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.

#4

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

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John Kuki
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#9

Tattoo Fix

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Franziska Ways
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#10

Tattoo Fix

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Marta Nejfelt
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#13

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Teo Hoble
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#15

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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#18

Tattoo Fix

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#19

Tattoo Fix

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Evelien van der Ham
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#21

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Petra Steenput
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#24

Before And After Lower Back Lotus Cover Up Tattoo

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Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#25

Tattoo Fix

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Ronja Rövardotter
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#28

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Robert Banning
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#30

Tattoo Fix

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Elina Palin
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#34

Tattoo Fix

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Rachel Holtz
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#36

Tattoo Fix

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6 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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#42

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Ben Lavalleur
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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6 years ago

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#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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#47

Tattoos By Criss Reynoso

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Katie Bear
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Use the original as the shadow . . . very clever

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#50

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Rachel Holtz
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6 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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#55

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Anne Bedlam
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#58

Creative Tattoo Cover-up

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Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"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