Getting a random tattoo might seem like a great idea in the spur of the moment, but it doesn’t always end well. In fact, it’s a pretty sure way of ending up with a terrible mistake. From spelling errors to horrendous artistry, these are a few of the worst tattoos of all time.
When tattoos first become a commonplace thing, people were always quick to give the classic warning, ‘be careful, because those things are permanent.’ It seems this person intended to get a tattoo that said ‘Finally Famous.’ Unfortunately, the tattoo artist seemed to have spelled ‘finally’ wrong, forgetting one of those crucial things we call an ‘l.’ Hopefully by now, her tattoo FINALLY say what it was supposed to have said in the first place.
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.”
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.
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?”
‘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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.