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Just because celebrities have access to the best tattoo artists in the world doesn't mean they aren't going to make lousy ink decisions. While they have teams of people to help them keep a positive appearance and reputation, sometimes they decide "my body, my choice." You know what? It makes total sense, but it might have made even more sense to have someone double-check just in case. From misspelled words to having other celebrities' faces tattooed, these are the cringiest celebrity tattoos that you didn't even know they had.
1. Rihanna's French Tattoo
Like Ariana Grande, Rihanna also had a foreign language tattoo mishap. When the singer debuted a neck tattoo saying "Rebelle Fleur," people started to question if she knew the grammar was incorrect. In English, the tattoo read "flower rebel" instead of "rebellious flower."
Despite the incorrect grammar, Rihanna has always stuck by the fact that it was intentional. It could be wrong, but it doesn't bother Rihanna because she doesn't care what anyone thinks about her. The business mogul and singer has too many other projects to worry about instead of a tattoo.
2. Ariana Grande's Kanji Japanese Tattoo
Last year the singer found herself in a bit of a misspelling drama: She first got what she thought was a Japanese translation of 7 Rings, her hit single, tattooed on her palm. Unfortunately, things got lost in translation and the tattoo actually said 'shichirin', which is a Japanese barbecue grill.
She then attempted to correct the mistake with another tattoo session, but another mistake led to her new tattoo saying 'Japanese BBQ finger' instead.
3. Zosia Mamet's Heart Tattoo
As a child, you might have drawn on the inside of your hands in school, which is what Zosia Mamet's tattoo looks like. The Girls star has a giant heart tattooed on her palm and many people thought it was fake when she initially debuted it.
While it may look like a children's drawing, the meaning is unique. Mamet said that she got the tattoo so that when she shakes people's hands, it is with her heart. She is spreading joy and happiness to everyone.
4. Cara Delevingne's Bacon Tattoo
Cara Delevigne has dozens of tattoos, and not all of them make sense, like the one she got on the bottom of her foot. She has the word "bacon" on the bottom of her foot, and when she posted the photo, Delevigne captioned it, "Bacon on my sole! My sole wrapped in bacon."
She must really love all things bacon to have this permanently on her body. When asked about it by Jimmy Kimmel, she said that anything with bacon is good. The tattoo is maroon because that was the closest color to the breakfast sidedish. The three dots after were added to keep the statement open-ended.
5. Nicole Richie's Virgin Tattoo
There is a good reason why most states require parental consent to get a tattoo before you turn 18. When Nicole Richie was just 16, she got the word "virgin" tattooed on her wrist because her star sign is a Virgo. Since then, this has been her biggest regret, and we don't blame her.
When she was young, Richie didn't think that it would be strange to have virgin tattooed on her body, but in her adult years, she realized how ridiculous it looks. After having two children, we know she is certainly not a virgin.
6. Steve-O's Tattoo of Himself
Steve-O is known for his crazy stunts and outlandish personality in the Jackass series and movies. He has never been one to do things in a regular way, and that would include his tattoos. On his back, he has a giant portrait of himself with his signature.
While this one is super cringy to look at, it is not even his most bizarre tattoo. He used to have a pedophile tattoo, which has since been covered up; however, it caused quite the stir on the internet. Steve-O plays by his own rules, and if he wants a tattoo of himself, he will not hold back.
7. Pink's Barcode Tattoo
Pink has many tattoos on various parts of her body, and she always puts thought into each piece of ink. Despite the emotional significance, it doesn't mean that people haven't questioned her taste. On the back of her neck, she has a barcode tattoo.
The barcode numbers signify her birthday, the release date of her first breakthrough album, and her lucky number 13. It would be interesting if you could scan the bar code and get a link to download her breakthrough album, Missundaztood. Pink probably doesn't want people that close to her neck, though.
8. Johnny Depp's Scum Tattoo
At first, Johnny Depp's knuckle tattoo was an endearing tribute to his former wife, Amber Heard. It originally spelled "slim," which was his nickname for her. After their rocky divorce, Depp changed the tattoo to say "scum," which is what he thinks of her now.
