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Everyone makes mistakes, that’s not up for debate. But when you’re contemplating having your body stained with permanent ink, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly … especially if you’re a celebrity and the eyes of the world (or at least the eyes of a fleet of paparazzi) are on you every minute. That’s why it’s all the more astonishing that so many celebrities have such regrettable ink. From misspellings to simple bad decisions, here’s a look at some of the worst celebrity tattoo offenders.

1. Ed Sheeran

Soft pop crooner Ed Sheeran loves himself some cats. Just take a look at his own cat’s Instagram feed (which he started and updates regularly) for evidence of that. Apparently, though, the singer loves kitties of all sizes, because at some point he decided it’d be a great idea to get a full color tattoo of a bushy-maned lion across the entire width of his chest. Apparently it’s an homage to England’s soccer team logo. Someone should probably be monitoring this dude’s decisions whenever he’s not in the recording studio.

Ed Sheeran lion tattoo

2. Miley Cyrus

We don’t have a problem with Miley’s love for tats in general. We can even understand her desire to commemorate her beloved dog, Floyd, in ink when he passed. We just kind of wish she hadn’t done it in baby talk “with a little help from my fwends.” Chances are she’ll regret this down the road.


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3. Cara Delevingne

As a dyed in the wool lover of all things pork, I can attest to the drawing power that bacon can have over someone’s soul. But there’s loving bacon and then there’s getting a tattoo of the word “Bacon” across the sole of your foot. Even Oscar Meyer would think that was taking things a bit too far. And what’s with the ellipses?


4. Megan Fox

It’s a little bit sad when clearly air-headed stars fancy themselves deep thinkers. Mark Twain once said something to the effect of it’s better to keep quiet and be thought a dummy than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. It’s good advice; otherwise you might get some weird, meaningless-when-out-of-context Shakespeare quote like “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies” tattooed on your shoulder blade.

Megan Fox tattoo

5. Johnny Depp

At one point, Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were young and in love. Then, either she stole something or he acted like a pretentious douche and they split up, leaving Captain Jack Sparrow with a bit of an issue in the form a tattoo that read: “Winona Forever”. Thankfully, the Disney star is also proud of the fact that he’s a total lush, so it was no problem to have the tat respelled: “Wino Forever”. It’s a classy move either way you go.

Johnny Depp tattoo

6. David Beckham

There’s something about David Beckham that seems kind of .. uppity. Sure, he’s the complete package on the soccer pitch, but off the field he just seems, well, he seems like the kind of guy who would get his wife’s name tattooed on his arm in Sanskrit because it made him look deep or whatever. He’s also the guy who wouldn’t actually know any Sanskrit (or do his homework) and — as a result — get his wife’s name misspelled in the dead language.

David Beckham tattoo

7. Kesha

Kesha may not be at the top of the charts like she used to, but she’ll forever have a spot in the Bad Celebrity Tattoo Hall of Fame because the wannabe edgy singer got an actual tattoo of the words, “Suck It”. She didn’t get this ridiculous motto on her wrist or her back. She got it on the inside of her lip. We can’t decide if that’s super tough or super idiotic. Probably both.

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8. Zosia Mamet

Someone should tell Zosia Mamet that — in spite of what her famous playwright father told her — no one is really a Bohemian anymore. In other words, it’s not a smart idea to get the outline of a heart tattooed across your palm. Of course, the sheltered young woman doesn’t know that Bohemians are extinct, so it’s not a big deal for her to let the world know she’s a lover every time she raises her hand.

Zosia Mamet tattoo

9. Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere wins the award for most wonderfully ironic bad tattoo. Several years ago, the young actress had the words “Live Without Regrets” tattooed along her rib cage. That wouldn’t have been so awful, but the actress had the tattoo spelled in Italian (for whatever reason). Unfortunately, she didn’t get a native Italian speaker to do the job, so one of her words is misspelled (or was, until she had the tattoo removed).

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10. Lourdes Leon

Madonna’s daughter recently turned 19, but rather acting out in wild rebellion, she got a rather sweet tribute to her parents tattooed on her fingers. It’s hard to come down on your kid for wanting Mom and Dad forever etched on her skin.

Lourdes Leon tattoo

11. Tulisa Contostavlos

While she may not be a household name across the pond, we just had to include former U.K. X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos because, get this, the pop singer has the words, “Lucky You” tattooed across her waistline. Now, there’s a woman who’s definitely not lacking in confidence.

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12. Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried doesn’t seem like the type of celeb to get inked. However, she has a word subtly tattooed on her foot in black. The word is “minge.” Apparently it’s a word Colin Firth taught her when they were making Mama Mia together, and it always makes her laugh to look at it. Google it if you must. Why she wants this word permanently marked on her foot is anyone’s guess.

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13. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Here’s another name from across the pond you may not be super familiar with, but one look at her big-ass ass rose tattoo and you’ll have a hard time forgetting it. The English singer and dancer formerly known as Cheryl Cole has an intricately drawn bouquet of roses that stretches across the entire landscape from her mid-back to the top of her thighs. It’s so gross that it was once voted as the worst celebrity tattoo of all time.

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14. Kaley Cuoco

Let this one be a cautionary tale. It may seem romantic to get your wedding date tattooed on your back as a symbol of “forever”, but in Hollywood odds aren’t great that the marriage will last. Kaley Cuoco got hitched to Ryan Sweeting after a three month courtship, then ditched him after just 21 months of wedded bliss. She recently went to get the Roman numeral wedding date removed off her spine, and she shared a pic of the painful procedure on her Instagram with a caption “note to self – do not mark your body with any future wedding dates.”

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