25 of the Worst Travel Tattoos Ever: Think Before You Ink!

The worst travel tattoo

– Compiled by Victoria Philpott

I agree with the sentiment above, but I have too many friends who regret their holiday tattoos and now have to permanently cover arms, backs and shoulders to hide their shame. I just wanted to show you some of the worst travel tattoos I could find to serve as an image of warning next time you and the girls/lads think it’s a great idea to ‘mark’ the occasion… 

Worst Travel tattoos

1. Yikes, is this on the unlucky person’s back? I’m not sure. I’m guessing this marks the time they went dolphin watching, or took their first drug.

Worst travel tattoos ever

2. Step right up Mr Adventure Man. Who needs photos when you can sketch your whole journey into your back. No tattooing talent required…

Worst travel tattoos ever

3. If you do feel the need to replicate the Buddhist gods down your flank, please ask someone over the age of 5 to do it…

worst travel tattoos ever

4. A clear case of ‘going too far’ in wanting to mark their lads holiday…

Worst tattoos in the world

5. News of the World reader: figures.

Worst tattoos in the world

6. Do you think this was to commemorate the crazy night he spent at sea, or a fairground?

Worst travel tattoos ever

7. “No mum, it’s an artist’s representation of the pain and destruction in other countries maaan.”

Worst tattoos around the world
8. I went to Amsterdam and all I got was this lousy tattoo.

Worst travel tattoos ever

9. Wow, on her shoulder too. Yikes. One month of joy, 60 years of cover up cardies.

 Awful tattoos

10. Why do the lines run on even though it’s meant to be blowing in the wind? What happened to the 50 stars for 50 states? And the 13 stripes for the British colonies? I hate it.

worst travel tattoo

11. Hmmm, the world looks kind of ok, but what happened to the smudge of a man? This travel tattoo is grim.

Horrendous travel tattoos

12. Looking at this photo makes me feel sick inside. Imagine going for a tattoo across your chest and they spell ‘wherever’ wrong. Easy on the es my friend. I couldn’t live like this.

Worst travel tattoos ever

13. Possibly the worst travel tattoo of them all…

worst travel tattoos

14. I don’t get it. Why is the tiger stepping into a muddy puddle while the spider looks on? I’m guessing she’s trying to replicate some made experience in India, or something…

Worst travel tattoos

14. Why can’t tattooists spell? Or at least double check each word in a dictionary? A tattoo is for life, not just for Christmas.

Worst travel tattoos

15. Here’s to hoping this person didn’t ask for “a cute koala please”. *Cheers*.

Worst travel tattoos

16. Oh god, really? I feel like the tattooist wrote ‘is mme’ and then when he realised he’d spelt it wrong just dotted the i. Focus!

worst travel tattoos

17. Wow, these guys sure like Seattle. Not sure I’d get my home city of ‘Derby’ tattooed like this, or even ‘London’ for that matter.

Worst travel tattoos

18. Obviously combining her two loves of make up and NYC. All looks a bit smudged to me – although I’m sure anyone can appreciate the mascara brushes pointing out of the Empire State Building.

Worst travel tattoos

19. Hmmm, can’t really work out where this one is on the body. Not that it matters – it’s one of the worst travel tattoos I’ve seen. Thanks.

Worst travel tattoos

20. Damn the 90s and the trend for Chinese symbols – who knows what yours might say?

worst travel tattoos

21. WTF? I have no words for this girl’s commemorative tattoo of America.

Worst travel tattoos

 22. They’re well done, I’ll give her that. But don’t you think they’re really fugly?

worst travel tattoos

23. It’s a little bit funny. But are tattoos meant to be funny? Even I could draw a better llama/goat than this.

Worst travel tattoos

24. Is this real? I guess at least it’s useful.

The worst travel tattoo

25. I don’t hate it, but did the tattooist lose concentration when he got to the ‘st’?

Thanks to everyone for the images. As these images are so widely used on the internet I found it difficult to credit them. If you feel I’ve used your image and would like to be credited please let me know…

Am I too harsh? Let me know what you think in the comments box below…

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23 Responses to “25 of the Worst Travel Tattoos Ever: Think Before You Ink!”

  1. I have seven very meaningful and well-planned tattoos, and I don’t normally go on about the likeliness of someone’s ink blurring over time. But that’s exactly what will happen with the subway line diagram. Maintaining a flat stomach over time is unlikely, and tiny lettering always blurs, and gravity will cause serious sagging! It can’t be helped. Her diagram was a really neat idea for a tattoo, but my three-inch cat tat on my belly was done by someone famous and has still blurred along the outline over time. People must consider gravity and muscle tone!

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