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The Story of the Worst Tattoo on the Internet Gets a (Re)Touching Ending

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By Greg Seals on February 22, 2013

6a00d8341c00c753ef01347fcf05be970cIf you’ve spent any time online, you’ve no doubt seen the less-than-accurate in memorium tattoo depiction of the woman in her wedding dress that appears to the left. In fact, that’s literally the first photo that appears if you do a Google image search for “worst tattoo.”

Thankfully, the tat no longer holds the title for most shameful ink.

But fear not, there are plenty of contenders for the crown now that this skin art has abdicated. Enter this horrifying face tattoo, Chris Brown’s ink of Rihanna’s beaten face, and this small child being forcefully tattooed against his will, etc.


Scott Versago, tattoo artist and owner at Empire Ink in Akron, Ohio, posted the photo to Facebook with the touching story about the healing his art caused.

I got to tackle the official “#1 worst portrait tattoo in the world” today. I’m sure you’ve all seen it a million times online, as had I. I couldn’t believe my eyes when this guy walked in and showed me this project. I think my jaw literally hit the floor. He went on to tell me the story behind the portrait; He had just married his beautiful wife and not even three months afterwards she was killed in a horrible house fire accident leaving him to raise their three children alone. Shortly after he went to a local tattoo studio to memorialize his wife and was left with this abomination. He later returned to that studio for one more session, thinking that perhaps “he had done something wrong in the healing of the tattoo” and they butchered it even more the second time. Finally, he drove all the way to my studio, Empire Ink, just to meet me and to see what his options were. Touched by his story, I gifted the entire project to him for free. Now he has closure and I have an amazing story to add to my portfolio!

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