Ask any respectable ink artist, and they’d tell you the best tattoo is the one you don’t regret.

But hey, part of the beauty of getting your skin torn by a paint-fuelled needle, signing up for a torturous hour or two you won’t be able to forget that easily, and making sure the art does heal properly has to do with its sheer spontaneity. After all, who on earth overthinks their tattoos?!

But no matter how polite and accepting we may be about people’s personal choices of ink design, some of them may involuntarily raise our eyebrows. Tide Pod tattoo? Check. Typos? Yep. Drunk tattoo? Sure! White or gold dress meme tattoo? Why not! Let’s see some of the most blunt examples below, and be sure to upvote your favorites.

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Konpat
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1 week ago

I can't help but finding this one hilarious 😂

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Raven Sheridan
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1 week ago

Pikachu is eternal.

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Konpat
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1 week ago (edited)

It's well executed and quirky, so even if noone remembers Bernie's mittens, it's still a fun tattoo

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In order to find out what it takes to get a tattoo that won’t age poorly and that you won’t regret afterwards, Fashion Life spoke to an experienced tattoo artist, Rodrigo Tas. Rodrigo is a Brazilian-born tattoo artist with a career spanning over 20 years as a graphic designer, art director, illustrator, professor, and tattooist. He has tattooed in New York, Paris, London, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, and other cities around the globe, making himself a respectable name in the industry.

Rodrigo said his clients rarely regret their ink designs, since he runs a “complex briefing where the customers can have a chance to think, plan, and explain the whole story behind the tattoo and also give me directions about style, finishing, colors, size.” He also gets the photos sent by clients in order to make a design that fits body shape, measures, skin tone, etc.

Having said that, Rodrigo added that he definitely gets many requests to cover up old tattoos made in a different process than his. These are usually “designs copied from the internet or simply badly chosen,” he added.

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denzoren
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1 week ago

You wanna know how old I am? I thought this was the Pepsi logo. Lol

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Laura Mende (Human)
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1 week ago (edited)

Had some strange vibes on this one: "I'm a vet of the toilet-paper war in 2020" Let us never forget the people who gave their lives for pasta and toilet paper! 😪😥😭

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Brendan
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1 week ago

Why did the tattooist use white and gold to colour in the dress?

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When asked what a person should consider before getting inked, Rodrigo suggests always “double-checking the artist's portfolio to understand if his style and techniques really fit what you want to get.”

“Second, to give him a complete briefing of what you have in mind in terms of style, finishing, coloring, size, references to avoid surprises. Then, trust the artist to design something original and exclusive for you based on the information you’ve given.”

Rodrigo explained that getting a tattoo is a collaborative process. “Both the client and the artist must trust and believe each other's ideas,” he said and added: “The best feeling is when, at the end of a tiring process, looking at the tattoo finished in the mirror, both artist and customer smile to each other, happy and proud.”

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Konpat
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1 week ago

Oh no.

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mulk
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1 week ago

The size ... my gosh!!

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Patrick
e Aí, Você Faz Tatuagem Pelo Significado?
artista: @freitasink
agenda Aberta, Link Na Bio!
#tattoo #tatuagem #tattooartist #inkmagazine #reels #reelsinstagram #animetattoo #tattoos #inspiratin #geektattoo #tattoocolor #bobesponjatattoo #patricktattoo #memetattoo #meme #ligaloi

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DuchessDegu
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1 week ago (edited)

That's brilliant actually! Just in case it says "Is that a meaningful tattoo? No, it's Patrick!"

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Fashion Life also spoke to Alex Alvarado, a professional tattoo artist who runs “Santo Cuervo Tattoo” studio in North London, UK. Alex said that luckily, in his experience, people haven’t regretted their tattoos, as most of his clients “do their homework and make sure that what they want, they want for life.”

“From what I’ve seen, the usual regrets come from impromptu tattoos done on a whim/during holidays/while drunk/etc., or arise from the actual quality of the tattoo not being up to scratch,” the tattoo artist explained. “In both cases, the blame could be put on the client for obvious reasons on the former, and for not researching their chosen artist and making sure they’re the right fit for the job on the latter,” he added.

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Ember
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1 week ago

lol....this is actually quite cute

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Julie C Rose
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1 week ago

Because Gangnam Style was awesome.

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Vasana Phong
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1 week ago

Well it’s the thought, poor Harambe:’(

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When asked if there are any designs that a responsible artist would refuse to make on a client, Alex said it’s “anything offensive, racist, sexist, etc.,” and added: “Also, on the more ethical side, a tattoo artist should have certain reservations about tattooing very visible places such as hands/neck/face if the client isn’t already heavily tattooed.”

