When you decide to get a tattoo, choosing the right artist is nearly as important as picking the design and spot. I mean, if someone is to ink you they better have the experience and skill required to produce something nothing short of amazing, right? After all, this is going to be on your body forever. Well, experience, yes, but skill? Not necessarily. Helen Fernandes isn't good at drawing but people are still lining up to get her tattoos. And they're so bad, they're good.

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Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

I want one

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Luis Milian
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2 years ago

seems legit

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The Brazilian founded her own tattoo shop, Malfeitona, in her native city of Salvador de Bahia, and has already gained a sort of a cult following for what she calls her tatuagens peba, which literally translates into "trash tattoos." With over 57K Instagram followers and regularly uploaded pics of happy customers enjoying their new designs, it's perfectly clear why her unique style is so popular. It's genuine.

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Clematis
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2 years ago

This one is actually good. I like it!

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Irma Goncalves
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2 years ago

I like this one!!

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Fernandes has been inking people for about three years, but she's been in the game way longer. She's also a visual artist. "I started to draw because my parents were taking me to the church 3 times a week," she told Bored Panda. "To keep me quiet, they would give me a pen and some paper. But I kept drawing because I liked it."

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tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

I never knew our solar system was so unhappy.

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yethica
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2 years ago

I don't know why these qualify as ugly... most of them are quirky and adorable and great.

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"I was never into realism," she said. "Drawing was just something I really enjoyed doing. It made others happy and it made me happy. It still does. However, I never thought I could be an artist. By specialty, I'm a mechanical engineer. I got my degree in December 2016 and had been attending a post-graduate course on materials engineering at the Federal University of Bahia until last year. But recently I switched to being a researcher, studying the relation between tattoo and Instagram. I am, however, interested in other fields as well. I'm also a digital influencer and I give art classes (mostly on “how to find your own style”), and work as an illustrator."

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glowworm2
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2 years ago

This is fantastic. That crab is adorable!

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Katelynn Marie
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2 years ago

Aawww

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"Parallel to my "official" activities, I've been involved in art all of my life. And I've always drawn stuff that's funny, cute, unrealistic, and doesn't follow the "technical" rules of the craft. My works have appeared on my friends' mugs, bags, t-shirts, even zines and comic books. I've even sold them to those who wanted to buy them. I've also painted walls and made flyers for concerts, parties, and other events. And I've performed some nail art on myself and my close friends." Helen also loves customizing her personal belongings. From pencils to t-shirts, she draws on everything.

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Not Alec
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2 years ago

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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glowworm2
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2 years ago

That is so cute!

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"Once upon a time in 2014, I drew a bat to Matheus, a very close person of mine. It had pointy teeth, and Matheus liked it so much, he asked me to tattoo it on him. We planned everything out and I did it. He's a great pushy person that has always believed in me. Later, a my other close friend wanted to get a tattoo of a cat I had drawn. And another friend asked for a dinosaur standing on a planet. I didn't charge them for it since I had no experience. It was just a friend thing (but following all of the safety requirements)."

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_bittersweet_
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2 years ago

Can someone please explain this to me? I feel like I’ve seen it somewhere......

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Nikki D
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2 years ago

She does have a certain style!

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"I created the @malfeitona Instagram account in 2017. In Portuguese, malfeitona means 'badly done.' The title makes it very clear what it's all about. People who weren't my friends started asking me for tattoos, so I charged them a bit to cover material costs. Later, friends of these people started contacting me as well, including other tattoo artists that liked my ideas and were giving me tips while I was working on them. This taught me a lot and I eventually I got my own studio. I stopped bringing strangers to my house and wrapping my entire room in plastic." More customers have been appearing and this is where the artist is at now.

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Randomcthulu
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2 years ago

FLY you fools...

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GoodWolf
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2 years ago

Laika?

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"I have other work as well, so I don't tattoo every week. In some cases I might not pick up the needle for an entire month. But when booking is open and I'm up for it, I can produce 30 a week, especially if I go to Sao Paulo (i live in Salvador but I do tours)." 

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Sveta Smirnova
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2 years ago

Virus and bacteria?

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Bluebell Rizzi
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2 years ago

Meep meep

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"I adapt my prices to the area I'm working in. In Brazil, the average tattoo costs about R$400 ($100). Of course, it depends on how much color and detail a particular design has. And if I went to the States, I would have to figure out how much tattoo artists charge their costumers there before setting my own price as well."

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Erin Sheppard
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2 years ago

The chicken doesn't look very friendly.

