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15 Tackiest Tattoos in Hollywood

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner

Yes, Kendall Jenner really has the word “meow” tattooed on the inside of her bottom lip. There's a lot to unpack here. Well, maybe not a lot to unpack in meaning because it's literally just "meow" permanently inside her mouth. But there's plenty of psychological stuff to speculate on given her reasoning for getting the impuslive piece of permanent art. Take a peek at her thoughts on the tattoo that she wrote on her app:

“There’s no real meaning behind it, I just wanted to be able to say that I have a tattoo on my face!” HAHA, so funny! Something that tattoo artists and collectors take real pride in, having art on their face after years of getting painful sleeves and rib tattoos, Jenner clowns on with a lip tattoo that's not really even on her face, it's in it. Doesn't that defeat the point?

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Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck’s giant back tattoo has gotten a lot of attention from the media over the last few years. While any publicity is considered "good" publicity, we doubt that anyone wants this kind of attention... Affleck originally claimed the tattoo was only temporary for a movie he was starring in. But the tat never appeared in the film and has been spotted on Affleck since. 

So, we come to the conclusion that it is in fact, real. Affleck told several sources including Ellen DeGeneres that he loves his Giant Phoenix back tattoo. We can't knock someone for liking what they like, but if we're being objective here, the design placement is super awkward. The linework isn't overly terrible, and the colors have potential to save the design, but why did it have to be so big?!

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Halsey

Halsey

Halsey got a new tat on her kneecap (ouch!) last summer, and it’s an interesting one to say the least. The tattoo is two overlapping bandaids with the words “poor thing” written in the middle of one. Halsey’s fans find it humorous and oddly relatable though. We're not sure what's so "relatable" about it at first glance besides digging up childhood memories of scraping our knees on the playground. Here's what she has to say about the design: 

"Got my entire kneecap tattooed so now I’m officially not afraid of anything,” Halsey said on Twitter when she released photos of the new ink. Yeah, that's it. The design might not be anything extrodinary (what's wrong with a little shading?), it has a nice message behind it to always get back up when you're knocked down... or something like that.

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Steve-O

Steve-O

Steve-O has quite the tattoo collection, but his most famous piece of ink is the massive self-portrait tattooed on his back with the words “Yeah dude, I rock”. Believe it or not, this design isn't the tattoo he regrets the most. If you're so confident to get a permanent portrait of yourself plastered across one of the most painful areas to get tattooed, you better not regret it!

There's no doubt this piece is one of the tackiest on this list. Selfies are criticised all the time for being self-indulgent, but Steve-O really epitomized that idea. While this tattoo is certainly strange, kind of tacky, and a bit extreme, it’s equally hilarious. Well done, Steve-O.

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has more tattoos than we can count, but the strangest one has to be the sad cat inked on the inside her bottom lip. It's obviously based off of the crying cat emoji, but that doesn't help the tackiness of the situation. Emojis are kind of cringey in themselves, so getting a very shaky rendition of it inside your lip isn't a great way to boost your or the emoji's reputation.

Perhaps you have a few other tattoos in mind that qualify for the top spot. Is it the vegemite jar tattooed on the back of her arm? Or the culturally controversial dream catcher design on her ribcage? Or one of the many faded and splotchy finger tattoos? We will let you decide. 

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Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Adam Levine has a tattoo obsession and has always had a body full of tats, but before becoming a dad, he added mermaid-angel holding onto a skull to his back-tat collection. It’s pretty creepy if we’re being honest. When the singer revealed the back piece, the internet was floored and desperate for answers. Why did he cover up his "Frankie Girl" tattoo honoring his late dog or the paw print tattoo on his right shoulder blade?

It's been years since the debut of the mermaid tattoo in 2016, and Levine has yet to dish out the inspiration for getting a mythical sea creature memorialized on his skin over that of his old dog... We're sure there's a good reason, but we can only sit and speculate until he fesses up!

