Look, if you want to get a tattoo, that is absolutely your prerogative. I’m not going to sit here and explain to you that “a tattoo lasts forever” and that “it’s not going to look like that when you get older,” because you already know the first one and the second one is a dumb argument.
And I’m not going to judge your tattoo, either.
Unless it’s one of these ones. While they’re all clearly done by experts who are excellent at their job, I just can’t help but wonder…why?
On the bright side, this is an excellent work of tattoo portraiture.
On the other hand, you now have a photorealistic image of Nicolas Cage on your leg forever, so that’s just kind of a whole thing, ya know?
Very straight lines. Very clear lettering. It’s clear what this is supposed to be.
…It’s just completely unclear why someone would want it. Is parenthood somehow intrinsically connected to word search puzzles?
Sure. Get a tattoo of a spider sprawling across your face.
It’s a tattoo you’ll have to explain to your grandkids. And then they still won’t get it.
This is an already-played-out meme that will make approximately zero sense after the Internet has moved onto the next thing in a few months. Better get a tattoo of it!
And while you’re at it, get this next one, too…
What’s cool about this tattoo is, it’ll never look like you’re naked.
What sucks about this tattoo, though, is that even when you’re clothed, everyone around you will be like “wait, but are they naked?”
Listen, I’m not gonna judge you for getting a tattoo of an old-looking newsie child with a scarred-up mouth and belt buckle necktie, but why you gotta add those extra eyes? That’s the little bit of weirdness that broke the camel’s back.
The only reason I could see getting this tattoo is if your children are always misbehaving when you’re doing push-ups. It would probably be nice to say “don’t forget, I’m watching you” while this thing is pointed in their direction.
Did this person know they could just get a tattoo of the horrible bunny from Donnie Darko? Adding this whole mirror shrine communicates something… well, I don’t know what it communicates exactly. But it is, without a doubt, so much darker.
If any online personality was going to be tattooed on someone, I suppose it would be PewdiePie. And yet, I can’t help but feel sad… that it wasn’t me. (I have over 600 followers on Twitter, so I think I’ve earned it.)
This enormous back tattoo is a tribute to the video game Dark Souls, and while that is a very difficult video game, there have to be other ways to show everyone you’re proud you you beat it.
Not gonna lie, I think this would have been creepy to see as a photo. As a tattoo? I’m going to have nightmares for weeks.
The Batman come “The Killing Joke,” which features the image this tattoo is based on, is the kind of book you read when you’re an angry teenage boy and go “Yeah, I get it!” But if you read it as an adult you go “Oh wait this is actually very gross.”
Truly a bummer that this tattoo is going to last through both of those phases.
What a beautiful rendering of a real-life cat! But unfortunately, it is also slightly too real, and would make me feel like the cat was always watching me; judging me.
It appears as though this man got this tattoo of Jules from Pulp Fiction on his knee. I know I’d be disturbed to think I was perpetually disappointing Samuel L. Jackson every other lunge.
Um, do you know who Jeffrey Dahmer is? This is… not a good look. In any sense.
Haha, hey! I remember that abominable snowman! He was in that skiing video game on all the school computers!
Although, I don’t know if the best reaction you get from people when you show them your tattoo for the first time is “Haha! That makes me think of the school computers.”
I’m sorry, but I could never hug this person. My brain would just immediately think of their arms as tentacles.
I know The Smashing Pumpkins record “Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness” meant a lot to a lot of people, but there’s something about the way this girl looks that makes me think she wants to escape? Is that just me?
Ah yes, a tattoo of the ultimate in dichotomies — the bear and the lion. Fire and ice. Left pec and right pec. Really encompasses all of the great human experience, doesn’t it?
I don’t! Sorry!
Listen, I’m no gonna knock the artistic integrity of this tattoo — it’s done in an incredible watercolor style that would look great framed.
But having a scene from an Allied invasion during World War II feels pretty grim.
Everyone says art is subjective, but when you say something like “I only like art when it depicts characters from animes I like such as Dragon Ball Z,” they cock an eyebrow? That’s not cool.
Anyhow, this? This… is art.
Man, Time and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! was a massively influential show for a lot of budding absurdists, but getting both the guys’ faces tattooed, photo-realistically, on separate arms or legs? I think even Tim and Eric would say that’s a little too weird for them.
Again, the only good art is art from anime I like, such as One Piece. God bless you, whoever got this tattoo of Tony Tony Chopper. God bless you.
In thinking about Pinky and the Brain, I never really got a sinister, macabre vibe from them (despite the fact that they were taking over the world).
I feel like this horrific scene is a rare instance where the cover-up is worse than the original tattoo.
Hey, it’s the chili pepper hot sauce wolf from The Simpsons who guided Homer through an animated sitcom-version of a drug trip.
That is… cool, I guess?
Listen, I love Chipotle burritos. They are absolutely my favorite food. My friends know that if they ever do anything mean to me, the easiest way to get me back on their side is to take me to Chipotle. Loving Chipotle is part of my identity.
That said, I do not love Chipotle enough to get it tattooed on my face. So I cannot imagine how much this guy loves grapes.
Yes! Huge portraits of villains from the worst movies of their respective franchises? Awesome!
First of all, it’s probably intimidating for anyone around this guy when he takes off his shirt to see a big ol’ bear on his arm.
But also? This sketchy, charcoal-y style is incredible and I’m gonna go out later and get like four tattoos done like this.
