Regret, we all experience it at one point, or another and nothing stirs up remorse quite like a bad tattoo. Yes, an estimated 25% of people in the United States have a tattoo, and as many as 50% of these once proud human canvases may end up wanting their funny tattoo art removed.

Before getting a tattoo, most of us spend a long time picking the design, consulting with the tattoo artist and choosing the perfect spot for our body art. The lesser part of the people get drunk, find a guitar string, some fountain pen ink, and presto - they now have a truly regrettable tattoo.

As far as we can tell there will never be a lack of tattoo fails nor a shortage of people willing to share their ugly tattoos. Bored Panda has added a new list of bad tattoos that either didn't go as planned or will make you question what goes through people's minds. From bad artists who didn't quite nail it to bizarre artistic choices, scroll down below to see these cautionary tales of the worst tattoos ever.

#1

Some Guy Tried To Copy My Tattoo Artist's Work - Tattooed A Nipple On His Arm

Some Guy Tried To Copy My Tattoo Artist's Work - Tattooed A Nipple On His Arm

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Stef Bollen
Community Member
3 years ago

That's not even the worst part of this "copy"

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#2

Nice Tattoo, Dave

Nice Tattoo, Dave

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Asia
Community Member
3 years ago

Ha ha ha! What a great way to show your sense of humor. I wouldn't say this one is bad at all :D

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#3

This Guy's Haircut

This Guy's Haircut

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KCN
Community Member
3 years ago

Holy smokes. Who wants to look over the top of an airline seat to see that face staring at him the whole flight?

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#4

Today I Learned That My Friend's Chinese Tattoo Literally Means "Turkey Sandwich"

Today I Learned That My Friend's Chinese Tattoo Literally Means "Turkey Sandwich"

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Sophia Cai
Community Member
3 years ago

I know some people have tattoos in Chinese, but when I read them it's like, EPIC FAIL.

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#5

For Real, Man?

For Real, Man?

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
3 years ago

Well I think he has humor!

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#6

El Señor Nippleriño

El Señor Nippleriño

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Brigitta Swart
Community Member
3 years ago

Bwahahahahaha!!! I think this is the best of the worst

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#7

"It's Is My Life" - Jon Bovi

"It's Is My Life" - Jon Bovi

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anita wid
Community Member
3 years ago

Von Joni

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#8

Roar

Roar

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Chris Pitch
Community Member
3 years ago

Its the eye of the tiger...nope...hold on...I think that's a nose. or a penis

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#9

This Tiger Though

This Tiger Though

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Asia
Community Member
3 years ago

You know nothing! This is mythical creature worshiped by ancient people of Siberia. Just kidding. This is abomination.

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#10

Definitely Fits Here

Definitely Fits Here

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Soozie Poozie
Community Member
3 years ago

Imagine having sex with this guy. Too weird!

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#11

It's Supposed To Be A Galaxy

It's Supposed To Be A Galaxy

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Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

It looks like a very sick pigs heart.

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#12

I'm Speechless

I'm Speechless

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KCN
Community Member
3 years ago

Right photo is screaming for help.

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#13

Oh My God

Oh My God

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Ohio Hands
Community Member
3 years ago

That looks legit

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#14

I Don't Even Have The Words To Explain This

I Don't Even Have The Words To Explain This

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Marika
Community Member
3 years ago

This one is very creative. I like it

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#15

This Tattoo Was Apparently Supposed To Be Of “Stars”

This Tattoo Was Apparently Supposed To Be Of “Stars”

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, someone has to say it... the Milky Way...

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#16

Maximum Facepalm

Maximum Facepalm

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Pan Da
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe Youself and Hoop are his buddies or kids?

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#17

Third Into Fourth Always Gives Me Trouble

Third Into Fourth Always Gives Me Trouble

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

The is why he failed his driving test...

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#18

Eminem Or M&M?

Eminem Or M&M?

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Nini Meow
Community Member
3 years ago

This should not be in this list!

