16 Tattoos That Went Horribly Wrong

Unfortunately, I am the proud owner of lucky #7.


For every good tattoo, there are two terrible ones. I'll be straight with you: I have a bad tattoo. It's a large bass clef on my left shoulder blade (#7 on this list, if you're curious). 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:

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1 The Dress

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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
Bad Tattoos - Tattoo Fails

When I asked people to send me their bad tattoos for this piece, my favorite 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

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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
Bad Tattoos - Tattoo Fails

"Goonies never say die," reads this quote tattooed on the foot of Twitter user . "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

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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

This is the tattoo that belongs to yours truly, folks. It was done in — wait for it — a living room the month I 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. No, I am not getting it removed. Yes, I'm glad it's on my back and I don't have to look at it ... except for when I'm doing roundups of bad tattoos.

8 No Regerts

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The owner of this tattoo may be reconsidering "no regrets" these days.

9 Bad Horoscope
Bad Tattoos - Tattoo Fails

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.

10 Mirror, Mirror

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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.

11 Oh, Baby

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

12 Mystery Monster
Bad Tattoos - Tattoo Fails

Okay, so this tattoo from an anonymous source via Twitter isn't exactly clear, but we're pretty sure it's a dragon. "I was 17 when I had it done and I wanted to be cool, to impress the girls and to be rebellious," the Twitter user says. "I've thought about getting it removed many times and I have a friend of mine, a tattoo artist, who's just begging me to let him cover it up."

13 Cheers!

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Which is the best part: the mustard-colored 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

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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.

16 Wrong Direction

A compass (or compass-like) tattoo is a common design choice, but typically the tattoo artist puts the directions in the right spots. Just sayin'.

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