15 Tattoo Fails That I Can't Help But Find Funny

Jordan Claes
Devil horns tattoo

Executing an idea is the hardest part. More often than not, we have a crystal clear image in our heads of how something should look, but when we see it in the real world — it simply doesn't measure up.

Let me preface this by saying that I have nothing but admiration for anyone with enough commitment to permanently tattoo anything on their body. But as you'll soon come to see with these 15 tattoo fails, sometimes you just can't help but laugh.

Imagine having to look down at this every day for the rest of your life.

misspelled motivational phrase
Reddit | EDJE666

One spelling mistake is bad enough, but two within the same tattoo? If you're doing this for a living, maybe you should be double-checking your work? That's just my opinion.

There's a little Lenny in every Carl, and a little Carl in every Lenny.

Lenny and Carl yin yang
Reddit | anyeus

From one fan of The Simpsons to another, let me say that I commend your commitment to what is arguably the greatest animated series of all time. I just don't know if this is the way that I would personally choose to show my dedication.

Gotta catch 'em all!

bad pikachu tattoo
Imgur | SaggyBeaver

This looks as if it was tatted on using a ballpoint pen and a red hot safety pin. Also, is it just me or does Pikachu look incredibly high? The fact that the pupils are going in opposite directions and he's nearly chewed off his bottom lip doesn't bode well.

Only in America.

eagle tattoo on forehead
Reddit | InfidelCB

I feel like this is the kind of dude who has a different black Harley Davidson t-shirt for every day of the week. On the bright side, I'm guessing that his mullet will no longer be the conversation starter at parties moving forward.

Shedding your own skin.

Snake skin leg
Reddit | kryzjewell

Gross. Snakes are disgusting evil devil serpents who are undeserving of love. Why anyone would ever want to emulate the most terrifying reptile in the history of existence is beyond me.

I honestly don't even know what this is.

terrifying face tattoo on back
Reddit | IntheDarkoftheNight

I've seen a lot of bad tattoos in my lifetime. But I have to say, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that this is the worst tattoo I have ever or will ever see. I don't even know what it is, but I know I'm uncomfortable.

So close yet so far.

Broken compass
Reddit | Reddit

All I can say is that I'd hate to be in a car while this tattoo artist was navigating. They clearly don't know up from down or even left from right. And can anyone explain to me why the letters are all different sizes?

It's most certainly is.

incorrect Jon Bon Jovi lyrics
Reddit | Lolololokokok

I for one think it's a rather bold move to tattoo any song lyric on your body — but Bon Jovi?! I'm not trying to be disrespectful, but why would anyone defame their body in such a manner? And if you're going to do so, wouldn't you make sure it was spelled/written correctly?

Zip it up.

zipper tattoo on back
Reddit | @snake___pit

I can almost guarantee you that somewhere in this man's closet, there's an XL t-shirt with a logo that reads "Don't [expletive] with Mr. Zero." If the purpose of this tattoo was to intimidate everyone around you, then congratulations — you've succeeded.

This tattoo stinks.

Onion tattoo in armpit
Reddit | Bored Panda

Do you know how some people say that body odor smells like onions? Well, from what I can see, it looks as if this young woman took the sentiment to heart. I can't even begin to fathom how much that must have hurt.

I have a feeling your child isn't going to appreciate this as much as you'd like.

newborn baby tattoo
Reddit | Petkevic29

I'm not normally someone who thinks that newborns are especially cute, but even I have to admit that the photo of the baby on the left is pretty darn cute. The photo on the right, however, most assuredly is not.

The placement just doesn't seem right.

brass knuckles tattoo
instagram | @tattoogurken

I've never worn nor owned a pair of brass knuckles myself, so I'm only speculating. But just going by the name, I'd have to presume that this tattoo should be at least three inches higher up the hand.

Angelina Jolie would not approve.

Angelina Jolie face tattoo
Reddit | Missmachineee

Why this photo, exactly? Angelina Jolie is a drop-dead gorgeous woman with immense talent, but this tattoo makes her look like something that just crawled out from under a bridge in a Brothers Grimm fairytale.

This was supposed to be a sea of stars...

ink dots on chest
Reddit | macsimilian

I hate to tell you, but those aren't stars. You just paid someone probably at least a couple hundred dollars to poke you with a tattoo gun 100 times over. Maybe next time, try working off a star map?

One horny devil.

devil horns tattoo

Face tattoos scare the bejeesus out of me. Even more so when the tattoo has a rather devilish inspiration. I wonder what the artist must've been thinking as he sat tattooing two large horns on this psychopath's forehead?