Really Bad Quality Tattoos Part 2: The Sequel!

Welcome all to the eagerly awaited follow-up to the notorious "Really Bad Quality Tattoos". At it's height, that hub was receiving in excess of 5,000 hits per day and fielding dozens of comments, both good and bad. The good comments said something like, "Oh my God, you're right. These are atrocious." whereas the bad comments ranted and raved like, "WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE WHAT SOMEONE CHOOSES TO PUT ON THEIR BODY?!" Eventually it devolved into a back and forth tirade completely devoid of any involvement on my part, with some troll getting attack because he said tattoos were for the unemployed.

But now that the excitement from that has died down, I thought it was time to introduce a whole new assortment of really hideous tattoo designs. Most of these were collected from MySpace, Facebook, Flickr and last but not least, the badtattoos_4 community over at LiveJournal. I hope you enjoy! Or at least I hope you don't throw up.

Really Bad Tattoos

Since my last installment of really bad tattoos, I've repeatedly come across an unnerving trend in the world of body mod atrocities. I don't know where this freaky trend started, but all signs point to the Midwest. Basically, what these people do is get a tattoo on their stomach and use their belly buttons to create the illusion of an orifice. You may want to skip this batch if you're easily grossed out.

When someone looks at a tattoo, they should immediately be able to tell what image it has rendered. "Oh, that's a star, how nice" or "Hey, that's a great dolphin" are all acceptable reactions. If you show someone your brand new tat and the first thing they say is, "Oh. Uhh...that's a cowgirl...right?" you may fall into this category of horror: tattoos that are totally indecipherable.

In addition to being drawn with black permanent marker, this tat is just wrong. It's clearly a scorpion. And a woman with a shoe fetish on steroids. And is that a shoe on her tail as well?!

My brain, furtively attempting to see a likeness in that which it does not understand, tells me that this is a sun. It also tells me that this is a sun made out of poo.

I've been looking at this one for several minutes trying to come up with a caption, but I just can't figure it out. It's either a man dressed up as a dragon for the Chinese New Year or a human getting swallowed by a moon with hair. I've tried looking at it from several different angles, thinking outside the box, if you will, but I've got nothing. Does anybody have any ideas? Thanks.

Tattoos are supposed to be sharp, literally and figuratively--not smudged, blurry messes. When the lines of a tattoo are compromised, the entire image falls victim to the category of "indecipherable." In the photo above, I can tell that it's a devil eating pie at the top, but I'm totally lost when it comes to what's below his waist.

After several attempts, I was finally able to see that this was a tattoo of a wizard holding a crystal ball, surrounded by a menacing dragon. But what is he holding in his other hand? A tazer? And what is that red mess all the way to the right? It looks like it should be part of the dragon's body, yet it's done in a color that doesn't match anything else in the entire tattoo.

When it comes to tattoos (whether it's one or several) proper placement is everything. Even the smallest star tattoo will look ridiculous if placed randomly in the midst of an otherwise empty leg or back. This poor soul should have stopped at the triquetra smack dab in the middle (I say she should've stopped there because it looks like that one is the oldest) but she didn't. She just kept going, adding lizards and circles and tribal vines.

Just like this pencil that's being attacked by both two snakes and a skull, some tattoos are just freaking bizarre. Yes, perhaps they have a very particular, important meaning to the person, but unlike a crucifix or the New York City skyline or some other easily distinguishable image, they don't have any meaning to me. And I don't think I'm alone in saying they probably don't have much meaning to anyone else looking at it.

I hope you've enjoyed our tour through the madness that is the underground world of tattoos. Although to our eyes, these body mods may seem senseless, the important thing is what they mean to the person who wears them. If you like what you've got, then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. What's important is how you feel about yourself and your choices. I hope you don't regret a single one.

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taylorblue 8 years ago from Canada

These are horrible...how do you get 5000 hits a day??