This is not the first time Depp changed a tattoo that was dedicated to a previous girlfriend. He used to have "Winona Forever," until he broke up with Winona Ryder, and changed it to "Wino Forever." Maybe he should stop getting tattoos for his partners.
9. Soulja Boy's Face Tattoos
Face tattoos are always an interesting choice for tattoo placement because you can only cover them with makeup. Soulja Boy has multiple face and neck tattoos that he has acquired over the years, including the Gucci symbol between his eyebrows.
He also sports two teardrops below his eye and the phrase "rich gang" on his cheek. He must have regretted his decision because, in July 2020, Soulja Boy posted a video where most of his face tattoos were removed. That's why you should think before you ink because the removal process is long and painful.
10. Shia LaBeouf's Chest Tattoo
While most actors will get fake tattoos applied for specific roles, Shia LeBeouf took things a little further because he is a method actor. He got a full chest of ink for his role in the thriller The Tax Collecter. He played a collector for a mob family, and he truly committed to the role.
The mural of tattoos includes Mickey Mouse gloves, a woman leaning against a clown, and the word "creeper." There are so many questionable things about this tattoo, and you have to wonder what was going through his mind when he decided to get this tattoo with permanent ink.
11. Rita Ora's Hand Tattoo
Everyone has regrets at some point in their lives, including singer Rita Ora. In 2014, Ora got a tattoo of a black feather but was unhappy with the design, so she covered it up with a black rose. Despite the big cover-up, Ora was still unhappy with the tattoo.
In 2016, she appeared with a scar where the tattoo was once inked. While she has over 30 tattoos on her body, she thinks of each of them as a scar to remember a memory. We guess you should just be sure of the design before you decide to go through with it.
12. David Beckham's Victoria Tattoo
David and Victoria Beckham have been married since 1999. After their first wedding anniversary, David got Victoria's name tattooed on his arm in sanskirt, but there was a spelling error. The word translated to "Vihctoria" instead of "Victoria."
Although it was a misspelling, most people don't notice the mistake. The rest of his body has tributes to his children and family members as well as biblical verses and religious symbols. He loves his body art, and it makes him that much more attractive.
13. Post Malone's 'Always Tired' Tattoo
We can relate to Post Malone's face tattoos and on so many levels. He got the words "Always Tired" under his eyes, and it was precisely what everyone is always thinking. His older face tat says "stay away," which is another phrase everyone can apply to their lives right now.
Post Malone got these tattoos specifically to piss off his mom, which is a bold move for anyone. He wanted to do two words with the same amount of letters, but he was too tired to realize that tired was shorter than always.
14. Drake's Drakkar Noir Tattoo
Drizzy seems to have a real connection to Drakkar Noir, a men’s fragrance by Guy Laroche. The rapper's aftershave-inspired tattoo, located on his left shoulder, is apparently a nod to his old tweeter handle @DrakkardNoir.
Overall, Drake has more than 30 tattoos, ranging from portraits of his beloved family members to symbols that carry special meaning to him.
15. T-Pain's Like Button Tattoo
T-Pain is best known for the song "Buy U A Drank" from 2009. The Tallahassee born rapper hasn't done much in recent years, but people are still talking about his truly bizarre tattoos. Specifically, people question the ink on his upper arm.
The tattoo reads "You dont have to like me" with a Facebook like button and a missing apostrophe in the word "don't." We aren't sure what insiprired him to get this tattoo, but he likes the message behind it. He also has a Jackie Chan meme tattoo on the back of his hand and the word "tattoo" on his neck.
16. Angelina Jolie's Billy Bob Tattoo
Before Angelina Jolie was part of Brangelina, she was married to Billy Bob Thorton. During their marriage, Jolie got a tattoo of his name by her shoulder, and like anyone who gets their partner's name tattooed, they broke up.
When the couple got divorced, Jolie began the process of removing her tattoo. She has since replaced the inking with a list of her children's birthplace coordinates.
