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The World's Worst Tattoos by Priyanka ,  May 6, 2013

Body art can be a beautiful thing, but when tattoos go bad, they go really bad...

Even the great artists had their off days, but while Picasso or Monet could screw their cock-ups into a ball and throw them in the nearest bin, when tattoo artists get it wrong their mistakes last, well, forever.

From tributes to loved ones that end up more like terrible insults, to attempts at animals or landscapes that look like they've been drawn by children, here's our favourite examples of when body art goes bad.

A spurned lover who had the name of his significant other inked on his neck found himself in a tricky situation after she dumped him.

Rather than crying over spilt milk however, Jordan Cotton chose to have a line struck through the emblem “Olivia”, with the added comment: “S*** happens”, the Mirror reported.

The drama did not end there however, with Cotton, 21, later ending up before Blackburn magistrates after smashing Olivia Nuttall’s BlackBerry during a subsequent row.

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An afterthought: Jordan Cotton had his declaration of love revised after he was dumped

Imran Hussain, defending, said Cotton got the tattoo during the “fairy tale” stage of the 18-month relationship, and regretted the incident.

Mr Hussain said:“She (Olivia) wasn’t very happy when she saw the edited version, just two weeks after they split. This caused a row during which he grabbed her phone and threw it against a wall.

“He accepts the relationship is now over and he doesn’t intend to have any further contact with this lady, or any more tattoos, the Lancashire Telegraph reported.


Let's hope true love runs a smooth course for this lady - for she's had her boyfriend's name emblazoned across her face - just 24 hours after meeting him.

The woman, known as Lesya, was so taken with new love tattooist Ruslan Toumaniantz, she allowed him to carve his name in five-inch high Gothic script across her right cheek.

What's more, this is not Ruslan's first brush with controversial inkings.

Buyer's Remorse

When 18-Year Old Kimberley Vlaeminck got a tattoo of 56 stars on her face, she claimed that she only asked for 3 stars and sued the tattoo artist for adding 53 more stars after she fell asleep under the needle. After fielding some tough questions like, "How do you fall asleep while someone is tattooing your face?" She confessed that she was actually awake and had indeed asked for all 56 stars . . .

Michelle's covered in tattoos, but the one that bothers her is one she did herself -- it's supposed to be of herself praying. Michelle hates the tattoo, but likes tattoo artist Adam. Could there be a tattoo love connection? It might depend on how well Adam transforms her prayer tattoo into some kind of abstract tattoo design. Tatto1_041312Stand up comedian Rich has a tattoo mess on his arm -- a combination of about four different tattoo artists, it's tribal, traditional, one part Statue of Liberty and another part Japanese. In short, it's all over the place. Megan Massacre is going to try to create a traditional rose tat over top his complicated design. Check out her finished product below!

Tattoo2_041313Kris had a bad trip with a tattoo artist on an acid trip. The result is a weird, abstract mess of lines on his side. It's supposed to be a biomechanical tat, but it's nowhere near what it should be. Note to self: Never get a tattoo from a guy on three hits of acid. Tattooist Tim is happy to help him out, and creates a gorgeous sugar skull and rose design. Tattoo3_041313Don regrets his past pot-smoking ways, and totally regrets his pot tattoo. The worst part is, it doesn't even look like weed. It looks more like a pile of poop, really. "Don't do drugs!" warns Don, and don't get tattoos of drugs, either. Megan Massacre's going to put a scary zombie face over it. Which is only slightly less questionable.

Tattoo4_041313But while that's happening, let's pause for Anthony, with possible the worst tattoo ever:


Emi grew up in a house where tattoos were no nos. So when she turned 21, she went tattoo-crazy. But one jester tattoo in particular turned out to be a big mistake. It's faded, and crappy, and now she's hoping that Tim can fix it up. Emi has a sketch of a mummy girl with kitty cats, and she tells Tim to go crazy with it.

Tatto5_041313Emi's crappy tattoo is nothing though, compared to Daniel's bizarre devil woman lifting dumbbells that don't look like, well, dumbbells. It's not for public consumption. "I don't want to get slapped by grandmas anymore! I need to get this covered up!" Even tattoo artist Jeremy Swan thinks it's going to go down as one of the worst tattoos in history. But thankfully, he's able to cook up a gorgeous raven and skull design to cover up the nastiness.


The Tax Man

Judging by this man's outfit and cheesy smile, he looks like he may be the type of person who would sell you a used car, or do your taxes, or maybe just suck out your soul and haunt your nightmares for the rest of your life.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Don't judge a book by it's cover. For example, I bet you think this guy is some kind of criminal hoodlum. Well, ok, he did shoot a police officer with a handgun, but he's really a nice, sensitive guy. And ladies, he's single!

So what are your hobbies?

Well, in a way it's good when people label themselves clearly so you don't have to guess what their horrible, crippling character flaws are. Thanks Mr. Crazy-Eyes, we'll hold onto your resume and call you if a position becomes available.

Romney 2012

This guy is a wrestler from Indiana who was paid $15,000 to get a Romney tattoo on his face. He thinks the "stigma against the Republican party" will work to his advantage as a "bad guy" character in wrestling. What's more, this tattoo was a result of an eBay auction. So, no real NEED to make a joke here, this stuff writes itself.

Property of Jolene

I'm guessing amongst Jolene's property you will also find a mobile home and a restraining order and a baby. Well, I really hope Jolene doesn't have a baby.


We've censored this to protect the innocent, but, as you can clearly see the buck stops with this guy. His no-nonsense approach and nonchalance are both admirable, and we look forward to his contributions both to society, and humanity, in the future.

Catman Begins

I'm truly at a loss for words here. This person has successfully transformed him or herself into a cat, and also ruined their chance of ever seeking gainful employment. Good thing Fancy Feast is cheap.

Rock n Roll Mustache

This guy has kind of a zombie Elvis thing going. In case you were wondering, his face will let you know that he is an American who loves Rock and Roll. In case you were wondering, he is also single and unemployed.

I'm Sure His Family is Stoked

What what what? This picture makes zero sense. The hipster mustache trend was annoying enough, then there were tattoos of mustaches on fingers, and now this.

Sports Fan

Life can be difficult and even mundane at times, so it's good to have something to cling to, a passion to keep you going. And tattoo it all over your head in case you forget which team you like.

No. 1 Fan

Well by now we're all familiar with this photos, and given the others in the list we can still say it's one of the worst based on size, content, and placement. Good job, we're sure Drake is super-flattered.