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We don't have to tell you that getting a tattoo is a big decision — they stay put unless removed, and even then, the process is no walk in the park: It's costly and, in many cases, painful — perhaps even moreso than getting the tattoo in the first place! Don't get us wrong, we LOVE ink — when it's done right. Alas, there's quite a few celebrities that could've benefitted from the "for life" memo.
Take Ariana Grande, for instance: The pop star made countless headlines in January 2019 when she debuted a hand tat that was meant to be the title track of her latest single, "7 Rings," but instead spelled out a phrase that made her seem like the biggest BBQ fan around.
She's certainly not alone: Other A-listers, including Jessie J, Drake, and even Rihanna have all racked up a fail where their tattoos are concerned. Whether due to a spelling error, like the typo David Beckham has been saddled with, or a design that's seemingly in poor taste (we're looking at you, Chris Brown!), there's plenty of cautionary tattoo tales out there among Hollywood's elite.
Read on for all of Tinseltown's worst offenders!
Luckily, this one’s a relatively easy fix should she ever get the urge to be grammatically correct!
OK, but like … what if she ever wants to become a vegetarian? Just sayin!'
The Grammy winner responded in a since-deleted tweet: "Indeed, I left out 'つの指' which should have gone in between,” she conceded. “It hurt like f*ck n still looks tight. I wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao. But this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if I miss it enough I’ll suffer thru the whole thing next time ... Also ... huge fan of tiny BBQ grills," she said. Several days later, however, she showed off what she thought was a corrected version of the tattoo, which featured the missing symbol. “Slightly better. Thanks to my tutor for helping me fix and to @kanenavasard for being a legend. And to my doctor for the lidocaine shots (no joke). RIP tiny charcoal grill. Miss u man. I actually really liked u!" she announced on social media. The only problem? According to Twitter, the new symbol's placement was off, changing its meaning to something even worse: "Japanese BBQ finger." Cringe!
Lionel Messi might have the record for second-most goals scored of all time in the UEFA Champions League and the European Cup (which is a very big deal), but even the current GOAT of European futbol isn't immune to bad tattoo decisions. Lionel covered up a weird collage of wings, flowers, and a drawing of his son with this tattoo of a soccer sock. Do you think they'll consider that regulation if he ever forgets to bring his high socks to a game?
Adam Levine is no stranger to tattoos. At this point, it might be harder to find an inch of his body that's ink-free than some weird, abstract work of art. Whatever, he has possibly the hottest wife in the world, Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo, so if it works for her, it can work for everyone. An especially, um, ~interesting~ tattoo is this giant one covering Adam's entire back. It features a giant cross-eyed mermaid with wings holding a skull. So, basically, it's the weirdest Starbucks logo ever.
At first, Amanda Seyfried's "minge" tattoo looks like it absolutely must be a mistake. Who would get the British word for vagina tattooed on their body without it being a drunken accident or a case of dictionary definition confusion? The entire cast of Mamma Mia, apparently. Amanda go this tattoo with the two actresses that played her best friends in the film, Rachel McDowall and Ashley Lilley, after their time on the film made them best friends IRL, too. It was their joking term of endearment, according to Bustle, and it's low-key super sweet.
Americans best know Cheryl Cole as the creeper who had Liam Payne's baby. PSA, she wasn't a creeper for dating a guy ten years her junior à la Kate Beckinsale, she was a creeper for dating a guy ten years her junior that she met when he was only fifteen. Anyway, Cheryl got "Mrs. C" tattooed on the back of her neck in honor of her marriage to Ashley Cole. Clearly, the tat lasted longer than the marriage, and the one after...
Back in the day, when Brody Jenner was the only famous Jenner sibling, he dated pop punker Avril Lavigne (after she died in 2003 and was replaced by a doppelganger named Melissa...JK). This is after he dated Nicole Richie and Lauren Conrad, BTW. Brody got a pretty cool looking tattoo of Avril's name on his arm during their two-year courtship, which ended because Brody didn't want to go on tour with Avril in Asia. Let's be honest, he really should have gotten the name Melissa, anyway.
Katie Price aka "Jordan" is one of the messiest gifts that the UK has ever given us. She was on Celebrity Big Brother (and won!), she was a runner-up for the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry in 2005, and she named her daughter Princess. Icons, only. She got her boyfriend Peter Andre's name on her wrist before they split, and instead of removing it, she first crossed it out and added a tribute to her daughter beneath it. Now, she's covered the name entirely with flowers.
Nicole Richie has gone from friend of Paris Hilton and The Simple Life party girl to a fully bonafide respectable star and businesswoman. We stan a reborn queen. Something left over from her wild child days is this wrist tattoo of the word "Virgin." She got the tattoo at age 16, not to represent her virginity, but in tribute of the fact that she's a Virgo. She told E! News in 2014 that she totally regrets the tattoo because it looks "embarrassing and desperate."