17. Pamela Anderson's Barbed Wire Tattoo
After landing her first cinematic role in the movie Barb Wire, Pamela Anderson commemorated the milestone with a tattoo. She got barb wire around her arm, and it was a very literally tribute to the film. It looked good when she first got it, but over time the tattoo changed.
After a few years, the tattoo became blurry, and she began treatments to have it removed. It wasn't the first design people thought Anderson would go for, but she was proud of it at the time. When you get a tattoo, you have to consider how it will look as your body ages and skin changes.
18. Nick Carter's Kaos Tattoo
Former Backstreet Boy singer Nick Carter has many tattoos on his body, but there is one that puzzles everyone. He has a tattoo in the middle of his back that says "Kaos," which is his nickname apparently. His back also features musical notes.
Carter famously dated Paris Hilton, and to commemorate their relationship; he got her tattooed on his left wrist. However, after they broke up, the singer covered the tattoo with a skull and crossbones, and the phrase "Old habits die hard."
19. Melanie Griffith's Antonio's Tattoo
In case you forgot, Melanie Griffith was famously married to Antonio Banderas from 1996 to 2015. During their relationship, she got a massive tattoo on her arm of a heart with his name inside. After the couple announced their split, she started covering up the tattoo with concealer for events.
For a while, she continued to use makeup to hide the tattoo and eventually began laser treatments to remove the inking. It is never good luck to get someone's name tattooed on your body because people usually break up.
20. Mike Tyson's Face Tattoo
Many people recognize the boxing legend for his iconic face tattoo. Mike Tyson got the infamous tattoo in 2003 right before his fight against Clifford Etienne. It is now a part of his persona and what he is immediately recognized for.
After ten years of having the tattoo, Tyson tweeted that he was going to start the process of having it removed. This shocked fans because it was legendary. He later announced that it was only a joke to many fans relief.
21. Mena Suvari's Back Tattoo
Mena Suvari is an American actress and fashion designer who has a large back tattoo with the words "word," "sounds," and "power." above the words is a lion on the back of her neck. The tattoo is rather large but only visible when she wears open back clothing.
Suvari has never publicly explained why she got this tattoo or if there is a meaningful explanation behind the tattoo. It seems like there was a reason she chose these specific words with a lion, but that is left to speculation.
22. Miley Cyrus' Dog Tattoo
Miley Cyrus is a huge lover of tattoos and animals. She has many different types of inkings ranging from religious symbols to important quotes. Cyrus also has tattoos dedicated to her furry friends. On her rib cage, she got a tat of her dog Floyd.
The dog is seen with a speech bubble saying, "With a little help from my fweinds." The quote was the title of a 2014 Flaming Lips album, and it was not the last inking Cyrus would get. Most recently, she got matching tattoos with her now ex-boyfriend Cody Simpson.
23. Lil Wayne's Tear drop Tattoos
Lil Wayne is well-known for his many tattoos that cover his body. He has over 100 inkings, including such artwork on his face. Usually, teardrops are used to symbolize the number of people you have killed, but he had a different reason for these tears.
Although Wayne has never killed anyone, he got the teardrops to represent his family members who have died. He also has "fear" and "god" tattooed on his eyelids, which must have been pretty painful to endure, considering how thin that skin is.
24. Megan Fox's Shakespearean Tattoo
While most people may think that the Transformers star is just a pretty face, they are wrong. Meghan Fox also happens to be a major literary fan, and she loves Shakespeare in particular. The star has a quote on her back that says, "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies."
Fox's tattoo comes from Shakespeare's King Lear, but she changed the wording slightly. The original quote says, "So we'll live, and pray, and sing and tell old tales, and laugh at gilded butterflies." The quote means that life is inately beautiful, and nothing needs to be added to its natural beauty like a butterfly.
25. Louis Tomlinson's Tic-Tac-Toe Tattoo
Have you ever gotten bored and drew out a game of tic-tac-toe for you and a friend? Louis Tomlinson must have had that idea, but he wanted it permanently on his body with a winning game. Although the board is already played, he can still use it when he gets bored.
