At times, it’s nice to know that you can always do worse. When it comes to tattoos, celebrities have made some poor life choices and gotten some pretty insane ink. We’ve all been there. Perhaps it was that infamous spring break during your sophomore year of college. Or that time you wanted to commemorate your pet’s passing and got a tattoo of your dog’s face. Or maybe you lost a bet or were dared to get an undesirable tattoo. Whatever the case may be, a lot of people are walking around with questionable tattoos.
Celebrities, because of their visibility, are used to people scrutinizing their looks. It’s part of the gig. So it’s only natural that we take a look at some celebrity tattoos and decide which ones could have used more thought beforehand. Because famous people are humans, they do make mistakes. Let’s laugh at them. Here are the no good, very bad, 30 worst celebrity tattoos, ranked from bad to worst.
30. Ariana Grande – BBQ Tattoo
Ariana Grande’s new tattoo “七輪” means Japanese style bbq grill, not 7 rings. ???? If you want to know about 七輪, just google “SHICHIRIN” pic.twitter.com/HuQM2EwI62— *amo* (@hey__amo) January 30, 2019
Popstar Ariana Grande decided to start 2019 off with a bang last year by getting a tattoo on her hand that she thought meant “7 Rings” in Japanese. Instead, the singer ended up with a tattoo that said “shichirin” which is a Japenese BBQ grill. Soon after Ariana discovered the mistake, she tried to have the tattoo fixed. Now, it says, “Japenese BBQ finger.” We wouldn’t necessarily call that fixed, but it could be much, much worse.
29. Drake – Cologne Bottle Tattoo
Rapper, Drake went all the way to Sweden to get a tattoo of a bottle of cologne. An image of the men’s fragrance, Drakkar Noir is tattooed on his shoulder. Diehard Drake fans will recall that @drakkardnoir was Drizzy’s original Twitter handle. Not sure which is worse, getting a tattoo of a cologne bottle or getting a tattoo of a Twitter handle. Thoughts?
28. Lady Gaga – Unicorn Tattoo
Superstar Lady Gaga is iconic. However, her unicorn tattoo is not. We love Gaga. We love unicorns. We do not love this unicorn tattoo. The tattoo features the head of a unicorn with a scroll wrapping around its horn. It reads, “Born this way.” That album was a banger. This tattoo? Not so much.
27. Kylie Jenner – Sanity Tattoo
In 2015, cosmetics mogul Kylie Jenner debuted some new ink. The tattoo shows the word “sanity” spelled phonetically on her hip. Perhaps she was hoping for some sanity on her right flank? About a year after, she amended the tattoo by adding the word, “before” in front of it so it now reads, “before sanity.” I don’t think we need to sound it out, though.
26. Sarah Hyland – Dinosaur Tattoo
Actor Sarah Hyland of Moder Family fame, got a matching dinosaur tattoo singer, Katie Welch in 2017. While the little, cartoon t-rex might be fun right now, we don’t see this tattoo’s novelty lasting forever.
25. Jennifer Lawrence – Hydration Tattoo
In an interview with HitFix, actor Jennifer Lawrence explained the story behind her tattoo. She told the outlet, it was her “watered down rebellion” explaining that the tattoo is the chemical symbol for water, “H20.” According to her story, Jennifer was with Liam Hemsworth and everyone was getting tattoos, so she decided to do the same. Why? She knew that she was “always going to need to be hydrated.”
24. Nicole Richie – Virgin Tattoo
Fashion icon and very funny lady Nicole Richie has the word “virgin” tattooed on the inside of her right wrist. She got the tattoo in when she was 16-years-old and years later told E! News, “Now, I am a Virgo so when I was 16 I thought, ‘Ooh I’m going to be different and I’m going to put virgin, because the Virgin is the sign for Virgo.'” She thinks the tattoo is, “embarrassing and desperate.” At least it’s not tattooed on her forehead (or anywhere else).
23. T-Pain – Facebook Tattoo
In 2011, rapper T-Pain shared an image of his new tattoo. The tattoo is weird phrasing around Facebook’s old “like” button. It says, “YOU DONT HAVE TO ‘Like’ ME.” Ironically, he tweeted the photo of the horrible tattoo along with the message, “I think this ones [sic] pretty sweet, unless facebook shuts down soon 0_o.” We don’t ‘like’ this.
22. Jenni JWOWW Farley – Disney Death Tattoo
Reality TV star Jenni JWOWW Farley has a whole Disney sleeve on her left arm. From afar it looks pretty innocent, if not tacky, but if you take a closer look you’ll notice something darker is going on. Sleeping Beauty is dead from an overdose, Prince Eric is ignoring Ariel, and Prince Charming is beating Cinderella. JWOWW told Cosmopolitan, “To me, that is the reality of relationships, they are crazy and take hard work — not that happily ever after bullsh*t.” Happily never after?
