The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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First, let me get this out of the way right now: I love tattoos. I love body modification in general; if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have 10 tattoos, a scarification piece, and ears that are (sadly) shrunken but used to be stretched. Body modification is wonderful! That said, it is still a choice, and just as with all choices, it is open to discussion–especially when it comes to celebrities.

Just as with fashion, makeup and other aesthetic choices, getting a subjectively terrible tattoo doesn’t make you an awful person (unless you have a bunch of pro-Hitler tattoos, in which case you’re on your own in the fight to prove you don’t totally suck as a human being). But just as with those aforementioned choices, tattoos are up for interpretation, so in honor of TLC’s show America’s Worst Tattoos premiering, let’s interpret these tattoos on the likes of Justin BieberHayden Panettiere, and more celebs.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

1. Hayden Panettiere

Let’s start light. Her tattoo isn’t actually terrible so much as it’s misspelt. It’s supposed to say “Vivere senza rimpianti,” Italian for “Live without regrets,” but it was written, “Vivere senza asrimipianti.” If you’re going to get a tattoo in a language you don’t speak, perhaps check with a native speaker beforehand.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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2. Dean McDermott

He literally has Tori Spelling‘s face tattooed on the back of his arm. The resemblance is not uncanny.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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3. Khloe Kardashian

I will always think couple tattoos are stupid, especially when you’re a Kardashian. And initial tattoos are usually just so, so uncreative.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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4. Kate Gosselin

I love (LOVE) Winnie The Pooh, but an adorable animated character does not a good tattoo make.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

5. Steve-O

Well, at least he’s pro-animal rights, right?

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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6. Audrina Patridge

Forgive me, I’m bad at interpreting art, but what fresh hell is this?

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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7. Dennis Rodman

Dude’s sort of a professional weirdo, but his tattoo’s subject has a penis that is the length of her entire torso.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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8. Ryan Cabrera

Cabrera, also known as That Guy Who Had That One Song In My AIM Profile, made news for the first time in a decade when he inked Ryan Gosling‘s face on his leg. He doesn’t even look ashamed, but to be fair, he also thinks his hair looks good.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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9. Jamie Foxx

A head tattoo that wraps all the way around in an indistinguishable pattern. Edgy!

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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10. Pam Anderson

Has any human being on the planet had a good reason to get a barbed wire armband?

Now, for the Biebs, a Miley Cyrus tattoo, ScarJo, and more…

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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11. Mena Suvari

To be fair, 14-year-old me definitely scribbled something like this (font included) in my ninth grade notebooks.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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12. Miley Cyrus

Oof, we cringed a few weeks ago and we’re still cringing now.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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13. Stephen Baldwin

Speaking of Miley, yeah so, Stephen Baldwin has a Hannah Montana tattoo.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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14. Melanie Griffith

This is basically a stock photo tattoo concept.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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15. Angelina Jolie

Okay, she totally got this covered up and good for her! Billy Bob Thornton, while peculiarly appealing, should not be all up on her arm with that Mortal Combat dragon thing.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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16. Mike Tyson

Yeah yeah, all that can be said about this tattoo has been said before. But I hate Mike Tyson, so on this list he goes!

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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17. Scarlett Johansson

Finger painting!

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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18. Gucci Mane

This photo’s a little blurry, but dude’s got an ice cream cone tattooed on his face. To be fair, I would probably get an ice cream cone tattoo if I were to get any food on my body forever.

The 20 Worst Celebrity Tattoos That Were Somehow Approved For Permanent Inking

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19. Nick Carter

Just…all of them.

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Wouldn't be the Biebs without a bunch of gold chains.

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20. Justin Bieber

I don’t think any list like this made after 2012 could be complete without the Biebs and his absurdly bad tattoos.