People Are Sharing Ideas for Tattoos They Would Have Gotten in Seventh Grade and The Results Are Painfully Hilarious

People Are Sharing Ideas for Tattoos They Would Have Gotten in Seventh Grade and The Results Are Painfully Hilarious

Honestly, the bummer about tattoos is that good ones frequently get overlooked while bad tattoos can be spotted a mile away. Whether it’s because they’re cheesy, misspelled, or just an all-around ridiculous idea, a tattoo gone wrong is hilarious and absolutely tragic at the same time.

Whatever the story behind them, tattoos are certainly more popular now than they were decades ago — what with them becoming more and more culturally acceptable. And, as we all know, the more tattoos there are out there, the more chances for terrible inks there shall be.

Often these regrettable permanent body arts are the result of a drunken night around St. Marks, or a teenage indiscretion.

Carly Aquilino, who many of you surely remember used to date Pete Davidson, recently asked her Twitter followers what tattoos they would have gotten, had they had permission, in the prime of their green-ness, aka, seventh grade.

I, for one, know my parents would have straight-up disowned me if I had gotten a tattoo at the ripe age of 12, though as a creative individual, I obviously had several ideas.

Carly’s Twitter followers are no different. Scroll down for our favorite would-be tween tattoos.

The actress/comedian started everyone off by sharing her own seventh-grade master plan. “Mine would probably have been a portrait of Freddie Prinz [sic] Jr. that took up my whole back,” Carly tweeted.

It wasn’t long before the rest of the internet chimed in, adding their heartthrobs and pre-teen mood boards into the mix.

The late-nineties boyband sensation known as *NSYNC featured prominently in the thread, with Twitter user @vanessa_2715 tweeting “NSYNC logo, no contest ;)” and @RaeRayoSunshine adding, “It would have been something NSYNC or Britney Spears.” 

Classic choice. One for the ages.

Some people got really creative with their *NSYNC responses. One user debated lyrics or DMX’s face — but I say, why pick one when a mashup of both would definitely be the better option?

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@Rachel_nerdlover had an *NSYNC idea that was so inspired, I’m printing it out for my next tattoo consultation.

Behold this greatness:

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Another popular choice was the all-around tween favorite, artist Lisa Frank. I remember being obsessed with all things Lisa Frank: stationary, pencils, stickers, binders, you name it. So I feel like I definitely could have gotten down with @bmillahkillah’s idea of “Lisa Frank sleeves.”

In fact, the more I think about them, the more hilarious the idea gets. These guys are on that trippy tip:

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This woman definitely gave her idea a lot of thought. I don’t know where to get glitter tattoos either, Faith, but I’m willing to hunt them down for us both.

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Then, come other classics. I’ve never read Harry Potter (I know, I know), but my girlfriend is a huge HP fan and she assures me she completely gets this woman — both as a 12-year-old AND as a full-grown adult. 

Having said that, I should probably keep an eye on her over the next few days…

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This person was likely incredibly wise for her years, because at 28 I still don’t want no scrub, also known as a busta! A scrub is a guy who can’t get no love from me.

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Lipgloss Lesbian Dee went for a classier message, inspired by an equally classy brand. And with its almost-comeback late last year, she could have been channeling her inner-Regina George, while being completely on trend.

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I actually think that with the right crowd (I’m looking at you, Marc Jacobs), this one would still hold up today.

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Ahhh, Nick and Jessica… They started out as Newlyweds and for a while, it was even romantic. But then they became the poster children for divorce and for why you shouldn’t sign on to a reality show as a couple. 

Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but thank GOODNESS Caitlyn had the foresight (oh, yeah, and age restriction) not to go through with this one.

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I realize that I outed myself earlier in this piece, but I have to say @aprilbrucker’s tattoo idea is one that deeply resonates with me on a personal level:

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Although if it’s time to be painfully honest, these drawings would be all over my arms if I’d been able to get my parents’ consent:

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Actually, it’s a tough call between these and those S’s we all used to draw in our notebooks. The ones where you start out with six sticks and then connect them to make the most epic bubble-letter creation ever.

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Yes, girl. For ABSOLUTE sure.

I believe the first line of the title song here is, “Don’t want to be an American Idiot,” which seems like exactly what you would become if you went through with this ink.

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This next idea gets 10/10 from me for originality, but it also demands the question: WHY???

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Unless this tattoo doubles as a quadratic equation calculator (and when does that come in handy, again?), this piece is going to be a big NOPE for me.

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@TheJeffroLee went HARD as a 12-year-old. But full disclosure, I too wanted a scorpion tattoo at 14, after watching Natural Born Killers and becoming obsessed with Juliette Lewis.

Not the worst obsession, but probably not the best inspiration, either.

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As enjoyable as this thread was, and as nostalgic as it made me for the very early aughts (#TBT Snake II), the real gem for me was guessing people’s ages based on their seventh grade desires. 

These tweeters, on opposite ends of that spectrum, really made my day.

