Video game tattoos: the bad, the terrible, and the ugly
By: Jeff Rivera
I'm not here to judge anybody. Well, maybe I am, but hidden here behind the wall of Internet anonymity, I feel the need to call some people out for their poor decision making. There are things in life that you do that you later regret, and I have pretty much no reservations in saying that each and every person you see below will at some point wish they hadn't permanently defaced their bodies. I'm not going to condemn tattoos as a whole, even if I feel that they aren't for me. I get that many people pull them off and are proud of them, but the efforts here are highly suspect. So, without further delay, here are a few of the worst gaming tattoos you'll ever see.
Note: There's no nudity, but by nature of what tattoos are there will be plenty of skin.
"It's so bad!" He said it, not me. Wait, actually, the tattoo itself said it. So we have two possible scenarios here, either the guy thought that the Power Glove was so terrible and laughable that it deserved a shoutout on his arm, or else he thought it was so bad (bad meaning good) that it deserved a shoutout on his arm. This, my friends, is just plain bad (you figure out what I mean).
By the way, I know it's a quote from The Wizard, I'm just having some fun.
I'm here looking for the man that shot my 'pa! Now we can safely assume that this guy hasn't had to deal with his wedding night jitters yet, but c'mon, this isn't going to make that day (should it ever come) any more comfortable.
Hey, it's the Konami code! This makes sense, though, because in 2021 when we stop using paper, it's the best way to take the code with you everywhere you go.
A Legend of Zelda tramp stamp...classy! Too bad the artist messed up and it should have looked more like this:
She got it right, but at the same time she still got it all so wrong. For all you Zelda fanboys thinking this is hot, I don't need the angry emails.
It's like a rule that Sephiroth and/or Cloud Strife have to be used for stupid purposes, and tattoos are no exception. I'm sure the FFVII team is pretty touched when they see their characters transformed from digital representations into absolute and pure physical poetry.
She's hardcore for two reasons: Atari (old-school baby!) and this isn't a tattoo. Nope, she cut her skin away to create this. What a champ! Oh wait, it is a tattoo? Ah, back to poser status, just now with more bad tattoo.
Game Over, alright...FOR YOUR DATING LIFE! Hahahahahardly a good move, bud.
I have a hard time accepting that this guy will be proud of his full sleeve of video game characters in the long run. I think this image might have appeared on BMEZINE.com or something, I'm not sure, but I have the finest research teams in India working on it. They'll give a full report soon. I'm told they've gone through several cups of coffee and maybe even a box of doughnuts by now.
This one's fresh, it still has the vitamin E all over it, but it's already too late to back out now. I'm sure she's pretending to like it and it's still a pretty funny joke, but come August she'll be wearing turtle necks. "Hot? Me? No, it's freezing out here! These summers in Phoenix can be quite chilly!"
Stars on the face, Boo on the arm, and two of the longest "eyebrows" the world has ever seen. She's a keeper! (Note to girl picture above: Don't beat me up.)
Too many girls getting Zelda tattoos. Well, any tattoo is pretty bad, but the full back special should probably be spoken out against in schools.
In a tribute to old-school and arcade gaming, this guy went all out. Really it's not the tattoo we should be admiring here, it's the hairy nipples.
"Where should I put the tattoo? Where should I put it? Oh, I know! I'll put it behind my ear! Oh, but of course I'll have to gauge my ear so people looking down at me from an angle can get an unobstructed view. I can't have lobe getting in the way." Really now, if you're going to get the tattoo, can't you just stick it on your arm, back, or leg?
Gross. This is awful, but mostly because it's not even resembling the shape of a real Pac-Man maze. You know, I have about 20 more images saved, but it might be best to just stop here. This is getting beyond disturbing.
In case you do actually want to see more, well, here you go: More Bad Video Game Tattoos.