You know this guy is familiar with the phrase, “Hey, is that a statue of a Greek god? Cool. Hey, I’m gonna head home.”
What did Ray Romano ever do to you?
And if they go through with it, they won’t have anyone on their side. Everyone loves Raymond.
The only way getting this tattoo makes sense to me is if this guy won free pizza for life.
And, incidentally, if that were the case, this is the one guy on this list I could see myself being friends with.
Again, what perfect execution! This tattoo legitimately looks like an embroidered patch from the video game Cuphead..
But me? I couldn’t help looking at it and thinking this poor guy actually had this stitched into his arm. And that would hurt, for sure.
“Oh, did you get a full sleeve of nightmare clown demons? Okay Bradley, but make sure you wear long sleeves to your brother’s Christening tomorrow.”
I’m actually going to go ahead and pretend that this is actually just a close up of a real snake hiding in a shoe because I cannot live in a world where this is a tattoo on a real live human being.
“I wanna get a tattoo of my favorite thing — Red Bull — but, like, I want it to be artistic in some way. I know! How about if it’s a crushed Red Bull can? That’s symbolic. Probably.”
This one seriously gives me the heebie-jeebies. My compliments to the tattoo artist.
My look of incredulity to the man with the arrow in his knee.
I’d like to believe this tattoo is on the same guy who has the Red Bull one.
I’d also like to believe that he just has all of his favorite snacks in various states of disarray tattooed on him.
The detail in this one is so good. It really looks like it could crawl right off this person’s arm.
Alas. It’s there forever.
Sure, maybe you like Stranger Things. But do you like it enough to get a sprawling Stranger Things tattoo across your entire chest? No?
That’s probably for the best.
I’ve looked at this tattoo for a good five minutes now, and while I can’t say that I personally would ever want it, I have to be honest.
I kind of dig it.
If you like Michael Cera enough to tattoo his headshot on your body, might I make a suggestion? Maybe you could just carry his picture around in your wallet or something. It would be just are realistic but significantly less bizarre.
This is another one of the most realistic tattoo portraits I’ve ever seen. Whoever did this tattoo is clearly very talented.
But still. Why?
There are a few things in the world which OxiClean actually won’t get out.
One of them is tattoos. The other is the feeling of regret.
Only ’90s kids will get this tattoo!
Just kidding. I’m a ’90s kid and I legitimately have no idea what’s going on here.
Sometimes we just have to accept things as they are instead of wondering how or why they came to be.
It hurts too much to try and apply logic where there is none to be found.
At least when this guy tells his kids that he has eyes on the back of his head, they’re gonna believe him.
There’s something to that, I guess
He didn’t choose the Bugs life.
The Bugs life chose him.
But then he chose the tattoo. That was his only mistake.
Think about the scenario that led to this. Someone walked into a tattoo parlor and requested a tattoo…of a minion…who is clearly high…in a Buzz Lightyear costume…
And the tattoo artist said yes and made this masterpiece. A true professional, ladies and gentlemen.
I don’t know about you, but I give this tattoo one giant thumbs up.
Thumb up? You get what I mean.
You might need this one explained to you. See, Eazy-E’s name ends in “E,” and E.T.’s name starts with an E. So this is the character of E.T. reimagined as Eazy-E. Get it? Of course you do.
God gave us two ears and only one mouth so that we could get a scary face tattooed on our face and use our own ear as the scary face’s ear.
I’m pretty sure that’s in the Bible.
Have you ever looked at your knee and thought, “That looks like a cartoon toad’s belly”?
This guy has. And then he took it one step further.
This is the perfect tattoo for people who love wine but don’t want to drink it as much as they just want to pretend to pour it from their arm. It’s a niche market, but it’s there.
Well, that’s one way to pay tribute to Anne Frank, I guess.
I’m not gonna say it’s necessarily a good way. But it’s a way.
Say what you will about this tattoo, but I’m always grateful when I can whether I want to interact with someone after a quick glance at their back. Saves me all kinds of time.
Get it? “Noods” instead of “nudes.”
This would be a clever T-shirt, maybe. But a tattoo that will last forever and ever?! This pun is not good enough for that.
Oh, we’re doing another one of these, huh?
Cool. Cool cool cool.
I’m not really sure what this one is trying to say, but I have to imagine there’s a deeper message here, right?
Please let there be.
The more of these tattoos I see, the less I find I have to say about them.
I’m impressed! But I just don’t get it.
This might be the most impressive one on the list. It is so realistic.
It’s also convenient that Tom Hanks’ face already has the same expression of everyone who sees this tattoo.
“Should we buy the photos of us riding the rollercoaster? No! I have a way better idea!”
Do you, though?
OK. I get it. Kind of.
Although it seems like the Bible isn’t actually the plug; it’s the source of electricity (or whatever). The plug is the plug. Other than that, flawless tattoo. 10 out of 10.
Remember that tattoo we saw earlier of the snakeskin on that person’s leg?
This is so much worse.
And here we have an entire gallery of questionable tattoo decisions.
You know, for when you love two franchises equally, but also want to ruin them both at the same time.
You’ve probably seen plenty of Disney-themed tattoos.
But have you ever seen a Disney-themed tattoo in the shape of Donald Duck? I thought not.
This is pretty incredible work, but I can’t help but think it’d be way less bonkers if this person had gone with this same design for an inanimate object instead of a living, breathing animal. Am I alone in thinking that?
Once again: Acceptable T-shirt.