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I’m not sure about you all, but I definitely don’t regret waiting until 18 for my first ink.

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Armpit Tattoos Are The Latest Ink Trend To Flood Instagram

Thinking about getting a tattoo? Don’t just dip your toe in the water; jump in pits deep with a trendy armpit tattoo. People everywhere are inking themselves up on one of the most sensitive areas of the human body that is not NSFW. It looks pretty cool, but it does make me wonder—who gets to see these?

The pictures on Instagram under the hashtag #armpittattoo are a beautiful museum of all the secret pictures people want to carry in their pits. Though some are very intriguing, it only seems worthwhile to do if you either need to desperately hide that you have a tattoo or you have a job where people are always looking there. Maybe as a professional basketball player? But check them out for yourself and decide if you’d let someone stick a needle into your tickle zone:

The real secret here is that armpit tattoos aren’t a brand new thing. Like all trends, they’re a repeat of something an older generation already covered:

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Freckle Tattoos Are The Latest Trend That's Puzzling The Internet

Yeah, so this is really something people are really doing: getting freckles tattooed on their face, in the same vein of cosmetic tattooing as eyebrow tattoos. Eyebrow tattoos seemed to really catch on, so this could genuinely sweep the country. Get used to the thought: the freckles you’re seeing on that stylish girl in front of you might be an expensive facade!

The tattooed freckles usually look very cute, which is good, because they’re semi-permanent—meaning they can last three years (some of the tattoos are, in fact, completely permanent, BuzzFeed warns).

Warning, however, if you’re thinking of getting tattooed freckles—when they’re first applied, they’re extremely dark, which can look weird until the ink fades.

Many people are really skeptical about the trend, of course, and I totally include myself in that group.

Like many of these people, I’ve had freckles all my life, and I haven’t always enjoyed them. But then I remembered that as I’ve gotten older, my freckles have faded a lot, to the point where they’re not even noticeable if it isn’t summer. I do genuinely wish they were darker again!

Enough to get them tattooed back on? Well, maybe not.

I might not have consistent freckles, but at least no one is poking my face with a needle.

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People Are Removing Tattoos For Free For Ex-Gang Members To Get A New Lease On Life

Past mistakes can echo throughout an entire lifetime. Just ask anyone who invested thousands of dollars into Beanie Babies thinking that the stupid little sacks of fabric would be worth a lot of money someday. A moment of silence for those poor souls.

But the entire world doesn’t have to know about your TY toy obsession; you can keep that on the DL.

But people who were apart of violent gangs and got themselves all inked up really don’t have as much of a choice. Their past mistakes and lives will follow them wherever they go until they remove the majority of their visible tattoos. Unfortunately, however, the process of removing tattoos is a costly one.

But there are a few places who are offering reformed ex-gang members a new lease on life by removing their tats for free.


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Jails to Jobs is one organization based out of the Bay Area in San Francsico that is providing free training to medical professionals, tattoo artists, nonprofits, prisons, and other government programs on how to remove tattoos for free or cheap to people looking to put their sordid pasts behind them.

“We see that as many as four out of five previously incarcerated individuals who successfully find a job do not return to prison. Keeping someone out of prison costs much less than sending them back, yet we as a nation, have primarily focused on trying to fix overcrowded prisons. A better, more sustainable approach is to help individuals remove visible anti-social or gang-related tattoos, get jobs and turn their lives around,” said Mark Drevno, founder and executive director of Jails to Jobs.


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One of the biggest hurdles ex-cons face when they leave prison is getting gainful employment and businesses aren’t exactly in a hurry to onboard someone who’s covered head-to-toe in ink with a criminal record.

Steven Burton, in his project Skin Deep, digitally removes ex-cons tattoos in photos and records their reactions.

He’s got a Kickstarter together to document the project and help bring awareness to community programs like Jails to Jobs that will help to bring formerly incarcerated individuals into the workforce.

Unfortunately, the return to crime rate for many ex-convicts in the US is high.


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Many people who fail to find gainful employment when they’re released from prison find it easier to return to criminal activity in order to earn a living. That’s why other programs like Homeboy Industries and Fresh Start Tattoo Removal are helping ex-cons not only help them get their tattoos removed, but also assist with job placement.

It seems like it only makes sense to offer programs that help people who are willing and able to give back to society, despite their pasts.


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Hopefully, this is a trend that will catch on so those who need a helping hand to reform have somewhere to turn to. (h/t kickstarter| prizesizeprizesize)

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Tattoo Artists Came Clean About The Worst Tattoos They've Ever Given

I’ve heard hundreds of stories about tattoos people regret getting, but a recent thread on Reddit asked tattoo artists on the site, “What’s the worst tattoo you’ve ever given someone?”

A few vets chimed in on pieces they’ve done in their early days, and other uses shared stories from friends in the industry.

