Some people go through life carrying the invisible weight of their mistakes on their shoulders. Others however choose to carry their mistakes on their body, physically etched into their skin to forever remind them of their respective momentary lapses of judgement. Take a look at these tattoos for example. As you can see however, their hapless owners were spared a lifetime of shame and ridicule thanks to the skills and imagination of some awesome tattoo artists who proved that when time can't heal something, good old-fashioned creativity can.

Have your own tattoo fails and cover-ups you'd like to share? Then add them to the list compiled by Bored Panda below.

#1

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Awkward dog 3 years ago

To cute!

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#2

Cross Cover Up Tattoo Into Cherry Blossom Tree!

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Amanda Panda 3 years ago

LOOOVE this!

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#3

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Amanda Panda 3 years ago

That's pretty creative!

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#4

Tattoo Cover Up That Turns Tribal Tattoo Into An Amazing Half-sleeve Geometric Tattoo

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John Kuki 3 years ago

Is it just me or do I see patterns beneath the earlier black tattoo? This looks like a tattoo on top of a tattoo on top of a tattoo.

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#5

I Have An Ugly Tribal Tattoo. But I Think I Fixed It

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Llamas and Squids 3 years ago

ha

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#7

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Franziska Ways 3 years ago

I just love this one!

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#8

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Naima Ivansdóttir 3 years ago

i'd rather pull my arm off

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#9

Tattoo Fix

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Franziska Ways 3 years ago

Looks like the before one, was already a (pretty bad) coverup?

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#10

Tattoo Fix

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Marta Nejfelt 3 years ago

It's in Polish - "Żabka". It means "little frog" and is used as a pet name for beloved girls (daughters, wifes).

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#11

Tattoo Fix

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Wendy 3 years ago

LOVE this one~!!

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#12

Tattoo Fix

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Anastasya 3 years ago

Well ... the first one isn't too bad ..

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#13

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Teo Hoble 3 years ago

The scarf in the first picture and the context make it seem like she's wearing a bag over her head :))

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#14

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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saynogo 3 years ago

Definite upgrade!! :) :)

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#15

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Jenny Hunter-Van Overberg 3 years ago

Great idea, a good way to laugh at yourself

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#16

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Tammy Eads Noranzyk 3 years ago

LOVE this one!

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#17

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Isis Taylor 3 years ago

This one is so cool, who did it

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#18

Tattoo Fix

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Abbie Perkin 3 years ago

The first one looks like a crap sharpie picture :P

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#19

Tattoo Fix

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Evelien van der Ham 3 years ago

Not my style, but technically it's a piece of art. And I do appreciate art.

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#20

Tattoo Fix

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Daria B 3 years ago

It was just a bruise... Now it's bleeding!

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#21

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Petra Steenput 3 years ago

Honestly who are those people who draw some of these left tatoos? (I thought the ones getting the tatoo are supposed to be drunk, not the one drawing it! ;))

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#22

Tattoo Fix

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Katrina Green 3 years ago

Wow...Love how vibrant the colors are!! I don't even know what the before was supposed to be :O

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#23

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Ana Jurina 3 years ago

lol @ the before image xD

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#24

Before And After Lower Back Lotus Cover Up Tattoo

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Two Replies 3 years ago

Tattoo: "Tramp-stamp!" *no one pays attention* Tattoo: "TRAMP-STAMP!!"

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#25

Tattoo Fix

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Ronja Rövardotter 3 years ago

I think it is very well repaired. The first one's face is scary. The second one is like pin-up girl. Good job tattooer! :-)

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#26

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Jaili Loca de los Gatos 3 years ago

You don't like Pink Floyd anymore?? ;_;

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#27

Tattoo Fix

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Wendy 3 years ago

Gorgeous!

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#28

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Robert Banning 3 years ago

At first glance, I thought it was a monster flexing his arm muscles!

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#29

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Carolina Simas 3 years ago

I guess he found love in Mexico :)

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#30

Tattoo Fix

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Elina Palin 3 years ago

I love that cute little bow! Why would you want to cover it up...

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#31

Bye Bunny

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Jessica Barnes 3 years ago

I actually quite liked the first, and thing they could have easily had a smaller version of the same cover-up

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#32

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Ms. Demeanor 3 years ago

Curious as to why someone would get that in the first place... But the owl is amazing!

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#33

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Rachel Holtz 3 years ago

I rather like the cover-up.