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Terri Paajanen 8 years ago from someplace in Canada

The "Devil eating pie" is really not that hard to understand. It's a pic of Pan the nymph. His legs are of a goat, and the "pie" is a triangular set of pan-pipes.


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becauseilive 8 years ago from N.J. Author

Terri--yeah, I had a feeling that it was something from mythology, I just couldn't make out what. Thanks!

Taylorblue -- I have no idea. It looks like someone had submitted the hub to StumbleUpon, and I got an insane amount of traffic from there once it was picked up.


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gabriella05 8 years ago from Oldham

To me it looks like an alien on the moon with hair, but my boyfriend said that the red bit is a rose on some thing


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Krista 07 8 years ago from Europe

lol disgusting, and poor taste


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

lmao, I have always wanted a tatt. I have a picture of uncle sam that i want tattooed on my arm . And when you look at it carefully it is made up of 3 girls posing and for the reasons above ,i have still yet not had it done..


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Lex Luthor 8 years ago from Universal

these people should get a tattoo of a brain in their skull to represent what life tricked them out of... or maybe they're having Picaso thoughts.


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

These are much worse than other ones.


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gamergirl 8 years ago from Antioch, TN

These tattoos are horrid!!


Kendra 8 years ago

Yuck!


inklined 8 years ago

it just goes to show people should do some homework in reguards to what they want and who can best perform the art....it isn't just anyone who can do tattooing to its full potential....you wouldn't get breast implants from a mechanic right?....

They are forever...and with that deserve RESPECT.. in order to get and or have a tattoo that earns its respect, you have to do the math first!

hope this helps clear the BS..friends don't let friends get bad ink!!!!!


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membership script 8 years ago from Denver

wow, what some people will do to their bodies....


Elise 8 years ago

david was searching tattoos and found you randomly.

miss you jac - love your writing on this.


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teeray 8 years ago from Canada

I am TRAUMATIZED by the 'orifice' idea...I can understand the 'Taz' one, even if it is odd, but the butts? We should send SHIRTS with drawstrings at the waist for those with the 'orifice-enhancing' tats and tie their drawstrings in double-granny knots lol


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colin mcdermott 8 years ago from Manchester UK

They are some seriously bad Tattoos! Eeek-a-mouse!

Good point about the orientation / randomly positioned tats, had nevr eally thought of that before...


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herbshirt 8 years ago from Australia

Yep, there sure are some pretty bad tatt's there. Pretty funny too. Not much of a fan of arm bands either though. I like to draw my own.


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YoJDawg 8 years ago from Arroyo Grande

yeah, bad tats really are unfourtunate, i hope nobody says this about mine :(


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ChrisSnil 8 years ago from United Kingdom

Good lord those are awful


mickydoc04 8 years ago

fuk they are bad


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jim10 8 years ago from ma

great hub. My friend went to a party and they had a tattoo artist their. Well As the night went on the tattoo artist kept having drinks and the tattoos kept getting worse. Unfortunately she got a four leaf clover on her foot and it looks nothing like one. I don't think she wears sandals as much anymore. I felt so bad for her.


Brandi 8 years ago

I am so lucky!! I didn't do to much thinking on what I wanted. My brother happened to get a tat, that ended up really good. So the next time he went in knowing I wanted a bird so I went with and just said bird. I am so luck that the artist is a true artist and did a beautiful job. Next time I will go to him, I will think harder on what I want though. I dont regret mine for one second, but it could have ended terribly. Wow I am so lucky! To bad these people weren't as fortunant as I.


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starrkissed 8 years ago from Arizona

omg! lol some of those are just wrong. i'm with ya on the crazy scorpion looking thing with shoes... wtf??? and the girl with too many ugly & misplaced back tats. what were these people thinking?


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Renaissance 8 years ago

I just did a quick search to find the original Hub (always makes me smile) and found this one. Good stuff!


Ashley 7 years ago

I really think the ones where the belly button is is kinda gross

But you said you did not like the pencil one??? what if he likes art, skulls, and snakes and wanted them combined :/

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