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Pink

Pink

Pink’s barcode tattoo on the back of her neck is strange, but at least it has some meaning to it. The numbers to the barcode are a combination of her birthday, the release date of her Missundaztood album, and her lucky number, 13.  How or why she thought of depicting those dates in the form of a barcode, we can't tell you. There's still somethind unsettling about the design, however. 

Does it not make her feel like a piece of merchandise to be bought and sold? Can you blame us for laughing at the thought of someone ringing her up at a checkout counter? It's terrible, and she shouldn't be looked at as an object, but a barcode really isn't preventing that image. 

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Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter

In 2019, Aaron Carter made headlines with his giant Medusa-themed face tattoo. It's one thing to get a face tattoo, and it's another to get a really ugly face tattoo. If his goal is to scare people off, then that Medusa face will definitely do that for him. It's so sad to think about how good the tatttoo could have been with just a little more space for the artist to work with. 

“Medusa is my protector. If you want to come at me with some negativity, my Medusa will stare you in the eye and turn you to stone,” Carter told Entertainment Tonight. Rumor has it that Carter recently made a few updates to his Medusa tat. Whoopie. We're a little scared to look...

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Jackson Rathbone

Jackson Rathbone

Remember the guy who played Jasper in Twilight? Yeah, us too! Jackson Rathbone has a tattoo of a giant Heinz Ketchup bottle on his calf. Apparently, Rathbone has a strange obsession with the condiment.  We can't really blame him; ketchup rules. But liking it so much that it's on your body for all to see? That takes a rock solid self-esteem. 

Here's what the actor had to say about the design to Wendy Williams: "I hate ketchup," he joked. "No, no, I love ketchup. I got a lot of flack for it growing up from my family. My dad would always say 'Do you want a little hamburger with that ketchup?' I was like 'Dad I hate that joke.'" 

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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

In 2015, Ed Sheeran debuted a massive chest tattoo of a lion. Many fans were convinced the tattoo was actually fake because who would actually get that tattoo? Well, they were wrong. It’s been confirmed that the infamous lion tattoo is real. If he was going for an anatomically incorrect version of a lion head, he got it!

 

We can't help but cringe a little just looking at it. Who knows how much that cost and it would not be easy to cover up. Good thing the singer has a slew of other equally terrible tattoos to balance things out. At least he's consistent.

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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne

We all love bacon, right? Cara Delevingne pulled a Jackson Rathbone on us when she took her love for the food to the next level by getting the word “BACON” inked on the bottom of her foot. It may not have much meaning behind it, but we secretly love it.

Like Rathbone, the meaning behind the actresses bacon tattoo is quite simple. She told The Cut, "The tattoo was inspired by my love for bacon, obviously. I think of bacon every five seconds. It's the meatiness. I love the salt. Bacon is love to me. Bacon will always love me back. It's unconditional." True that, but we wonder what would happen if she ever went vegetarian... just a thought.

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Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling’s tattoo is a prime example of why you should leave the art of permanently altering your body to the professionals.The tattoo on his left arm is supposed to be a monster’s hand dropping a bloody heart, but it looks nothing like that. Gosling used a tattoo kit on himself and it obviously didn’t work out so well. 

Because this plant-like tatt was Gosling’s own creation, he had a good attitude about the whole situation. It's memorable to tattoo yourself for the first time no matter how wrong the design turns out. He doesn’t seem too upset about it, which proves that if you  get a tattoo, you should at least be able to laugh at it if you ever get tired of it.

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Moby

Moby

The 54-year-old musician has taken his vegan lifestyle to the next level with his giant “vegan for life” tat on his neck. Moby is clearly devoted to the meat free lifestyle and he wants the world to know it.  It's a big turn around from Cara Delevigne's homage to bacon, not only in sentiment, but in style as it's splayed across his neck in bold lettering rather than the easily concealable bottom of the foot. 

The award-winning musician and advocate has been vegan since 1987, so he's not shy about his dedication to the animal rights cause. The ink was done by tattoo artist Kat Von D, a fellow self-proclaimed vegan. "I've been a vegan for almost 32 years, so getting this tattoo seemed like a pretty safe bet.," Moby wrote on Instagram. "Also, working for animal rights and animal liberation is my life's work. And to state the obvious, it's a double entendre...thank you @thekatvond."