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#19

Back Of The Head Tattoo

Back Of The Head Tattoo

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anita wid
Community Member
3 years ago

And he can add moustache

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#20

Close, But Not Close Enough

Close, But Not Close Enough

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schwuptiwup
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe it shows to other things? ..Neck...shoulder ..elbow ...w....🤔

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#21

Dog Tits

Dog Tits

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Asia
Community Member
3 years ago

Okay, you got drunk and wanted a funny tattoo from your friend, also drunk... We get it. Now put your shirt back on. Thank you.

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#22

Turtle Head

Turtle Head

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criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

Having a "turtle head" means something funny and seriously different in UK!!

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#23

The Bananas Threw Me For A Loop

The Bananas Threw Me For A Loop

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Mickey
Community Member
3 years ago

Say what you want but the tattoo is well done. A strange choice, but executed well.

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#24

Incredible Angelina's Jolie Portrait

Incredible Angelina's Jolie Portrait

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

Choice of her face was.... questionable in my opinion.

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#25

A Facebook Friend Wanted A Very Specific Tattoo, I Think The Artist Really Nailed It

A Facebook Friend Wanted A Very Specific Tattoo, I Think The Artist Really Nailed It

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Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

Don''t people check up the tattoo artist's skills before getting in the tattoo artist's chair? The birds look like they were done by a five year old and the tree is just a lump of black ink.

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#26

So My Buddy's Step Sister Got A Tattoo Of Her Mother

So My Buddy's Step Sister Got A Tattoo Of Her Mother

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

No, she didn't.

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#27

This Guy Got A Sunglasses Tattoo On His Face

This Guy Got A Sunglasses Tattoo On His Face

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Ohio Hands
Community Member
3 years ago

Nothing says "I dont care about ever having a good job" like a face tatt

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#28

Money Talks

Money Talks

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

Money is saying "no."

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#29

The Girl With The Vegan Tattoo

The Girl With The Vegan Tattoo

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Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't believe she had to talk about her being vegan every five minutes (only when it was talk around food) but she definitely has to talk about her stupid tattoo every second minute.

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#30

Guy From High School Got The Same Tattoo As His Dog

Guy From High School Got The Same Tattoo As His Dog

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Liz Mosby
Community Member
3 years ago

I've never heard of tattooing for any reason. Why tattoo to show they're neutered, you can't tell by the balls missing?

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#31

My Poor Drunken Choice

My Poor Drunken Choice

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Asia
Community Member
3 years ago

Great pooping face, Pika. Eat more healthy stuff, so your head wouldn't explode of the tension :D

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#32

I Don't Even

I Don't Even

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Ohio Hands
Community Member
3 years ago

I think I drew this in 6th grade

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#33

A Girl I Went To High School With Has This On Her Upper Thigh

A Girl I Went To High School With Has This On Her Upper Thigh

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

This is why koalas should not marry tigers...

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#34

Getting A Tattoo Of Your Newborn

Getting A Tattoo Of Your Newborn

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Ohio Hands
Community Member
3 years ago

"Dude, why you got a picture of a sleeping Vizzini from Princess Bride on your back?

JD Cassavaugh
Community Member
3 years ago

Inconceivable!

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Caroline Murphy
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm sorry but that's a terrible picture of the baby anyway. Could have gotten one a lot cuter

Mark Lov
Community Member
3 years ago

Its not possible. All newborns are ugly as hell.

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Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
3 years ago

That's a tattoo of the baby when he's 80.

Chyppa Homer
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like Chairman Mao ordering a pizza :D

Viktoras Maskaliovas
Community Member
3 years ago

Sleeping Mao Zedong?

Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

Mao?

Cilie Wiko M
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor man. He can't see the progress since it on his back, butwhen it's finished he can finally look in the mirror and admire his beautiful.... 90-year-old :B

schwuptiwup
Community Member
3 years ago

Just say it's a buddhist :D

Brandon Jordanov
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww...Now I want to get a tattoo of James Gandolfini sleeping on me

Юлия Галицына
Community Member
3 years ago

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

That does not look like your lovely baby. And when he/she is older, they will hate it.