Many people wondered why he would get such a random tattoo, but fans speculated that it is an homage to the games he played as a child. You can also see he has an inking from Ms. Pac-Man. Tomlinson's 39 tattoos are somewhat random, but he pulls it off.
26. Lena Dunham's Odeon Tattoo
When the Girls actress first debuted her inking, many people thought it looked like Cheetos from a distance. However, the tattoo is actually a reminder of Lena Dunham's childhood. The tat is a restaurant sign for the actress's favorite eatery in Manhattan.
Dunham grew up in Tribeca, and the Odeon neon sign was a huge part of her childhood. If you look at the menu for this restaurant, you will understand why she loves it so much. The food looks fantastic, and it is definitely being added to our future restaurant's list.
27. Cheryl Cole's Bum Tattoo
Out of all the tattoos on this list, Cheryl Cole's is by far the largest and most colorful. The inking covers her lower back, butt, and the upper part of her hamstrings. The tattoo-covered a lot of her old inkings, including a butterfly and an old flower.
While the inking is not in a place people see daily, it still was a piece of art that took a long time to complete. When Cole was diagnosed with Malaria, she made a bucket list, and her tattoo was part of that. She said that life is too short not to do whatever she wants with her body.
28. Kelly Osbourne's Daddy Tattoo
The lilac haired daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne has never been shy about showing off her many inkings. As an homage to her father, she got a heart locket with the word "daddy" written above it. The tattoo may be for her father, but we can't deny that it's kind of cringy.
While Osbourne does love this particular tattoo, she has admitted that she has regrets about some of her inkings. Over time, people's taste and style changes, which means they have to consider that for tattoos because they are on your body forever.
29. Chanel Iman's Clothing Hanger Tattoo
As a model, you are sort of a hanger for the designer's clothes. Although models know how to show off clothes better than a hanger. Victoria Secret model, Chanel Iman got a hanger tattooed on the back of her neck with her name below it.
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Iman explained that she got the tattoo to represent her life as a model. It is small, original, and very personal to her. The only this wrong with the tattoo is that it looks kind of messy.
30. Hayden Panettiere's Back Tattoo
The actress has a big tattoo down her left side, with the words “Vivere senza rimipianti,” Italian for “to live without regrets.”
Unfortunately, the tattoo made some headlines because of a spelling mistake: the third word has an extra 'i' and should be 'rimpianti'. "So I literally have to live by that advice!", the actress joked to Glamour.
31. Ed Sheeran's Lion Tattoo
The English singer is covered in dozens of tattoos, some of them with pretty questionable aesthetic qualities - for example, the big lion head that is tattooed across his chest.
And even Sheeran's own tattoo artist doesn't love the designs: “I take the piss out of Ed all the time, when I’m with him, that they are sh*t,” said tattoo artist Kevin Paul to the Mirror.
32. Lea Michele’s Wrist Tattoo
The Glee star, who started her career on Broadway, has the words "I Believe" from the musical Spring Awakening, tattooed on her right wrist in teal ink.
Unfortunately, the ink's font and shade make it a bit challenging to understand.
33. Chris Brown's Neck Tattoo
The controversial rapper has man inkings on his body, but one has stood out to people in particular. After an abusive relationship with Rihanna, Chris Brown was charged with abuse after a fight with the singer. After their fight made headlines, he was seen with a bizarre inking on his neck.
The tattoo looks like a portrait of a battered woman, which people assumed was Rihanna. However, Brown and his publicist denied those claims and said the inking was inspired by the makeup from Mexico's Day of the Dead.
34. Ryan Gosling's Homemade Tattoo
Behind that beautiful face and rom-com persona, Ryan Gosling is a bit of a weirdo. He has a few tattoos that he actually did at home with a tattoo kit. In particular, one of them is a monster hand that he drew.
Gosling has admitted that he is not a professional, so his artwork doesn't always look like what he envisioned. The monster's hand was supposed to look like it was holding a bleeding heart, but it turned out more like a cactus.
