Pop culture-inspired tattoos may seem like all fun and games, until you wake up the next morning to find out that the deformed Bart Simpson portrayal, sprawled on your chest, looked way better when you were intoxicated. Permanent and painful to get, tattoos are expensive investments into your personal aesthetic.
Because we are submerged in popular culture wherever we go, it makes sense that song lyrics, cartoon characters, and inspirational celebrities will eventually be inked onto our skin — we find solace and identity in our surroundings. However, impulsivity and a few too many drinks can lead to a night full of permanent regrets. So before you make the final decision to get inked, it’s important that you pinpoint any doubt. Tattoo removal procedures are after all, quite painful and pricy.
One way to prevent the cringe is to study the mistakes and failures of other people’s choices. Check out these images of both impressively amazing, and impressively terrible tats. From Batman to Superman, Tinker Bell to Ariel, Shrek to Pokemon… here are 21 of the best and worst popular culture tattoos. Let it be inspiration… or an admonition for the next time you go to the parlor.