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Artist Spotlight – Leo Valverde

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Leo Valverde is a beautifully talented new school tattoo artist who specializes in illustrative cartoon-y tattoos often featuring pop culture characters from film franchises and various other outlets. He travels a great deal and can be met at tattoo conventions all over the world, as well as a guest artist at a variety of tattoo studios too. If you’re looking to get a tattoo by this master artist then your best bet is to either email him directly or follow him on social media and wait for him to be near your area. You may have to wait a bit, but that wait will certainly be worth it. Needle Art Tattoo Barcelona, Spain IG – FB – Read More »

This is Why You Should NOT Trust Scratchers!


Scratchers, in tattooing terms, is an untrained tattoo artist who tattoos outside of a studio utilizing any equipment he/she can get their hands on. Generally speaking, nowadays scratchers are people who think tattooing is simply taking a tattoo gun and sketching – or “scratching” – a design onto someone’s skin. They get people by having their friends and family talk them up to others and by offering tattoos for a fraction of a professional’s price. While a lot of historically well-known tattoo artists back-in-the-day got their starts as scratchers, it’s not a common way into the industry today. Most budding tattoo artists start as studio apprentices and learn their craft from other professionals. Take this tattoo gallery as a warning sign and avoid scratchers at all costs. You don’t want to end up with a shitty tattoo like one of these on your body, messing up your skin for a quick buck. Read More »

Done by a Nonprofessional


We’re not saying all of these tattoos are atrocious. In fact, some of the nonprofessional tattoos depicted in the gallery below look like they were done by people that might have real talent if they keep practicing. That being said, none of these tattoos are well done according to today’s standards. Maybe decades ago they would’ve been considered passable, but tattoo quality standards have evolved rapidly over the last few decades. As we show with our Artist Spotlight galleries, there are plenty of insanely talented artists around the world – many of which are readily accessible and easy to book. Don’t settle for second rate. Do your research and get a really good tattoo you can display proudly even to tattoo enthusiasts. Read More »



We’re not really sure what to say. These pictures are pretty self-explanatory. If you’re still dumb enough to get a sketchy piercing from an unlicensed amateur in their home after seeing this gallery, then we simply can help you. As the saying goes, you can’t fix stupid. An infection, for those of you who don’t know, is an invasion of body tissue by disease-causing agents that fester and produce toxins in the tissue that hosts them. Infections can be caused numerous ways, not just by bacteria, and if left unchecked they can have lasting negative – even potentially fatal – consequences on your health. Read More »



Take to Twitter and get #thinkbeforeyouink trending as soon as possible! These bad tattoos have to stop. There’s no reason for them to continue being applied. Artists should take more pride in their work and people should take more pride in their bodies. The tattoos below are examples of what we’re trying to help people avoid, and you can get involved by warning your friends and family members on Facebook and Twitter with #thinkbeforeyouink. We’ve seen a lot of terrible tattoos recently and believe this issue warrants attention by everyone. None of us like to see bad tattoos, so please, we’re begging you to #thinkbeforeyouink. Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Maggie Cho Brophy

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Maggie Cho Brophy is one of those artists who prefers to focus more on her art than herself. You won’t find a biography or about page on her website, but you will find plenty of her pieces that show off her unique art style. As you will see in the gallery below, Maggie’s black-and-grey tattoo style is very unique in its hand-drawn look and style. Most of them look like they’ve been done with a pencil, which makes a lot of sense when you check out her portfolio site and see the paper and canvas work she does too. If you like Maggie’s style and want one of her unique tattoos too, your best bet is to email her directly. IG – Read More »

Don’t Look… These Tattoos are BAD!


Are you sure you want to look? We said not to and we meant it. We weren’t trying to use any sort of reverse psychology, we really wish you would go look at good tattoos so that we’d have more of a reason to show them off. But as it stands, you guys flock in droves to see terrible looking tattoos, and we’re here to give the people what they want. These tattoos are really bad and are an example of what NOT to get. If you’re looking to get a tattoo, make sure it’s by someone with some actual talent. Read More »

Badass Monopoly Tattoos

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While the origins of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903, the game we know it as today wasn’t created until 1933. Parker Brothers started selling it on February 6th, 1935 and was licensing the game for sale outside of the United States by 1936. Fun Fact: In 1941, the British Secret Intelligence Service had the UK’s licensed manufacturer of the game – Josh Waddington Ltd. – create a special World War II edition of the game for prisoners of war who were being held by the Nazis. Hidden inside these special editions were useful objects that prisons could use to escape. They were handed out to prisoners by fake charity groups that were created by the British secret service. Today Monopoly is one of the most popular board games in the world that many people can remember playing as children with parents and friends. Those fond, or perhaps not-so-fond, memories are likely where a lot of the tattoos featured below originate from.     Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Mike Woods

