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21st May '17 4:03:34 PM nombretomado
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* One of the stories of ''WaysideSchool'' has Calvin's dad getting him a tattoo for his birthday. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Mrs. Jewels]] advises him [[DiscussedTrope not to get something he thinks is cool now but will regret later, but rather something he will appreciate for the rest of his life]]. [[spoiler: He gets a potato on his ankle. Everybody mocks him for it, but he likes it.]]

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* One of the stories of ''WaysideSchool'' ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' has Calvin's dad getting him a tattoo for his birthday. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Mrs. Jewels]] advises him [[DiscussedTrope not to get something he thinks is cool now but will regret later, but rather something he will appreciate for the rest of his life]]. [[spoiler: He gets a potato on his ankle. Everybody mocks him for it, but he likes it.]]
18th May '17 9:24:48 PM Linda58
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-->'''Dean:''' We've all been there.

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-->'''Dean:''' [[NoodleIncident We've all been there.there]].
18th May '17 12:45:11 AM angie710
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A comedy trope where a character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin has an embarrassing tattoo]]. It might be shoddily done, misspelled, or show the name of a former love interest. It might be written in a language the wearer doesn't understand (or even read) and thus [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels not mean what he thinks it does]]. It may have been part of a trend that is now DeaderThanDisco. It might be a gang tattoo, or a racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. tattoo that no longer reflects the wearer's beliefs or lifestyle. It might be [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy a tribal design or symbol from a tribe or culture the wearer has little or no relevant connection to]]. It might be on skin that has warped due to age or infection. It might be in an embarrassing location as well. It's often the result of AlcoholInducedIdiocy or [[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb teenage whim]].

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A comedy trope where a character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin has an embarrassing tattoo]]. It might be shoddily done, misspelled, or show the name of a former love interest. It might be written in a language the wearer doesn't understand (or even read) and thus [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels not mean what he thinks it does]]. It may have been part of a trend that is now DeaderThanDisco. It might be a gang tattoo, or a racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. tattoo that no longer reflects the wearer's beliefs or lifestyle. It might be [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy a tribal design or symbol from a tribe or culture the wearer has little or no relevant connection to]]. It might be on skin that has warped due to age age, weight fluctuations, or infection. It might be in an embarrassing location as well. It's often the result of AlcoholInducedIdiocy or [[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb teenage whim]].
24th Apr '17 5:54:01 PM JoeMerl
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'''s DistantFinale episode "[[Recap/PhineasAndFerbActYourAge Act Your Age]]," [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]] purposefully gives himself a mid-life crisis. WordOfGod says that one joke they wanted to use was him getting a tattoo that he openly acknowledges he'll regret ten minutes later; after seeing it, he comments that it'll probably only take five. [[ExecutiveMeddling The note from the higher-ups]] apparently said that "''no one'' [[ContractualPurity on a Disney Channel show]] will ever be shown in the act of getting a tattoo."
24th Apr '17 5:44:23 PM JoeMerl
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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' [[EruditeStoner Trent]] has a tribal tattoo that he picked out of a magazine; he good-naturedly acknowledges that doing so was kind of dumb. In one episode when [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] imagined herself married to him in the future, however, hypothetical older!Trent wants to get them removed because it "reminds me of how much I've wasted my life."


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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erasing_Hate Erasing Hate]]'' is a documentary about a former neo-Nazi with violent and racist tattoos all over his body, most notably on his face and neck; the documentary has him and his wife talking about their histories in the White Power movement between segments of him having them removed (which wound up taking about a year and a half).
16th Apr '17 4:37:10 AM Geoduck
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* Similar to the page image, one Creator/GahanWilson cartoon has a tattooist grumpily cramming one last name onto a man's chest which is covered with crossed out names. "This one had better be it, young man!"
25th Mar '17 5:18:06 PM nombretomado
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** On the season 39 episode hosted by BruceWillis, Brooks Wheelan did a Weekend Update commentary about the dangers of getting meaningless tattoos by showing off the ones he got in high school. He had an Anthony Kiedis tribal tattoo (because he thought he'd love the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers forever), a red nautical tattoo, and a weird seascape on his right side (which doesn't make sense to him, since he grew up in Iowa and never saw the ocean). That seascape was actually covered with makeup when it was otherwise exposed in the "E-Meth" commercial.

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** On the season 39 episode hosted by BruceWillis, Creator/BruceWillis, Brooks Wheelan did a Weekend Update commentary about the dangers of getting meaningless tattoos by showing off the ones he got in high school. He had an Anthony Kiedis tribal tattoo (because he thought he'd love the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers forever), a red nautical tattoo, and a weird seascape on his right side (which doesn't make sense to him, since he grew up in Iowa and never saw the ocean). That seascape was actually covered with makeup when it was otherwise exposed in the "E-Meth" commercial.
24th Mar '17 5:09:26 PM Buck
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* Besides the above mentioned tattoo-removing procedures, this is actually rarer in real-life than you'd think, because most responsible artists refuse to ink people while they are under the influence, partially because drunks tend to bleed more and partially because every customer is a walking advertisement for their tattoo studio. Some tattoo artists will also give advice on certain tattoo such as telling the customer to research the meaning and history behind a specific tattoo or advise against getting a certain type of tattoo.

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* Besides the above mentioned tattoo-removing procedures, this is actually rarer in real-life than you'd think, because most responsible artists refuse to ink people while they are under the influence, partially because drunks tend to bleed more and partially because every customer is a walking advertisement for their tattoo studio. Some tattoo artists will also give advice on certain tattoo tattoos such as telling the customer to research the meaning and history behind a specific tattoo or advise against getting a certain type of tattoo.
24th Mar '17 5:08:06 PM Buck
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* Besides the above mentioned tattoo-removing procedures, this is actually rarer in real-life than you'd think, because most responsible artists refuse to ink people while they are under the influence, partially because drunks tend to bleed more and partially because every customer is a walking advertisement for their tattoo studio.

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* Besides the above mentioned tattoo-removing procedures, this is actually rarer in real-life than you'd think, because most responsible artists refuse to ink people while they are under the influence, partially because drunks tend to bleed more and partially because every customer is a walking advertisement for their tattoo studio. Some tattoo artists will also give advice on certain tattoo such as telling the customer to research the meaning and history behind a specific tattoo or advise against getting a certain type of tattoo.
21st Mar '17 2:32:05 AM Divra
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* ''Film/DownPeriscope'': LCDR Dodge has the phrase "Welcome Aboard" tattooed on his penis. His BunnyEarsLawyer tendencies had already put a sizable crimp in his chances for promotion and independent command, but this one was the last straw for his superiors.
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