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Back in 2019, Ariana kicked off the year with a new hand tat that she thought said “7 Rings!” in Japanese. Turns out it actually said “shichirin”, which translates to barbecue grill. Yikes! The tattoo says different things depending on which way you read it, but “grill” shows up in more than one scenario.

A few months later, Grande got the tattoo fixed – that’s what she thought at least. Now it reads “Japanese BBQ finger” – Yikes again! If you didn't know, Google Translate isn’t the most reliable language tool. And if you're going to get something written on you in another language that you don't understand, ask someone. Get help. Because there's a 99% chance you'll get it wrong.

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Drake

Drake

Drake has a lot of tattoos – 25 of them to be exact. Some of them are good, some are bad, and some are just weird. The strangest one has the tattoo of Denzel Washington as a jazz player. Yes, you read that right. Drake has a tattoo of Denzel Washington. We are just as confused as you are.  But it looks amazing! So getrs points for going to a reputable artist for this look, no matter how random the tattoo.  

Washington isn't the first famous face that the rapper’s memorialized on his body forever. He also sports homages to Lil Wayne, Sade, and Aaliyah. You must have really made it in the industry if Drake pays maximum price to get your face plastered on his skin. 

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber gets a lot of flack for his slew of black and grey style tattoos, especially from tattoo artists, but not all of them deserve the hate. It's hard to distinguish what's happening on his body with the packed-in sleeves of art, but there's definitely some questionable pieces hidden in the fray.

One example is the controversial inking of an "Indian head" on his upper left shoulder. As one of the first tattoos to kickstart his ink obsession, we'd hope that someone would have guided him in a less offensive direction. “My grandfather always took me to the Stratford Culliton every Friday night," the singer wrote on Instagram. "This is for u Grampa … My man [Chente Rios] hooked it up.” A nice sentiment, but that doesn't make it right.

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Post Malone

Post Malone

We know Post Malone’s face tattoos are an easy target, but they're the pinnacle of tacky. Even though they're not exactly tasteful, they definitely make a statement. Mention Post's music to anyone and you’ll witness comment upon comment of “Why would he choose to ruin his face when his music's so good?” Hey, we get it, but Post Malone is simply buying into rap culture, where tattoos symbolize everything from strenght to status.

In fact, he admitted to GQ, "I feel like the face tattoos make me interesting to look at, so where I might lack in handsomeness, I make up for in intrigue at least.” He definitely achieved that. No one can ignore the barbed wire on his forehead, which unfortunately doesn’t distract much from the awkwardly slapped ball and chain on the side of his face. They can’t all be winners…

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Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly

Remember Steve-O? Musician Machine Gun Kelly’s tattoo might not be so on the nose with a self portrait, but both people got their likeness displayed across their backs in some form or another. Instead of his face, the rapper decided to get the initials of his stage name "MGK"stamped on his shoulder blades in big, blue letters.

Machine Gun Kelly AKA Colson Baker told Men's Health in August 2020 that he loves to work out his body consistently to keep up his stamina while performing and to highlight his tattoos.  But MGK loves how it focuses on his massive back tattoo, which the paparazzi routinely shoot. “The more I see pictures of my back, the more I want to add muscle to it,” Baker said, “to change the landscape of how it looks over time.”

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik

If you have any sliver of tattoo knowledge, you know that tattoo placement is incredibly important in ensuring a readable design as well as determining the tattoo's longevity. With that said, former One Direction member Zayn Malik has thrown longevity out the window with his glow-in-the-dark lightsaber tattoo slapped on the inside of one of his fingers. 

The nerdy Star Wars tribute isn't everyone's cup of tea, as most pop-culture throwback tatts can be, but the use of UV ink gives the design some edge that other tattoos simply don't have. The use of UV ink to permanently alter your body sounds a little sketchy at first, but it's actually not a new invention. The scary part is how fast it'll fade over the next couple of years...

