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

You know what? You’re totally right. It is your life and if you want to live it out with a tattoo that includes your favorite song lyrics then who are we to judge you? We can even overlook the fact that the song is no longer trendy because it was a much-loved anthem earlier this century. For those of you who want to feel old “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi was released 17 years ago – sorry.

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

Some people just make it too easy, don’t they? Let this serve as a warning kids – this is what happens when you decide it’s more important to be cool than it is to concentrate on school work. You leave school, live in a cramped apartment, work a dead-end job, and end up with deeply ironic tattoos like this.

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

This guy took bad tattoos to a whole new level when he decided to incorporate his armpit hair (!) into his design. Remember those troll dolls from the nineties with the multicolored saccharine sweet smelling hair? Yeah, this is the opposite of that. This is not a troll you would want to put your nose anywhere close to.

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

This tattoo seemed to be going well; the lettering is neat, the client used an apostrophe correctly to form a contraction and they chose “to” instead of “too” or “two”. But right at the last minute, this tattoo went from being motivational to being a fail. It would appear that there was some confusion when it came to the word “yourself”, which is ironic when you consider the message they were trying to bring across in the first place.

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

Is there anything worse than a plumbers crack? It always pops up when you least expect it and once you’ve seen it there’s no way to undo the damage. But this tattoo might actually be even worse than plumbers crack. This is a tattooed-on g-string, and it’s just all types of wrong.

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!

Now there’s a difference between really loving a sports brand and doing this to yourself. Couldn’t this guy have achieved the same effect kitting himself out from head to toe in Nike gear instead of having this horrible tattoo? There are times in life when the saying “Just Do It” doesn’t apply – this is one of them. I don’t want to sound like my granny but how is this going to look when he gets older? The answer is even worse than it looks now if that is possible.

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

You have to wonder about this tattoo; did this man get this ink when he was younger and now that he’s going bald it’s turned into something that’s really funny to look at? Or did he get the tattoo after he started going bald? The result is the same – an epically bad tattoo. And to make matters worse, it looks like he’s styled his hair to give the face a moustache. He could have just taken his age and hair loss in his stride, but this draws more attention to his diminishing hairline. There’s no way that this is a good look unless the aim is to literally have people laugh behind your back.

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?

Ladies: imagine you are going on a blind date and when you arrive, you find this guy waiting for you?

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

Tattoo fans often want their ink to represent their morals, beliefs, and convictions because they see their ink work as an extension of themselves.

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 whole-heartedly agree that we shouldn’t judge people for their lifestyle choices, but there’s a distinct difference between having pink hair and a few piercings and tattooing your entire face and neck and having a pentagram in the middle of it. There’s no doubt that people are going to judge you on your appearance if your choice is to look like this.

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!

According to the internet, this gross tattoo was the result of a lost bet. That makes me feel slightly better about it. If this ink was the decision of a rational adult, well, I would have been concerned. There are a few lessons to learn here. Firstly, know what you’re getting into before making a bet. Secondly, if losing means you have to get a tattoo, check the size before you agree. And lastly, don’t lose. Better still, don't make stupid bets to start with.

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

Have you ever wanted six-pack abs but were just too lazy to diet, exercise, and put the work in to get them? Well, you could always do what this guy did and just get a “six-pack” tattooed on your bulging belly instead. Certainly less effort, but not quite the same effect. And I’m not sure you’d be in such a hurry to have it photographed and spread out into the world. A tattoo like this is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, people might see it and think you have an awesome sense of humor, but other people may just think you’re a beer guzzling slob. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what’s more important when it comes to your ink.

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

Having a child is a life-changing experience for almost everyone and there’s nothing wrong with expressing your love for your new offspring by getting a tattoo. Some people choose their children’s names, others might have their little footprints inked on their bodies, and then, there’s this person.

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

“Awesome” is a popular word so you would think that with it being used so often not many people would misspell it. You’d think that, but of course, you’d be wrong. Here is another perfect example of why you should spend your money on education before getting tattoos. Step one: Learn to spell.

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

Seeing people posing with tattoos like this one make me want to pack up and leave the planet.

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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