Before considering getting tattooed, Alex says to make sure you have “a clear idea for your tattoo and are able to communicate this efficiently to your artist. And definitely make sure you research your artist and pick the right one for your project.”The tattoo artist concluded that “if these two pieces of the puzzle are in place, the result can’t be anything but great!”

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Ancsuri
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1 week ago

Picke Rick is very cool, I can relate to that

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Miss Melanie
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1 week ago

I may be more shocked by the white belt choice lol

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Evil Little Thing
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1 week ago

For some reason I love this

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Tim Mannens
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1 week ago

they forgot to tattoo the hair on his legs

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😭😄—si Estás Pensando En Tatuarte, Envíanos Tu Idea Al 652332795 Y Te Decimos Presupuesto 🤗
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#tattoovalencia #tattoo #tatuaje #tattoospain #valenciatattoo #valencia #picassent #dotwork #realismo #microrealismo #neotradicional #neotraditional #tradicional #artdriver #cheyenne #needle #onelinetattoo #meme #memesespañol #memetattoo #memellorando

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UncleRussian
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1 week ago

Relatable

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chi-wei shen
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1 week ago

Despite not aging well these tattoos look outright ugly.

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Iggy
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1 week ago

At least they're small enough to cover relatively easily.

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Don't You Fucking Dare
done By @vinzflag 🇮🇹
for Booking Contact Artist Directly
for Inspiration Only. Do Not Copy
#txttoo #txttoo_italy #txttoo_bologna

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mcborge1
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1 week ago

That one doesn't look like a real tattoo to me.

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Healed Single Needle Big Chungus On My Lovely Monika 🖤 Always Picking The Best Flash 😍🙏🏻
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#bigchungus #tattoo #singleneedle #singleneedletattoo #dotwork #healed #healedtattoo #londontattoo #uktta #kawaii #kawaiitattoo #memetattoo #hackney

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glowworm2
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1 week ago

I love the cartoon this meme comes from, "Wabbit Twouble" but absolutely can't stand this "Big Chungus" nonsense in regards to it.

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Couple Of Micro Dog Meme Tattoos For Some Brothers, Left Is Fresh, Right Is 2 Weeks Healed, Done @certifiedtattoostudios.
got Openings Asap... Get At Me Dawg...
#denver #colorado #tattoo #tattoos #memetattoo #meme #dogsofinstagram #dogtattoo

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K R
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1 week ago

What's updawg?

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Y Is It Spicy?!
i Was Given The Absolute Honor To Put The Coughing Cat Meme On My Big Brother.
he Is My Most Bestest Creation.
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#memetattoo #memes #coughingcatmeme #coughingcat #finelinetattoo #spicy #spicymemes #familymatters

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1 week ago

:0

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wykonany Przez (Done By): @wudar_ink
miasto (City): Warszawa
studio: @badmoon_tattoo_warszawa
#tetovani #tatuadora #memetattoo #tetovanie #memes #memy #memowisko #mem #piątek #humor #tattooworker #tatauadora #memypolska #smiesznememy #tattoomems #superbtattoos #tatuaż #dziara #dziary #inkmasters #crazytattoo #tattoomasters #polandtattoos #tattoowarsaw #tatuadora #tatuaje #happytattoo #bitchplease

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Ze_Plague1doctor
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1 week ago

But why do people put permanent memes on their skin

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Lys Chen
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1 week ago

Looks drawn on, though. So no permanent damage here.

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母親節本來想給我媽一個驚喜
結果一回老家只迴盪著我孤獨淚水落下ㄉ聲音
搞什麼鬼ㄚ母親節只有我在家?
還自己煮了24顆水餃一個人吃完
吃得好撐躺到快睡著突然想到還沒更新所以跳起來發文
跟各位母親祝賀母親節快ㄌ
個人是⋯刺得頗快樂
客人刺完哭笑那隻一直動手腕,說這樣看起來很像卡比動起來笑,不禁覺得我的客人都有點怪可愛ㄉ⋯
5.6月都還可以預約.。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)'・*:.。.
可以找我刺怪怪跟褲褲ㄉ圖
#刺青#台中刺青#亡命刺青客#tattoo #taichungtattoo #南區#ophtato #illustration #art #instagram #like4like #likeforlikes #tattoogirls #卡比之星 #卡比之星刺青 #彩色刺青 #卡比刺青 #迷因刺青 #memetattoo #刺青學徒

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Juan Hernandez
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1 week ago

The left one is kinda cute

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Iggy
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1 week ago

Oh god...

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Krystyna Dabrowski
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1 week ago

Hilarious!

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Laura Mende (Human)
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1 week ago

Scatmans World?

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Kerstin Fransen
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1 week ago

For a terrible tattoo, that's actually pretty well done.

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