People Talk About the Tattoos That Really Make Them Cringe

I have a friend who shall remain nameless who got a REALLY BAD tattoo on Spring Break when he was 18-years-old. It’s some kind of tribal symbol on his back and is it BRUTAL.

Of course, being the great friend that I am, I can’t let him ever forget about it so I constantly give him a hard time about it all these years later.

Hey, what are friends for, right?

And I think you’re probably aware that there are a TON of bad tattoos out there.

What tattoos really make you cringe? Here’s what people on AskReddit had to say.

1. Don’t mess with me.

“Any tattoo with something in Chinese or Japanese written on it.

I am learning Japanese coz why not, and I saw this dude with a tattoo saying sakana (fish). I was like, hey what does that mean and he said poison.

He may have typed poison into Google translate lol.”

2. Don’t ever do that.

“Any tattoos like “(name) + (name) together forever”

Because if that relationship goes down and the two break up, that is gonna be awkward.”

3. I guess I’ll get that one…

“Some vague inspirational quote that in all likelihood the tattoo-ee didn’t even choose before they went to the tattoo parlor, but rather selected from a pre-chosen list written up by the parlor.”

4. Couldn’t finish the job.

“Barbed wire around the arm that doesn’t even go all the way because it hurt too bad.”

5. Oh, boy…

“I saw a tattoo on some guys leg yesterday.

It was a Confederate flag with “Southern by chance” at the top and “White by the grace of God” at the bottom.”

6. Let me see if I got this straight.

“A guy came into my bar and was chatting to some girl about his tattoos and how they all meant something really important and signified a part of his life.

Apparently the tattoo of New York skyline that said New York above was about the time he went to New York.

It was so deep I wept.”

7. That’s just crazy.

“Famous people.

I get it that you really are a fan of said famous person but to permanently ink their face onto yourself is borderline crazy.”

8. Hahahaha. Wow.

“”I refuse to sink” next to an anchor.

That is literally what anchors are made for.”

9. Here are a few…

“Tribal tattoos on suburbanites.

A friend of mine got a one night stand’s name tattooed on her foot while her fiance was in prison so that’s wrong on at least three different levels, but basically anything with the name of an S/O immediately makes me think “There’s real potential for regret there”.

“Live, Laugh, Love” usually gets a retch.

Oh, and Hatchet Man tattoos, because I have one and I cringe whenever I see it.”

10. Amazing.

“I had a friend who had an arrow pointing down to his junk with the label ‘Sarah’s’.

He’s now with Dawn.”

11. Big time cringe.

“Probably a tie between anything home-made by a rookie with a tattoo gun bought off Amazon, and Marijuana leaf/420 tattoos.

I have nothing against weed, but don’t b*tch about your life constantly and wonder why you can’t get better than a kitchen job when you have a home-made pot leaf tattoo covering the majority of your arm wrist to elbow.”

12. I feel persecuted!

“Literally anyone that has 2 small tattoos and is constantly posting about how discriminated against people with tattoos are and how pathetic all the Karen’s of the world are for being offended by tattoos.

Like calm down Becky no one has ever said anything actually rude to you about your 3 inch “faith” tattoo written in such swirly cursive that it could be a roller coaster at “My Whole Identity is Victimhood Island”.”

13. All over the place.

“These tattoos I see on a particular brand of hipster that look like they’ve just been to the tattoo parlor a hundred different times and picked out a hundred different random small stock tattoos scattered all over their body with no forethought.

Congrats, you look like a bathroom wall.”

14. All of these.

“Be happy, be free, live, laugh, stay positive, daddy’s lil girl, daddy’s princess…

These tattoos they get.

At least put some thought and make it original or unique or at least interesting.”

15. Symbols.

“Former tattoo artist here, and it has to be infinity symbols.

ESPECIALLY when they want them to be “uNiQuE”, so they have you spend three hours drawing up different ways of cramming little McKayzleigh and Brackxston’s names, birthdates, birth weights, blood types, and favorite ice cream flavors in there.

Fine, I’ll find a way. I can work for my money.

“Oh, and can it also have a thin blue line in there for my husband?”

Sure, lady.

“And maybe some birds breaking off of it, cause my meemaw loves birds!”

Sighhhh. Yeah, okay.

“And can you do it on the side of my finger in white ink?””

What kinds of tattoos make you cringe?

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