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25 Failed Baby Photo Tattoos

By Molly Thornberg |

Baby Photo Tattoos Gone Bad

Baby Photo Tattoos Gone Bad

“You know that thing won’t wash off.”

Those are the words my father told me when he learned that I had been inked. Several years later, when he found out I had added another tattoo, he recited those words again – and gave me beloved father an eye roll.

While one of my tattoos, I could do without – it’s not THAT bad.

What’s THAT bad? Oh how about a poorly portrayed photo of your baby inked on your body that won’t go away without lasers and money.

Check Out These 25 Failed Baby Tattoos:

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25 Failed Baby Tattoos

Baby Photo Tattoos Gone Bad

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Molly Thornberg is a wife and mother of four. She worked in web design and social media marketing before quitting to pursue blogging full time. On Digital Mom Blog, Molly shares "geeky" DIY projects, discusses the latest technology news, and talks about her life as a parent. Read bio and latest posts → Read Molly's latest posts →

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27 thoughts on “25 Failed Baby Photo Tattoos

  1. liz says:

    im sorry if i ever get one done it would be wit the right professional artist, and most likely not the swat meet or little tattoo shops

  2. Jess says:

    I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time! Thank you.

  3. Victoria says:

    Did you realize that this tattoo is on his hip… His pants are half way down… that makes this tat even worse….

  4. mommyfriend says:

    These are so “good” I can’t stand it. Seriously.

  5. mommaof2 says:

    Wow I’m glad I have a good artist that does mine. I wouldn’t pay a dime for any of these. People if your going to get a portrait you have to go to a portrait artist. Research before you let just anybody lay down the ink on you,

  6. Lora says:

    Wow…people Get Kat Von D next time(Or at least someone of equal talent!) She does awesome potraits!What Shotty Art work..Ugh!

  7. CareBear says:

    Umm, didn’t ANY of these people have them draw out thepics before they let them ink on them?? WOW, the shading is really bad on a lot of them but, some look free-handed, yikes!!

  8. LadyBayside says:

    My 4 year old looked at the first one and just said…he doesn’t look good.

  9. Darlene Nunes says:

    A couple of these looked alright, but the majority of them are unbelievably HORRIBLE!! How can the so-called-professionals managae to even call themselves an artist??!!

  10. Darlene Nunes says:

    This is why I can never get a tat of a person’s face. I have heard TOO MANY horror stories with them!!

  11. jenn says:

    Seriously, some of these will cause me nightmares. Disturbing. And people paid for them… wow.

  12. Sentra says:

    the 8th(?) one (finger sucker) is really cute.. but oh lordy.. the rest?! you need to sue that tattoo parlour man… or at the very least, stand outside and show that monstrosity off to eveyone who tries to go inside.

    but i really do like that 8th one

  13. Ana M says:

    I would get violent on an “artist” if they left me looking like this. Except number 8 (baby sucking his thumb). I really thought that one was cute and well done, if it was my baby and I wanted a portrait tattooo, I’d be happy with that one! :)

  14. Jen says:

    That 2nd picture totally lookslike curly from the 3 stooges.

  15. Sins City Tattoo says:

    Number 8 is the best I have seen in 30 years plus years working in the tattoo industry.

  16. candy says:

    the 8th one was good but the rest id go get em covered bodens in lexington is awesome at this sort of thing hes high though

  17. Loriel says:

    Number eight of the sleeping baby does not look like a bad tattoo at all. It’s very well done, and doesn’t belong in the gallery with the other hideously bad artwork.

  18. Kara says:

    The one sucking the thumb is very good, but still like they said more suited for a canvas. That’s all I am going to say.

  19. JustSayin' says:

    Several of these are actually pretty well done. Others are atrocious. In the case of number eight, which is obviously the work of a very talented professional, why do the author, as well as commenter Kara, make the statement that it’s more suited for a canvas? If that’s the case, couldn’t the same be said for any artistic tattoo? If you want a tattoo with meaning, why not get a portrait of someone near and dear to you? What the both of you have said makes no sense to me. Also, the author needs to go back and look at a few of these. They’re not ALL terrible.

  20. jessi says:

    at least two of these look well done by artists who are experienced and talented at portrait tattoos. its a rare talent and you should only get a portrait from someone who knows what theyre doing. the rest are these are godawful and your kid is probably going to look at it later and think “really?” hope you can get them touched up or covered and start over.

  21. Elexis says:

    These failed becuz they went to tattoo artists that dont have any or much experience in portraits ive seen several that were beautiful.

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  23. Angie says:

    I think #8 is amazing… the other ones are kind of disturbing

  24. Pat O'Hearn says:

    well somehow this is all related to me, and so much more, yet it is still hurtful, and very sorry that people play on babies, kids etc. innocent kids that can’t even talk. Well like the other comments,,,, just saying

  25. Tania says:

    A rat in the baby’s mouth? SERIOUSLY???? That’s really disturbing

  26. Samantha says:

    The person on the last one doesn’t have his pants halfway down, it’s on his stomach.

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