We’ve all heard about horrible tattoos – who knows, you may have one yourself. But what really constitutes a ‘bad’ tattoo? Well, a ‘bad’ tattoo could stem from a number of reasons: it’s poorly-designed and made, it’s not the exact drawing you asked for, or the design itself is bad (after all, there are tattoo artists out there who should definitely not be doing what they’re doing).
But there are also some tattoos, despite being well-drawn, which are just simply bad in their very essence. These types of tattoos can come across as tacky and tasteless, because of where they are placed or what their message is, among other reasons. So if you have one of these, it may be time to rethink your options and opt for a good tattoo removal service.
1. The tattoo on your face
A few months ago, I was watching this particular show on the National Geographic channel titled ‘Taboo’. This episode dealt with facial tattoos, and why they are often considered taboo. The fact of the matter is, they are just not right. A tattoo on your face is an advertisement that everyone sees – it gives new light to the phrase, ‘it’s in your face’. Literally, that is. Nobody wants to be face to face with an obnoxious tattoo, especially if it covers a large part of your facial area. If there’s anything that gives anyone a wrong impression, it’s a facial tattoo.
2. The Chinese symbol meaning, “what?!”
There’s a certain attraction for many of us westerners for Asian-language characters, particularly Chinese symbols. And I admit, they do have aesthetic appeal. But be careful who does your Chinese symbol tattoo, because it could be a far cry from what you originally intended. There have been horror stories of poorly translated symbols. The Chinese symbol for dragon suddenly becomes the symbol for rice, for example. If you’re going to get one of these, then look for a real Chinese tattoo artist who can do it for you.
3. The cartoon
Yes, those cartoon characters have their own charm. We love watching them, and may even idolise them in our own way. But cartoon character tattoos are cliché – and passé. A 40-year old person walking around with a Yosemite Sam or Wallace and Gromit tattoo on their arm is not a pretty sight.
4. The barbed wire on the arm
This type of tattoo brings images of a spiky mullet haircut, a t-shirt with cut-off sleeves, and gold front teeth to mind. The barbed wire design lived (and died) in the 1990’s. If you are unfortunate enough to have one of these, probably gotten during a drunken stupor, then it might be a good idea to move on and get a tattoo laser removal service from specialists like
The rose tattoo
The rose tattoo is in the same league as the barbed wire tattoo. It shouldn’t even exist. Yes, it had its day in the sun in the 1980’s, and that’s where it should stay. What makes this kind of tattoo worse is if it’s on a woman’s upper chest area, or on someone’s arm.
Now this is just a rundown of some of the worst types of tattoos ever conceived. There are plenty more which make the list, but we simply have no time to spend talking about every single one. The fact of the matter is that if a tattoo is badly made, poorly designed, and simply not sending a very appealing message, then you’re better off without it.