09/07/2012 04:43 BST | Updated 07/09/2012 06:12 BST

Bad Tattoos: When Body Art Goes Wrong

Body art can be a beautiful thing, but when tattoos go bad, they go really bad...

Even the great artists had their off days, but while Picasso or Monet could screw their cock-ups into a ball and throw them in the nearest bin, when tattoo artists get it wrong their mistakes last, well, forever.

From tributes to loved ones that end up more like terrible insults, to attempts at animals or landscapes that look like they've been drawn by children, here's our favourite examples of when body art goes bad.


We've left out the plethora of tattoos that are simply spelling mistakes because that's just too easy.

No, these are the times when the man with the needle was really reaching for something beautiful, but instead came up painfully (and painfully) short...

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