why do you have shitty tattoos? seriously

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    johnny_mudbug said on August 3, 2010

    most of us have at least one.
    were you drunk on your birthday?
    was it the cheapest one you could find?
    did you lose a bet, or do it yourself?
    what's the story?

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    johnny_mudbug said on August 3, 2010

    i'll start.
    i was a teenage punk rocker. and that's just what young punks do.

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    webescratchers said on August 3, 2010

    very young ( 15 ) wanted a tattoo, because all the chicks dig em, right ? It has since been covered up, of course

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    lisafoster2510 said on August 3, 2010

    I had a cover up done last year I was not loving the drawing but I was too uncomfortable to say anything . I hadn't been tattooed in8 years. Huge mistake since it takes up 1/2 of my upper left arm. Also the one I got 19n yers ago the day I turned 18 I don't want to cover it though.

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    rockysmom said on August 3, 2010

    I went to a professional shop and liked the artist but he gave me a 3 legged dragon. Not sure why I didn't notice it but trusted he knew what he was doing. Someone commented it looked like a snake. I eventually had it removed. It wasn't very feminine anyway.

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    johnny_mudbug said on August 3, 2010

    3 legged dragon? hahaha that coulda been me, i just couldn't fit in that last leg. hahaha .
    i have covered a few of my shitty tattoos, some i wish i still had.
    i still have this wreck on my left arm though. when i was apprenticing Randy says," hey come here i got a good idea for your tattoo" then he scribbles out some fucked off outline of what the hell is this. and says " ok now i wont forget what i was thinking and we'll finish it later." it was never finished and i have no clue what he was thinking. it's still there and still looks retarded.

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    mj0420 said on August 4, 2010

    I only hate a couple of mine, one was to cover up my exs initials so I covered it with a tribal moon I NOW HATE TRIBAL but its better than fuckfaces initials(I was young n dumb)
    Another is a heart design with a banner that says" me myself and I" didn't get it big enough for starters and the spot I got it on rubbed some ink out from bra. Which brought me to always go big or go home for detail sake!

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    orginalsuzukidude said on August 4, 2010

    Being young(13) and not having much of a brain to do research,luckly its only small and will be covered up on my other sleeve!!Thank god!

    But as u say Johnny we all have a shit one from when we were young!

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    johnny_mudbug said on August 5, 2010

    there's a lot of lessons to learn in this thread. i hope the newbies are paying attention.

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    johnny_mudbug said on August 6, 2010

    i have to disagree. because i love spontaneous tattoos. they capture that moment forever and everytime i see em i remember exactly what led me to the tattoo.
    some of my well planned tattoos didn't come out so great because you get what you pay for.

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    johnny_mudbug said on December 14, 2010

    this thread is fun and i wanted to bring it up again for those who missed it.

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    misfittat2 said on December 14, 2010

    it is a good thread thanks Johnny! My less then stellar tattoos happened because way back when I was a shop slug, (1994) and didnt even think I would one day end up owning a shop and being a tattoo artist, I was the offical toilet scrubber and apprentice practice skin...the unfortunate thing is the tattoos are big, and on my forearms, the plus is they are fixable designs, and some of them have been fixed but not as well as I would like, but I dont regret them, with each apprentice that learned something in my skin, I learned the same things. I still give skin to apprentices, just not as much lol!

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    octopuss said on December 14, 2010

    I'm 19, and i got my first tattoo when i was 18. I've got 4 so far, and plan on getting more. The first one i got, i didn't really look into it as much as i think i should of, it's not that i regret the tattoo i just think i went about it wrong. The tattoo is across my chest and it reads 'Protect Your Blood', these lyrics mean alot to me about my family but i wish i had put the tattoo curved and not perfectly straight across my chest. I hope this is not too odd! But to get this fixed i am going to add wings to each side of the writing to give it more purpose and make it look better.

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    aplus1 said on December 29, 2010

    i have a few shitty tattoos bcuz of lack of funds and patience lol and letting people practice on me but i always say fuck it either i will eventually cover them up or by the time im dead i plan to have so many tattoos that u wont notice the bad ones as much lol

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    timmy_g said on December 29, 2010

    haha, some good stories here,
    i was 16 and wanted a tattoo, so picked out some shithouse tribal design off the wall, at the time thought it was so bad ass, lol
    but in reality its just SHIT.