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Maddie
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2 years ago

This is so dang adorable

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"I think people like my style because of how cute and funny it is. But it's a number of things. People don't just like my designs, they also like my pictures, captions and stories on Instagram. Stories that explain my tattoos and help them relate to them. A tattoo is something very personal and I try to make the entire experience of getting it as nice as possible. I spend as much time on my customers as they need, we talk and develop ideas together. Also, I have a very clear political position and use social media to spread it. Brazil is currently in a very complicated political situation."

Also, Helen will be visiting Mexico in April and would love to talk to some local tattoo artists, so if you're inking people in Mexico, feel free to contact her!

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better version of alex
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2 years ago (edited)

It's not purrrrRRRR, it's PURRRrrrrr

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tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

This is how I feel most mornings.

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Mr Redhead with them curls
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2 years ago

This one is not so bat

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Chloe Spivey
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2 years ago

this one isn't to bad

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Mads Sly
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2 years ago

Like the venus flytrap and cactus, not too sure how I feel about the oowoo sunflower

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Cat on a bike
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2 years ago

balls 🤣🤣

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Ronja Horáková
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2 years ago

Laika, is that you?

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Dolicious
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2 years ago

That´s pretty cute, whatever it is :-)

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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2 years ago (edited)

Mr. Extremely-Long-Shark is not pleased

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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2 years ago

Lucky

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Gilda
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2 years ago

Best tat of brittany spears ever

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Nikki D
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2 years ago

Ok, this one really is terrible.

Erin Sheppard
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2 years ago

Pink Floyd.

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Sally Appleton
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2 years ago

As badly as it is drawn, her application/technique is really good. Usually tattoos that are drawn like this look like they came with free hepatitis C.

Zara
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2 years ago

Pink floyd dark side of the moon... anyone???

Rhea Hambum
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2 years ago

Dark side of the one the cat did not like

Charlotte Ayers
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2 years ago

Floyd would love this.

Lizzie the Crayon
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2 years ago

Pink Floyd ART.

Dolicious
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2 years ago

Haha, love it!

Bajabugboy
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2 years ago (edited)

just BREATHE in and accept that its TIME to get that tat removed because it's giving me BRAIN DAMAGE, and it shouldn't cost too much MONEY to do so. If you don't, expect me to be ON THE RUN.

Bajabugboy
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2 years ago

y do i do this

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Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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2 years ago

Syd must be turning over in his grave

Thumbs Down
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2 years ago

Actually. Sorry everybody, but you all have it completely wrong. This is the best one.

sharon Baddeley
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1 year ago

I love them, inspiring stuff

Theory Buchannon
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2 years ago

pink floyd

carameltart1011
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2 years ago

pink floyd, isnt it?

Barbara Baxendale
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2 years ago

What is it ??

danielw
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2 years ago

all you people being like 'its pink floyds album cover'.... you need to go back to science class and become nerds. nerds rule the world. (okay, so I didn't get it. I just assumed some nerd got a picture of a prism.)

Kel Mick
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2 years ago

prism?

Boris Fauret
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2 years ago

You fritter and waste the art in an offhand wayeeay !

Leonard Guillory III
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2 years ago (edited)

Is this one titled "Dark side of the ARM"🤡

Stacey Jean
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2 years ago

Dark Side of the Moon

Carol Roeder
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2 years ago

What the hell is it?

María B. Kaiser
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2 years ago

PInk Floyd?

Denisse Franco
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2 years ago

I really don't get why someone would get this tattooed on their body but...to each their own I guess.

Honey Bl
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2 years ago

all in all you're just a--- wtf is THAT?

And Peggy
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2 years ago

Pink Floyd

Sharon Lee
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2 years ago

Laundry symbol

Ang.stl
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2 years ago

Do not wash? Wash with Neosporin to get the stain out?

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Hafsa Fariha
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2 years ago

I can tell , maybe she's a student with a science background. Looking forward to math formulas...:P

Kirsten Lockwood
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2 years ago

If it had color and the lines were straight then it would look decent

The dude
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2 years ago

I think it’s on purpose. That seems to be the allure

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Sarah
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2 years ago

All in all it's just another........wtf IS that? This is really bad drawn.

Turnip and a Frog
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2 years ago

Is it a ray of light split in a prism? 🤔 How..englighting.

PeachPossum
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2 years ago

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon album cover. Would have been more interesting if the split rays were rainbow colors

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Gutbrush Threepwood
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2 years ago

Hahaha, awesome! :D

Wendy Crow
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2 years ago

Because it is Pink Floyd

XxshadowkitXx
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2 years ago

Don’t be rude

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

There must be a reason, or explanation personal !!!

Geri Stevens
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2 years ago

This needs work!

VINCENT TACOS
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2 years ago

WTFis that?

Jon Wong
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2 years ago

welcome to the dark side

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

Only fail in the bunch, imho.

John Carr
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It's just as bad as the album.

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