The art of tattoos has evolved for thousands of years. It has carried with it many symbolic meanings for warriors, religious ceremonies, and to attract mates in social spheres. In modern times, tattoos tend to have a more personally significant meaning to one’s values or lifestyles. Not everything that shines is gold, however. There are times when the art of tattooing can turn from a glorified masterpiece to a permanent blemish to just a flat out comical joke.

The following images display tattoos that had all the right makings for a disaster. Some of these will leave you wondering why to go through with this at all, while others will just have your eyes itching as if you just walked through the middle of a desert sandstorm.