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A comedy trope that is definitely TruthInTelevision is when a character will have a tattoo (sometimes in an embarrassing location) with various unsavory features, such as being shoddily done, misspelled, the name of a former love interest, written in a language the wearer does not understand and [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels not meaning what he thinks]] (Chinese characters are good for this), etc. These are [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy sometimes the result of a drunken]] and/or teenage whim.

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A comedy trope that is definitely TruthInTelevision is when where a character will have a tattoo (sometimes in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin has an embarrassing location) with various unsavory features, such as being tattoo]]. It might be shoddily done, misspelled, or show the name of a former love interest, interest. It might be written in a language the wearer does not doesn't understand (or even read) and thus [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels not meaning mean what he thinks]] (Chinese characters are good for this), etc. These are [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy sometimes thinks it does]]. It might be in an embarrassing location as well. It's often the result of a drunken]] and/or AlcoholInducedIdiocy or [[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb teenage whim.
whim]].



# The existence and increased reliability of tattoo removal procedures or cover-up designs.
# Tattoos are ''considerably'' more mainstream than they were in the past, which has led to people becoming more savvy about avoiding this trope.
# Large tattoos are expensive and require multiple sessions to complete.
# No self-respecting tattoo parlor will serve anyone who is clearly under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or is under the age of 18 (even with parental permission).

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# The existence It's becoming increasingly easy and increased reliability of tattoo removal procedures reliable to remove tattoos or come up with cover-up designs.
designs;
# Tattoos are ''considerably'' more mainstream than they were in the past, which has led to leading people becoming more to become savvy about avoiding and avoid this trope.
trope;
# Large tattoos are expensive and require multiple sessions to complete.
complete; and
# No self-respecting tattoo parlor will serve anyone who is clearly under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or who is under the age of 18 (even with parental permission).



* A recent Yellow Book commercial has a bride trying on her dress and to her horror, it reveals the name "Mike". She goes to a tattoo removal (that she found in the advertised phone book). The doctor comments that she must be really excited to be getting married to Mike, when the reveal comes that the groom is "Tom."

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* A recent Yellow Book commercial has a bride trying on her dress and to her horror, it reveals when she realizes for the name "Mike". She goes to first time that she has a tattoo reading "Mike" -- who's not the guy she's marrying. She naturally finds a good removal (that she found place in the advertised phone book). The doctor comments that she must be really excited to be getting married to Mike, when the reveal comes that the groom is "Tom."eponymous Yellow Book.



* An Australian ad for '1800 Reverse' (a service that lets you make reverse charge calls from your mobile) had a teenage girl showing off a tattoo on her lower back to her friends. She explains that her mother helped her choose the design and her jealous friends wish that they had a 'cool' mother like that. However, when she looks at the tattoo in the mirror, she realises that what appeared to be an abstract design actually read '1800 Reverse' when reflected.

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* An Australian ad for '1800 Reverse' "1800 Reverse" (a service that lets you make reverse charge calls from your mobile) had a teenage girl showing off a tattoo on her lower back to her friends. She explains that her mother helped her choose the design and her jealous friends wish that they had a 'cool' mother like that. However, when she looks at the tattoo in the mirror, she realises that what appeared to be an abstract design actually read '1800 Reverse' "1800 Reverse" when reflected.



* Credit Karma, a website offering free credit scores, had a commercial based on this trope. Two women friends are discussing their credit score, when one claims that she knows hers since she had it tattooed on herself. Cue a reveal of an elaborately tattooed credit score number on her arm. When her friend informs her that credit scores change, and she checks hers online only to discover that it is in fact different, she holds a Sharpie to her arm and exclaims "I've gotta update my ink!"

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* Credit Karma, a website offering free credit scores, had a commercial based on this trope. Two women friends are discussing their where a woman claims to know her credit score, when one claims that she knows hers since score because she had it tattooed on herself. Cue a reveal of an elaborately tattooed credit score number on her arm. When Then her friend informs tells her that credit scores change, and she checks hers online only to discover that it is in fact different, she holds a Sharpie to change (revealing the importance of the service). She winds up changing her arm and exclaims tattoo with a Sharpie. "I've gotta update my ink!"



* A major part of the plot in ''{{Anime/Photon}}'' is that the titular character and the female lead both have ''Baka'' (Idiot in Japanese) [[FaceDoodling written on their foreheads]] with apparently ''magic'' magic marker. (Not QUITE a tattoo, but it never wears off and is apparently permanent -- it's also used to shore up ley lines in the ships.) Because having the same symbol on one's forehead as another is [[AccidentalMarriage supposedly a marriage proposal...]]
* The [[HumongousMecha Vox]] pilots in ''RinneNoLagrange'' have their Memoria (marks that allow them to interact with said mecha) in questionable places, to say the least. Muginami's in particular, which is just above her crotch, while Madoka's is on her butt and Lan's is somewhere on her breasts. Especially since it's implied that those are created where they're touched by the Vox.
* At one point in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryouga becomes invincible thanks to a tattoo of a war god on his stomach. Since the god happens to look like a cutesy smiley face, he begs Ranma to defeat him so it will disappear.
* Portgas D. Ace from ''OnePiece'' wanted "ACE" tattooed on his arm. But apparently, the artist didn't know how to spell "ace", as he instead has "A S CE," with the "S" crossed out. This is never commented on.
** Actually easily explained if you pay attention to flashbacks and the like. He used to be captain of the Spade Pirates, the S being a symbol of the crew.
*** [[spoiler:Also, the crossed out S is Sabo's pirate flag.]]
** When Nami was working for Arlong against her will, she had been forced to wear the tattoo of his crew on her arm. She did some serious defacing over it, causing Luffy's most common BerserkButton to be hit and [[LetsGetDangerous an ass-kicking ensued]]. Nowadays, it has been changed to a pinwheel, which has a much more positive connotation for her.
** Also never commented on, but Trafalgar Law has KnuckleTattoos saying "DETH." Probably ran out of room.
*** Nah, just a mistake on the author's part, as it was retconned into a standard: ''DEATH''.
* Scar's arm in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' probably qualifies.
** As of chapter 103, [[spoiler:That's "arms" plural, now]]
** As does the tattoo on Riza Hawkeye's back, which may have been put there against her will [[spoiler:by her own father, no less]].

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* A major part of the plot point in ''{{Anime/Photon}}'' is that the titular eponymous character and the female lead both have ''Baka'' (Idiot in Japanese) the same tattoo [[FaceDoodling written on their foreheads]] with apparently in ''magic'' magic marker. (Not QUITE a tattoo, but it never wears off and is apparently permanent -- marker, so it's also used to shore up ley lines in the ships.) Because having the same symbol on one's forehead as another totally permanent. Having matching drawings like this is [[AccidentalMarriage supposedly akin to a marriage proposal...]]
proposal]]. The embarrassing part is that the tattoo reads ''UsefulNotes/{{Baka}}'' -- Japanese for "idiot".
* The [[HumongousMecha Vox]] pilots in ''RinneNoLagrange'' have their use marks called Memoria (marks that allow them to interact with said mecha) their mecha. Some of them, though, are in questionable places, to say the least. Muginami's in particular, which is just above her crotch, while least: Madoka's is on her butt and butt, Lan's is somewhere on her breasts. Especially since it's breasts, and Muginami's is just above her crotch. It's further implied that those these are created based on where they're touched by the Vox.
Vox touches them.
* At one point in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryouga becomes invincible thanks to a tattoo of a war god on his stomach. Since the god happens to look like a cutesy smiley face, he begs Ranma to defeat him so to make it will disappear.
* From ''Manga/OnePiece'':
**
Portgas D. Ace from ''OnePiece'' wanted "ACE" has his name tattooed on his arm. But apparently, the artist didn't know how to spell "ace", as he instead has "A S CE," arm, except it's written "ASCE" with the "S" crossed out. This is never commented on.
** Actually easily
One would presume the artist couldn't spell, but the "S" can be explained if you pay attention to flashbacks and as the like. He used to be captain of the Spade Pirates, the S being a symbol of the crew.
*** [[spoiler:Also, the crossed out S is Sabo's
a pirate flag.]]
crew he used to captain.
** When Nami was working for Arlong against her will, she had been forced to wear the tattoo of his crew on her arm. She did some serious defacing over damage wearing it, causing Luffy's most common BerserkButton to be hit and [[LetsGetDangerous an ass-kicking ensued]]. Nowadays, it has been to ensue]]. She since changed it to a pinwheel, which has a much more positive connotation for her.
** Also never commented on, but A meta-embarrassment: Trafalgar Law has KnuckleTattoos saying "DETH." Probably ran out of room.
*** Nah, just a mistake on the author's part, as
Law's "DEATH" {{Knuckle Tattoo|s}} originally said "DETH" before it was retconned into a standard: ''DEATH''.
[[{{Retcon}} corrected]].
* From ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
**
Scar's arm is covered in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' probably qualifies.
a tattoo that allows him to perform his destructive alchemy. It's embarrassing because it [[TheAtoner reminds him of his past]].
** As of chapter 103, [[spoiler:That's "arms" plural, now]]
** As does the
Riza Hawkeye has a large tattoo on Riza Hawkeye's her back, which may have been was likely put there against her will will, perhaps [[spoiler:by her own father, no less]].father]].



* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' plays with this in respect towards [[ShrinkingViolet Jacuzzi's]] massive facial tattoo. While nothing is wrong with the tattoo itself, it clashes strongly with the boy's timid, unassuming nature so much that he treats it more like an embarrassing disfigurement than anything else. Some FridgeBrilliance stems from its origins as [[spoiler:the perceived disfiguring nature of it is ''exactly'' why he got it in the first place -- he got the tattoo immediately upon hearing that his best friend Nice [[EyeScream blew out her eye]] in a backyard explosives accident so that she wouldn't have to deal with the stares alone]].
* Happens indirectly in ''This is Otakudom'', a GagDub of ''FushigiYuugi'' that turns the cast into {{Otaku}} headed for an anime con. Tasuki, here portrayed as an overdramatic Goth, shows off his tattoo, which he claims means something long and pretentious about immortality in the shadows; subtitles then appear saying "Actual Translation: Stupid fanboy wasted his money".

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* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' plays In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'', there's nothing wrong with this in respect towards [[ShrinkingViolet Jacuzzi's]] Jacuzzi's massive facial tattoo. While nothing is wrong with the tattoo in itself, it clashes strongly with the boy's timid, unassuming nature so much that but being a ShrinkingViolet, he treats it more like as an embarrassing disfigurement than anything else. Some FridgeBrilliance stems from its origins as [[spoiler:the perceived disfiguring nature of it is ''exactly'' why disfigurement. It makes more sense when you know how he got it in the first place -- he it: [[spoiler:he got the tattoo immediately upon hearing that it when his best friend Nice [[EyeScream blew out her eye]] in a backyard explosives accident so explosive accident, thinking that she wouldn't shouldn't have to deal with the stares alone]].
alone.]]
* Happens Used indirectly in ''This is Otakudom'', a GagDub of ''FushigiYuugi'' that turns the cast into {{Otaku}} headed for an anime con. Tasuki, here portrayed as an overdramatic Goth, shows off his tattoo, which he claims means something long and pretentious about immortality "immortality in the shadows; shadows". The subtitles then appear saying say: "Actual Translation: Stupid fanboy wasted his money".



--> "I have a friend who got drunk and got a tattoo in Mandarin; he thought it said 'Golden Warrior' until a Chinese friend said, "No, it says 'ass monkey'." And then he did it again, this time in Sanskrit; he thought it said 'Dawn of Enlightenment' until an Indian friend said, "No, it says 'deliveries on Tuesday'." So he is The Ass Monkey Who Delivers On Tuesday for the rest of his life."

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--> "I have a friend who got drunk and got a tattoo in Mandarin; he thought it said 'Golden Warrior' "Golden Warrior" until a Chinese friend said, "No, it says 'ass monkey'." And then he did it again, this time in Sanskrit; he thought it said 'Dawn "Dawn of Enlightenment' Enlightenment" until an Indian friend said, "No, it says 'deliveries on Tuesday'." So he is The Ass Monkey Who Delivers On Tuesday for the rest of his life."



* In ''Uncanny ComicBook/XMen'', following Kitty Pryde's HeroicSacrifice, Colossus, mourning the woman he loved, got a tattoo of a heart with the name "Katya" (in the [[TheBackwardsR Cyrillic alphabet]]) on his chest. Recently, she got better (but is still out of the action due to uncontrollable powers), so there has been some speculation regarding Kitty's inevitable reaction when she sees Colossus's ink. More recent shots of Piotr shirtless and unarmored don't show his tattoo. We never saw it removed; indeed after the arc where he got the tattoo, it was never shown again indicating that it might have been a henna or otherwise temporary tattoo.
* In one story in ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', Max gets "a tattoo of a snake eating a rat, with the caption 'Born to watch my snake eat a rat'". He passes out mid-tattoo due to screaming about the needle and complains later that it 'doesn't even look like a snake. It looks like a candy cane', prompting Sam to deliver AnAesop about freedom of the individual and their inalienable right to get questionable body modifications, as long as it's their 'boneheaded choice'.
* Subverted in a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story, in which Peter Parker's then-current girlfriend Carlie Cooper got drunk and considered getting a Green Goblin tattoo. She ended up getting a Spider-Man tattoo instead. [[spoiler: Although that may now be an embarrassing tattoo, seeing as how Carlie just dumped Peter (as of the end of ComicBook/SpiderIsland) for lying to her about his being Spider-Man!]]

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* In ''Uncanny ComicBook/XMen'', following Kitty Pryde's HeroicSacrifice, Colossus, mourning the woman he loved, got a tattoo of a heart with the name "Katya" (in the [[TheBackwardsR Cyrillic alphabet]]) on his chest. Recently, she got better (but is still out of the action due to uncontrollable powers), so there has been some speculation regarding Kitty's inevitable reaction when she sees Colossus's ink. More recent Subsequent shots of Piotr shirtless and unarmored don't show his tattoo. We it, though; since we never saw it removed; indeed after the arc where he got the tattoo, removed, it was never shown again indicating that it might may just have been a henna {{Retcon}}ned out or otherwise temporary tattoo.
temporary. It's just as well, since Kitty got better and fans were speculating as to her inevitable reaction when she sees it.
* In one story in ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', Max gets "a tattoo of a snake eating a rat, with the caption 'Born to watch my snake eat a rat'". He passes out mid-tattoo due to screaming about the needle and complains later that it 'doesn't "doesn't even look like a snake. It snake -- it looks like a candy cane', cane", prompting Sam to deliver AnAesop about freedom of the individual and their inalienable right to get questionable body modifications, as long as it's their 'boneheaded choice'.
"boneheaded choice".
* Subverted in a In one ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story, in which Peter Parker's then-current girlfriend then-girlfriend Carlie Cooper got drunk and considered getting a Green Goblin tattoo. She ended up getting a Spider-Man tattoo instead. [[spoiler: Although that may now be an Because she was his ''then''-girlfriend, it got embarrassing tattoo, seeing as how Carlie just dumped Peter (as of the end of ComicBook/SpiderIsland) for lying to her about his being Spider-Man!]]after they broke up.



* Cookie in ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' has a large tattoo with the name of a long-past love inside a heart-shape. Because it's so conspicuous, he once declared he won't even consider a date with a girl ''not'' named Rita. In another strip, however, he figured a woman with a slightly different name won't notice anything when he made an addition to the tattoo to make it read "[=MargaRita=]." (This was never mentioned again and the change was lost in NegativeContinuity.)

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* Cookie in ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' has a large tattoo with the name of a long-past love inside a heart-shape.heart. Because it's so conspicuous, he once declared he won't even consider a date with a girl ''not'' named Rita. In another strip, however, he figured a woman with a slightly different name won't notice anything when he made an addition to the tattoo to make it read "[=MargaRita=]." (This was never mentioned again and the change was lost in NegativeContinuity.)



* Sally in Creator/{{Disney}} / Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' gets embarrassed when [=McQueen=] notices the marking on her rear end. She's got a [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=california+license+plate California license plate]].

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* Sally in Creator/{{Disney}} / Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' gets embarrassed when [=McQueen=] notices the marking on her rear end. She's got a [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=california+license+plate California license plate]].



* In ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'', Derek Vinyard (Creator/EdwardNorton) has a large swastika tattoo on his chest, which becomes shameful to him after he renounces his racist ideology. In a particularely poignant scene he just finishes taking a shower, and then looks at himself in the mirror while covering up the tattoo, realizing that he will likely carry that symbol of hate with him for the rest of his life. The poster to the film also features Norton trying to cover the tattoo with his hand.
* The con-artist protagonist of the western/comedy film ''Film/SupportYourLocalGunfighter'' has an enormous and embarrassing tattoo on his chest which honors his ditched fiancee. It finally gets burnt off in an explosion, allowing him to marry the Love Interest.

