15 Tattoo Fails That Will Make You Cringe

Friends don’t let other friends get disastrous tattoos. If that is true, then the people on today’s list definitely need to start making some better friends- quickly. They also need to start making better choices when it comes to their body art and maybe try to pay a little more attention to detail at the same time.

When it comes to tattoos attention to detail truly does matter. Sure, little mistakes can be corrected or subtly covered up, but the more glaring and obvious an error is, the trickier it becomes to hide it. If you are going to have a tattoo it’s a good idea to have a design that is meaningful to you and pleasant to look at. After all, you do have to live with it for the rest of your life.

There are a few hard and fast rules when it comes to tattoos: don’t get tattoos while under the influence, don’t make bets in which the loser has to get an embarrassing tattoo, don’t get inked on a whim, check, double-check and then re-check all spelling and quotes, don’t get “popular” tattoos (Chinese symbols, tribal tats, stars, etc.), don't get a tattoo with your boyfriend/girlfriend’s name in it, and don’t go to a cheap artist. The people who made our list clearly didn’t follow these rules. They didn’t think their decisions through and the results will make you cringe.


15 Really Should Have Googled Those Lyrics

If you resonate with a saying or song lyrics there’s no reason why you can’t have them as a tattoo. But if it means so much to you don’t you want to get them correct? I mean, it’s one sentence, are you telling me no one picked this up? And what about the lettering? Was it the artists' first time too? Finally... at the very least, get the song artist's name right! Who the heck is Jon Bovi!?

14 Don’t Be A Fool – Stay In School


A few minutes with a dictionary or even Google could have saved this guy years of ridicule and embarrassment, but apparently, he had better things to do with his time. And judging by the poor-quality workmanship of the artwork it doesn’t seem that finding a quality artist was at the top of his priority list either. Let’s hope this will teach him to make better choices in the future, although there doesn’t seem to be much hope of that.

13 Taking Trolling To A Whole New Level

These days the word troll is taking on a whole new meaning. When we refer to a troll now we mainly refer to a person who has nothing better to do with their time than attack other people on the internet while hiding behind false handles and screen names. This tattoo seems to be a more accurate depiction of that kind of troll rather that the cute toy sort.

12 If You Love Yourself Don’t Get Bad Tattoos


Here on planet Earth the word “yourself” is spelled with a “u” and an “r”. You can’t pick and choose which one you want to include. Want to love yourself? Pick up a dictionary sometime. Oh and take it along to the tattoo parlor next time too.

11 Once You’ve Seen It There’s No Turning Back

This is evolution people. This is what happens when men walk around with their pants almost falling off for a few decades. They start getting bad ideas like this, and even worse, they follow through on them.

Now I don’t know about you, but as a woman, this would make me run a mile. It’s not funny, it’s just plain sad. Pull up your pants and get on with life, please. Your friends might think it’s hysterical, but believe me, they are the only ones.

10 Just Don’t Do It!


It's one thing for a corporation to sponsor a star athlete and ask him/her to wear their brand, but it’s something else when you do it, to yourself, at your own expense. Let this be a lesson; corporate tattoos are never a clever idea.

9 Heads Up

At least when he comes to his senses (which will hopefully be soon) he can just wear a hat to cover his shame.


8 Blind Date Anyone?


I actually don’t even know where to start on this one, there are just so many things going on with this guy! There’s the awful black eyeliner, the off-putting hairstyle, and are those little dolls tied to his locks? We haven’t even gotten to his collection of terrible tattoos yet. There’s a weird blue line down the center of his face (not sure what that’s supposed to mean), what looks like a poor impression of Pac-Man in his neck and to top it all off, a Hello Kitty symbol right in the middle of his forehead. This is an all-round fail. Never mind the second date, he’s not even getting the first one.

7 Wearing Your Mistakes On Your Chest

WHETHER you believe in spellcheck is up to you, but if you’re going to get a tattoo on your chest that you want to show off to the world, don’t you think it deserves a little bit more attention to detail? And what about this family you mention? Do you think they are going to be proud to go out in public with you looking like this?

Basic grammar skills do play a role when it comes to choosing sayings as tattoos. If spelling (or using a spell check) isn’t your strong point, perhaps just give lettering a skip and get a pretty picture instead.

6 Don’t Judge Me


I’m not sure if perhaps this look is meant to be scary or intimidating, but either way, it’s not working. All I see is a person who has made a lot of poor tattoo choices and judging by the orange jumpsuit a person who has also made a lot of awful life decisions as well. It’s no good complaining that society doesn’t accept you or that you can’t get a job when you choose to look like this.

5 Don’t Lose Tattoo Bets – Ever!

There is light at the end of the tunnel for this tattoo. For the right price, a skilled artist could transform it into something less vulgar…

There is no way a Trump/Troll tattoo is ever going to be sexy so I hope this person plans to keep their shirt on as much as possible. It’s your mistake, don’t subject the rest of us to it as well.

4 Give Me Another Beer


3 Just Two Little Words, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

There are a few things wrong with this tattoo. Obviously, the word “baby” is misspelled because an extra “b” managed to sneak in somehow. The lettering isn’t great either, but the worst issue is the placement, right on the neck. Unless you plan on wearing a scarf for the rest of your life this terrible tattoo is going to be one of the first things people notice about you. Oh, and when your daughter starts to read she’s really going to be embarrassed.

2 Oh, You’re Awesome Alright


Tattoos all have one thing in common – they are forever. So if you want to get a tattoo to proclaim your awesomeness why not at least choose a good design and use a spell check. Or better still, pick a good artist who will stop you from branding yourself as a moron. This is the reason why some artists are more expensive than others. You can see where that extra money goes, and believe me, it’s worth it.

1 Stupidity Is The Strongest Drug

This font is still okay, but once again there seem to be some not so minor issues with this tat. Apparently, the owner of this one thought that the “t” in strongest wasn't really that essential. I get that she’s trying to make a strong statement with her piece, but I don’t think this is what she had in mind. And what’s up with that first “s”? Is it just me or does it look a little too much like an “8”?

The worst part of a mistake like this is that it’s almost impossible to correct, which means that this girl is going to need plenty of long-sleeve tops in the future.

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