergartner's drawing on the side of her ribs. It's a weirdly shaped horseshoe that (seemingly) wasn't drawn with a steady hand. It has two stars and a few random dots on the outside of the horseshoe. It says "Lucky You".
If you're going to get a tattoo, make sure to get one by someone that isn't new or nervous to be working on you, otherwise you'll likely end up getting one like Scarlett's tattoo gaffe.
9 Amber Rose
American supermodel, Amber Rose has fiance Wiz Khalifa on her arm at all-times. She had his face tattooed on her arm. It's not just the fact that she had his face tattooed on her arm that makes this decision ridiculous, it's the fact that the picture of him is when he is stoned! He is higher than a kite in the picture and it is just an all-around unattractive picture, let alone one to be forever etched onto your skin! Amber Rose, what were you thinking?!
8 Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is all about his family and that's a great thing. What isn't so great is the weird looking tattoo he has in a symbolic gesture to his family. Why on earth would you get a long vertical line drawn on your forearm? Having names or initials would be better than a random line. He also has some squiggly lines on his back that he says were originally just some ink marks that his wife drew on him but he loved the lines so much he had them permanently inked on. Interesting.
7 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton had a twenty-year age gap when they married in 2000. Their love affair was a tremendous PDA spectacle. They attended every red carpet event they could and would pretty much devour each other right there in front of fans, journalists, and their uber-embarrassed co-stars.
They wore vials of each other's blood around their neck and Angelina had a large tattoo of Billy Bob inked on her upper arm. It was definitely what you would call a statement piece. Sadly, the marriage between Angie and Billy Bob was not meant to last and they called it quits in early 2003. Angie was able to have the tattoo lasered off in a very time consuming process but for a while she had to go around with the constant reminder of her ex.
6 Harry Styles
One Direction band member Harry Styles, has quite a few tattoos, but the one that stands out the most is the large one on his ribs. It's a beautiful butterfly. It's a very large beautiful butterfly. If it were four times smaller or inked onto a beautiful canvas that you could hang in your house—then it would be stunning. As large as it is and the location that it's in just doesn't work too well for Sir Styles. The butterfly is too big and looks like it is a little out-of-place.
If Pink was trying to be original, she definitely went outside-the-box on this one. Perhaps even a little too outside-the-box. Pink has a bar code on the back of her neck. Yes, a bar code like the ones you see at the grocery store. Supposedly there are numbers in it that represent important dates in her life, but it's not obvious to the naked eye as it's in bar code format.
Do you wonder what would happen if you were to scan her neck at checkout?
Kesha is not really one to avoid controversy, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that she had "Suck It!" inked on the inside of her mouth. Yes, "Suck It!" on the inside of her bottom lip. What's the meaning of it? Supposedly it was meant to be directed at the paparazzi. Kesha reportedly has a love-hate relationship with the paparazzi and this was meant to really stick it to them....or not.
3 Britney Spears
When Britney Spears and Kevin Federline tied the not they also got matching tattoos. The Princess of Pop surprised the world when she married backup dancer, Kevin Federline. She was so in love with Kevin that they even had matching dice inked on their wrists.
The marriage lasted only four short years but permanent tattoo ink lasts a lifetime. The dice serve as a rather ugly reminder to a very chaotic time in Britney's life. These dice were definitely not lucky.
2 Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci made a name of herself as a child star of The Addams Family film franchise. Sadly, it seems as if a child designed the tattoo on her upper shoulder blade. It's meant to be a lion but it comes across like a marshmallow-faced cloud monster or something to do with Beauty and the Beast.
Unsure what exactly Christina's motives for the tattoo design were but it's just an overall very poor design and inking. Perhaps it's a tattoo that isn't finished yet? We can only hope.
1 Chris Brown
Easily one of the most tasteless tattoos of all-time, is Chris Brown's tattoo of a woman on his neck. Given Chris Brown's history of domestic violence against ex-girlfriend Rihanna, it's a little questionable that he would choose a tattoo of what could be perceived as a battered woman. When his representative was questioned about his choice of permanent artwork, he said it was a sugar skull type design and had nothing to do with domestic violence. Hmm. Let's just let the tattoo speak for itself. What are your thoughts—does this tattoo cross the line or is it 'just art'?