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* In ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'', Derek Vinyard (Creator/EdwardNorton) has a large swastika tattoo on his chest, which becomes shameful to him after he renounces his racist ideology. In a particularely poignant scene scene, he just finishes taking a shower, and then looks at himself in the mirror while covering up the tattoo, realizing that he will likely carry that symbol of hate with him for the rest of his life. The poster to the film also features Norton trying to cover the tattoo with his hand.
* The con-artist protagonist of the western/comedy film ''Film/SupportYourLocalGunfighter'' has an enormous and embarrassing tattoo on his chest which honors his ditched fiancee. It finally gets burnt off in an explosion, allowing him to marry the Love Interest.LoveInterest.



* In the Japanese flick ''Film/MoonChild'', a white man who wants to be a samurai gets a tattoo in kanji. He thinks it says samurai; it really says kitchen.
* Deputy Clementine Johnson in the ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' movie gets a tattoo of somebody's face after a drunken night of lovemaking. She spends the rest of the movie trying ot figure out who it is. [[spoiler: Deputy Garcia]]
* ''Film/DownPeriscope'':
** A quote in the movie refers to a TakeOurWordForIt feature of Thomas Dodge: "I just don't think it's right to give command of a nuclear submarine to a man who's got 'Welcome Aboard' tattooed on his penis."
** And later on that same character threatens, "I won't rest until I have his tattooed hide nailed to my office wall!" You want to do ''what'' now?
* In the 2002 film version of ''Film/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'', Gwendolyn has the name Ernest tattooed on her buttocks , which adds to her horror when "Ernest" tells her his real name is Jack.
* In ''Film/GoldenEye'', Film/JamesBond forces Jack Wade to show a rose tattoo with the name "Muffy" ("Third wife.") on his hip as part of the TrustPassword.
* ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'' has the titular character get drunk (after stating that he doesn't drink), shortly afterwards his daughter notices a tattoo of the Loch Ness Monster.
* One enthusiastic ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' shows the main characters his new tattoo based on the upcoming ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Of Jar-Jar Binks.
* Talia in ''Film/LarryCrowne'' gets a free tattoo when she starts a shop next to a parlor. It supposedly means "strong mind" but apparently actually reads "soy sauce"
* Kevin has gotten a huge tattoo of Pam while drunk in Eastern Europe in ''Film/LittleFockers''.
* The Farrely Brothers comedy ''Film/{{Kingpin}}'' features a scene where the Amish bowler played by Randy Quaid is horrified to find a tattoo on his front side after a night of partying. Woody Harrelson's character manages to talk him down about it, but [[spoiler: he doesn't have the heart to tell him about the well-endowed stripper tattoo he got inked on his back!]]
* In ''Film/ThatsMyBoy'' Han has a tattoo of the New Kids on the Block on his back.
* In ''Film/CaptainRon'' Christine has a rose tattooed (guess where).
* ''Film/WereTheMillers'': Scotty P's neck tattoo (although he clearly has "No [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Ragrets]]"...)
* In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', once Fred Dukes gains weight, the pin-up on his arm fattens as well.
* In ''Film/MomsNightOut'', Sondra, the pastor's wife, has a tattoo of Donny Osmond in a place where it takes lowering her skirt to show it to her daughter.

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* In the Japanese flick ''Film/MoonChild'', a white man who wants to be a samurai gets a tattoo in kanji. He thinks it says samurai; "samurai"; it really says kitchen.
"kitchen".
* Deputy Clementine Johnson in the ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' movie gets a tattoo of somebody's face after a drunken night of lovemaking. She spends the rest of the movie trying ot to figure out who it is. It's [[spoiler: Deputy Garcia]]
* ''Film/DownPeriscope'':
** A quote in the movie refers to a TakeOurWordForIt feature of Thomas Dodge: "I just don't think it's right to give command of a nuclear submarine to a man who's got 'Welcome Aboard' tattooed on his penis."
** And later on that same character threatens, "I won't rest until I have his tattooed hide nailed to my office wall!" You want to do ''what'' now?
Garcia]].
* In the 2002 film version of ''Film/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'', Gwendolyn has is so enamored with the name Ernest "Ernest" that she has it tattooed on her buttocks , which adds buttocks, adding to her horror when "Ernest" tells her his real name is Jack.
* In ''Film/GoldenEye'', Film/JamesBond forces Jack Wade to show a rose tattoo with the name "Muffy" ("Third wife.") wife") on his hip as part of the their TrustPassword.
* ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'' has the titular eponymous character get drunk (after stating that he doesn't drink), shortly afterwards his daughter notices and emerge with a tattoo of the Loch Ness Monster.
* One enthusiastic ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' shows the main characters his new tattoo based on the upcoming then-upcoming ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Of He thinks it's going to be one of the film's most awesome characters. [[TheScrappy It's Jar-Jar Binks.
Binks.]]
* Talia in ''Film/LarryCrowne'' gets a free tattoo when she starts a shop next to a parlor. It supposedly means "strong mind" mind", but apparently actually reads "soy sauce"
sauce".
* Kevin has gotten gets a huge tattoo of Pam while drunk in Eastern Europe in ''Film/LittleFockers''.
* The Farrely Brothers comedy ''Film/{{Kingpin}}'' features a scene where the Amish bowler played by Randy Quaid is horrified to find a tattoo on his front side after a night of partying. Woody Harrelson's character manages to talk him down about it, but [[spoiler: he doesn't have the heart to tell him about the well-endowed stripper tattoo he got inked on his back!]]
back.]]
* In ''Film/ThatsMyBoy'' ''Film/ThatsMyBoy'', Han has a tattoo of the New Kids on the Block on his back.
* In ''Film/CaptainRon'' Christine has a rose tattooed (guess where).
* ''Film/WereTheMillers'': Scotty P's neck tattoo (although shows that he clearly has "No [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Ragrets]]"...)
Ragrets]]".
* In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', once Fred Dukes has a pin-up girl tattooed on his arm; when he gains weight, the pin-up on his arm she fattens as well.
* In ''Film/MomsNightOut'', Sondra, the pastor's wife, has a tattoo of Donny Osmond in a place where it takes lowering he has to lower her skirt to show it to her daughter.



* A semi-humorous example is the forehead tattoo of the BadAss mercenary Raven in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' reading "Poor Impulse Control". What makes this one less amusing is that it was given as a judicial punishment rather than a personal choice.

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* A semi-humorous example is the forehead tattoo of the BadAss mercenary Raven in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' reading ''Literature/SnowCrash'', which reads "Poor Impulse Control". What makes this one less amusing is that it was given as a judicial punishment rather than a personal choice.



* The Dark Mark seems to be this in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' for some former Death Eaters such as Severus Snape and Igor Karkaroff, given some of the exchanges between the two of them in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet Of Fire]]''.
* In ''{{Literature/Papillon}}'', the Masked Breton's cockroach tattoo, which is on his ''face''. As he tells Papillon and the other escapees, he foolishly got it in prison to look tough, but after escaping realized that it made him very easy to identify and would make a normal life almost impossible for him.
* In ''Literature/TheChildrenOfCaptainGrant'' by Creator/JulesVerne, [[spoiler:Dr. Paganel survives a stay with a friendly Maori chieftain who tattoos him top to bottom, and thenceforth becomes very protective of his modesty]].

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* The Dark Mark seems to be this in In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' for some former series, the Death Eaters such have the "Dark Mark" tattooed on them as Severus a symbol of their membership. Former Death Eaters like Snape and Igor Karkaroff, Karkaroff consider them shameful, given some of the their exchanges between the two of them in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet Of Fire]]''.
* In ''{{Literature/Papillon}}'', the Masked Breton's Breton has a cockroach tattoo, which is tattooed on his ''face''. face. As he tells Papillon and the other escapees, he foolishly got it in prison to look tough, but after escaping escaping, he realized that it made him very easy to identify and would make a normal life almost impossible for him.
* In ''Literature/TheChildrenOfCaptainGrant'' by Creator/JulesVerne, [[spoiler:Dr. Dr. Paganel survives a [[spoiler:a stay with a friendly Maori chieftain who tattoos him top to bottom, and thenceforth he becomes very protective of his modesty]].



* In ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' [[spoiler: Lisbeth Salander tattoos her guardian very badly, and painfully, with "I am a sexist pig, a pervert and a rapist" on his stomach as revenge after he brutally rapes her. She prevents him from getting it removed, and he still has it when he dies.]]
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Father Forthill]] is revealed to have one of the Eye of Thoth, which he and several other newly christened priests got the morning after they killed a vampire (and celebrated by getting drunk.) [[spoiler:Harry had seen the symbol on a corpse earlier in the novel, so when he sees Forthill's tattoo, he realizes that Father Vincent (who helped kill the vampire, and the one who hired him to find the Shroud of Turin) has been replaced by a Denarian.]]
* In Glen Cook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series, Garrett knew a guy from his Marine unit who'd gotten his penis tattooed like a serpent, and probably regretted it for the rest of his life. At the time, the guy just figured he'd rather be addressed as "Snakeman" than by his previous nickname of "Donkey Dick".

