24 People Share The Brutal Type Of Tattoos That Makes Them Cringe The Most

By Sumaiya Ghani in Cringey Published On 2nd March 2023



I met a guy once who had a phrase in a foreign language on his arm. I asked him what it said and he replied «buy me a drink and I’ll tell you». So I bought him a drink and asked again. It turns out it actually said «buy me a drink and I’ll tell you». It apparently got him a lot of free drinks over the years.




I was at a concert years ago in Philly when this guy showed up with a tattoo of a woman that had some very poorly executed features (eg oddly crooked nose, teeth out of alignment, etc). My buddy says to me “if some tattoo guy screwed up a picture of my girlfriend that badly I’d kick his ass”. Well about ten minutes later this young lady shows up and damn if she didn’t look just like the tattoo.

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Those creepy faces of babies, which look like there's a little demon on your body

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silverhandguild,Fulvio Pessi

This young man wanted a tattoo on his back. It said something like, “Lisa please forgive me.” I told asked him if this was some last ditch effort to get this girl back. He said yes, and I told him this is a really bad idea you shouldn’t do this. He wanted the tattoo anyway, so he got it. If it worked out with him and the girl she will always remember this terrible thing he did that was so bad he had to go get a tattoo to try and prove how wrong he was. Or if it didn’t work out with them, whoever he dated afterwards would ask him what terrible thing he did that was so bad he had to go get a tattoo to try fix things with his ex. It seemed like a no win scenario with that tattoo. My advice is, if your tattoo artist is telling you that something isn’t a good idea to get, just take a moment and consider why.



rumpertumpskins,Jessy Rone

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?”

F**k you, get out.

EDIT: Bonus points on these if they walk in holding a monogrammed Yeti tumbler full of the alcohol they’re trying to smuggle in.



I actually plan on getting a biohazard symbol as a tattoo. Some people have said, "Eew, what, are you trying to be punk or edgy or something?" or something along those lines when I tell them, but then I explain it's because of my career. I'm a medical lab tech, and I deal with biohazardous substances all day, so it's a nod to the fact that the human body (and everything it produces) is considered biohazardous material. I'm just being a good little lab tech and labeling myself appropriately.

EDIT: It has been brought to my attention by several people that the biohazard symbol is used in the gay community to denote HIV+ status. I appreciate the information, but being the fact that I am a happily married bi woman, I don't think it will affect me in the same manner.




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 poisson into Google translate lol


anon,Morten Skogly

Armpit coochees. It’s when someone gets two woman’s legs tattooed around their armpit hair. Yes.



Silidon,Pavel Danilyuk

A defendant in the courtroom I clerked in during law school had “homicide” tattooed on his face, over his eyebrow. Not a great look.




Nothing super weird and usually things I didn’t feel comfortable putting on people, I would turn away. But I had a coworker who would scoop them up and do the tattoo for them. One was a girl who had just turned 18. She wanted a chain around her waist with a lock hanging on it just above her vagina and the words “property of Dave” or whatever the f**k her boyfriends name was. First off, she was 18 so I figured the relationship probably wasn’t going to last so I wouldn’t do it for that reason. Then come to find out, her boyfriend had just been sentenced to life in prison for murder. The girl was making a terrible emotional mistake. I refused but my coworker did do the tattoo.


Gingeraffe25,Ernest James

Couple tattoos like portraits or names. Mostly when they proudly tell you it’s because they’ve been together for 5 months and just know they stay together forever.




I have a tramp stamp that says “no regrets” in very fancy cursive. It’s the only tattoo my dad laughed at rather than cringed. I can judge no one.




Know a girl who tattooed her firstborn’s name... as a tramp stamp. Not what I would want someone to be looking at while tagging from behind.


serhiy_b,Gabriel Lara

Once i saw a dude in a gym who had an elephant tattooed in his crotch. Guess what was the trunk?




The tattoo of a clown holding a gun smoking a joint on my leg .....

Edit: Thanks for all the love and awards guys! Never thought my horrible tattoo from 9 years ago would blow up like this.




the thought that a lot of people have dead memes from 2017 in their arms or legs is kinda funny




I once stood in line behind a lady who had, like, the bad tattoo parade going from the nape of her neck. She had "Only God Can Judge Me", something in Asian characters, and an ugly, faded, poorly drawn crucifix.




Had a lady come into the store I was working in with a big neck tattoo that said Daddy’s girl....may have been the most shocking one i’ve ever seen