culture The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever  

Jacob Shelton
57.6k votes 6.0k voters 1.6M views 29 items Embed
Tattoo trends may come and go, but unfortunately the tattoos themselves last forever. Bad tattoo trends are like a bad dream. If you didn’t take part in the terrible trend, then you’ve probably forgotten all about some of the tattoos on this list. But if you were one of the unfortunate few to get a swallow or barbwire tattoo, then you’ll never forget the nightmare.

Tattoo fails have a way of following you around, and even if the tattoo isn’t immediately visible, people with really bad tattoos will never ever forget. If you’re thinking about getting some ink done, but aren’t sure what to get, check out this list of the worst tattoo trends ever and try your best to not make a huge mistake.

The bad tattoos on this list will hopefully act as sign posts for anyone who’s about to get some tattoo work done. Getting a bad tattoo is kind of like eating bad food, except you’re not sticking that Big Mac on your face for the whole world to see. If you’re set on getting a tattoo, first look at these tattoo photos and take note of how they’ve each gone in and out of favor with the public.

Wouldn’t you rather get something timeless permanently etched into your body? These bad tattoos are worst of the worst, so don’t be surprised if you see something on here that reminds you of your first college boyfriend or girlfriend. Vote up the worst tattoo fads ever, and then tell us about how cool your super unique tattoo is in the comments.
1
1,713 1,054

Tribal


Tribal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever
Photo: Shannon Archuleta/Flickr
Tribal tattoos were all the rage in the '90s. Technically they've been popular for over 2,000 years when Samoan tribes began to tattoo each other to demonstrate the strong ties they felt to their culture. But in the '90s, the tribal style was co-opted by every frat boy who wanted to have something to talk about in a bar.
2
1,587 978

Wings


Wings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever
Photo: via Tumblr
Wing tattoos are great because they don't have to have a meaning. You can just slap on some bat wings and be the guy with bat wings. Thanks, the '90s. 
3
1,675 1,041

Dreamcatchers


Dreamcatchers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever
Photo: Deanna Wardin/Flickr

Dreamcatcher tattoos are very popular among art students who want to feel a connection the American Southwest. These tattoos can mean anything from, "I have hopes and dreams," to "I had to pick something off the wall."

4
1,575 974

Bracelets / Anklets


Bracelets / Anklets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever
Photo: via Tumblr
Anklet or bracelet tattoos were a very cool thing to get if you were a fancy lady in the late '80s or early '90s. Specifically if you were a Stevie Nicks fan. It's an easy tattoo to get if you don't want people to know you have a tattoo.