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* In ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' [[spoiler: Lisbeth ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'', [[spoiler:Lisbeth Salander tattoos her gets revenge on the guardian who brutally raped her]] by forcibly, painfuly, and very badly, and painfully, badly tattooing him with [[spoiler:the words "I am a sexist pig, a pervert and a rapist" on his stomach as revenge after he brutally rapes her.rapist. She prevents him from getting it removed, and he still has it when he dies.]]
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Father Forthill]] is revealed to have one of the Eye of Thoth, which he and several other newly christened priests got the morning after they killed a vampire (and celebrated by getting drunk.) drunk). [[spoiler:Harry had seen the symbol on a corpse earlier in the novel, so when he sees Forthill's tattoo, he realizes that Father Vincent (who helped kill the vampire, vampire and was the one who hired him to find the Shroud of Turin) has been replaced by a Denarian.]]
* In Glen Cook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series, Garrett knew a guy from his Marine unit who'd gotten his penis tattooed like a serpent, and probably regretted it for the rest of his life. At the time, the guy just figured he'd rather be addressed as "Snakeman" than by his previous nickname of nickname, [[EmbarrassingNickname "Donkey Dick".Dick"]].



* One of the stories of ''WaysideSchool'' has Calvin's dad getting him a tattoo for his birthday. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Mrs. Jewels]] [[DiscussedTrope advises him 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.]]
* Refreshingly averted by the [[AuntDimity Pym sisters]] when they finally meet their great-grandniece Bree. They mention having seen tattoos on a sailor and a male farmhand, and while they express curiosity to see them on a young woman, they give no hint of condemnation of the practice. They are also familiar with the Maori cultural influence on New Zealand. After a bit of coaxing, Bree does push up her sleeves to show them, and she tells them about the morepork owl on her left shoulder. They also recognize the specific flowers (bamboo orchid, red mistletoe and white tea tree blossoms) she has on her arms.

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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 advises him 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.]]
* Refreshingly averted by the [[AuntDimity Pym sisters]] sisters from AuntDimity when they finally meet their great-grandniece Bree. They mention having seen tattoos on a sailor and a male farmhand, and while they express curiosity to see them on a young woman, they give no hint of condemnation of the practice. They are also familiar with the Maori cultural influence on New Zealand. After a bit of coaxing, Bree does push up her sleeves to show them, and she tells them about the morepork owl on her left shoulder. They also recognize the specific flowers (bamboo orchid, red mistletoe and white tea tree blossoms) she has on her arms.



* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has undoubtedly one of the most embarrassing tattoos - after breaking up with his fiance Angela, Hodgins is horrified to find [[PapaWolf her father]][[note]]Billy Gibbons from ZZTop. Not played by Billy Gibbons, he IS Billy Gibbons.[[/note]] in town. Angela convinces her father to call it off - and then Hodgins wakes up in the middle of the desert, drugged, with Angela's face tattooed on his arm in scary perfection, with "Angela Forever" written at the bottom. Naturally, Angela is horrified ("You're ''sweating'' on me!")
** [[spoiler: Should be a bit less embarrassing since Hodgins and Angela made up and got married.]]
** Apparently Billy Gibbons really likes to kidnap and drug Hodgins and tattoo him. Now Hodgins has a tattoo of Billy Gibbons on his OTHER bicep. Wow, that oughta be great for their sex life...

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has undoubtedly one of the most a particularly embarrassing tattoos - after one. After breaking up with his fiance fiancee Angela, Hodgins is horrified to find [[PapaWolf her father]][[note]]Billy father]], Billy Gibbons from ZZTop. Not ZZTop,[[note]]Not played by Billy Gibbons, he IS ''is'' Billy Gibbons.[[/note]] is in town. Angela convinces her father tries to call it off - and then talk him down, only for Hodgins wakes to wake up in the middle of the desert, drugged, with Angela's face tattooed on his arm in scary perfection, perfection with the caption "Angela Forever" written at the bottom. Forever". Naturally, Angela is horrified ("You're ''sweating'' on me!")
** [[spoiler: Should be a bit less embarrassing since
me!"), but she gets over it after [[spoiler:she and Hodgins and Angela made eventually make up and got married.]]
** Apparently
get married for real]]. But that didn't stop Billy Gibbons really likes to kidnap from doing it again, this time with Hodgins' other arm and drug Hodgins and tattoo him. Now Hodgins has a tattoo of Billy Gibbons on his OTHER bicep. Wow, that oughta be great Billy's ''own'' face (which [[SarcasmMode should do wonders for their sex life...life]]).



* In one episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Lister worries his crew-mates may have seen his tattoo: "I don't really love Petersen, he just got me so drunk that I didn't know what I was doing."

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* In one episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Lister worries his crew-mates crewmates may have seen his tattoo: tattoo:
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"I don't really love Petersen, Petersen; he just got me so drunk that I didn't know what I was doing."



* Ted from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' went to a tattoo parlor on a drunken dare while trying to get over a break-up and ended up with a butterfly on his lower back (or as Barney puts it, "a tramp stamp, a ho tag, ass antlers ..."). It turns out the tattoo artist was recently dumped by the girl Ted was making out with (the one who dragged him there to get a tattoo). He eventually gets the tattoo painfully removed in "Ten Sessions" and eventually got engaged to the doctor who performed the procedure (after the 10 weeks were up).
* The trope forms the basis of the ''ThreesCompany'' episode "Jack's Tattoo," in which Jack finds out that, while he was in a drunken stupor, his old navy buddies gave him a heart-shaped tattoo on his derrière, with the inscription "The Love Butt." Multiple misunderstandings arise when Jack goes to the hospital to have it removed, with Janet thinking that's he's having a vasectomy and Mr. Furley thinking that he's having an operation to become "Jacqueline."

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* Ted from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' went to a tattoo parlor on a drunken dare while trying to get over a break-up and ended up with a butterfly on his lower back (or as Barney puts it, "a tramp stamp, a ho tag, ass antlers ..."). It turns out the tattoo artist was recently dumped by the girl Ted was making out with (the one who dragged him there to get a tattoo). He eventually gets the tattoo painfully removed in "Ten Sessions" and eventually got gets engaged to the doctor who performed the procedure (after the 10 weeks were up).
procedure.
* The trope forms the basis of the ''ThreesCompany'' episode "Jack's Tattoo," Tattoo", in which Jack finds out that, that while he was in a drunken stupor, his old navy buddies gave him a heart-shaped tattoo on his derrière, derrière with the inscription "The Love Butt." [[PoorCommunicationKills Multiple misunderstandings arise arise]] when Jack goes to the hospital to have it removed, with Janet thinking that's he's having a vasectomy and Mr. Furley thinking that he's having an operation to become "Jacqueline.""Jacqueline".



* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Giles has a tattoo on his arm of a strange symbol. It's revealed that its the mark of a demon called Eyghon which he and some friends summoned in their youth which will eventually [[DemonicPossession inhabit their bodies]] and then kill them. Even after the demon is defeated he keeps the tattoo; it even shows up in the (canonical) Season 8 comic books where Faith spots it.

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Giles has a tattoo on his arm of a strange symbol. It's revealed that its the mark of a demon called Eyghon which he and some friends summoned in their youth -- and which will eventually [[DemonicPossession inhabit their bodies]] and then kill them. Even after the The demon is defeated later defeated, but he keeps the tattoo; it even shows up in the (canonical) Season 8 comic books where Faith spots it.



