Lifestyle The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever  

Jacob Shelton
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Tattoo trends may come and go, but unfortunately the tattoos themselves last much longer. Bad tattoo trends are like a nightmare. 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 barbed wire tattoo, then you’ll never forget.

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. 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.

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.

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Face Tattoos
Face Tattoos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Everyone made fun of Mike Tyson when he got his face tattooed in 2002. Yet, here we are a decade later and facial tattoos have become common in entertainment and for those looking to make a statement. Probably not a good idea if you have an upcoming job interview, though.  

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Super Long Quotes
Super Long Quotes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever
Photo: Pixabay/CC0 1.0
Why get one word tattooed on your body when you get 100? Or 1000! Usually, long quote tattoos exist because someone wants the rest of the world to know that they've read a fancy book. 
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Neck Tattoos
Neck Tattoos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever
Photo: Pixabay/CC0 1.0

Neck tattoos became THE THING for guys in metalcore bands to get in early 2000s. They stand out like a sore thumb, but kudos to anyone willing to sit still long enough to someone to trace your jugular with a sharp object. 

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Barbed Wire Bands
Barbed Wire Bands is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Tattoo Trends Ever
Photo: Pixabay/CC0 1.0

Yowza, is there a worse tattoo trend that barbed wire bands? These babies are right up there with small cartoon tattoos. Barbed wire tattoo trends started in the late '80s and haven't let up since. 

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