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.

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.


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


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

Artist Spotlight – Maggie Cho Brophy

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

Totally Gross Piercings!

If you’ve read the title of this gallery then you’ve been warned. Look at this gallery before or during a meal at your own risk. These piercings are so gross even the most desensitized people with iron clad stomachs will cringe a bit as they go from picture to picture. Don’t

Badass Monopoly Tattoos

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

Artist Spotlight – Mike Woods

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

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

Artist Spotlight – Elliott Wells

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

Artist Spotlight – Roman Melnikov

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

Fantastical Alice in Wonderland Tattoos

“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

Infected Tattoos Warning

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

These Bad Tattoos Make Us LOL

We see a lot of tattoos on a daily basis. Many of the tattoos we see are professionally created and impressive on some level, even if they’re not deemed gallery-worthy at the moment they’re seen. But we also come across plenty of terrible tattoos too – as you’ve probably seen