::That line from Giles is even more meaningful if you know the (non-canon) origins of Faith's tattoo. Like Giles, it's actually the mark of a demon, in this case the Mark of Kakistos, given to her while being possessed by a dead Greek Slayer.
* The coach from ''Series/SavedByTheBell: The College Years'' has got [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tweety Bird]] on his butt. But he was a bit younger and thinner when he first got it, leading to this remark;

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::That line from Giles is even more meaningful if you know the (non-canon) origins of Faith's tattoo. Like Giles, it's actually the mark of a demon, in this case the Mark of Kakistos, given to her while being possessed by a dead Greek Slayer.
* The coach from ''Series/SavedByTheBell: The College Years'' has got [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tweety Bird]] tattooed on his butt. But he was a bit younger and thinner when he first got it, leading to this remark;remark:



* An episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'' has a patient with a Ku Klux Klan tattoo: when he regains consciousness, he tells them he's renounced the KKK and keeps the tattoo to remind him of his past.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' had a PatientOfTheWeek who repeatedly asked to be treated by an another doctor. Eventually, he was forced to show his tattoo, which revealed that he's a neo-Nazi and did not want to be treated by the Asian, Jewish and/or black protagonists.
** What [[FridgeLogic makes it weird]] is that never outright demands a white doctor, he just keeps asking for someone else when he keeps getting minority doctors. He's rather polite, if terse, about wanting someone different. And when his gigantic-ass tattoo (which he claims was a drunken mistake, even though it clearly would've taken several separate sessions to complete) is revealed, he says he didn't want Dr. Bailey, who is black, to see it because she "might take offense." Uh...isn't that kind of THE POINT of being a white supremacist?
** When the neo-Nazi/white supremacist needs surgery, Dr. Bailey, the spunky female black doctor has to operate on him. After she finishes, she decides that the skin around the cut is "jagged" and so she stitches the swastika back together as an S shape instead of the original swastika.
* Dr Kelso in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has "Johnny" tattooed on his buttock (While Johnny has "Bobby" tattooed on his). "He's an old [[HelloSailor sailor buddy, and if you went through what we did]], you'd understand."

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* An episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'' has a patient found with a Ku Klux Klan tattoo: when tattoo. When he regains consciousness, he tells them he's renounced the KKK and keeps the tattoo [[TheAtoner to remind him of his past.
past]].
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' had a an odd PatientOfTheWeek who repeatedly asked to be treated by an another doctor. Eventually, he was forced to show his tattoo, which revealed that he's a white supremacist with an embarrassing neo-Nazi and did not want to be treated by the Asian, Jewish and/or black protagonists.
** What [[FridgeLogic makes it weird]] is that never outright demands a white doctor, he just keeps asking for someone else when he keeps getting minority doctors. He's rather polite, if terse, about wanting someone different. And when his gigantic-ass tattoo (which he claims was a drunken mistake, even though it clearly would've taken several separate sessions to complete) is revealed, he says
tattoo. Although he didn't want Dr. Bailey, who is black, to see it because she "might take offense." Uh...isn't show it, he still didn't want a non-white doctor to treat him (although he didn't want to admit that kind of THE POINT of being a white supremacist?
** When the neo-Nazi/white supremacist needs surgery,
outright). Dr. Bailey, the spunky female black doctor has to operate doctor, ended up operating on him. After she finishes, she decides that him and stitching the skin around the cut is "jagged" and so she stitches the swastika back together as tattoo up into an S shape instead of the original rather than a swastika.
* Dr Kelso in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has "Johnny" tattooed on his buttock (While buttock, while Johnny has "Bobby" tattooed on his). his. His explains that "He's an old [[HelloSailor sailor buddy, and if you went through what we did]], you'd understand."



* In an episode of ''TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'', Berg tried to prevent Pete from discovering that Pete's new girlfriend had his [Berg's] name tattooed on her body in a very intimate place.
* In a subversion, grade schooler Little Pete in ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' had a tattoo of a lounging Spanish woman that he called "Petunia" and was later revealed to have another of a sailing ship. The person that was embarrassed was not Pete, but his mother, because her youngest son had the tattoos, and she made him cover them with long clothing up no matter what time of year it was.
* A dating service video sketch in ''Series/SmackThePony'' had "an ex punk, looking for a soulmate with equally regrettable past" and revealing she has an obscene tattoo on her forehead covered by her hair.

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* In an episode of ''TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'', Berg tried to prevent Pete from discovering that one of Berg's exes has his name tattooed in an intimate place, and when she becomes Pete's new girlfriend had his [Berg's] name tattooed on her body in a very intimate place.
girlfriend, Berg tries to prevent him from finding out.
* In a subversion, grade Grade schooler Little Pete in ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' had a tattoo of a lounging Spanish woman that he called "Petunia" and was later revealed to have another of a sailing ship. The person that was embarrassed was He's not Pete, embarrassed, but his mother, because her youngest son had the tattoos, mother was, and she made always tried to make him cover them with long clothing up no matter what time of year it was.
up.
* A dating service video sketch in ''Series/SmackThePony'' had "an ex punk, looking for a soulmate with equally regrettable past" and revealing she has who reveals an obscene tattoo on her forehead covered by her hair.



* Mocked by ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in a fake commercial for Lower Back Tattoo remover. It's just a bottle of acid that leaves a horrid scar where the tattoo was.
** 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 around the time he was in high school, (an Anthony Kiedis tribal tattoo[[note]]because he thought he'd love The Red Hot Chili Peppers forever[[/note]] on his left upper arm, a red nautical tattoo on his right bicep, and a weird seascape on his right side[[note]]if you're wondering why it wasn't shown on the "E-Meth" fake commercial on the part where Wheelan was naked from the upper chest down, it was covered with makeup[[/note]], which doesn't make sense to him, as Wheelan grew up in Iowa and never saw the ocean).
* It was a plot in an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' when Jefferson got a tattoo on his butt for his wife Marcy but since the tattoo artist was plastered, it ended up spelled 'Mary'. [[spoiler: Even after Jefferson managed to get it changed. It was changed to 'Marty'.]]

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* On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
**
Mocked by ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in a fake commercial for Lower "Lower Back Tattoo remover. It's remover", which is just a bottle of acid that leaves a horrid scar where the tattoo was.
** 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 around the time he was in high school, (an school. He had an Anthony Kiedis tribal tattoo[[note]]because tattoo (because he thought he'd love The Red Hot Chili Peppers forever[[/note]] on his left upper arm, the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers forever), a red nautical tattoo on his right bicep, tattoo, and a weird seascape on his right side[[note]]if you're wondering why it wasn't shown on the "E-Meth" fake commercial on the part where Wheelan was naked from the upper chest down, it was covered with makeup[[/note]], which side (which doesn't make sense to him, as Wheelan since he grew up in Iowa and never saw the ocean).
ocean). That seascape was actually covered with makeup when it was otherwise exposed in the "E-Meth" commercial.
* It was a plot in an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' when Jefferson got a tattoo on his butt for his wife Marcy -- but since the tattoo artist was plastered, it ended up spelled 'Mary'. [[spoiler: Even after "Mary". Jefferson managed tried to get it changed. It was changed changed, and [[spoiler:he did...to 'Marty'."Marty".]]



* In the ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency", it's revealed that Penny has a Chinese character tattooed on her butt, which is supposed to mean "courage", but according to Sheldon, it actually means "soup".

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** In the
episode "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency", it's revealed that Penny has a Chinese character tattooed on her butt, which is butt. It's supposed to mean "courage", but according to Sheldon, it actually means "soup".



* In ''Series/ICarly'', one of the characters had to get a tattoo of Sam's face after losing a bet. [[spoiler: It was fake, but he didn't know it until it was too late...]]
* In ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' Russell Huxtable was revealed to once had a tattoo done on his chest for Anna. Unfortunately, he had a cold at the time and so it was spelled 'Adda' who was Anna's chief rival. He had that removed but left a scar on his chest.
* In ''Series/GroundedForLife'' Lily has a tattoo of a golden sprite on her lower back, with a banner reading "Dean", only discovered by her new boyfriend, Brad until months into their relationship. He gets over it, as Lily says that the tattoo means less than what she does, and it serves as a reminder that in the end, she chose Brad over Dean... though the fact that the money Brad offered for getting it removed were meant to buy her an iPod, and once she heard about that, changed her mind about the removal.
* In ''Big Bad Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'', in order to get the kids to go along with a ZanyScheme, Flabber offers to show them his tattoo. When the kids retort that they've seen tattoos before, he admits that this one is on his ''spleen''. That seals the deal.
* The end result is never seen, but one ''Series/WhitestKidsUKnow'' sketch shows an inebriated character in the process of coming up with one of these. The end result is: [[SuperMarioBrothers Bowser]] wearing shades, whaling on a double-necked guitar, on a surfboard, in front of a huge pot leaf, in front of a cross, with "Happy Birthday Rick" written above it.
** Someone took the bullet for the rest of us [[http://www.geekologie.com/2008/03/24/questionable-bowser-tattoo.jpg and there are no words to explain how much this guy is going to hate himself in twenty years.]] Make no mistake it looks awesome but...
* ''Series/TrueLife'' profiled people with these on the episode "I Hate My Tattoos". The first person was a former criminal who got his tattoos done while drunk by a friend (who wasn't a tattoo artist), and as a result not only were the tattoos all over his neck but they also looked like a child drew them. The second person had tattoos all over his body but was trying to get a white collar job. The third person tattooed her boyfriend's name on her arm and shortly afterwards they broke up.
* Defied in the Tru TV show ''AllWorkedUp.'' Byran the process server had to deal with a tattoo artist who tattooed a man with Japanese kanji, only to wound up being a ForeignCussWord, so the artist was going to be sued and first served by Byran. Rage would later ensue.

