20 Tattoo Cover-Up Jobs That Just Made Things Worse

Getting a tattoo is, of course, not a decision that should be taken lightly. As anything inked on to your skin will stay with you for life without painful laser removal, it’s a good idea to think long and hard before you decide that you really want one. These guys didn’t heed that advice, though, and what’s worse is that they seem to perpetually suffer the same problem. After all, how many times can you cover up a cover-up? The first example is a pretty smart idea, but it’s a ridiculous image to have on your body for life. Take a peek(achu)…

When Pokemon meets Bob Ross, you get this ingenious and adorable piece of art. Our one complaint is the addition of a beer bottle. Don’t ruin our childhood with your tattoos! Pikachu is too pure for your debauchery!

Doug: “Hey, you know how everyone calls me Party Dog?”

Alan: “No.”

Doug: “Hahaha… I’m gonna get a bad tattoo; then one day maybe I’ll be able to afford a cool cover-up.”

Alan: “Why not just wait until then?”

Doug: *Points two thumbs at himself* “Party Dog!”

After falling in love with Ralph over a game of polo, this guy celebrated by immortalizing the occasion in ink. Unfortunately, Ralph then ran away with an investment banker named Marmaduke. Our poor protagonist works for Ralph Lauren now, though, so it was an easy fix.

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Artist: “What kind of cover-up do you want?”

Lady: “I’m not sure; what do you think?”

Artist: “Well, I’ve got a lot of black ink that needs using up…” *scratches head* “I’ll think of something.”

Artist: “Yeesh, that’s bad. I can see why you want a cover-up. Anything in mind?”

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Patron: “I was thinking something topical. Topical tattoos are always a good idea, right?”

Artist: “Definitely! You ever heard of Harambe?”

The first tattoo was a misshapen monster bunny. The cover-up was so poorly done that you can still see the Playboy bunny behind her mom and dad’s names. The less said about the brain-melting second cover-up, the better.

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First of all, does a guy that hairy really need to cover his tattoo? It’s like finding a name carved into a tree in a dense jungle. Secondly, we get the joke, but man, that is one ugly cover-up. In fact, you look like a spoiled chicken breast.

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While the artwork on this cover-up is very good, we can’t help noticing that it hasn’t actually covered anything up. Now it looks like a gas mask on a tribal tattoo, which makes no sense at all because tribal tattoos don’t have lungs.

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Mary broke his heart, and now reliable Marge is here to clean up the mess. And there aren’t many bad things that the love of a good woman can’t scrub away. Except tattoos. Let’s hope he meets a Margaret soon.

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The weird thing about this tattoo is that she doesn’t realize she has it. The truth is that she has no nerve endings in her back and Ryan Wilson just caught her sleeping face-down. She doesn’t even know Ryan Wilson.

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Either this is a hilariously self-deprecating list of exes or this guy just really struggled to remember his girlfriend’s name when he walked into the tattoo studio. At the rate he is going, our inked-up lover should probably pick a smaller font.

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What even is this? A weird line/arrow thing surrounded by blotchy, horrible stars? What does it mean? As a matter of fact, we think Edwin may have had a lucky escape.

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This is a great way to make fun of a bad relationship and an even worse tattoo. But just imagine this slipping past your shirtsleeves in a job interview – or worse, if you were actually shaking hands with Kelsey Grammer. You can’t explain that level of crazy.

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Wow… where do we start? The weird, misshapen wings? The fact that we can still see the original tattoo? The oversized body? This isn’t a butterfly; it’s a cheering slug that’s picked up a dead flower.

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Jennifer was obviously a pretty poor cover-up of another name, but after her, the owner of this tattoo seems to have lost his mind. What is this Irish nightmare? It looks like how many people’s heads feel the morning after St. Paddy’s day.

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Remember that passage in the Bible about Jesus having one gigantic eye and hair that seemed unfinished? And how he went through a stint of severe alcoholism and would wear a hipster scarf? Nope, us neither.

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Ten out of ten for inventiveness and effort; zero out of ten for delivery. This looks like someone gave a toddler a sharpie, span them in circles for 30 seconds, picked them up by their ankles and then made the kid draw it while being vigorously shaken.

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We love how this person has approached “cover-up” both literally and laterally, incorporating the process into the art. We do not, however, love the idea of living with a creepy-looking mustachioed man forever staring up at us.

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Is this cover-up really rubbing it in Andy’s face? Or is she just pretty much aggressively saying “screw you” to anyone who looks at her back? We’re not sure Andy would be too bothered about this, but you, lady, have that eyesore forever.

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When it turns out that being a Nazi was just a phase, all you can do is lol at yourself. In this case, all he could do was lol on himself and hope that no-one notices his past interests.

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