35. Birdman's Star Tattoo
Rapper Birdman is quite literally covered head to toe in tattoos. He has colorful inkings all over his body, including the stars on his head. There are five red stars on his scalp, and they have a unique meaning behind them.
The five stars are a symbol of security and direction. It also could have been his way to cover-up his bald head. Usually, a five-point star shows the heavenly relationship someone has with G-d, but we don't know if that is what Birdman was going for.
36. Kendall Jenner's Inner Lip Tattoo
In 2016, while on The Ellen Show, Kendall Jenner openly talked about a tattoo she posted on Instagram. She told Ellen that she got an inner lip tattoo while she was drunk with her friends one night, and its a good thing she didn't decide to do anything visible.
The tattoo says "meow" when she pulls her lower lip down, and it doesn't have any meaning. Usually, those tattoos fade after a few years because the skin inside your mouth sheds often.
37. Audrina Patridge's Neck Tattoo
Audrina Patridge is best known for her starring role in The Hills. The star has a large and colorful tattoo on the back of her neck that she debuted in the mid-2000s. The inking is a take on her version of Adam and Eve's apple.
Instead of an apple, Patridge has a life-like heart with a snake wrapping around it. On her website, Patridge said that the tattoo symbolizes temptation and destiny, along with the story of Adam and Eve.
38. Amanda Seyfried's Minge Tattoo
The Mamma Mia star Amanda Seyfried had the word "minge" tattooed on her foot after filming the first movie. Usually, the word minge is a tacky word depending on where you live in the world.
Seyfried explained in an interview that while on the set of Mamma Mia, Colin Firth would always use the word minge because it is British slang for a female pubic area. Seyfried said that in the US, no one really understands it, but in the UK, she gets a few strange looks when people notice.
39. Lana Del Rey's Finger Tattoo
You either love her or hate her; there is no in-between for Lana Del Rey. The indie-pop singer has a few different tattoos, including this morbid message on the inside of her finger. The tattoo says, "die young," and that is an off thing to have tattooed on your body.
Del Rey has many more tattoos with equally inspirational messages like " trust no one" and "paradise." While her tattoos are a bit out of the ordinary, she enjoys the uniqueness of her inkings.
40. Kylie Jenner's Sanity Tattoo
Makeup mogul, reality tv star, and mom, Kylie Jenner, is has a few small inkings in red and white ink. Unlike the typical dark blue, Jenner wanted to be different with the color she chose. The tattoo on her butt cheek says "sanity" in the phonetic spelling.
Jenner said she has struggled with anxiety and mental health since growing up in the public eye. Also, after she gave birth to her first daughter, the 23-year-old said it was a significant life adjustment, and now she feels complete.
41. Harry Styles' Booze Tattoo
The former One Direction singer is known for his large chest tattoos and love of all things inking. His arms have started to fill up with more artwork over the years, and one of them is a standout. The tattoo is a bottle of alcohol with the words "You booze, you lose" around it.
Harry Styles has admitted that he is not a big drinker because he doesn't like the feeling of waking up hungover. Styles said he would rather wake up clear-headed to go about his day the morning after a night out.
42. Scarlett Johansson’s Sunrise Tattoo
While it is not shown in many of her movies, Scarlett Johansson has a sunrise tattoo on her forearm. The Avengers actress has about nine tattoos including a red rose that goes down her back.
The bright sunrise is something that brings her joy when she looks at it, and she doesn't care if people think it is tacky. She also has two interlocking circles with an A in the middle, but no one knows what the A represents.
43. Justin Theroux's Back Tattoo
When Theroux revealed his large back tattoo - which includes a rat and a pigeon - during an episode of The Leftovers, most viewers probably thought it wasn't even real. But, turns out it is not only real, but there's also a sweet story behind it.
The tattoo was an ode to his two dogs. The rat represents his dog that used to kill rats in the park, and the pigeon represents the other dog. It is a constant reminder of his two furry friends.