Mena Suvari is best known for her roles in the American Pie franchise, American Beauty, and Psych, but the biggest question is how these movies (and one television show) managed to cover up her massive neck and back tattoo. She got "Word Sound Power" tattooed on her back under a lion. Even though there's no typo to be seen, this literally MUST be a mistake... right?
Remember when Zac Efron had a coke problem and had to go to rehab in 2013? Funny how he got this "YOLO" tattoo on his hand right around the time he was supposedly partying pretty hard, and he got it removed around the time of his second rehab stint. Funny, funny coincidence, and definitely not a sign that Zac got this regrettable tattoo in the middle of a coke binge. Yup, definitely not.
We all know our girl Britney Spears went through a rough time. She shaved her head in the Valley, got married to Kevin Federline, and became the poster child for Disney star breakdowns for years to come. It just makes sense that there would be a few tattoo mistakes lumped into the mix as well to add insult to injury. The first one was this Kabbalah-inspired neck tattoo that was supposed to say "God" but was misspelled. She's gotten it removed, thank God.
Britney Spears, Again
Britney Spears had more than one tattoo incident in the '00s because when it rains, it pours. This time, she got a Chinese character tattooed on her waist that was supposed to say "mysterious," but the tattoo artist had a nice chuckle and made it say "strange," instead. If there's any lesson to be learned from this list, it's that you probably shouldn't get a tattoo in another language before consulting a native speaker. Just a helpful tip.
So the truly crazy story behind this tattoo, as told to Pedestrian TV, is that Taylor Swift warned Harry Styles that the real lyrics to "Sweet Disposition" are "won't stop to surrender" while they were dating, but he didn't believe her. When she got the band The Temper Trap to write down the lyrics and sign them as a birthday gift to Harry, they wrote down the *correct* lyrics, and Harry had to admit he was wrong.
It's honestly hard to choose just one Pete Davidson tattoo to label a total fail because they're all something a normal person would regret *immediately*. This begs the question: Why are we all still so attracted to Pete Davidson? The tattoo in question today, however, is the way he covered up an Ariana Grande tat on his neck with the word "Cursed." Not only does the coloring make it now the most noticeable tattoo in the collage, bringing even more attention to his failed relationship, it's also just super depressing.
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Jennifer Lawrence and her Hunger Games co-stars were all super close, which is adorable. What's less adorable is the typo in JLaw's hand tattoo, which she got with fellow franchise star Liam Hemsworth. Liam's had some tattoo mistakes of his own, as we've learned, and it looks like he transferred the curse to Jen, who forgot to put the "2" in H20 in subscript and instead made the 2 an exponent. She knows about the mistake and is ~relatable~ enough to laugh about it. It helps that it's almost invisible to the naked eye — but if you squint you can see it on her hand by her thumb.
Zoë Kravitz has since gotten this tattoo mistake covered up because she is a responsible queen. The Arabic script was meant to say "Let love rule," but a typo made it read as "Let the love the rule." Again, people, have a native speaker check your tattoos for you (or, alternatively, don't appropriate other cultures for your permanent body art). In February 2019, Zoë had it covered up with a dragonfly.
Kat Von D
Kat Von D has made a lot of mistakes. No one is 100% sure if she's an anti-Semite or just really terrible at jokes, there have been anti-vax rumors going around for ages, and she dated Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. These types of situations don't happen to people with sound judgment and good decision-making skills. Need more evidence? Kat got this terrifying tattoo of her ex-BF Jesse James as a child before he cheated on her. It's since been removed, but WTF.
Kaley Cuoco shared this hilarious picture reminding us all that tattoo removal hurts, like, a lot. That might explain why so many of these celebs have chosen to either just cover up their accidental art or keep it as-is. Kaley got her wedding date to her now ex-husband Ryan Sweeting tattooed on her back, which honestly seemed like a safe bet at the time. Unfortunately, they've since divorced, and Kaley got the tattoo removed.
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T-Pain is so funny. He got this Facebook-inspired tattoo in 2011 even though he simultaneously predicted that Facebook would not have the staying power we all thought it did in the early 2010s. "I think this ones pretty sweet, unless facebook shuts down soon 0_o," he captioned his original tweet of the tat. Shut down? No. Irrelevant and mostly Russian news propaganda? Yeah. He also missed an apostrophe in the word "Don't," so there are a lot of L's being taken here.
There are many things Johnny Depp needs to learn. The first, and most important, is don't (allegedly) abuse women. The second is don't get couples tattoos. At least, not with his track record. He famously changed his "Winona Forever" tattoo to "Wino Forever," and later his "SLIM" knuckle tattoo dedicated to then-wife Amber Heard was changed to "SCUM" during their messy split. He's since changed it *again* by putting an anarchy "a" over the "u" to spell "SCAM." You okay, dude?