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* In ''Series/ICarly'', one of the characters had to get a tattoo of Sam's face after losing a bet. [[spoiler: It was fake, but he didn't know it until it was too late...late.]]
* In ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', Russell Huxtable was revealed to once had a tattoo done on his chest for Anna. Unfortunately, he had a cold at the time and time, so it was spelled 'Adda' who was "Adda" -- which happened to be the name Anna's chief rival. He had that removed removed, but it left a scar on his chest.
* In ''Series/GroundedForLife'' ''Series/GroundedForLife'', Lily has a tattoo of a golden sprite on her lower back, with a banner reading "Dean", only discovered by her "Dean". Her new boyfriend, boyfriend Brad doesn't find out until months into their relationship. He gets over it, as Lily says she relents and points out that the tattoo means less than what she does, and it serves as a reminder that in the end, she chose Brad over Dean... though the fact that Dean -- and then realized the money Brad offered for getting it removed were meant to buy its removal was originally earmarked for her to get an iPod, and once she heard about that, changed her mind about the removal.
iPod.
* In ''Big Bad Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'', in order to get the kids to go along with a ZanyScheme, Flabber offers to show the kids his tattoo to get them on board with his tattoo.ZanyScheme. When the kids retort that they've seen tattoos before, he admits that this one is on his ''spleen''. That seals the deal.
* The end result is never seen, but one One ''Series/WhitestKidsUKnow'' sketch shows an inebriated character in the process of coming up with one of these. The end result is: [[SuperMarioBrothers Bowser]] wearing shades, whaling on a double-necked guitar, on a surfboard, in front of a huge pot leaf, in front of a cross, with "Happy Birthday Rick" written above it.
** Someone took
it. It was never shown on the bullet for show, but it is on the rest of us Internet, and [[http://www.geekologie.com/2008/03/24/questionable-bowser-tattoo.jpg and there are no words to explain how much this guy is going to hate himself in twenty years.]] Make no mistake it looks awesome but...
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* ''Series/TrueLife'' profiled people with these on the episode "I Hate My Tattoos". The first person was a former criminal who got his tattoos done while drunk by a friend (who wasn't a tattoo artist), and as a result not only were the tattoos he looked like he had a child's drawings all over his neck but they also looked like a child drew them. neck. The second person had tattoos all over his body but was trying to get a white collar white-collar job. The third person tattooed her boyfriend's name on her arm and arm, only for them to break up shortly afterwards they broke up.
afterward.
* Defied in In the Tru TV show ''AllWorkedUp.'' Byran Byran, the process server had server, winds up having to deal with serve a tattoo artist who tattooed a man the plaintiff with Japanese kanji, only to wound up being a ForeignCussWord, so the artist was going kanji that turned out to be sued and first served by Byran. Rage would later ensue.a ForeignCussWord.



* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'': Chas attempts to make one side of his body look like Daniel Craig (ItMakesSenseInContext) and gets a tattoo of a 'Japanese character' on his upper arm. He ends up with a tattoo of HelloKitty.
* On ''{{Series/Justified}}'', Boyd Crowder used to run a gang of Neo-Nazis and has swastikas and other white supremacist symbols tattooed on his body. After being shot he had a HeelFaithTurn and renounced the ideology. The tattoos are now a source of embarrassment to him especially when he tried to ally himself with the African American community of Noble's Holler and its leader Limehouse.
* A show on Spike TV, ''Tattoo Nightmares'', chronicles people getting rid of their embarrassing tattoos. It shows how hard it can be: many of the bad tattoos are large and dark. Generally most of the bad tattoos were either poor drunk decisions or were free tattoos given out of trucks and the like. In several cases people mention the tattoo artist doing drugs right before tattooing them.

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* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'': Chas attempts to make one side of his body look like Daniel Craig (ItMakesSenseInContext) and gets a tattoo of a 'Japanese character' "Japanese character" on his upper arm. He ends up with a tattoo of HelloKitty.
* On ''{{Series/Justified}}'', Boyd Crowder used to run a gang of Neo-Nazis and has swastikas and other white supremacist symbols tattooed on his body. After being shot shot, he had a HeelFaithTurn and renounced the ideology. The tattoos are now a source of embarrassment to him him, especially when he tried to ally himself with the African American community of Noble's Holler and its leader Limehouse.
* A show on Spike TV, ''Tattoo Nightmares'', chronicles people getting rid of their embarrassing tattoos. It shows how hard it can be: be; many of the bad tattoos are large and dark. Generally most Most of the bad tattoos were either poor drunk decisions or were free tattoos given out of trucks and the like. In several cases cases, people mention the tattoo artist doing drugs right before tattooing them.



* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo".

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* Foreman from ''Series/{{House}}'' tells people that his tattoo is a Native American symbol meaning "the force of life". Guest star LL Cool J recognises it as gang ink from his juvenile delinquent days.
** LL himself has prison tattoos at the start of the episode, which are [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic oh-so-symbolically]] removed by an MRI machine; the inks used in prison tats tend to be based on heavy metals, or something.
* A sketch on ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' had a skinhead tattooing the word 'HATE' on his forehead. He then turns around and we discover that, because he did it looking in the mirror, it is backwards.
* In ''Series/KennyVsSpenny'', during the challenge "Who has the bigger balls" Kenny opted to get a tattoo for the sake of earning a single extra point. The tattoo was a teeny tiny black dot on his arm, almost completely impossible to differentiate from the freckles and hairs on it.

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* Foreman from ''Series/{{House}}'' tells people that his tattoo is a Native American symbol meaning "the force of life". Guest star LL Cool J recognises it as gang ink from his juvenile delinquent days.
** LL himself has
days. LL's own prison tattoos at the start of the episode, which are [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic oh-so-symbolically]] symbolically]] removed by an MRI machine; the inks used in prison tats tend to be based on heavy metals, machine, which implies that they're made of metal or something.
* A sketch on ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' had a skinhead tattooing the word 'HATE' "HATE" on his forehead. He then turns around and we discover that, because he did it looking in the mirror, it is it's backwards.
* In ''Series/KennyVsSpenny'', during the challenge "Who has Has the bigger balls" Bigger Balls", Kenny opted to get a tattoo for the sake of earning a single extra point. The tattoo was a teeny tiny black dot on his arm, almost completely impossible to differentiate from the freckles and hairs on it.



* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Blanche notices that the man she is dating has a tattoo of a nose on his arm. He tells her that he got it while in the Navy - it was supposed to be a rose, but both he and the tattoo artist were blind drunk at the time, so...

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* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Blanche notices that the man she is dating has a tattoo of a nose on his arm. He tells her that he got it while in the Navy - Navy; it was supposed to be a rose, but both he and the tattoo artist were blind drunk at the time, so...time.



* The Sammy Kershaw song "Your Tattoo": ''You turned out to be a bad heartache / And I found someone to take your place / What am I gonna do with your tattoo?''
* The ''{{Tripod}}'' song "If I Had A Tattoo" parodies this: "If I had a tattoo/I would get one of you/Or at least of a generic woman's body/Draw your head on with a texta"
* TheWho's "Tattoo" both invokes and averts this trope.

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* The Sammy Kershaw song "Your Tattoo": ''You Tattoo":
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turned out to be a bad heartache / heartache\\
And I found someone to take your place / place\\
What am I gonna do with your tattoo?''
* The ''{{Tripod}}'' song "If I Had A Tattoo" parodies this: "If this:
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I had a tattoo/I tattoo\\
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would get one of you/Or you\\
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* TheWho's "Tattoo" both invokes and averts this trope.trope:



-->"He's getting a tattoo, yeah he's getting ink done.\\

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Next to HelloKitty and a zombie ice skating wait\\

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* One of the risks of buying used morphs in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''. In the core rulebook's introductory fiction the protagonist finds a particularly rude [[AnimatedTattoo animated nanotat]] of an entire Slitheroid entering the genitals of a Pleasure Pod, on their new body's right bicep.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' the "New Look" surgery permanently alters your pigmentation (since tattoos don't work too well with [[PettingZooPeople fur or feathers]]) and gives you a social bonus with groups that find the new pattern attractive or endearing, and a penalty with just about everyone else. Mutants who naturally have unusual patterns are frequently subject to FantasticRacism due to the surgery's association with rebellious kids.

