There are plenty of reasons why people might end up with a bad tattoo. Maybe they lack taste, maybe they went to the wrong studio, or maybe they wanted crooked lines on purpose. Who knows. Either way, now they're stuck with the design for good, and if they go, for example, to the beach to have a swim, other folks might notice it, take a picture, and share it online. That's just the reality we live in. And it happens more than you might think. Just take a look at the Instagram account @worst_of_tattoos. It's on a mission to show that, "humans are trash at making good choices" and has already posted over 360 examples to prove it. Here are some of them.

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Lily bloom
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1 month ago

This is kinda funny. And at least everything is spelled correctly

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Natalie Bohrteller
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1 month ago

I suspect the person is suffering from alopecia. So if that works for her, that's just great!

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Apparently, statistics about tattoos are pretty available, especially. Even about the ones their owners aren't happy with. For example, a Harris Poll survey of 2,225 U.S. adults asked them about their top regrets and here's what they said:

  • They were too young when they got the tattoo;
  • Their personality changed or the tattoo doesn't fit their present lifestyle;
  • They got someone's name that they're no longer with;
  • The tattoo was poorly done or doesn't look professional;
  • The tattoo isn't meaningful.
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Cooky Puss
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1 month ago

Oooooo tribal bilbo baggins

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Lydia Nijland
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1 month ago

Well done though - matter of taste - defenitely no fail

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Saint Thomas
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1 month ago

A funny tattoo, yes. A bad one, certainly not. This is a very good tattoo when it comes to the technique itself !

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It's not uncommon to have regret immediately after getting a tattoo, especially since you're used to seeing your body a certain way and then, all of a sudden, it appears different.

To help you come to terms with any immediate anxiety or regret you may experience, experts at Healthline suggest you permit yourself to wait it out.

It may take a while for you to grow into or get used to the ink but remind yourself that if the anxiety or regret doesn't pass, you still have options to either cover it up or start a removal process.

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

"He touched so many...." Yeah, we don't talk about that.

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Pollywog
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1 month ago

This is hilarious!!!

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Jubum
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1 month ago

Someone had a hard shift at the mine

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Ember
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1 month ago

This one actually made me laugh out loud

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However, it's often best to think about these things prior to sitting down in front of the needle. In a recent Bored Panda article on bad tattoos, artist Josh Young of Highwater Gallery told us that homework is vital to the preparation process.

"In my opinion, what causes a tattoo to be 'bad' is perhaps not enough research," Josh Young said back then. "Nowadays, there is such an extensive range of different styles by such a huge variety of tattooists, and so you have to go to the best artist suited for the type of tattoo you are after."

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Marilyn Monroe crossed with Ronald McDonald.

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Brandy Gray
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1 month ago

This one looks rather photo shopped to me

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

How many eyes has the tiger got and why is the nose a penis?

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Ember
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1 month ago

...at least it’s well drawn

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"So many times customers have complained to me about bad work they have had done by tattooists who were ill-fitted for the type of tattoo they wanted, and so I try to encourage them to do some research and actively seek out the best for the job," Young explained.

"You wouldn't go to a carpenter to fix your boiler so why would you go to a black and grey realism artist and expect a traditional tattoo? Unless you go to an artist who excels at all styles, do some research, find out who specializes in what, and you more than likely won't be having any bad tattoos."

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Red Hair Blue Soul
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1 month ago

I snort laughed at this one

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Pollywog
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1 month ago

That's kinda neat.

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

His eyes are in two different ZIP codes

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Unnamed Hooman
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1 month ago

El hopaness rom tic…

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Young also added that if you are getting tattoos from your friend in his apartment from a two-bit machine he bought from Wish, that will also probably end up being a bad tattoo. "Stop that. Please," he said.

But if you aren't happy with the tattoo you already have, there are still a few things you can do.

