This Facebook Group ‘Inkshames’ Bad Tattoos, And Here Are 119 Of The Worst

Not all tattoos are inked equal. While some are stunning and wow people with their artistic merit, some others can force a double-take, making folks wonder what exactly happened there. Welcome to the ‘That’s It, I’m Inkshaming’ Facebook group, a community of nearly 243k members who poke fun at ‘Actually Bad Tattoos.’

The group is meant for posting “truly awful,” low-quality ink, all in the hope of making people laugh. It’s not meant to be mean and there’s no place for general jerkiness. We’ve collected some of the group’s most interesting features photos, the crème de la crème of bad tattoos, to share with you today, dear Pandas. Scroll down and enjoy.

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Meanwhile, be sure to read on for Bored Panda’s in-depth interview with the owner of Glasgow-based Archangel 1608 Tattoo Studio, talented tattoo artist David McKinlay.

#1 Jesus Tapdancing Christ

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#2 Sooooo Much To Unpack Here

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#3 Found This On A Page For A Local Artist… Really Hope The Person Who Got This Atleast Wanted The 6 Fingers

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Tattoo artist David, who runs the Archangel 1608 Tatoo Studio in Scotland, was kind enough to answer Bored Panda’s questions about tattoos.

We spoke about how tattoo artists hone their skills, whether or not customers are always right, and what happens if an artist makes a mistake while tattooing someone.

“Tattooists can practice on any number of things initially, to help them get the mechanics and techniques to tattoo properly,” David explained to Bored Panda.

#4 Looks Like Katherine Ryan

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#5 What.. What Is Happening Here

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#6 Local Shop, Poor Gal Only Wanted Linework Silhouette Of Dog Ears

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“You can buy synthetic skin, pig skin from a butcher’s, or even use fruit, such as oranges or lemons, bananas,” he told us.

However, the tattoo artist pointed out to Bored Panda that there is “no substitute for moving, breathing, sweating, bleeding human skin.” In short, nothing beats the real thing. And sooner or later you’ll have to switch to inking real live human beings. Though, later is best. Once you’ve got the fundamentals down and feel confident.

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#7 No. No You Did Not Have To

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#8 What Can I Say Except I’m Sorry

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#9 They Look Like Industrial Era Coal Factory Workers

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“The first 4 or 5 tattoos I ever did were on myself. It was a pretty severe learning curve, but I had to prove that I wanted the apprenticeship, and it let me see how the tattoos would heal up, and what I could do better,” David revealed to Bored Panda the dedication that he personally had for his craft when he was just starting out.

“You shouldn’t really be tattooing actual clients for a long time, but if you can persuade friends to let you once you’re ready, that’s great,” he said.

#10 Found On A Sketchy Sales Page Get Booked In Quick!

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#11 Found This In An Article I Came Across On Here, Can’t Remember What It Was About, But How Tf Do You Manage To F*ck This Up That Bad?

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#12 Ok, I’m Gonna Say This, Only A Real Man Would Rock This With Pride!

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David takes a lot of pride in what he does for a living. “Tattooing is a craft, a skill, and should be taught directly from one person to another,” he said that it is not something that should be learned “by a YouTube video or a bs tattoo ‘school’ that only care about your money.”

#13 Sorry But.. The Hair!

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#14 You Guys Like Playing Hidden Picture Games? The First Hidden Item You See Is Your Next Bad Tattoo

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#15 Ink Shaming Myself And My Best Bud While He Was Apprenticing. Ps If You Have An Issue With Body Hair On Women You Can Go Fys

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Bored Panda was very interested to learn about the dynamic between artists and their customers. David explained that they have a rule that if they’re not 100 percent confident about the tattoo, they don’t do it.

“We’ll try to offer a compromise, but if the client is too rigid, we’ll point them in the direction of another artist. The client is only right in terms of what they like, not how the tattoo can actually be done or will end up looking,” he said.