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

Babies change so fast. From infant to old man in the time it took to do this tattoo. Amazing!

Trixster Million
Community Member
3 years ago

The baby is ugly to begin with...

Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
3 years ago

The actual photo is visually unappealing anyway.

birdhouse
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not even close!

Brigitta Swart
Community Member
3 years ago

New old born

Morgan
Community Member
3 years ago

Babies look like ugly squashed people. This is never going to turn out ok.

Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
3 years ago

Seriously. It’s bizarre to get a baby photo tattoo anyway, even if the baby somehow looked cute.

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~Canapé Kitten~
Community Member
6 hours ago

I was right to think "I don't even want to know what this one looks like," when I saw the title...

Harry Lime
Community Member
10 months ago

Aww lil' baby Jake LaMotta! " Mommy, I've heard things!..."

Kacii Chase
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a grown person...ugly

Mandie Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like an old man!!

Janis Ingebretson
Community Member
1 year ago

The baby as an old man.

Kevin
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL, there is just so many things wrong with this one! Not only does the "baby" look like old balding man, but it also looks like he has some kind of tapir trunk appendage attached to his forehead. When will people learn NEVER EVER get a picture of baby or a person's face tattooed on them under any circumstance! It always end up extremely disappointing for everyone involved. Very, very few tattoo artists actually have the skill to tattoo realistic human faces, especially babies. If you really like them that much, just get their name tattooed instead!

Fredrich Legnemark
Community Member
3 years ago

That's Mao Zedong man!

Bridgette Blumenthal
Community Member
3 years ago

Art is for walls and words are for books... too ugly!

Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

Some of his best work... wasn't featured here.

Sara Lang
Community Member
3 years ago

Ugh, looks like Nelson Mandela

Patricia Ross
Community Member
3 years ago

So cool how they aged him 50 years. Now we get to wait and see if it's accurate.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 years ago

Inconceivable!

Rick Penn
Community Member
3 years ago

Newborn Chairman Mao, maybe ???

Calla G
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor baby. It'll be scarred for life

Doreen Keesler
Community Member
3 years ago

How horrible is that. Next time do the baby’s foot with birthday

Thomas Meyer
Community Member
3 years ago

Mao Tse Tung, is my interpretation.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

Such a beautiful baby, the photo not the tat !!!

John Bennick
Community Member
3 years ago

The tattoo looks like Don Rickles.

hawkeyefan95IA
Community Member
3 years ago

Sleeping 😴 Buddha

Susan Alderson
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like one of those Chinese Emperors.

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
3 years ago

NO

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
3 years ago

Is that, like, Buddha or something?

Lizard Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

The tattoo looks like Larry Flynt.

My O My
Community Member
3 years ago

This is so sad!

Abhisek Chakraborty
Community Member
3 years ago

Dalai Lama? Is that you?

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
3 years ago

Uffdah

Bryn Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

Babies are already ugly. Why would you do this?

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm pretty sure that's an alien off Star Trek.

Jason H.
Community Member
3 years ago

OMFG! Looks like a 70 yr old man, not a newborn lol!

cwa92464
Community Member
3 years ago

That is pretty ugly. And the tat is horrible too.

Var Vas
Community Member
3 years ago

looks like Kim jong un in the tattoo

Alessandra Heesmann
Community Member
3 years ago

57?

Sylvia van der Linden
Community Member
3 years ago

mao tse tung?

Susan Gardner
Community Member
3 years ago

IDK looks like a sleeping old man to me

Sarcasticow
Community Member
3 years ago

Newborn in his eighties

Deborah Nolan Gregory
Community Member
3 years ago

It's Mao!!!

Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a monk who drank too much of the eucharistic wine.

DaBoiestBoi
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a pope

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#35

My Uncle's New Tattoo. Christmas Will Be Awkward This Year

My Uncle's New Tattoo. Christmas Will Be Awkward This Year

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Rocky Joe
Community Member
3 years ago

Great artwork. Maybe the placement was not ideal, but great skill.