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Mike Woods is an extremely talented tattoo artist who owns Advent Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery in Houston, Texas. He specializes in colorful illustrative realism tattoos that tend to involve some form of pop culture, but he’s definitely not a stranger to unique thematic designs outside of the pop culture realm either. To put it plainly, Mike Woods puts all of his artistic talents into making sure each and every client he tattoos for walks away happy with the design they want – whether the subject matter involves Star Wars or an old Japanese art style. If you find yourself in or near Houston, TX looking for a tattoo, we highly recommend seeking out Mike Woods. Advent Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery Houston, TX IG – FB – Read More »

Tattooed and in Uniform – #Policelivesmatter


Right now many people in the United States have a tumultuous relationship with the police. This came to a head on July 17th, 2016 when three police offers were fatally shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Our sympathies go out to the families devastated by this reprehensible tragedy. In the midst of police brutality reports and heated misconduct trials, it’s easy to look at and think of police as a singular unit. But we have to remember that police are people too. They’re men and women with families and friends just like the rest of us, who are simply trying to live their day-to-day lives the best they can. In an effort to show the more personal side of the law, we’re delighted to show off this tattoo gallery full of tattooed police officers. Men and women of the law in the United States who enjoy tattoos just as much as us.   Read More »

What NOT To Do


To do, or not to do – that is the question! In these people’s cases, not to do would have been preferable. Seriously, these tattoos are terrible! (And we’ve seen some pretty bad tattoos.) Frankly, we’re surprised these people someone didn’t wind up letting their tattoos get infected and ruined. It probably would’ve improved the design. We regularly feature tattoo artists in our Artist Spotlight posts so that you have plenty of badass tattoo artist options all over the world and can avoid getting crap like the tattoos featured here.   Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Elliott Wells

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Elliott Wells grew up around a myriad of tattoo enthusiasts and fell in love with all things tattoo-oriented over the years before becoming an apprentice. He worked his ass off for years, doing everything from toilet cleaning to lunch runs as he learned his craft before becoming the full-fledged artist he is today. Wells’ unique art style was cultivated from years of him trying to draw images he found difficult to create. Eventually he worked out the kinks and became the master tattoo artist who can create the beautiful works of art you now see in the gallery below. If you’re interested in getting a tattoo by Elliott Wells, you can find him at Triplesix Studios in Sunderland, UK. Sunderland. UK Triplesix studios IG – FB – Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Roman Melnikov

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Roman Melnikov is a Russian tattoo artist based in Moscow who’s most well-known for his unique, smoky blackwork tattoos. Take a lot at the gallery below and you’ll see prime examples of what we mean. That being said, he’s no stranger to more traditional tattoo designs and styles either, but not a lot of people look up artists with unique visions and ask them to tone their talents down. Melnikov is one of those tattoo artists we highly recommend you let surprise you and design whatever he wants, because it’s sure to be one-of-a-kind and something very few people have ever seen before. No Vvave Tattoo Moscow, Russia FB – IG –   Read More »

Fantastical Alice in Wonderland Tattoos

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“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (which has been commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) was a novel written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll back in 1865. It’s about a girl named Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world full of all sorts of odd and strange anthropomorphic creatures. The main point of the book is to toy with logic and real world reason, and even 150 years later it stands as one of the most popular examples of the literary nonsense genre. But that’s not what you probably know Alice in Wonderland from. The story was more popularly translated as an animated film for children by Disney in 1951, which plays host to a lot of the iconic imagery most people think of when someone brings up the story. A lot of the tattoos depicted below draw inspiration from the 50s film that many people grew up watching as children. That being said, there have been many adaptations and renditions of Alice in Wonderland. The most commonly referenced in recent memory, which should also be accredited for some of the tattoos featured in this gallery, is the live action film version of Alice in Wonderland that was directed by Tim Burton and starred Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter. In fact, earlier this year in 2016, the film’s sequel entitled Alice Through the ... Read More »

Infected Tattoos Warning

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While we understand that every now and then a tattoo will get infected even with the proper care and attention, generally, whether or not a tattoo gets infected comes down to how well it was cared for. We’ve posted before about infected tattoos and attempted to give you all the tools you need to avoid any sort of mishaps. However, despite our efforts, infected tattoo pictures and concerns continue to be a daily occurrence. Let this gallery be a warning to you all. Tattooing breaks the skin and leaves it open and vulnerable for a few days while it heals. If you don’t protect the affected area during this tattoo, you will wind up ruining your tattoo and possibly end up significantly impacting your health in a negative way. Don’t be like the people featured in the gallery below and take care of your tattoos properly.   Read More »