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#34

Tattoo Fix

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Rachel Holtz 3 years ago

Personally, I find the cover-up flowers far more beautiful.

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#35

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Jenny Hunter-Van Overberg 3 years ago

Some mad skills

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#36

Tattoo Fix

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Two Replies 3 years ago

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Día de Muertos and roses. Yeah, that's original. :-/ Granted, it's better than tribal bullshit, but obviously some people don't learn.

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#37

Simba Cub Fix Up Before & After

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

Where is this even drawn

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#38

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Nash Nopper 3 years ago

WOWIWAWA!

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#39

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Memo Obitz 3 years ago

I think the first was nicer. o_o

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#40

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Natalie Blenkhorn 3 years ago

Are the scars from a shark attack?

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#41

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Lou Wow 3 years ago

The clock face is a bit askew...

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#42

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Ben Lavalleur 3 years ago

Why would you even consider the first one? Must have lost a bet.

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#43

Tattoo Fix

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Celine Bauduin 3 years ago

It's aum, Hindus and Buddhists believe it represents the start of the universe. It's a powerful sign

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#44

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Two Replies 3 years ago

#30 AND #33? I have a feeling OP does about as much careful reviewing of decisions, as many of these people getting tattoos. 9_9

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#45

Tattoo Fix

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Julia Wolfe 3 years ago

The second one is beautiful!

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#46

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Ejm Rellom 3 years ago

What was the original supposed to be?

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#47

Tattoos By Criss Reynoso

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Katie Bear 2 years ago

Use the original as the shadow . . . very clever

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#48

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Audrey Rodriguez 3 years ago

Yes 'course, my bad. Sorry

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#49

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Kelley Wyskiel 3 years ago

Butt kitty

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#50

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Rachel Holtz 3 years ago

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Not a fan of the cover-up. They should have just re-worked the butterfly. The cover-up looks as if the tattoo itself is being smothered by funky stretch marks. I get what they were going for. I've seen tats like this done right. This one is just poorly executed.

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#51

Tattoo Fix

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Martina Huber 3 years ago

Why would someone cover up the triforce?

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#52

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Isis Taylor 3 years ago

Tbh this cover up isn't a whole lot better...

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#53

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Notchimine Mette 3 years ago

I would have just lasered it off.

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#54

Reincarnated To A Cat

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Wendy 3 years ago

Cute one

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#55

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Anne Bedlam 3 years ago

Is that a microwave behind the Day of the Dead chick???

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#57

Corporate Logo Turned My Dream Mountain Sunset

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Elisa Riccarda 3 years ago

What symbol is that??

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#58

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Two Replies 3 years ago

"Hi. I have a robot coming out of my pants." ... Yep... that's not going to be another regret...

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#59

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

Was the first one supposed to be Vic rattlehead

#60

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Notchimine Mette 3 years ago

This, is why I like the idea of tattoos, but will never get one.

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#61

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Jessica Barnes 3 years ago

I actually think the cover-up is much worse and doesn't even cover all of it.

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#62

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

#63

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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LuckyPineapple 3 years ago

Moral of the story: don't get infinity tattoos

#64

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Emma Thorp 3 years ago

Still.... why?

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#65

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Lou Wow 3 years ago

Eeeewwww

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#66

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Michaela Mužíková 3 years ago

I like the unicorn more actually. The face of death-lady is awful.

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#67

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Pobin Rice 2 years ago

1 laser session would have taken the old one off in ONE SITTING..... a good tattooist would've told them that.

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#68

Old Panther To New

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Jo Hitchin 3 years ago

Great work, a bit overkill size wise, but great work

#69

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Sherrie Johnson 3 years ago

dude could of covered that name up with literally anything else. now he's going to have to explain this thing.

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#71

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Awkward dog 3 years ago

Ex girlfriend? XD

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#72

One More Step To Go!

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#73

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Teo Hoble 3 years ago

That is not how jaws and necks work... *facepalm*

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#75

After

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Long Joan Silver 2 years ago

So cute!

#76

@gunsartwork

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#77

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

Tattoo Nightmares Report

Meli Tanaka 3 years ago

No Sherrie I'm starting to think two replies doesn't like tatts at all and is just trolling.

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#78

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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FAKENAME FAKENAME 2 years ago

Please downvote this message

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#79

Before And After

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Marie Simmonds 3 years ago

First one is much better

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Before