ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Really Bad Quality Tattoos Part 2: The Sequel!

Updated on November 18, 2007

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      10 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 :/

    • Renaissance profile image


      11 years ago

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

    • starrkissed profile image


      11 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?

    • profile image


      11 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.

    • jim10 profile image


      11 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.

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      fuk they are bad

    • ChrisSnil profile image


      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good lord those are awful

    • YoJDawg profile image


      11 years ago from Arroyo Grande

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

    • herbshirt profile image


      11 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.

    • colin mcdermott profile image

      colin mcdermott 

      11 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...

    • teeray profile image


      11 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

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      david was searching tattoos and found you randomly.

      miss you jac - love your writing on this.

    • membership script profile image

      membership script 

      11 years ago from Denver

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

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      it just goes to show people should do some homework in reguards to what they want and who can best perform the isn't just anyone who can do tattooing to its full 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!!!!!

    • profile image


      12 years ago


    • gamergirl profile image


      12 years ago from Antioch, TN

      These tattoos are horrid!!

    • Whitney05 profile image


      12 years ago from Georgia

      These are much worse than other ones.

    • Lex Luthor profile image

      Lex Luthor 

      12 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.

    • compu-smart profile image


      12 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..

    • Krista 07 profile image

      Krista 07 

      12 years ago from Europe

      lol disgusting, and poor taste

    • gabriella05 profile image


      12 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

    • becauseilive profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from N.J.

      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.

    • profile image

      Terri Paajanen 

      12 years ago

      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.

    • taylorblue profile image


      12 years ago from Canada

      These are do you get 5000 hits a day??


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)