21. Jackson Rathbone – Ketchup Bottle Tattoo
Actor and condiment enthusiast Jackson Rathbone has a giant tattoo on his leg of a Heinz Ketchup bottle. Jackson told TV host Wendy Williams all about the tattoo. Apparently, his family has been making fun of his ketchup obsession for years and so he decided to get it tattooed on his skin for life.
20. Nick Cassavetes – Ex Tattoo
Director of The Notebook Nick Cassavetes has the name, “Queenie” tattooed across his neck. This tattoo isn’t so bad until you learn that it’s his ex-wife’s name. You live and you learn!
19. Ed Sheeran – Lion Tattoo
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran debuted a massive chest tattoo of a lion in 2015. The tattoo, which most people felt to be very garish and ugly, actually went viral after Sheeran posted a photo on his Instagram. For a minute, people were convinced the tattoo was actually fake, because who in their right mind would get something like that permanently inked on their body? But it was later confirmed that the infamous lion tat is, in fact, real. A choice!
18. Johnny Depp – Scum Tattoo
Actor and dirtbag Johnny Depp recently updated his knuckle tattoo from “S-L-I-M” to “S-C-U-M” to “S-C-A-M.” “Slim” was a reference to his ex-wife Amber Heard. After the divorce, he changed the tattoo to “Scum.” Recently, Johnny replaced the “U” with an anarchy symbol so the tattoo now kind of reads “Scam.” This is not the first time he’s changed a tattoo after a breakup. He used to have “Winona Forever” tattooed on himself for Winona Ryder. After they split, he changed that tattoo to “Wino Forever.” What a class act.
17. Chanel Iman – Clothes Hanger Tattoo
In what was either a stroke of marketing genius or just plain stupid, model Chanel Iman got a tattoo of a clothes hanger with her name written under it. We didn’t think much about this tattoo until we read her explanation for getting it. “You put clothes on a hanger, and you put clothes on a model,” Iman said. “It represents being a model.” She really dug deep for that.
16. Lena Dunham – Restaurant Tattoo
Millenial multi-hyphenate Lena Dunham got a tattoo on her backside in 2016. From a distance, it looks like a giant cheese puff but upon closer inspection, you’ll see it’s a word. Not just any word! Lena got “The Odeon” tattooed on her. It’s the name of a restaurant in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. The restaurant has a storied past, but perhaps there is a better way to tell people about it?
15. Mena Suvari – Word Tattoo
American Beauty actor Mena Suvari has a big tattoo between her shoulder blades that says, “Word, Sound, Power.” The tattoo doesn’t make much sense. Is it a spell? Is it a way to teach young people how to read? We really don’t get this tattoo.
14. Harry Styles – Bad Lyrics Tattoo
Pop singer, Harry Styles decided he needed a lyrical tattoo and went for a line from The Temper Trap’s song, “Sweet Disposition.” The actual lyrics from the song are, “won’t stop to surrender,” but Harry inked “won’t stop ’till we surrender” by mistake. Both Taylor Swift and the band, Temper Trap have told Harry that he got the lyrics wrong.
13. Farrah Abraham – Mom Tattoo
Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham tweeted a photo of her new tattoo way back in 2013. The tweet included a blurry photo of a heart-shaped tattoo with the word, “Mom” inside. We’re big fans of moms. But tattooing mom on yourself for “Being the amazing mom I am” might not be the wisest or most modest decision. 2013 was a simpler time.
12. Cara Delevingne – Bacon Tattoo
Model, actor, and cool girl Cara Delevingne showed off her pork inspired tattoo back in 2014. In an Instagram post, the model shared a photo of the bottom of her foot with the word “BACON” tattooed into it. She captioned the photo, “Bacon on my sole! My soul wrapped in bacon…” It’s not necessarily just the content of the tattoo, it’s the lettering that helps make this tattoo so unsettling.
11. Kelly Osbourne – Pt.1 Stories Tattoo
Singer and TV personality Kelly Osbourne has the word “stories” tattooed on the side of her head. We assume she means that she’s got some stories or that stories are contained inside. There are stories in there!
10. Kelly Osbourne – Pt.2 Daddy Tattoo
We hate to pick on Kelly, but she’s got a few funky tattoos that must be discussed. She’s got a lock and key tattoo on her forearm with the word, “Daddy” above it. Ozzy Osbourne has a special place in all of our hearts but does he get the key to it? This one gives off creepy vibes.
9. Karrueche Tran – Zipper Tattoo
Facts are facts. Actor Karrueche Tran is gorgeous and exceptionally talented. That’s a fact! The two-foot-long zipper she has tattooed down the back of her leg is not cute. That’s also a fact.
8. Gucci Mane – Ice Cream Tattoo
We’ve got another food-themed tattoo for you in the form of a soft frozen food. Rapper Gucci Mane has an ice cream cone tattoo on his right cheek. With three scoops of ice cream and a banner across it that says “brr,” this tattoo reads lukewarm instead of cool.