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* One This is one of the risks of buying used morphs in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''. In the core rulebook's introductory fiction fiction, the protagonist finds a particularly rude [[AnimatedTattoo animated nanotat]] of an entire Slitheroid entering the genitals of a Pleasure Pod, Pod on their new body's right bicep.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'', the "New Look" surgery permanently alters your pigmentation (since tattoos don't work too well with [[PettingZooPeople fur or feathers]]) and feathers]]). It gives you a social bonus with groups that find the new pattern attractive or endearing, endearing and a penalty with just about everyone else. Mutants who naturally have unusual patterns are frequently subject to FantasticRacism due to the surgery's association with rebellious kids.



* Ex TattooedCrook, [[TheAtoner now]] local LovableRogue Gaius from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has what's all but stated to be a tattoo acquired in prison. He covers it with ConspicuousGloves and/or a black band, and is VERY upset when [[PlayerCharacter the Avatar]] catches a glimpse of it.

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* Ex Ex- TattooedCrook, [[TheAtoner now]] local LovableRogue Gaius from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has what's all but stated to be a tattoo acquired in prison. He covers it with ConspicuousGloves and/or or a black band, and is VERY he's ''very'' upset when [[PlayerCharacter the Avatar]] catches a glimpse of it.



* Klaus Kreutz from ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' has a tattoo of the swastika on his arm from before he joined the Kreisau Circle, causing a brief scuffle with BJ when they first meet. While he admits that he would like it removed, he wants that moment to be just as important as when he first got it in the first place.
* [[WhatDidIDoLastNight A sidequest]] in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' will lead to Geralt getting a very risque tattoo on the side of his throat in full view. Unless you take specific steps to remove it the tattoo will stay on for the rest of the game and the sequel if you import the save.

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* Klaus Kreutz from ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' has a tattoo of the a swastika on his arm from before he joined the Kreisau Circle, causing a brief scuffle with BJ when they first meet. While he admits that he would like it removed, he wants that moment to be just as important as when he first got it in the first place.
* [[WhatDidIDoLastNight A sidequest]] in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' will lead to Geralt getting a very risque tattoo on the side of his throat in full view. Unless you take specific steps to remove it it, the tattoo will stay on for the rest of the game and the sequel if you import the save.



* In a ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' short, Grif and Church debate the merits and drawbacks of tattoos, one of Church's points being that whatever you get a tattoo of, you will be ashamed of in ten years time.

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* In a ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' short, Grif and Church debate the merits and drawbacks of tattoos, one of Church's points being that whatever you get a tattoo of, you will be ashamed of it in ten years years' time.



* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Roy's father one-ups this by not only getting a drunk tattoo but also a ''Blood Oath of Vengeance'' to go with it.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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Roy's father one-ups this by not only getting a drunk tattoo tattoo, but also a ''Blood "Blood Oath of Vengeance'' Vengeance" to go with it.



* When Zoe from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is given a tattoo on her chest thanks to a mistake with magic, her main concern is that it turns her into a camel whenever someone says "shupid," but does have to go through great pains to hide it from her puritanical mother.

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* When Zoe from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is given a tattoo on her chest thanks to a mistake with magic, her main concern is that it turns her into a camel whenever someone says "shupid," "shupid", but she does have go to go through great pains to hide it from her puritanical mother.



* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' Kerrie was really embarrassed about the tattoo she got from "one of those seedy, coin-operated robots you find in servicemen's bars", but apparently it's actually [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080916.html pretty awesome]]. And it kind of [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20131224.html is]].
* [[http://myapokalips.com/show/23#comic "Aw, that's a sick tattoo!" "Ya bro, it means 'strength'"]][[note]]A robot showing off his CAPTCHA sticker that quite clearly reads [=ReTArD=][[/note]]
* Joel in ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' was unwittingly subjected to a [[http://concessioncomic.com/index.php?pid=20100727 series of body modifications that increased with blood alcohol level]]: Ear clip, eyebrow stud, and lip ring at .05; a tattoo of a butterfly on his arm at .10; and his (recently very dominant) boyfriend's name ''branded on his ass'' at .15.
* In ''Webcomic/BallerinaMafia'' Ossian tattooed a picture of Marlon Brando on Zoe's back as an April Fool's prank. Another time a guy runs off from the tattoo parlor without paying, so the artist remotely turns his cool tattoo into something [[http://www.ballerinamafia.net/index.php?pid=20110815 embarrassing]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', Kerrie was really embarrassed about the tattoo she got from "one of those seedy, coin-operated robots you find in servicemen's bars", but apparently it's actually [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080916.html pretty awesome]]. And it kind of [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20131224.html is]].
pretty awesome]].
* From ''Myapokalips'', a robot shows off his new tattoo: [[http://myapokalips.com/show/23#comic "Aw, that's a sick tattoo!" "Ya bro, it means 'strength'"]][[note]]A robot showing off his 'strength'"]]. It's a CAPTCHA sticker that quite clearly reads [=ReTArD=][[/note]]
"[=ReTArD=]".
* Joel in ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' was unwittingly subjected to a [[http://concessioncomic.com/index.php?pid=20100727 series of body modifications that increased with blood alcohol level]]: Ear ear clip, eyebrow stud, and lip ring at .05; a tattoo of a butterfly on his arm at .10; and his (recently very dominant) boyfriend's name ''branded on his ass'' at .15.
* In ''Webcomic/BallerinaMafia'' ''Webcomic/BallerinaMafia'', Ossian tattooed a picture of Marlon Brando on Zoe's back as an April Fool's prank. Another time time, a guy runs off from the tattoo parlor without paying, so the artist remotely turns his cool tattoo into something [[http://www.ballerinamafia.net/index.php?pid=20110815 embarrassing]].



* In the [[AllThereInTheManual cast interviews]], Conrad of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' admits to having a 'raptor-ish dinosaur skeleton' on his shoulder blade, which he [[OldShame isn't particularly proud of.]]
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Shelly had a tattoo that she was somewhat ashamed of. While the tattoo itself is not particularly embarrassing, it is big enough to cover the entire front of her body, it [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/somewheresafe/ showed up]] [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/atattoo/ unexpectedly,]] and [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/piratemovie/ it signifies her connection to a paranormal mess she isn't sure she wants to be involved with.]]
* Graham in ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'' gets a series of stars tattooed on his face in a drunken haze in an attempt to impress an (evil) woman. When he wakes up (after being abducted to the titular school) he seems more annoyed about the tattoo than about his forced confinement.
* In ''Webcomic/AlienLovesPredator'', Abe requests a tattoo of a "Chinese character". When the tattooist asks him which one, Abe says [[TooDumbToLive it doesn't matter since he won't be able to read it anyway]]. So the tattooist draws...[[Series/AmericanIdol William Hung's]] face.

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* In the [[AllThereInTheManual cast interviews]], Conrad of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' admits to having a 'raptor-ish "raptor-ish dinosaur skeleton' skeleton" on his shoulder blade, which he [[OldShame isn't particularly proud of.]]
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Shelly had has a tattoo that she was somewhat ashamed of. While the tattoo itself is not particularly embarrassing, it is big enough to cover the entire front of her body, it [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/somewheresafe/ showed shows up]] [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/atattoo/ unexpectedly,]] and [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/piratemovie/ it signifies her connection to a paranormal mess she isn't sure she wants to be involved with.]]
* Graham in ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'' gets a series of stars tattooed on his face in a drunken haze in an attempt to impress an (evil) woman. When he wakes up (after after being abducted to the titular school) eponymous school, he seems more annoyed about the tattoo than about his forced confinement.
* In ''Webcomic/AlienLovesPredator'', Abe requests a tattoo of a "Chinese character". When the tattooist asks him which one, Abe says [[TooDumbToLive [[TemptingFate it doesn't matter since he won't be able to read it anyway]]. So the tattooist draws...draws [[Series/AmericanIdol William Hung's]] face.



'''Abe:''' William Hung is NOT a Chinese character! He is a Chinese disgrace!

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'''Abe:''' William Hung is NOT ''not'' a Chinese character! He is a Chinese disgrace!