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    misskitty63114 said on December 30, 2010

    I was having a bout with multiple sclerosis I was mad at the world so I walked in and got a flash rose on my ankle. I was taking prednisone to calm the MS it interfered with healing so I have a lumpy 3d rose
    That was my first tattoo

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    mariocliv said on December 30, 2010

    I have one really bad tat,I went to this shop in Germany where i had gotten two previous old school tats( because i'm old),And the guy said he needed afix really bad could I come back in an hour and being the moron that I was I did! He ran all the colors together and I got sent to the field for a month after thatand it got infected.

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    buddhistpunk said on January 21, 2011

    There's a local shop here in Houston (if you live here, you probably know of it) called Dago's. It's one of those "ladies free" but you have to choose the smallest tattoo of a four leaf clover or a heart in order for it to qualify as free. At this point I'd been tattooed a few times before with some decent tattoos. I should have known better. So, instead, my then roommate and I get off work from bartending at, let's say 3 am? We're drunk, she wanted to get her first tattoo with someone who "knew" tattoos and whom meant alot to her. I honestly don't remember how we got there (but I knew I drove). I don't know what I was thinking. And I don't know why I would even think it was ok to go to the worst shop at 4 am to get tattooed. She got "carpe diem" and I got "carpe noctem". I remember googling the spelling of "noctem" on my phone and spending $80 or $90 on the most painful tattoo I'd ever gotten in my life. And I remember getting bitched at by the "artist" for taking too many breaks and him telling me that they closed at 5 and we needed to hurry up. "I have kids" he said. *shrugs* No one wants 2 inch by 4 inch lettering on their rib that looks like a bad rave's laser light show. I won't even post pictures because it looks so bad. I will NEVER think about going there again and I will NEVER get a 4am tattoo after a long night of heavy drinking. *barf*

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    tiggercrystal said on February 14, 2012

    So I was at a party one night shortly after getting back from Iraq. I got good and drunk and looked at my good buddy and challanged him " tattoo your wifes name on my left buttock." With his wifes name the same as my last name I expected to get my last name on my butt.
    Waking up the next morning with a hell of a hang over and my butt hurting I looked in the mirror to find a shaky poorly sized scribble on my ass saying "Your wifes nsme"
    I cant say I regret it but it sure comes in handy at the bar room bets.

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    sophieboxers_xo said on March 2, 2012

    Some of these stories are brilliant! Great thread

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    jog1118 said on March 10, 2012

    started late with my tatts, 2 years ago when i was 33. fortunately none of my tatts are really stupid...but i wish i picked a better scorpion design for my 1st one. considered budget then, and i thought i couldnt handle the pain so i got a very simple tribal scorpion

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    tatt2edkitten said on March 27, 2012

    At 14 I gave myself a little black heart on the inside of my left ankle.My husband said he was sick of seeing it whenever my legs was up in the air so he paid to have it covered with a black cherry.Looks way better now.

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    dxgirly said on March 28, 2012

    I have a couple of "shitty" ones... because free tattoos are hard to resist when you're craving that tattoo rush. ;)

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    huh326 said on March 31, 2012

    because the artist is super duper nice and i'm not a mean person lol

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    1tatgurl said on July 11, 2012

    I had several home made ones when I was 13. All covered up and then the cover up was removed by laser and another tattoo over that.

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    absolem09 said on July 11, 2012

    Im only 21 now. Got my first tattoo at 16 of wings on my back. After that i've always craved more. Ended up getting these god awful start and music notes that start at my hip and go all the way up to my shoulder. Im looking into finding ways to make it fade as well as fade the crap a tattoo artist butchered on my arm. Any tips?

    out of the 4 tattoo's i have so far..i love two of them and am in dire need to fade/cover the other two.

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    picky77 said on January 23, 2013

    I have quite a few, from early teenage years. Friends and self practicing on me. They will be fixed and by the time I am just about inked out; they should hardly be noticeable.

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    inkedbrunette said on March 22, 2013

    I was young and dumb and too eager for instant gratification. I have two that will be covered up that I got aroun 19/20. The rest I adore. I paid more, but I also got a lot more in return ;)

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    kiwijeff said on October 30, 2014

    I have no shitty tattoos, I love em all, but not all possibly would agree. Lol.

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