#16 I Don’t Have Words

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#17 Why Would You Put The Nose Over The Belly Button

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#18 I Thought It Was Supposed To Be A Pile Of Wood Lmao

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What’s more, the tattoo artist and his staff also draw the line when it comes to certain tattoos. “We won’t do any hateful tattoos—racist, homophonic, sectarian, etc. Those tattoos are bad news, but unfortunately, there are those that will still do them,” he explained.

#19 Found Here On Facebook

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#20 It’s… Lips?

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#21 From Tik Tok, They’re Supposed To Be Ballet Shoes

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Like any other artists and craftsmen out in the wide world, tattooists can make mistakes, too. There’s no such thing as perfection in any craft. It’s best to learn from any mistakes and, most importantly, to learn to control your fear.

“Sometimes, a client will sneeze, or move to answer their phone, meaning the tattoo has an extra line or detail,” David said.

#22 Can’t Hate On This One, It’s Such A Sweet Concept. But I’m Angry For This Person Who Didn’t Get Nicer Results

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#23 There Are No Words

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#24 Is It A Gummy Bear Or A Ninja Turtle

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“The important thing is not to panic (and not to panic the client). Take a few minutes and work out how to deal with the mistake—maybe add an extra detail, darken up some shading. Nine times out of ten, you can correct an issue. Stay cool and work it out!”

#25 Seen On Ig

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#26 Found In Another Group I’m In. Sorry If This Is Yours. I Can Never Get My Head Around How An Artist Can Make A Spelling Error In The Stencil And Not Catch It

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#27 I Finally Found One. Sorry If This Is Yours, But, Poor Michael Deserves Better

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#28 Found This In A Scorpio Astrology Group. All I Gotta Say Is The Lips Are One Of The Worst Parts

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#29 It’s A Twilight Tattoo

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#30 Why?

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#31 She Overpaid

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#32 Found In The Wild. Kitchen Tattoos Are A Nope

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#33 And They Say Australia Has No Culture

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#34 I Feel Awful Because I Think It’s Supposed To Be A Memorial? But I Really Had To Triple Check To See If One Of My Facebook Friends Really Posted This Or If It Was This Group

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#35 What Cover Up???

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#36 Somebody On My Page Just Posted This, Yikes

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#37 Saw The Guy In The Bottom Pic The Other Day At Mcdonalds. I Thought It Was Vin Diesel

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#38 I Really Can’t… Saw On My Timeline

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#39 Saw This On A Cop Show Last Night And It Looks Like It Belongs Here

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#40 I Don’t Know What That Purple Blob Is, But An Iris It Is Not.

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#41 Found In Another Group

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#42 It’s Supposed To Be A Tornado. It Looks Like A Colon

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#43 Nailed It?

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#44 How Do We Feel? My Sister Did This One. Its Not Her Best. She Does Have Some Pretty Nice Ones Shes Done But This One, Well. This One

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#45 It Was 40 Dolla

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#46 Rembeber Me …..

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#47 I Was Told By The Artist He Could Do Watercolors Effect. This Is How That Turned Out

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#48 Jesus Would’ve Wept

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#49 And This Was The Day I Had To Disown My Mother. It’s Suppose To Be A “Gear” For Our Last Name

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#50 Absolutely Horrid

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#51 Lisa Has Lost It!!

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#52 I Found One. Posted By A Local Tattoo Artist. Original Ink Done By Someone Else, Final Product Was Their Cover Up Job

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#53 Saw This On A Fan Page

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#54 It’s A Red Hot Mess..found On Tik Tok

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#55 The Lil Girl Looks Like A Tube Of Toothpaste

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#56 It’s A Light Bulb. Grateful LED

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#57 Oof

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#58 Found This Beauty On My Timeline

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#59 Found In The Wild. Thought It Was This Group At First. Very Unfortunate

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#60 Found This Beauty On Instagram

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#61 Apparently Its Taken 2 Sessions And She Has One More Scheduled

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#62 Posted In A Horror Collectibles Group I’m In

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#63 What In Heck Happened?

