17 Bad Tattoos That Were Inkshamed Online

Kasia Mikolajczak
Tattoo
Unsplash | JJ Jordan

I don't know about you, but before I get a tattoo, I thoroughly research the subject and the tattoo artist. Why do I do that? Well, it's because I want to get the most skilled person for the job. And, of course, the main goal is for the tattoo to look good and last.

However, it seems that not everyone follows that path, and they often end up with less than the desired outcome. The following awful tattoos are the perfect examples of that.

These Exact Portraits

bad kids portrait tattoos
Facebook | Patrick Harrington

Oh my goodness, what do we have here? I admit the idea of these kid portrait tattoos was great, but sadly the execution lacked the skills to accomplish it. These are so bad I'm trying not to laugh too hard, ha, ha.

This Arm Tattoo

bad arm tattoo design
reddit | u/thestringedcheese

Whoa, this linework is so shoddy that a child could have done a better job, no? It's so choppy and outside the lines. Whoever did this to this person should go back to practicing. Am I right?

This 'Great Gatsby' Tat

bad Great Gatsby tattoo
reddit | u/Jaydilla

I don't know about you, but this tattoo looks more like Leonardo DiLeprechaun than the real thing, haha. Do you see that? I mean, what is going on with his face here? Doesn't it look warped or what?

This Fallout Boy Tribute

bad Pete Wentz as a frog tattoo
reddit | u/57SuperNova

"Girlfriend found this on a Facebook group for frog appreciation. I guess they like Fallout Boy?"

Ha, ha. I guess so. This is one of the weirdest band member tribute tattoo ideas I have seen. I wouldn't even get the reference because I have better taste in music. Oh, burn!

This Cartoonish Nightmare

bad cartoon tattoos
reddit | u/AgitatedGopher

I admit the idea behind this cartoon tattoo could have been good. Could have been — is the point here. If only the tattoo artist knew what they were doing! Clearly, this isn't how it was supposed to turn out, though, right?

This Laughable Pinocchio

bad Pinocchio tattoo
reddit | u/Mysandwichok

Speaking of childhood favorites, were you a fan of Pinocchio? Well, if you were, then you must be as confused by this tattoo here as I am. Didn't anybody hear of spell check?

This Poor Angel

badly drawn angel tattoo
reddit | u/triviapromise

Just a decapitated angel trying to catch his head with his elbow. What's wrong with that? LOL, everything, that's what. Somebody dared to butcher one of the best sculptures of all time. What a shame, huh?

This Poor Owl

bad owl tattoo
reddit | u/missmadmoda

Normally, I'm such a big fan of owls especially when they're captured beautifully in a tattoo. Unfortunately, for this person, this tattoo looks like a giant failure rather than a masterpiece. And a crappy outcome, huh?

This Sad Butterfly

bad butterfly tattoo
reddit | u/blimposwaggins

Just like owls, I usually love butterflies. And when I see a gorgeous tattoo depicting one, I'm a happy camper. So when I saw this one here, I got the opposite reaction. It made me feel quite sad. That's all.

This Warped Hand

badly drawn tattoo
reddit | u/donkeyheaded

At first glance, this tattoo doesn't look that bad, eh? Not until you look at that hand, that is. One way to judge whether a tattoo artist is good is how well they can draw anatomy. And this hand here just doesn't suffice.

This Mesmerizing Back Piece

bad tree tattoo back piece
Facebook | Eve Gray

OMG, I'm usually a fan of beautiful tattoo back pieces. However, I can't say the same about this one here. There is way too much going on in this tattoo. My eyes have no idea where to even focus.

This Unimpressive Snake

bad snake tattoo
reddit | u/oflamb

Typically snake tattoos aren't for the faint of heart. However, this one isn't scary at all. On the contrary, it looks more like a joke than any menacing slithering creature. I guess they weren't going for that, huh?

This Confusing Scene

bad rosary and baseball ball tattoo
reddit | u/TheMiddle214

Okay, because a rosary and a baseball make a whole lot of sense when put together in a tattoo, right? There is no rhyme or reason to have these two concepts in one tattoo, no? Are you as confused by this as I am?

This Dog Tribute Fail

bad dog tribute tattoo
reddit | u/TroytheYounger

So this lady boldly proclaims that she trusts her dogs more than she trusts humans. Okay, fair enough. But why did she trust a human to give her a tattoo like that, huh? I simply don't get that.

This Absolute Treasure

bad Japanese tattoo
reddit | u/TroytheYounger

For this guy's sake, I hope this is only an outline and not an actual tattoo. However, something tells me that that isn't the case. Can you imagine looking at that in the mirror every time you take your shirt off? Oh, no!

This Wolverine?

bad Wolvering tattoo on a man's chest
Facebook | Sunshine Tibbs

Wait a minute, is this supposed to be Wolverine? What in the heck? This is honestly the worst rendition on an X-Men-inspired tattoo I have seen in a while. And this guy got it on his entire chest and arms? Yikes!

This Back Piece

bad tiger tattoo back piece
reddit | u/xulegos

I don't know, is it just me, or does this tiger look more like a monkey? Holy moly. Never have I ever seen a tiger with a face of a baboon. That is one unusual combination, that's for sure.

Come on, people!

Man saying "thanks, I hate it."
Giphy | StickerGiant

Are you kidding me with these awful tattoos here? Most of them look like somebody in prison did them. Am I right? These so-called artists shouldn't even call themselves that. They pretty much give all tattoo artists a bad name, and that's a real shame.