Marilyn Monroe Tattoos
Marilyn Monroe Tattoos
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Quality of Marilyn Monroe Tattoos
I love to find various tattoos, especially of people we know, and see how tattoo artists and designers depict and show them.
So when I went looking for Marilyn Monroe tattoos, I was really surprised to find so many that weren't done in the quality I expected, for one of the great celebrity icons of the 20th century.
And in many cases, not only were they not done that well, but they actually made her look old, and in many cases, like she was 20 years older than she actually lived to.
I've seen a lot of tattoos in my lifetime, and this is among the worst portrait tattoos I've come across; maybe because we all recognize Marilyn Monroe and so can critically judge it better, but with many other portrait tattoos I've come across, none seemed to be so bad as Marilyn's.
This doesn't mean there weren't any good ones, just that I was surprised at how many bad ones there were. Usually you'll always find a few bad ones and the majority are done well. But in this case, it is much different; at least how I look at them.
Tell me in the comments whether you think they're as bad as I do as an overall Marilyn Monroe tattoo gallery.
I'll begin with the worst ones and then bring you some that were done better.
Terrible Marilyn Monroe Tattoo
What's odd about this Marilyn Monroe tattoo is it had a lot of potential, but almost looks like a Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde look from one side of the face to the other.
To me it's like you really want to like it and find the quality in it, but then there's this thing that seems like she's young on one part, old down the middle, and seems to be snarling or even old in it.
It's like the tattoo is one step away from great but also just a short step from being sloppy. I think that's what makes me not like it: the contrasts being together.
Worst Marilyn Monroe Tattoo?
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Sloppy Marilyn Monroe Tattoo
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Weird looking Marilyn Monroe Tattoo
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It's possible the location of the tattoo was a problem, but I wouldn't have done it with how this turned out.
Is this tattoo really Marilyn Monroe?
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It's easy to miss, as in the heart is says 'camelot,' which is a reference to John F. Kennedy and the illusion of vigor and family life that had allegedly existed during his short term as president. Is the one wearing this saying this is what killed and made Marilyn what she was in the end? It could be.
Zombie Marilyn Monroe
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Real Zombie Marilyn Monroe Tattoo
This is really a strange tattoo, but in contrast to the others, this was an attempt to make her look this way, and from that point of view is a well done tattoo, although I know Marilyn Monroe fans won't appreciate it.
But the art aside, why would someone what this inked on their body?
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Andy Warhol's Interpretation of Marilyn Monroe
I've never liked this version of Marilyn Monroe as a painting, and so obviously dislike it as a tattoo.
But as far as quality and looking similar to what is expected, it's not badly done if you like the style.
Tattoo of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe
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More Shoddy Marilyn Monroe Tattoos
Here's another terrible Marilyn tattoo. I'm not kidding when I say I wasn't looking for these, and at first I didn't look close, and it was only later that I found out how bad they were when I enlarged them and saw them for what they are. This is terrible though.
Terrible Marilyn Monroe Tattoo
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Finally a good Marilyn Monroe tattoo
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Decent Marilyn Monroe Tattoo
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Great Tattoo, Poor Marilyn
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Tattoo Marilyn Monroe holding her dress
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Every time I think it can't get any worse, another tattoo comes along like the one below that continues to leave you scratching your head and wondering what the tattoo designer and artist were thinking.
This one just sucks, and that's about all I can think to say about it.
Another horrible Marilyn Tattoo
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Cute Marilyn Tattoo
I like this one because it's a caricature that depicts and says exactly what it wants about Marilyn, while allowing you to know who she is.
The New York Yankee reference is to her husband at the time: Joe Dimaggio, who had married her for a time.
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Ankle Tattoo Marilyn Monroe
Maybe this tattoo artist looked at other Marilyn Monroe tattoos and decided to go this route. I actually do like it, and enjoy the way they left the openness, yet kept the unique features that remind you of the one and only Marilyn Monroe.
Minimalist Marilyn Monroe Ankle Tattoo
Final thoughts on Marilyn Monroe Tattoos
Like I mentioned at the beginning, I had no idea what to expect when searching out Marilyn Monroe tattoos, and really expected to find some great ones; and plenty of them.
But I probably searched harder for Marilyn Monroe tattoos than any other I ever have, and literally could only find the ones shown here. By that I mean there were many others, but the quality of them were even less than these.
For such a major celebrity who everyone knows, it was surprising to find tattoo artists unable to bring her out in a way that would have shown her beauty and strengths.
Of course other were doing their usual artist thing and creating shock stuff and other things. But for those attempting to make a good Marilyn Monroe tattoo, most failed miserably in my opinion. What do you think?
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