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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

Von Joni

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#8

Roar

Roar

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Chris Pitch
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

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

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

Executing insanity well is... uh... what, exactly?

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Lucida
Community Member
2 years ago

This is really weird but not bad.

Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
2 years ago

so according to the reddit thread, the bananas are older then the cat tattoo. And the ink of the embryos included the ashes of 3 of her cats that had passed away. I don't know what to think about it.

Karen Louise
Community Member
2 years ago

This info changes everything I think about this tat. Thanks. It's strange but meaningful. My 18 yr old cat was my animal soul mate. Lost my best friend when he passed.

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Kate
Community Member
2 years ago

I mean, again, it's a very unique choice of subject---but it's a VERY well done tattoo

Miss MonMon
Community Member
2 years ago

LSD is a powerful drug...

KCN
Community Member
2 years ago

So: three kittens, two bananas, and a demon?

My O My
Community Member
2 years ago

All of them apparently in her belly...

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Taryn Wallace
Community Member
2 years ago

The actual tattoo isn't badly done it's just a very strange tattoo to have

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

great skills but it's look more like a metal band cover album

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
2 years ago

I so want to know if there's a coherent story behind this, or if it's just a surrealist folly.

birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Can you imagine taking her home undressing and finding this!

Elizabeth Lord Cary
Community Member
2 years ago

So this person never wants to get laid again ever?

FABULOUS1
Community Member
2 years ago

The art is good but the design is very creepy.

kalle1724
Community Member
2 years ago

They are for scale.

Fay Ratta
Community Member
2 years ago

Spit take

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

What in the holy fuck is that

Kitty Katty
Community Member
2 years ago

This is astoundingly good work. I hate it, but there's no denying the artist's talent

Bryn Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

I love cats. I love every cat.

Asia
Community Member
2 years ago

Kittens and babanas? Say no more, this is perfection :D :D

Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

Crazy Cat Lady Alert!

Catpoker88
Community Member
2 years ago

Cat mom ! May her kittens grow up healthy and strong 🤣

Little Menace
Community Member
2 years ago

This is awsome. In every respect!

Xandra
Community Member
2 years ago

Creepy! I know they're supposed to be embryos, but it looks like he/she ate the kittens...

Flisey
Community Member
2 years ago

Three cats and a blue fly????

ispeak catanese
Community Member
2 years ago

Whose ashes are mixed in with blue creature?

Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty creepy but wonderfully done.

Brittney Stanford
Community Member
2 years ago

what in tarnation??

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
2 years ago

This is an extremely well done tat!!! Not something I'd get. I do suddenly have a craving for bananas now...

Kiarra Gregory
Community Member
2 years ago

Um can someone point out the black cats face for me please I can’t seem to see it alone

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

Do the bananas have paws?

Grace G.
Community Member
2 years ago

the hogwarts housesssssss

Karin Morris
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't get this AT ALL. What is that one in the lower left side? A rat?

Elena Adams
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh look, she has two hearts!

Holly Hofmann
Community Member
2 years ago

Why is there a big anus in the middle?

Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

i *think* that is meant to be a huge shared placenta .

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SouthernFried
Community Member
2 years ago

How is this not higher?

kasa alex
Community Member
2 years ago

It's intense but I like it

Kevin
Community Member
7 months ago

Is the blue-ish black (bottom left) one also supposed to be kitten...??? I honestly can't tell. When I first saw it, I though it was a Big weird fly thing, and then it looked like a black pug puppy...The other cats were actually really well done, what the heck happened to that one?!?

Donna O
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is really really weird 😳

Linn Nilsson
Community Member
2 years ago

Omfg

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

Some people wear their red flags on their skin

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

What the... why the... who would... i can't even.

Artistic Impressions
Community Member
2 years ago

did she do yiff with a furry and managed to cross breed human cats, welp then, god bless her

Nostalgic Hyena
Community Member
2 years ago

The more you look at this, the weirder it gets.

Sherry
Community Member
2 years ago

Gross

Regina Villano
Community Member
2 years ago

why??

Chelle Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

This person is "Banana's" Totally crazy. Wow.

