Because decision-making isn't everyone's strong suit. Everyone loves a good Internet meme... for a little while. But some people take it just a little bit too far by getting something that's meant to be a passing giggle drawn on their body forever. Until they die (or can afford to have it removed). Getting a meme tattoo is like putting bread in a bomb shelter. So, in all their "I'm so glad I'm not them" glory, here are some people who took their love for memes and plastered it somewhere on their body for the world, and their grandchildren, to see.Just like the catchiest viral Internet songs, like "Keyboard Cat" and "Chocolate Rain", get stuck in our heads, these tattoos are not going anywhere anytime soon.
Michael Phelps's death stare launched a thousand memes - and at least one tattoo(!) in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Livia Tsang of Chronic Ink Tattoos of Toronto did this one on her boss, Ricky Fung, who is also the co-owner of the shop.
Tsang says he wanted it "because he’s first and foremost a big Phelps fan, but also because of [Phelps'] work ethic and perseverance. When we chose the image, we had a bit of a laugh about it, but he told me that he wanted it because it showed his moment of focus before the race."
Keyboard Cat Tattoo
One of several tattoos honoring the legacy of Keyboard Cat, Norweigian art director Arild Orholm tattooed the furry friend in unique fashion on his foot. This was no ordinary fan meme tattoo though. Orholm needed some cash to purchase a camera and decided to put his foot up for auction in eBay. No, he was not going to chop his foot off and sell it, rather sell the space on his foot for a tattoo.
For a winning bid of $2,500, Orholm went on to get a tattoo featuring Keyboard Cat (and a graphical representation of himself) on Mars on his left foot. According to Orholm, "yes, it is real and yes it hurt like hell." Yes, he also got the camera.
To be fair, this guy's tattoo was actually relatively "tasteful" as far as meme tattoos go. Some people, on the other hand, take it a little too far, and sometimes, a little too literal.
These are both still better than this lolcat tattoo. This is brutal.
So, uh, I guess that really is "4 Life".
How do you tell people that you dig Internet memes and just possibly may be a child molester all at the same time? Get a Pedobear tattoo!
Yes, that's right, the meme that is an adorable bear who always just happens to always be walking and enjoys making love to small children of all ages (unless they're a little too old), has been put on someone's arm forever.
They'll have to explain it not only at parties, but to their in-laws and, more importantly, their children.
Is this guy a proud child molester (unite!)? Who knows (probably not). If that was the motive or not, though, that's the tattoo image that appeared on the arms, legs and other body parts of several suckers since the meme became popular.
According to a friend of one Pedobear tattoo bearer, "He did not lose a bet, we were not drunk, he wanted a tattoo and I offered to pay for it if he got a picture of a cartoon bear. He agreed. His bad."
Moral of the story: Pay for your own tattoos... or watch better cartoons with bears in them.
A great way to solidify your spot on some government lists.
Nyan Cat Tattoo
The Nyan Cat tattoo pays homage to the 8-bit adorable kitty cat with a Pop Tart for a body that leaves rainbow exhaust in his wake while flying through space that has taken the internet by storm in 2011.
With over 27 million views, Nyan Cat is a meme force to be reckoned with, spawning more knitted versions of a meme than anybody has ever seen.
(There's even a place where you can count how many seconds you're able to tolerate Nyan Cat.)
Maybe the rainbow is what inspired this tattoo. Maybe this person is part of the LGBT community.
Since the meme popped up in various forms in 2011, a handful of fans have permanently scarred their bodies with the likeness of Nyan Cat.
Sabrina here decided to make hers a little realistic.