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Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson

We all remember Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson and popstar Ariana Grande's whirlwind romance back in 2018, and their relationship didn't end merely with a broken heart or tossed engagement ring. Unfortunately for the celebs, they had to deal with a series of unfortunate inkings memorializing their love for each other... Yikes. 

Davidson's tattoo artist Jon Mesa of No Idol's Tattoo told Page Six, "“So I did a huge coverup [adding a forest of trees] … After we were done, I told Pete, ‘Hey, dude, let’s just stop with the girlfriend tats until after [Grande’s] your wife. Because relationships come and go, and Pete is a really young man. I think that went in one ear and out the other.”  

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Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian

Kylie Jenner is the sister best known for her collection of tiny tatts, but not many know that her older sister Khloe Kardashian got a tramp stamp that said "Daddy" with a cross in honor of her late father when she was 16. Back in September of 2015, Kardashian posted a short black-and-white Instagram video on her blog revealing both her possession of the tattoo and the painful removal process.  

Kardashian captioned the removal video, saying, "I had a fun morning. The end of an era.... Got this bad boy when I was 16.... Not so cute anymore. I should've listened to Kim when she told me "you don't put a bumper sticker on a Bentley." Bye-bye bumper sticker!!! Thank you Dr Ourian!!!! You are the best!"

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Rihanna

Rihanna

For many reasons, the musical legend that is Rihanna doesn't deserve to be on this list. From her ribcage tatt of the Egyptian goddess Isis to her iconic trailing stars on her neck, there isn't much to critique... until you read the French scriptwork on the side of her neck. What was supposed to say "rebellious flower" is actually gibberish because most French adjectives follow the noun instead of preceding it. 

Jezebel reports that the singer tried to clear the air, defending her choice of words with this rebuttal: "Rebelle fleur translates to rebel flower, NOT rebellious flower, its [sic] 2 nouns so in that case fleur does not HAVE to be first!" We guess that makes sense, but it sounds a little too convenient to be true, yeah?

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Zac Efron

Zac Efron

High School Musical and The Greatest Showman heartthrob Zac Efron made one of the cringiest tattoo decisions in history. Not only did he get the fleeting fad "YOLO" AKA "You Only Live Once" inked onto him, but he chose one of the most prominent features of his body for the ink to call home: his hand.

Even worse, the tattoo isn't even visible anymore, so either he came to his senses and got the infernal thing removed or it faded naturally from sun exposure. Perhaps it was the constant bullying from Internet critics that helped him reconsider the taste of his decision. Either way, we're okay with it. 

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Harry Styles

Harry Styles

Nobody can stop talking about Harry Styles nowadays, and for good reason. After the release of hits "Watermelon Sugar" and "Adore Me" on top of his iconic Vogue photoshoot, there's barely anyting to critique. That is until you remember his hilariously misquoted The Temper Trap-inspired scriptwork from their song "Sweet Disposition."

Styles' then-girlfriend Taylor Swift pointed out that the lyrics weren't "won't stop 'till we surrender," but actually "won't stop to surrender." Apparently, Styles didn't believe Swift, so she personally asked the Australian band to handwrite the real lyrics for her when she saw then at the Sydney-based AIRA Awards. 

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

The laid back Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence isn't easily embarrassed, evidenced by her stairs blunder at the 2013 Oscars after winning Best Actress and her nonchalant attitude toward her obviously tacky hand tattoo. Apparently, Lawrence felt a some FOMO when she was out with Liam Hemsworth's family, so she tried to get a simple "H20" tattoo. It's not the worst tatoo ever, but it's certainly not the best. 

J-Law told HitFix in 2015, "Everybody was getting tattoos," so she the chemical symbol for water H20 because she's "always going to need to be hydrated." Unfortunately, she didn't clarify that the "2" was subscript, so now she's left with gibberish superscript. "I should have Googled it before I got it tattooed on my body forever," she admitted.

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Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz is another actress caught in the tidal wave of misspelled and mistranslated foreign language tattoos. 

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