A lot of stories echoed this one, with the customer refusing to listen to the advice of the artist

I did a cover up that I wasn’t proud of, but that’s what the client wanted. A couple came in to the shop asking for a cover up of an ex bf. She showed me and surely enough, a big guy’s name on her side hip. The good part was it was done in a light blue ink, easy to cover.

I already started getting ideas in my head of what to cover it with. Guy steps in and says, “No. We just want a star over it”. The name was about 5-6 inches long and I explained that a star that big would have to be, at least… 8 inches big to fully cover the name. Both said yes to this.

My boss walks over and gets on my ass for not suggesting something else, but I explained to him that that’s what they wanted. Both looked at him and nodded. By the time it was done, this small, petite girl had a blue star covering her entire hip area. It looked cheap, tacky, ghetto mad, just stupid. After that, I refused to do cover ups if the client doesn’t listen to reason.

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Some used to the tattoo as an extension of their entrepreneurial spirit

Asked my artist this. He told me that years ago some stripper came in looking to have vines and roses tattooed on that would come out of her butthole and curl up her back. He asks why not just get the roses on her back and butt, but she insists it must come out of her anus. He reluctantly does the tattoo for a a high price and said it looked pretty good too. But curiosity got the better of him after a while and he asks why she insists on having it come out of her butthole.

Her response was both the strangest and smartest reasoning I could have heard for such a tattoo. She would dance and she figured the guys would ask “hey how far does that tat go” to which she could say “for ten bucks I’ll show you”. So the dudes pay up a ten spot, she shows her asshole real fast and done deal. She’s richer and they looked at an asshole. My tattoo artist is not proud of that job.

This one was actually heartbreaking

I also asked my artist this question while I was in the chair. His story is actually kind of sad – he was working in a shop somewhere “down south”, and they used to have this Eastern-European sounding guy come in a lot with a string of beautiful Asian girls. The girls would get the same tattoos he had – they stopped serving him after this happened a few times.

The first time they assumed it was a couple tattoo, second time that he has poor judgement, but after that it started to look a lot like a human trafficker marking his “property”. He said one of the girls didn’t even know the tattoo was permanent. He probably regrets tattooing some of those girls.

One user actually requested a bad tattoo, and wrote about his experience of getting shut down

Best interaction I had was with an artist who told me no on a coverup.

I have a big cross and prayer on my arm. I don’t regret it, but I feel like i’ve outgrown it a bit. So I went to this guy and he was skeptical. He said it would have to be the perfect idea to pull it off. So I told him about an idea I had for a totem pole.

A few sketches later and he and me sit to draw over it all with sharpie. I loved it. I thought it was amazing. I couldn’t wait. I asked him when we could start. And he told me he wouldn’t. He told me I could have an amazing tattoo somewhere else, or a “Meh” cover up and this was too good of an idea to waste on something that wasn’t stellar. He explained that it could work, but there would be lettering from the prayer in negative spaces which would fuck it all up.

I thought I would be upset or disappointed, but he earned all of my business forever for being honest about the entire situation.

We start the full calf sleeve in November.

Many were subject to tattoos that didn’t have much thought put into them…

My sister in law just put a Pokemon valor tattoo on someone’s neck.

At all

The worst tattoo I’ve done is “An” beside his butthole and then “s” on the other side of it.

Unfortunately, when being a tattoo artist is your job, sometimes you need to do whatever pays the bills

I asked the tattoo artist this question while I had mine done. Someone he worked with got an estimate request for a vagina to be tattooed onto his taint. She gave him an estimate thinking he’d think it too high and moved on.

Turned out the other places he went to first quoted him higher, so he accepted. The guy I was talking too said he’d walk by her cubicle and see her bent over with the guy’s legs up, and she said she was fine the first hour or so until she took her first break. Then it was torture for her to finish

 

And a few stated that if people were going to spend money on a bad tattoo, they may as well be the ones to collect it

I’m coming into this thread real late, but I’m a Tattooer, and I have two that come to mind. The first one was “FUCK LOVE” across a Hispanic guys knuckles. I guess he had just broken up with his girl, and was really heated. Tried to talk him out of it, said his mind was made up, figured he might as well spend his money with me, and get it done nice. Gave him what he wanted and sent him home.

The other one was on a biker girl that got “Property of (guy’s name)” on her lower back. Talking huge though, literally half her back. Same deal as the last one. Might as well get it done right and might as well be the one that makes the money. Apparently her and the guy had only been dating for two months, and she had just had a baby with another guy. Even asked her when the guy went outside to smoke if she was sure, and that she could back out if she wanted to and made sure she wasn’t getting pressured into it.

She was just genuinely down as fuck for the guy, absolutely stoked to get that tattoo. Hope they’re still together cause there’s no way in fuck that giant tattoo is getting covered.

But most at least knew what their tattoo meant

Not an artist, but one of my friends asked for ‘Love, Laugh and Live’ in Chinese script; it took a few days before someone pointed out to her that she actually had ‘Please choose one of the tattoos below’ in Chinese script on her right arm.

(h/t reddit)

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