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#64 I Suggest A Cover Up

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#65 He Killed It Alright

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#66 Tattooing In Saudi Arabia Is Illegal And This Person Isn’t Doing Anyone Any Favors. I Have Lost My Mind To “Positive Vips”

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#67 That Poor Snoot

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#68 The Hands “That’s On Purpose, I Don’t Like My Tattoos To Look Clean And Proper, So I Always Ask For Them To Be A Bit Ratty And Worn. Getting A Perfect Replica Or Symmetry Just Bugs Me”

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#69 Imagine Ruining Your Whole Body Like This The More You Look The Worse It Gets

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#70 Found This While Scrolling Through A Dating Site!!!

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#71 A Tattoo Of A Guy From My City, He Has Other Bad Tattoos But Unfortunately There Are No Pics Of Them On Fb

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#72 Why…

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#73 Some Rando On Tinder

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#74 Not My Tattoo: Saw This On A Group I’m In. Oh Hell No

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#75 I Don’t Even Know Where To Start With This One..

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#76 This Guy’s Page Is Loaded With Great Gems. Put Years Into His Craft And Does It Ever Show

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#77 I’m Not Showing Their Face But This Was In A Nightmare Before Christmas Group I’m In And I Just Can’t….

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#78 I Don’t Know Where To Begin

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#79 Oh No

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#80 Moon

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#81 My Friend Saw This On Tinder And Sent This To Me Thought I’d Share It Here And Hear Y’all’s Thoughts … Colors Look Beautiful But Oof. Hope He Loves It

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#82 A Girl I Know Personally Got This Yesterday And Bragged. I’m Sorry But The Sign Alone Makes This A Bad Tat Imo

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#83 He Looks More Like “Holy Foomanchu The Cloud God” Rather Than Jesus

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#84 The Eyelashes Hurt Me To Look At

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#85 Cover Up From A Local Spot. Jesus

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#86 Tsle As Old Os Tine A Sponsored Instagram Post

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#87 My Boyfriend’s Foot Tattoo Of A Pokè Ball – Gotta Catch Em All!! It’s Awful

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#88 Pain

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#89 Found In The Wild On Instagram. The Caption Said “I Love My New Tattoo”. I Cant Tell If Theyre Being Real Or Not

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#90 I’m Crying

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#91 Ool Idea, Bad Execution. I Figured By The Shape It Was A Snake, But I Had To Zoom In To The Head To Figure Out What It Was. Wth Is Up With Those Fangs And Tongue??

#92 Found This One From A Horror Movie Group. I’m Speechless. “Here’s Johnynynyny!”

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#93 I Normally Love This Artist…but What The Hell?

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#94 This Was A Pic On One Of My Wife’s Friend Page. She Was Happy As Hell With This

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#95 At Least It Detracts From The Fact She Has No Eyebrows

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#96 I Guess That’s The Cheaper Option To Gynecomastia Surgery. Definitely Takes The Eyes Away From Those Moobs

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#97 The Hands Will Haunt Me Forever

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#98 My Uncle’s Jailhouse Tats…..smh

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#99 From A Shop Near Me. It Went Eeeeeeee

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#100 That Looks Embroidered

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#101 Saw This One In My Feed. Someone’s Grandma’s First Tattoo

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#102 Found In A Bloody Mary Group

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#103 Local “Artist” That Everyone Praises For Their Amazing Work Yet All Their Work Is Like This Or Worse. Got Wonder Woman Out Here Like “Take My Strong Hand”

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#104 This One Made Me Cackle

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#105 Stoppp Lol

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#106 Isn’t This The Most Realistic Bird You Ever Did See

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#107 Yikes

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#108 Team Target At Riot Fest Chicago!

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#109 A Moth Wing Found In Another Group

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#110 Love Naruto But Wtfff

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#111 Not Sure If This Has Been Posted Yet But

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#112 Just Gunna Leave This Here Eta: Not My Tattoo

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#113 Ion Kno Man…just Not A Fan…

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#114 Found On Twitter

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#115 Local Artist

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#116 I Saw This In A Tattoo Sharing Group And I Just Can’t Get Over How Inaccurate The Bones Are!

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#117 Dobbies Seen Some Things He Didn’t Need To See

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#118 No Words. Seen On Snapchat

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#119 Um. Idk What It Even Is

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