Sunday, November 05, 2006

That is some bad ink
(and by bad, I mean not good)

It's seeing stuff like this that prevents me from getting a tattoo.

Although I do have to admit that it is rather glorious in all its hideousness.
And it is responsible for spawning one of my favourite Eva quotes recently:

"If you have to get a second tattoo to explain the first one, then the first one probably wasn't all that good".

37 comments:

mellowlee said...

Holy Hell!!! Definitely bold, but ouch eh? It hurts the eyes and the brain. I love that Eva quote!

John Mutford said...

WOWZER!

The only plus side I can see is that it isn't a face tattoo.

Karen said...

Star wars and a peace sign ... interesting.

All I can say is WTF was this person thinking? Oh wait! They weren't thinking, there was no planning, and the tattoo artist that did it should be shot.

Planning, people. It's called planning. Put some thought into what you want the finished product to look like before you put ink to skin. And unless it's your kids, never ever put someone else's name on your body....EVER.

Karen said...

I have an overall (ie total body) look in mind. Sure when I get a new tattoo done, it could be a stand alone piece but actually they will all one day be joined together. I still can't get over the fact that someone actually was willing to do that to someone else. A true artist should have the balls to say, "Dude/Dudette, I'm not going to do that".

She's Crafty said...

Oh yeah...this must be the reason why I watch so much Miami Ink -to burn the sight of BAD tattoos out of my brain! The person behind the tattoo needles musta had a serious grudge!

Allison said...

OH.MY.GOD!!
That is some very bad ink. I mean VERY. Yikes!
I have three tattoos, all very tasteful, or course :) And nothing bigger than 2inches.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hehehe, Eva always manages to come up with the zingers, Mel, which is why we keep her. "Bold" - that is a very kind description.

True enough, John, but you'll notice we don't in fact see the person's face. Who knows what's happening there.

I have no tattoos but I can totally see the wisdom of what you are saying, Karen. An unplanned tattoo (or worse, series of tattoos) would just result in a horrific mess.
I would love to see some of your work sometime.

Serah - I wonder if this was done when the guy (at least I think it's a guy) was passed out and his buddies let his ex-wife inflict a little revenge. Because you are right; it looks like a grudge tattoo.

Allison - Eva found this on a community she visits called, appropriately enough, Bad Tattoos. Yours, I'm sure, are exquisite. If I wasn't such an old fart, I'd get a tattoo or two, but it all comes back to that hospital dressing gown issue...

Allison said...

LOL...damn that hospital gown issue! Can you imagine what that tattoo is going to look like in about 30 years?
Well, I made sure that the places I got (wrist, and inner ankle) my tattoo can't cause too much embarrassment when I'm older. Well, at least I hope not. Only time will tell.

Toccata said...

Oh my god! That is horrible but I am still laughing about Eva's comment.

P.S. Yahoo, the Roughies won! We rock! Oh yea.

Karen said...

I'm posting the pics to my blog just for you :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh yeah, there will be big old mud flaps hanging off the sides of that daughter country star wars tattoo in a few years, Allison. Very attractive.
The wrist would be an excellent place for some ink. I always thought I would like the inner forearm, but the wrist would be great too (and stays relatively unflabby).

You did some good cheering there, Toccata! Just gotta eliminate BC now.

Oh thanks Karen! I look forward to seeing them!

Wandering Coyote said...

Whoa! That is a bizarre, chaotic tat if I ever saw one. Like Karen, I wonder what this person was thinking.

I waited a couple of years before getting my tattoo done. I wanted the perfect design and spent a lot of time finding exactly what I wanted. Then I spent an equal amount of time figuring out where on my body to put it. It's between my shoulder blades. My only regret it I can't see it easily myself. I'm currently planning tat #2.

mellowlee said...

I got a flower on my upper arm when I was 15 in india ink, and a sewing needle. It actually looks pretty good concidering.
I would like to get it coloured in, and add some more symbols, but I have to really think hard about it first.

If I could do it again, I would put it some where less visible like upper back/shoulder area. (and have it done with a gun, not a single needle)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Wandering Coyote, welcome!
I have the place figured out (inner forearm) but have no idea of a design that I would want. But I agree that planning and certainty would be the key. Any thoughts for your second one?