Christina Aguilera tried to follow in the pattern of getting a couples' tattoo for a relationship that was ultimately doomed, but in this case, a typo actually saved her from needing to pay for a tattoo removal *and* a divorce lawyer. XTina meant to get her husband Jordan Bratman's initials on her elbow very shortly before their split, but a misspelling lead to her getting the number 12 in Hebrew instead by mistake.
Kevin Durant got a massive back tattoo that only has one misspelling, which is honestly pretty impressive considering the intricate font and the scope of the ink. Still, if I was paying major duckets to get a Bible verse on my back, I'd be pretty freaked if "mature" was spelled as "mautre." He might have gone back to get it fixed or learned photoshop to stunt on us all because in some pictures shared by him it's wrong and in others also shared by him it's right. So weird.
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You might notice that there's no picture of Adrienne Bailon's failed tattoo, and there's a very good (read: hilarious) reason for that. It was on her butt. Yup, our fave Cheetah Girls alumn got her ex-boyfriend Rob Kardashian's name tattooed on her butt. The early 2010s were really a miraculous time. She kept it for five years after their split, until she finally got it removed in an Extra TV segment. She once described it as "the ratchestest booty tattoo" on The Real, which made us love her even more.
Kelly Osbourne has regretted so many of her tattoos that she's actually had fifteen removed (and, presumably, counting). Ouch! She told US Weekly that she didn't want her teenage self to define her adult life because she got the tattoos why she was miserable and they didn't even mean anything. By far the worst of her ink was this piece that said "Daddy" over a heart lock with a key and a scroll that says "This too shall pass." Utter nonsense, and still strangely dirty.
Unfortunately, Megan Fox was not the entry on this list talking about a butt tattoo because that would be super hot. Listen, Megan is too gorgeous for this Earth, and we all know it. She had a tribute to another otherworldly beauty, Marilyn Monroe, on her arm, but didn't consider Marilyn's whole story until after she had gotten the ink. Megan ended up getting the tattoo removed, and she told the Huffington Post it was because she didn't want to attract negative energy through a permanent image of Marilyn, who suffered from bipolar disorder and other mental health issues throughout her life.
Rihanna can do no wrong, even if she's had multiple misspelled tattoos. This Sanskrit script looks amazing on her side, but it did not mean what she thought it meant. It was supposed to say "forgiveness," but it really says nothing. It doesn't mean anything as far as we know, although Sanskrit is a dead language, so it could honestly mean "Asparagus Dreams" and no one would ever know. It looks like RiRi has kept the tat for now, and we support it.
If you're super confused because you didn't know Justin Timberlake had any tattoos, you're not going crazy. Our favorite member of *NSYNC got tatted up for the movie Alpha Dog in 2006, and thank God the ink was fake because one of the tattoos in his sleeve was a misspelled Chinese character. Well, either that or the film's makeup artist thought it would be super funny to have the words "ice skating" written on Justin's body.
Former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Jon Gosselin didn't become a D-List celebrity through his *good* decision making skills, this we know. He's made a lot of poor choices since leaving the show (and his wife and eight children), but the funniest of them all is definitely the tattoo he got on his back of a giant dragon that was supposed to feature his then-girlfriend Ellen's name. Not only is he no longer with Ellen, the tattoo artist actually accidentally wrote the name "Erin" instead. You can check out the pictures on Radar.
Who other than Steve-O would get a giant tattoo of Steve-O on their back? Hopefully, no one. Steve-O's self-portrait is accompanied by his own autograph and the inscription, "Yeah dude, I rock" It would be great to have that level of blind narcissism and confidence. Steve-O's entire life is a meme, and this is no exception. Where does this land on the crazy scale between stapling his balls to his leg and putting a jellyfish on his head?
Don't get me wrong, Mike Tyson's face tattoo is possibly the only decent face tattoo there has ever been. Mike Tyson is known as an icon, and Mike Tyson is his face tattoo. That's also kind of the issue here, though. Mike was the youngest person to ever win a heavyweight title and was known as the undisputed world champion. (Also, just for the record, he's also a convicted rapist — stay woke.) Now the only thing anyone knows him for, though, is his tribal face tattoo and owning a tiger.
Shia LaBeouf's whole "paper bag over my head, I am an artist" thing got old really fast, but what's a guy to do when his entire career is overshadowed by a viral song accusing him of being an actual cannibal? He got twelve tattoos while filming American Honey including matching "071 Crew" tattoos with his co-stars honoring their fictional crew. That would be sweet if 071 wasn't a shoutout to Bakersfield, California, where basically everyone in California can agree is the worst place on Earth.