Sara Lang
Community Member
2 years ago

Excellent! He is very brave, and so is the artist. Puts a whole new meaning on the phrase - "Having kittens"!

BoopityBooptiyBooper
Community Member
2 years ago

It's great apart from the bananas, which kinda ruined it

Christina Vigil
Community Member
2 years ago

Lower left is a bear, I think. It's got 4 big claws on each hand...er, paw.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 years ago

KITTENS!

Kim Lanc
Community Member
2 years ago

Weird

Calla G
Community Member
2 years ago

Bizarre but well done. Definitely a conversation piece.

Calla G
Community Member
2 years ago

Are those...kittens?

Anna Mcaffee
Community Member
2 years ago

Not sure what I'm looking at here

Tom Witkowski
Community Member
2 years ago

Fur babies!

Carol Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

Wrong, four times...you're giving all the kittens on the planet nighmares too...

Viktoria Zellner
Community Member
2 years ago

wow!!! thät´s cool!

WaLe
Community Member
2 years ago

The s**t is banana...

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
2 years ago

Excellent executed tat!!!

blue-stars
Community Member
2 years ago

Why? Just why?

Wendy Bradford
Community Member
2 years ago

This is awesome

Oonafey
Community Member
2 years ago

It's weird, but the artistry is phenomenal.

Nancy A Clark
Community Member
2 years ago

Wha… ?

Carolyn Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

Makes you wonder about the state of someones sanity............lol

okpkpkp
Community Member
2 years ago

So that's what I look like on the inside, huh?

Karen Stauffer
Community Member
2 years ago

Speechless...

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 years ago

The lower left critter (black) looks like it has the head of a fly.

Pepper Fahr
Community Member
2 years ago

Somehow these images are important to the person getting the tat. The artist did the details nicely.

Teri Donovan
Community Member
2 years ago

Again, technically a VERY well done tat. The subject matter is questionable.

Rã Field
Community Member
2 years ago

It is an amazing drawing ~~~ is it really a tatoo however?...

ZEFCAT
Community Member
2 years ago

The wierdest tat I've EVER seen!

Mir
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it is very beautifully done!

Soupcat
Community Member
2 years ago

cover up maybe ?

Llews Art
Community Member
2 years ago

I have so many questions....... this is by far the weirdest one yet because it wasn't a drunk decision or a bad tattoo artist... this is just so bizarre.

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this is really cool! A little weird but I like weird. And it's beautifully done!

Molly Block
Community Member
2 years ago

Ohhhhh-kay

Apollo
Community Member
2 years ago

That is totally cool. But why the banana?

Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
2 years ago

This is an amazingly good tattoo. Whoever made this list is so confused.

Fish Wuz Here
Community Member
2 years ago

Are those.... >cats<

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
2 years ago

Those look like kittens.

Christina Sersif
Community Member
2 years ago

the artist did a great job, but what...what is going on?

Just Barbora
Community Member
2 years ago

I like this

Cathy Lamb
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm confused, is it supposed to be embryos, or are they smuggling baby animals through customs by swallowing them in condoms?

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
2 years ago

WTH??????????????????????

Minnie-me
Community Member
2 years ago

w.t.f.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
2 years ago

So this is the modern version of the crazy cat lady?

Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years ago

cutest infection I ever saw !

criminalgirl
Community Member
2 years ago

This is just nasty.

Soozie Poozie
Community Member
2 years ago

This is horrific!!

Carmen Elena
Community Member
2 years ago

horrible...

Timea Talitha Kumi
Community Member
2 years ago

This person take drugs. I don‘t know why, somehow i just feel it 😜😂

Andre Castro
Community Member
2 years ago

The worst part is I have a sneaky suspicion that it's a guy. Lol 🤣🤣🤣

Audra Granath
Community Member
2 years ago

A guy with curvy hips? lol

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#24

Incredible Angelina's Jolie Portrait

Incredible Angelina's Jolie Portrait

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

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

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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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

Reminds me of "Monsters Inc."

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#43

Happy Meal

Happy Meal

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

but it is spelt right!

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#48

Zipper Tattoo

Zipper Tattoo

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anita wid
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

Keep your shirt on.

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#53

The Concept Looked So Promising