7. Kendall Jenner – Meow Tattoo
Model and reality TV royalty Kendall Jenner got the word “meow” tattooed on the inside of her bottom lip. In addition to being uninspired and boring, this tattoo looks like it would really hurt.
6. Shia LaBeouf – All of His Tattoos
Actor and director Shia LaBeouf recently got the word “CREEPER” tattoed across his stomach. As if that weren’t bad enough, he’s also got a couple of odd Missy Elliot tattoos (only love for Missy!). While filming American Honey, Shia got some tattoos inspired by the shoot. He got “071 CREW” tattooed on his hand for the fictional mag crew handle in the film. Also, “Bakersfield, California” is tattooed on his middle finger. Shia’s finger tattoos are a weird mix of cultural appropriation and self-aggrandizement that just doesn’t sit right.
5. Post Malone – Face Tattoos
Musician Post Malone has a bunch of ink on his face and we’re not really happy about most of it. “Stay Away” is tattooed on his forehead along with some barbed wire and playing cards. Beneath his eyes, he’s got “Always Tired” tattooed for good measure. While we appreciate the straightforwardness of these tattoos, we’re not sure they’ve got staying power. At least not on the face, that’s valuable real estate.
4. Louis Tomlinson – It is Tattoo
One Direction alum, Louis Tomlinson has a large scripted sentiment across his chest. The singer’s chest piece says, “It is what it is.” Don’t you feel more enlightened after reading that? In addition to being pointless, this tattoo’s design is just horrible. Apparently, it’s the name of the band the musician was in before One Direction. We’re not even going to touch that.
3. Katie Price – Garter Tattoo
English TV personality Katie Price has a couple of questionable tattoos. She has a tattoo of a crown with her ex’s name scratched out on her wrist. Which, in the scheme of things, is pretty typical. But, we needed to show you the really weird one, the garter she has tattooed on her right thigh.
2. Steveo – Self Portrait
Television personality (we think), Steveo started out doing dumb stuff on MTV. Nothing much has changed. He’s got a giant tattoo of himself on his back with the words, “Yeah dude, I rock” beneath it. And, for good measure, he got his signature tattooed at the bottom. There’s so much wrong with this it hurts to look at.
1. Angelina Jolie – Billy Bob Tattoo
Actor, ambassador, and philanthropist Angelina Jolie got the name of her husband at the time, Billy Bob Thornton, tattooed on her upper arm. Sure, there are more hideous tattoos than this one. But Angelina Jolie was 20 years younger than Thornton in 1999. It’s been twenty years and we’re still not over this ugly tattoo.
If you’re considering getting a tattoo, look to these stars as cautionary tales. Tattoos are a wonderful form of self-expression, but without the proper judgment, they can really be offputting. Let’s all use the faculties at our disposal and only make smart decisions about body decorations that will last a lifetime, okay?
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 30. Ariana Grande – BBQ Tattoo
- 2 29. Drake – Cologne Bottle Tattoo
- 3 28. Lady Gaga – Unicorn Tattoo
- 4 27. Kylie Jenner – Sanity Tattoo
- 5 26. Sarah Hyland – Dinosaur Tattoo
- 6 25. Jennifer Lawrence – Hydration Tattoo
- 7 24. Nicole Richie – Virgin Tattoo
- 8 23. T-Pain – Facebook Tattoo
- 9 22. Jenni JWOWW Farley – Disney Death Tattoo
- 10 21. Jackson Rathbone – Ketchup Bottle Tattoo
- 11 20. Nick Cassavetes – Ex Tattoo
- 12 19. Ed Sheeran – Lion Tattoo
- 13 18. Johnny Depp – Scum Tattoo
- 14 17. Chanel Iman – Clothes Hanger Tattoo
- 15 16. Lena Dunham – Restaurant Tattoo
- 16 15. Mena Suvari – Word Tattoo
- 17 14. Harry Styles – Bad Lyrics Tattoo
- 18 13. Farrah Abraham – Mom Tattoo
- 19 12. Cara Delevingne – Bacon Tattoo
- 20 11. Kelly Osbourne – Pt.1 Stories Tattoo
- 21 10. Kelly Osbourne – Pt.2 Daddy Tattoo
- 22 9. Karrueche Tran – Zipper Tattoo
- 23 8. Gucci Mane – Ice Cream Tattoo
- 24 7. Kendall Jenner – Meow Tattoo
- 25 6. Shia LaBeouf – All of His Tattoos
- 26 5. Post Malone – Face Tattoos
- 27 4. Louis Tomlinson – It is Tattoo
- 28 3. Katie Price – Garter Tattoo
- 29 2. Steveo – Self Portrait
- 30 1. Angelina Jolie – Billy Bob Tattoo
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