"Firstly, don't go back to the artist who did it," Young advised. "A lot of customers I know have complained about work they have had from someone else, and yet, have returned to them for more, expecting a different outcome—that doesn't make sense."

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Mozzarella
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1 month ago

The fiercest cat of all… the constipated cat!

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Draco's Dragonfly
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1 month ago

I do hope the picture he'/she is holding up is intended to be the cover up!

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Mozzarella
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1 month ago (edited)

Well if your a doctor!

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Ember
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1 month ago

This one actually freaks me out...

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"Secondly, there is always a cover-up option. Again, do some research, find a tattooist who specializes in coverups or at least a tattooist who has some experience in doing it. Not all artists can cover work, and not all bad work can be covered, so you need to find the right tattoo artist for the job."

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Jesus has just realised what you lot have been doing in his name!

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

He was chasing a parked car!

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago (edited)

Tattooed shark, doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Her eyes look like they are upside down.

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But if a touch-up can't hide your disappointment, a trip to the laser is basically your last option. But you need to wait until your tattoo completely heals before even considering it.

While the exact time frame can vary, Dr. Richard Torbeck, a board-certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology, P.C., recommends taking at least six to eight weeks after getting the tattoo before going for removal.

He said this allows for delayed tattoo reactions to be resolved that can occur with some pigments.

Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to think through the process and decide if this is really what you want.

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karla Meixnerová
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1 month ago

This is actually funny and to me, not tattoo art specialist, it looks well made

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Linda Blair?

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Mozzarella
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1 month ago

Can we please talk about the censoring? Like are h’s now offensive? Or is it just a half-arsed attempt to cover the most shocking curse word in the English dictionary/ shocking!

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

I sniggered.

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[redacted]
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1 month ago

Me too

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

If you have to label a portrait of a famous person, that's a fail right there

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Sabse
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1 month ago

Oh god...why?!

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foofoofloofy
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1 month ago

The bat wore it better.

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Imjust jim
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1 month ago

maybe it's a 4 piece puzzle and they're into swinging, as it to swing

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Pixie
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1 month ago

This one made me laugh/choke a little on my coffee 😄

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Mozzarella
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1 month ago

W(inn)ern’t winners(n’t)! Yeah the England World Cup weren’t winners!

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Red Hair Blue Soul
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1 month ago

If you get as high as Bob, it looks great

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Red Hair Blue Soul
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1 month ago

Divorcey

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Draco's Dragonfly
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1 month ago

Do what? Take out the monster claw?

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JJ
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1 month ago

What do you think? If this person cries now every time they visit a McDonald's and see how inflation raised the prices?

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
1 month ago

They're Norwegian, they can pay for it 😆

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Rena
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1 month ago

there is a story behind that - last meal with his father, shortly later, the father died. it is a piece of memory.

Queenie-Poo
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1 month ago

That definitely changes the context.

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I<3BanjosephTheDog
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1 month ago

Artist must have had a really steady hand..it's just so straight

Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Was his name Bill? Dah doo ron ron?

Arenite
Community Member
1 month ago

A McD’s actually had the ice cream machine working? That definitely needs to be remembered!

Judi Sherosky
Community Member
1 month ago

You are not silly putty and this does not come off!

Cooky Puss
Community Member
1 month ago

Everything there is free for him forever

Mrs.King0315
Community Member
1 month ago

Why!?!

GramDB
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG!

A.
Community Member
1 month ago

Could someone convert this to US dollars please?

OGA
Community Member
1 month ago

Receipt from first date maybe? ;^)

That'sEndorable
Community Member
1 month ago

Obviously, those prices are the Russians' fault.

Abram I
Community Member
1 month ago

BRO!!!!!!!!!!! WHY???????

Cammy Cat
Community Member
1 month ago

Seems too shiny. I think is probably a sharpie

Jai Stewart
Community Member
1 month ago

No it's just very freshly done, looks like it's just been done and cleaned to me. It'll dry out by morning

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