Tattoos are probably one of the most ancient ways of self-expression. The image stays on a person’s skin forever, which is why many people choose their tattoos very carefully. The people in this collection, however, did no such thing.

Enlighten has picked some awful examples of artistic experiments that are so bad, you don’t know whether to cry or laugh at them.

When the tattoo artist is in a playful mood:

bad__tattoo / instagramJon Sand?

bcn_dbl_chz_brgr / redditThis guy’s argyle sock tattoos

lovegoldengirls / reddit

“Some guy tried to copy my tattoo artist’s work, nipple included!”

samusxmetroid / reddit

Person: “You know I love Eminem and M&M’s, right?”

Tattoo artist: “Say no more!”

unknown author / imgurDo you want to look luxurious? Become luxury yourself!

omg_Enrico_Palazzo / reddit

When you don’t know who you like more, John Lennon or Harry Potter.

ShitTats / twitterHe’s got eyes in the back of his head.

shhphoenix / redditWhen you celebrate too early:

worst_of_tattoos / instagramThis is how a horrible scar can be decorated.

Floppycatman / pikabuAn original way to disguise a burn scar

reeld / pikabuIn theory, he could work at a bank with a tattoo like this.

Fuzzywraith / redditMarilyn Monroe, is that you?

coreyjuliette / reddit

When you’ve always dreamt of becoming a star pilot and finally fulfill your dream:

<-32">OtherJaffa / reddit“The exact print of my future tattoo!”

<-34">Inondo / pikabu

Would you risk getting a weird and funny tattoo? Tell us about it in the comments below.