Did a friend do it for you, Mel? It's nice that you still find it looks pretty good. You should think about colouring it, jazzing it up. That would be cool.

Deb said...

That looks like a coloring book gone wrong.

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Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha yeah, Deb, and they couldn't stay inside the lines.

kees said...

I LOVE the little list at the 'bottom'. What a seemingly random little collection of words. Nasty. But I do think if you're gonna get one you're got to really go for it!

Ben Heller said...

Did you hear about that Australian guy who had his back covered in Tattoos, and when he died his wife asked if a taxidermist could remove the tattoed skin, treat it and put it in a picture frame for her to display on a wall in her home.

Morbid huh ?

~Jen~ said...

that is uglier than Borat's friends ass.

Tanya said...

At the end of the day, it's his skin.

mellowlee said...

Ew to what Ben said ucky! Hubby hide bleh!
Yes an artist/musician friend did it for me. It means a lot to me so I would never get it covered, just added on to :) He was very careful while doing it, even though his hands shook cause he knew that it hurt me. It looks like a cross between a rose and a lotus flower.

Anonymous said...

As a tattooed girl, I first have to agree with Tanya that it is his skin and it was obviously something that had meaning to this person. The artwork in the ink isn't that bad, some of it is actually pretty good, but the artist should have sat down with the person to say "let's rethink this design...". So yes, plan and research that tat that you want, but perhaps even more importantly, research your artist too!!

Will said...

Ok y'all ... that person is me and I've had enough of you making fun of all my tattoos. I happen to like the concept of peace and the movie trilogy Star Wars. I also happen to like to display this as big, bold, and colorful as possible. It's just who I am.

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow! I agree with the coulouring book gone wrong....it looks a bit cartoony to me as well.

I am all for tattoos, and big ones too, but I really wonder what that person was thinking! Hopefully they like it, which I guess is what matters.

Steffi

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think the list is what makes it so special, Kees. Just in case we missed the point the first time (which I have to admit, I did).

I would assume that goes against Australian law, Ben, but she likely figured it was worth a try.
Funny, but icky.

hahaha I have yet to see Borat's friend's ass, Jen, but man I am looking forward to it.

Hi Tanya, welcome! It is indeed his skin, but he obviously wanted people to see it, as he did post a picture. He had to know it would invite discussion.

Wow, that was really brave of both of you then, Mel. It must mean quite a bit to you.

I agree, Anony, I think part of the responsibility of the artist is to explain to the person what the tattoo that they have conceptualized would indeed look like on the flesh.

You just embrace that part of your personality there, Will. It's what makes you special.

He had to have been a little proud of it, Steffi, in order to put a pic on the internet. Either that or he is planning a lawsuit against the artist.

Rupert said...

I can't see myself ever getting a tattoo. Just like I can't see myself ever piercing my ears.

Ruhee said...

I got your CD in the mail today!!! Thank you so much (it was one of FOUR packages I received, so it played a good part in absolutely making my day). Thank you so much! Yours will ... hopefully be enroute in the next week or so. I'm not quite finished making it.

:):):)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ten years from now, you will be considered to be a bad-ass rebel, Rob.

I'm getting one too, Ruhee? Yay! Thanks, that is way cool! (But schoolwork comes first.)
I'm glad I could in a small way help to make your day.

phlegmfatale said...

OMG - *L* I wasn't going to put it as cleverly as did Eva, but my thoughts were along the same vein. It was redundant as well as repetitive. Duh! Now THAT is a commitment.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha Phlegmfatale - you and Eva think a lot alike, which is actually quite frightening!

justacoolcat said...

Star Wars . . . full of excitement . .

Barbara Bruederlin said...

... and tattoos, apparently, JACC!

* (asterisk) said...

Wow. At least it looks like it's well done, even if the whole is hideous. Nice lettering work, for example.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi *(asterisk), welcome. You are right - the letters are all nice and straight. Certainly better than I could do.

Jas Bhambra said...

LOL@ Eva quote. So true. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She's pretty accurate on that, Jas.