Here at InkDoneRight, we don’t like to judge. Some people like to get tattoos that, well, fall short of tasteful. The decision to turn a belly button into a cat’s butthole or a bunch of armpit hair into a female’s nether regions rests entirely with someone who chooses to make bad decisions. But, today, we focus on a different type of wrong. Let’s talk about tattoos that did not go according to plan. These tattoos gone wrong look totally different from what the client expected when they walked into the store. Whether you love tattoos or ink tattoos, or both, here are some types of tattoos gone wrong that you want to avoid.
Misspellings, unfortunately, plague the tattoo world. Although, when it comes to professionals, they easily solve this by checking the spelling first and inking next. The whole process takes maybe ten seconds. Some words evade Word’s spell check—usually words that have different spellings depending on the meanings. If you want a tattoo with there, their, they’re, then, than, to, two, or too, double-check your own grammar. You want the right word permanently etched into your skin, don’t you? We all know that one person who likes to correct every little grammar mistake. If you want a written tattoo, then call them up and use their powers for good.. This tattoo gone wrong could be fixed by just a little error checking.
2) Horrible Portraits
I’ll be honest, as someone who doesn’t want kids in the future, I am quite capable of noticing when a baby is ugly. But if someone asked me to make a drawing of their baby, even I am smart enough to know that whoever is asking actually wants a cute picture of their baby. Not a realistic one. In the world of portraits, new tattoo artists sometimes learn this too late. They stick to realistic traits instead of cute traits, and the result is a tattoo with monstrous proportions instead of a cute or pretty portrait. Then, there’s people who just can’t draw realistically in the first place.
To avoid this tattoo gone wrong, you want to look at samples of similar tattoos that your artist has done. It seems like common sense, but some people foolishly skip this step and get monsters instead of people tattooed onto their skin forever. We have an article dedicated entirely to helping you find the right tattoo artist, so go ahead and make use of it if you want to get a realistic tattoo!
3) Infected Tattoos
At InkDoneRight, we refrain from posting graphic content. So you’ll just have to take my word that there are far worse forms of infection than the ones we have included in this gallery. Tattoos are essentially open wounds, and if you don’t take care of them, they become infected. We have a whole article dedicated to tattoo aftercare that gives careful instructions on how to prevent infected tattoos. If you or a friend ever have a tattoo that bubbles, blisters, or glows red—get that body to a doctor, stat! If it’s progressed to the moldy bread stage of infection, it might be an issue of whether that body part can be saved instead of whether the tattoo can be saved.
Proper care and prevention measures can save you from becoming one of these people. A close relationship with your doctor and tattoo artist helps a lot, too. We have many more examples of tattoos gone wrong below. Stay smart and sterile, everyone! As always, thanks for reading, and we hope you will enjoy the gallery and the rest of our tattoo articles like our recent one about Maori Tattoos!