I’m just trying to figure out the logistics of it. I mean, it’d have to be fully erect to get all the skin inked…but how the hell would you keep a guy fully erect for the three or four hours that tat would take?
On second thought, no, I don’t really want to know.
There’s not only some bad tattoo designs there, there’s some bad tattooing going on. Like Misnomer’s clone - I don’t know how they messed up the stencil that bad, but the mouth is too far forward - it looks like a rat. Misnomer’s actually looks kinda sweet.
I should have been more clear in my post that I know my tattoo is a good one, and much better than the one on that site. I’ve had it for almost 8 years and have always been very happy with it. Like I said, I knew it wasn’t an original design when I got it, but until yesterday I’d never seen it anywhere but in the portfolio of the guy who did my tat – it just shocked me to see a crappy version of it turn up on a “bad tattoos” web site! I knew exactly what it was before the image was even halfway loaded … what a weird feeling.
I also meant to mention points similar to these. I think the site owner’s bias is very clear, despite the first page’s weak “I have nothing against tattoos or people that have them” disclaimer.
Like the one on the first page with the guy who got a copy of the photo of the boy holding flowers: from what I can see that tattoo is pretty good, but what the site owner doesn’t like about it is that it’s a tattoo of a picture. So with no understanding of what that image might mean to the person who got it, and no desire to even try to understand, he/she writes it off as a “really bad” tattoo.
Also, while I agree that there are some truly bad tattoos on that site, the owner doesn’t seem to understand that there’s a difference between a bad design/concept and bad tattooing. Some of the tattoos are of questionable design but are done well, and vice-versa.
Just when I was about to say “This page is missing the worst of the worst,” and go scrounge up a link, I see that “Mr. Cool Ice” is the very last tattoo on page 3. Save the best for last, I guess. Disappointed not to see a comment about the gay skeleton, however.
You ain’t seen bad tatoos until you’ve seen home-made prison tatoos. My husband (works there) showed me a selection of photos of them. (They have to take pictures of them as “identifying marks” for their records.) They’re sloppy, words spelled incorrectly, and all in one color–blue. (They use a needle and ink from a ballpoint.)
Nothing can top the one I saw a couple years ago on Livejournal…some girl got a new tattoo and posted pictures because she was so happy and proud. It was around her lower back, and it was of all things the Goo Goo Dolls lyrics, “You Bleed Just To Know You’re Alive” with blood dripping from it. Yeah, that alone would be bad enough.
I have two trains of thought on this. First, Frank Zappa and The Mothers had a song, Call Any Vegetable, about sex with vegetables.
“…Standing there, shiny and bright by your side,
Holding your joint while the neighbors decide,
Why is a vegetable something to hide?