You may have cringed when Justin Bieber debuted his wrist tattoo featuring ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez with angel’s wings, or when Chris Brown revealed what looked like a tattoo of a beaten Rihanna on his neck, but we have proof that there are far worse celebrity tattoos out there if you just do a little digging. It’s a common practice in Hollywood and the music industry to celebrate success or coming-of-age with one or more tattoos, but as these awful celebrity tattoos show, it’s a good idea to think before you ink. Check ’em out!
10. Vanilla Ice’s “Wide Open” Tat on His Knuckles
In case any of you were wondering what two words Vanilla Ice would use to describe himself, wonder no more. The rapper-turned-home-improvement-specialist has the words “WIDE OPEN” inked in capital letters on his knuckles (much like Rihanna’s “Thug Life” tattoo), and while we’re hoping the tat is paying homage to the Tom Petty lyric, “The future is wide open,” w aren’t entirely sure about that.
9. Stephen Baldwin’s Hannah Montana Tribute Tattoo
There are plenty of people out there obsessed enough with Hannah Montana to get a tattoo dedicated to Miley Cyrus’ former alter ego, but would you have guessed one of those people would be Stephen Baldwin?? Apparently, the less famous brother to Alec is a pretty serious Hannah Montana fan, enough so that he got an “HM” tat inked on his shoulder in honor of the Disney character. That’s all we have to say about this one.
8. Ke$ha’s “SUCK IT!” Tattoo Inside Her Lip
We should have known that when singer/rapper Kesha stylized her stage name with a dollar sign (Ke$ha) that she meant business. And if she didn’t then, she certainly meant business when she debuted a weird tattoo on the inside of her lower lip that reads “SUCK IT” with an exclamation point for emphasis. What is this supposed to be Ke$ha…an insult? A command? We’re not really that surprised that Ke$ha got such an aggressive tattoo inside her lip, we’re just wondering why she didn’t use a dollar sign in place of the letter S?
7. Lady Gaga’s Cherub Angel Head Tattoo
Lady Gaga was only thinking of the passing of her good friend’s mother when she got the cherub angel inked on the back of her shaved head in 2012, but the move had us questioning her sanity. Lady Gaga apparently wanted to dedicate a tattoo to photographer Terry Richardson’s late mother, so the pop star decided to go under the needle live in front of thousands of people during the launch of her FAME fragrance. The result was a pretty terrible looking angle with wings coming out of its head, wearing what looks like the Statue of Liberty’s crown. Thank goodness it will be covered up by her hair!
6. Nicole Ritchie’s “Virgin” Tattoo on Her Wrist
Rihanna has a discreet behind-the-ear tattoo of her Pisces Zodiac sign, and Nicole Ritchie was apparently going for a similar look when she opted for an astrological tattoo on her wrist. Unfortunately, she missed the mark on that one. Nicole was 16 when she decided to get the sign for Virgo – a virgin – inked on her wrist, thinking it would be “so deep and cool.” But now she just has the word “virgin” inked on her wrist. Awkward…
5. Harry Styles’ Butterfly Tat on His Chest
We were thrilled when One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ditched the chicken scratch tats and opted for something more detailed and in your face…but a butterfly tattoo? It was earlier this year that Harry added the huge insect to his extension collection of tats, and while tattoo artist Lyam Sparkes did a nice job with the butterfly image, we are still confused about its meaning. Are you hoping for a new beginning, Harry? Were you inspired by Rihanna and Chris Brown’s gigantic chest tattoos and opted for the first thing you saw in the tattoo artist’s book? Or do you just like bugs?
4. Chris Brown’s Neck Tat of a Woman’s Face
You all knew Chris Brown would make this list, after the singer showed off a tattoo on the side of his neck that looked a little too much like the post-assault pics of Rihanna that were leaked to the press after the infamous incident in 2009. Since debuting the awful neck tattoo of a woman’s face, Breezy has claimed that it has nothing to do with Rihanna, that it was modeled after a sugar skull-type mask featured in an advertisement for MAC cosmetics. But then he went and said that all his tattoos “are a big f**k you,” so now we’re not so sure about that.
3. Scarlett Johanssen’s “Lucky You” Horseshoe Tat
What on EARTH was Scarlett Johanssen thinking when she got a horseshoe tattoo reading “LUCKY YOU” inked on her ribcage?? The side tattoo, which looks like it was done by a three-year-old, was inked while Scarlett was in Paris, and features the traditional symbol of luck surrounded by stars. Apparently, the actress is a fan of French tattooist and graffiti artist Fuzi Uvtpk, and commissioned him to add the cheesy horseshoe ink to her tattoo collection in 2012. Lets just say this guy should put down the tattoo needle and stick to graffiti.
2. Kelly Osbourne’s French “I Love My Mommy” Back Tattoo
Showing some love for a family member is all well and good, but Kelly Osbourne’s back tattoo is a little overboard if you ask us. The actress, who has quite a few other tattoos inked across her body as well, has the French phrase “Je vouz aime la maman” (I love my mommy) inked in pink and black in between her shoulder blades. On either side of the phrase is a large angel’s wing inked in light pink, which makes it barely stand out against Kelly’s pale skin. “I love my mom” would have been okay, but the “mommy” part throws us off a little bit. She’s a grown woman!
Vietnamese model and former girlfriend to Chris Brown, Karrueche Tran, debuted in 2011 what has to be one of the worst celebrity tattoos ever – a gigantic zipper inked up the back of her leg, from ankle to upper thigh. We can’t even begin to guess the meaning behind Karrueche’s leg tattoo, but not even the deepest interpretation could make this tat okay in our book. Unfortunately for us, the media finally found out about the horrendous zipper tattoo this past August and dredged up pictures of the ink for us all to see…again. All we have to say is, someone zip that girl up for good!