20 Tragic Tattoos That Got Totally Lost In Translation

Make no mistake about it, a tattoo is for life. So you might think that everyone who gets one must put a great deal of thought into it. Well, this rogues’ gallery of 20 terrible tattoos will make you have a rethink. The owners of these abominations, meanwhile, should consider a re-ink.

20. No, my friend, ‘knowledge’ is power

Knowledge is a powerful thing… and just a little bit of it would have been more than enough for this person to avoid getting one of the worst (and most permanent) spelling mistakes inked on their body. Plus, the font on this monstrosity is just awful. Let’s hope this is a joke.

19. Bum note

Many of the people featured in this gallery clearly didn’t understand the language of their tattoos. But surely you don’t have to be a linguist to figure out that this one is going a little too far. Just check out the second symbol; it even bears a slight resemblance to what it describes.

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18. No, you’re stpid

It’s one thing to go around telling the world that you’re awesome (note the spelling). But it’s quite another to have it tattooed across your back. Anyway, you probably wouldn’t do this unless you had your shirt off quite often – something Mr Awsome probably won’t be doing from now on.

17. A small mistake

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Humans are pretty small in the grand scheme of things. Physically, we’re much smaller than an elephant or a blue whale. But when this person realized what was tattooed on their body, they probably felt like they had a similar size of intellect as those mighty beasts.

16.  Give him a hand

Italian soccer star Francesco Coco traveled a bit in his career, playing in his homeland as well as in Spain, for Barcelona. He didn’t, however, play in Asia – and clearly didn’t do any research before getting “Husband Hands” tattooed on his arm. Either that, or he was assuring his loved one that his hands were devoted to her and her alone…

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15. Queen Victoria

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In 2000 David Beckham decided to publicly display his love for his wife Victoria, even though the two had already had a well-publicized wedding involving royal thrones. For David, though, this wasn’t enough. Therefore, he had her name tattooed on his arm in Sanksrit. Unfortunately, it translated as “Vihctoria.”

14. Random word frenzy

We have absolutely no idea what’s going on here. It’s unclear whether the tattooist was playing a sick joke on his unsuspecting victim or if he had a strange form of ink-based Tourette’s. That said, the more you read it, the more “Pull-Dude Power B*stard” starts to sound like a superhero name.

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13. Lost in translation

Anyone who teaches a foreign language will love this tattoo. Why? Well, when this guy tried to look up how to spell his surname in Russian on Google, this is what he got. A solid, strong Russian surname? Not really. Apparently, it means, “No translation.”

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12. Cheap shot

Ouch! In every sense of the word. After going through the long, grueling process of getting inked, this person presumably wanted a nicer message than what they got. We’re not sure whether the tattooist was describing the person themselves, or just their own handiwork. Either way, it’s not great for this person’s self-esteem.

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11. Spine chiller

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Supposedly, this girl wanted to declare her undying love to her beau in Hebrew, one of the world’s most ancient and beautiful languages. But what she ended up with apparently reads, “Babylon is the world’s leading dictionary and translation software.”

10. Living on a prayer

You actually have to kind of feel sorry for this person. All they wanted to do was to show their appreciation of the work of Jon Bon Jovi, but then this happened. It’s is an easy mistake to make, to be fair.

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9. Your stupid. Oh, so are we

This is actually a pretty common one. You see, a lot of people who get tattoos like this clearly weren’t listening in school. After all, your hands are on your body. You’re stupid if you mix the two up and get it tattooed across your knuckles. Good luck with your life; it is clearly going to be difficult.

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8. Dead and buried

This tattoo might make more sense if it belonged to WWE classic wrestling hero The Undertaker. But it doesn’t. “Coffin dude” seems like just another case of someone who was too lazy to double check what they were going to have emblazoned on their body until the day they die… when, ironically enough, this tattoo will finally become appropriate.

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7. Vegetarian surprise

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We have absolutely no proof that this isn’t exactly what this woman wanted across her back. Maybe it was meant to convey that she loves animals, but that she has a nasty side. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s yet another sorry example of someone thinking it was a good idea to get a Chinese tattoo without checking the spelling.

6. Not Taylor Swift

The tattooist here didn’t mess about. Indeed, they saw their prey, and they went for it. Young man, you are swiftly about to be made to look really, really stupid… permanently. But not if you only hang around with other people who have misspelt Chinese tattoos. Who, now we come to think about it, actually account for an increasingly large segment of the population in the western world.

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5. That’s Not Using Your Noodle

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Actually, we can’t really criticize this one, which celebrates noodles rather than the intended virtue of loyalty. Because noodles are great, and they should be celebrated in tattoo form as much as possible.

4. Hungry for more?

In fact, noodles are indeed being widely celebrated in tattoo form. And with this one, chicken has been added into the mix. If noodles are awesome, chickens are even more super-awesome, so why not? And as for soup – well, soup’s just about the best thing in the world… when you have a cold.

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3. It’s rude to star

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What the? How the? Why the? Oh, we have so many questions about this one. So for starters, there are the two eyes on her breasts. Just read that sentence again and see if any of it makes any sense. No? Well, then what about the words? “Stop Starring Bitches.” For starters, a tattoo is basically designed to be looked at. And secondly, anyone staring is probably simply despairing at the spelling.

2. Appreciate trust

Like Hebrew, Arabic is an ancient and beautiful language, written, spoken and tattooed. Well, that is when you get it spelt correctly. This young woman purportedly wanted “Appreciate Life” tattooed on her chest. Seemingly, what she got was, “You’re disgusting.” Appreciate life, by all means. But also appreciate the importance of understanding what you’re having tattooed on your body.

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1. Gobbledygook

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Gobbledygook, gibberish, jabberwocky. Call it whatever you want, because that’s what this tattoo means. Surely about halfway in, this guy must have thought this probably wasn’t a word. After all, it’s the whole length of his arm. Maybe in German it would work. But this isn’t German, my friend. And if it was, they’d have a word for you: “dummkopf.” See, that’s where Google Translate really does come in handy.

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