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#36

This Guy's Argyle Sock Tattoo

This Guy's Argyle Sock Tattoo

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Nini Meow
Community Member
3 years ago

This is not bad.. I somewhat like it..

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#37

Oh My

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh, it's an onion. Whew. For a moment I thought that this was some sort of kinky sex thing. Still... an onion?!

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#38

Not Sure If It's Genius Or Just Horrible

Not Sure If It's Genius Or Just Horrible

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Nini Meow
Community Member
3 years ago

Pure genius...

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#39

Found This Gem Browsing Facebook

Found This Gem Browsing Facebook

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GB1997
Community Member
3 years ago

looks like sharpie to be honest

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#40

Impressive Dot Work, But Why?

Impressive Dot Work, But Why?

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KCN
Community Member
3 years ago

Wants that hairy stubbled look on his abs?

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#41

I Think Thom Yorke Will Love It

I Think Thom Yorke Will Love It

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Asia
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor placement, but the tattoo - very nice and accurate :)

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#42

Expectations VS. Reality

Expectations VS. Reality

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Me
Community Member
3 years ago

Reminds me of "Monsters Inc."

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#43

Happy Meal

Happy Meal

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Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

that's why their fries are so salty

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#44

Dude Sure Loves His Turtle

Dude Sure Loves His Turtle

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

He's going to become morbidly bored walking behind a turtle...

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#45

Interested In The Story Behind It

Interested In The Story Behind It

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Aisha La Gatta Pelirroja
Community Member
3 years ago

I believe that's the thing that eats socks at the washing machine.

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#46

My Mom's Ex Got A Tattoo Of Her After She Passed. I Guess I Never Realized My Mom Was An Asian Man, With 5 O'clock Shadow

My Mom's Ex Got A Tattoo Of Her After She Passed. I Guess I Never Realized My Mom Was An Asian Man, With 5 O'clock Shadow

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

You mum will rest in peace, because her ex obviously had someone else tattooed on his arm.

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#47

Unfortunate Tattoo Placement In An Engagement Photo

Unfortunate Tattoo Placement In An Engagement Photo

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Chris Pitch
Community Member
3 years ago

but it is spelt right!

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#48

Zipper Tattoo

Zipper Tattoo

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anita wid
Community Member
3 years ago

This isn't a fail tattoo

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#49

"Angel Wings"

"Angel Wings"

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Symbole Simple
Community Member
3 years ago

'Bad ass' indeed! With a dildo stuck in it

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#50

“My Own Design”

“My Own Design”

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Ohio Hands
Community Member
3 years ago

Ladies and gentleman, the man who invented the spiral

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#51

Please Kill Me

Please Kill Me

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Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

Again, don't you look up if the tattoo artist has any skills before you get tattooed?

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#52

Tiger Anatomy Continues To Baffle Artists, Survey Says

Tiger Anatomy Continues To Baffle Artists, Survey Says

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criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

Keep your shirt on.

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#53

The Concept Looked So Promising

The Concept Looked So Promising

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Chris Pitch
Community Member
3 years ago

what is with the shrek ear?

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#54

Six-Pack

Six-Pack

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criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

Very original......

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#55

Yeah, Let’s Just Get A Spider Tattoo

Yeah, Let’s Just Get A Spider Tattoo

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phansfanta
Community Member
3 years ago

That's actually an amazing tattoo work because he got all of the shadings and it really pops out of his face

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#56

Instagram Find. I Never Laughed So Hard At A Tattoo

Instagram Find. I Never Laughed So Hard At A Tattoo

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
3 years ago

Sooooo... Jesus gives him handjobs... I guess :D

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#57

Friend On Facebook Seems Proud Of This Gem

Friend On Facebook Seems Proud Of This Gem

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
3 years ago

I always wonder why people think that Trump is wonderful, but then I see that some people think that tats like this are great, and I realise that it's a bizarre, warped perception problem...

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