* Storm Blackfire (a character in the ''Jade Regent'' Actual Play podcast series from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}}) is a half-elf [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] and combat expert. She's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance on very good terms]] with her childhood friend, Sandru. At one point, she [[PowerUp acquired]] a magical [[EmbarrassingTattoo glow-in-the-dark butterfly tattoo on a certain part of her body]], which is difficult for her to conceal under her... [[ChainmailBikini usual attire]]. Luckily, her magical sword [[ExposedToTheElements imbues her with cold-resistance]].
* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' Mackenzie lets Amaranth write "Nymph's Toy" on her forehead in magical marker (like permanent marker, apparently, except that you ''can't wash it off'' or get rid of it by anything but magic (or, presumably, self-mutilation). Naturally, this happens ''right'' before they head out to the college town for the first time; Mackenzie very quickly goes from acting naturally about it (because she forgot it was there) to being mortified once she realizes ''why'' everyone is staring at her.
* While [[LoadingReadyRun Paul]] is shaving off his beard in ''[[WebVideo/DesertBusForHope Desert Bus For Hope 2: Bus Harder]]'', someone remarks that he could have one of these under his beard. [[AvertedTrope They are soon proven wrong.]]
* While only lasting for two vlogs, Hyper Fangirl got a tattoo of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's neck on her face, creeping everyone out even more.

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* Storm Blackfire (a Blackfire, a character in the ''Jade Regent'' Actual Play podcast series from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}}) Podcast/{{RPGMP3}}, is a half-elf [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] and combat expert. She's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance on very good terms]] with her childhood friend, Sandru. At one point, she [[PowerUp acquired]] a magical [[EmbarrassingTattoo glow-in-the-dark butterfly tattoo on a certain part of her body]], which is difficult for her to conceal under her... her [[ChainmailBikini usual attire]]. Luckily, her magical sword [[ExposedToTheElements imbues her with cold-resistance]].
* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', Mackenzie lets Amaranth write "Nymph's Toy" on her forehead in magical magic marker (like permanent marker, apparently, except that you ''can't wash -- as in, actual magic, meaning it off'' or get rid of it by anything but can't be removed without magic (or, presumably, self-mutilation). Naturally, this happens ''right'' before they head out to the college town for the first time; time. Mackenzie very quickly goes from acting naturally about it (because she forgot it was there) to being mortified once she realizes ''why'' everyone is staring at her.
* While [[LoadingReadyRun Paul]] Paul from LoadingReadyRun is shaving off his beard in ''[[WebVideo/DesertBusForHope Desert Bus For Hope 2: Bus Harder]]'', someone remarks that he could have one of these under his beard. [[AvertedTrope They are soon proven wrong.]]
* While only lasting for two vlogs, Hyper Fangirl got a tattoo of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's neck face on her face, neck, creeping everyone out even more.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer changes his name to Max Power. Marge comments that she has a tattoo with his name (Homer) on her..."you know". Homer's cheerful response: "Oh Marge, they have harsh acids that can burn that off!"

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* Frequently referenced on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', one episode, Homer changes his name to Max Power. Marge comments that that poses a problem, as she has a tattoo with his the name (Homer) "Homer" tattooed on her..."you know". Homer's cheerful response: "Oh Marge, they have harsh acids that can burn that off!"



** In yet another episode, Bart somehow managed to tattoo "Wide Load" on Homer's rear end.
** In another episode, Nelson's mom is in the process of getting her huge "Classy Lady" tattoo removed. Of course, only two letters have been removed so far (it doesn't take rocket science to figure out which ones).

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** In yet another episode, Bart somehow managed to tattoo "Wide Load" on Homer's rear end.
** In another episode, Nelson's mom is in the process of getting her huge "Classy Lady" tattoo removed. Of course, only two letters have been removed so far (it far, and it doesn't take rocket science to [[CensoredForComedy figure out which ones).ones]].



* Joan of Arc in ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' has one - a cartoon dolphin saying "Whazzup??!!" on her ankle - which she got when she stayed awake for weeks on end. She shows it to Abe to persuade him to sleep. "My judgement was so poor I actually paid money for this!"
* This short-lived FOX Family cartoon called ''WesternAnimation/MonsterFarm'' (not to be confused with the anime series ''Anime/MonsterRancher'') had an episode where a goat/dragon-type creature (Goatasaurus Rex) resorts to blackmail in order to become leader of the farm. One of the secrets he threatens to reveal is that Dr. Woolly (a sheep mad scientist with a monster alter ego named Mr. Ewwwe) has a "risque tattoo" that can only be seen when he's sheared (this could also apply as a NoodleIncident since it's not known when, where, why, or how Dr. Woolly got the tattoo and a WhatHappenedToTheMouse moment as the tattoo is never mentioned again in the show's short run).
* An episode of the show ''{{Braceface}}'' has Sharon going behind her mom's back to get a Chinese character tattoo that allegedly means, "Freedom" (it actually means "grapefruit"). In that same episode, Sharon's mom reveals that when she was young (possibly around Sharon's age), she got a tattoo of her disco ball done on her rear end, but she later had it removed when she realized it looked more like a golf ball than a disco ball.
* Dean from ''CodeMonkeys'' apparently has a dolphin tramp stamp (tattoo on the small of the back), but since the characters are rendered as 8-bit sprites, [[TakeOurWordForIt you'll have to take our word on this one.]]

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* Joan of Arc in ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' has one - -- a cartoon dolphin saying "Whazzup??!!" on her ankle - -- which she got when she stayed awake for weeks on end. She shows it to Abe to persuade him to sleep. "My judgement was so poor I actually paid money for this!"
* This short-lived FOX Family cartoon called ''WesternAnimation/MonsterFarm'' (not to be confused with the anime series ''Anime/MonsterRancher'') had an episode where a goat/dragon-type creature (Goatasaurus Rex) resorts to blackmail in order to become leader of the farm. One of the secrets he threatens to reveal is that Dr. Woolly (a sheep mad scientist with a monster alter ego named Mr. Ewwwe) has a "risque tattoo" that can only be seen when he's sheared (this could also apply as a NoodleIncident since it's not known when, where, why, or how Dr. Woolly got the tattoo and a WhatHappenedToTheMouse moment as the tattoo is never mentioned again in the show's short run).
sheared.
* An episode of the show ''{{Braceface}}'' has Sharon going behind her mom's back to get a Chinese character tattoo that allegedly means, "Freedom" (it means "freedom" (but actually means "grapefruit"). In that same episode, Sharon's mom reveals that when she was young (possibly around Sharon's age), she got a tattoo of her disco ball done on her rear end, but she later had it removed when she realized it looked more like a golf ball than a disco ball.
* Dean from ''CodeMonkeys'' apparently has a dolphin tramp stamp (tattoo on the small of the back), stamp, but since the characters are rendered as 8-bit sprites, [[TakeOurWordForIt you'll have to take our word on this one.]]



* Grunkle Stan of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has a tattoo on his back which is partially seen under his undershirt. It's unclear what it refers to, but Stan is bound and determined that no one sees it, especially his inquisitive nephew Dipper, as said nephew found out on "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained". It may be more ominous than embarrassing, however.
** Later in "A Tale of Two Stans" we find that [[spoiler: it's not a tattoo at all. It's a burn mark Stan got when fighting with his twin brother 30 years ago]].
* [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]] from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' lists his "top 5 Regrets'' on his CharacterBlog [[http://keepbeachcityweird.tumblr.com/post/111526705606/sometimes-i-think-about-all-the-bad-decisions-ive#notes here]]. Number 5: "My tattoo. [[NoodleIncident Don't ask]]." Note that Ronaldo is [[VagueAge probably]] too young to legally have one unless his dad consented.

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* Grunkle Stan of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has a tattoo on his back which is partially seen under his undershirt. It's unclear what it refers to, but Stan is bound and determined that no one sees it, especially his inquisitive nephew Dipper, as said nephew found out on "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained". It may be more ominous than embarrassing, however.
** Later
Later, in "A Tale of Two Stans" we find out that [[spoiler: it's not a tattoo at all. It's all, but rather a burn mark Stan got when fighting with his twin brother 30 years ago]].
* [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]] from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' lists his "top 5 Regrets'' Regrets" on his CharacterBlog [[http://keepbeachcityweird.tumblr.com/post/111526705606/sometimes-i-think-about-all-the-bad-decisions-ive#notes here]]. Number 5: "My tattoo. [[NoodleIncident Don't ask]]." Note that Ronaldo is [[VagueAge probably]] too young to legally have one unless his dad consented.



* [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3216/3047350786_4fa0d9bf11_o.jpg Whoops]].

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* A man gets a tattoo reading, "Fuck the Police". [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3216/3047350786_4fa0d9bf11_o.jpg Whoops]].Guess what happens to him.]]



* In 2009, a Belgian girl named Kimberley Vlaeminck tattooed 56 stars on her face. After her parents became angry she claimed that she had fallen asleep during the procedure. She became the laughing stock of the entire nation and fell into a serious depression.

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* In 2009, a Belgian girl named Kimberley Vlaeminck tattooed 56 stars on her face. After her parents became angry angry, she claimed that she had fallen asleep during the procedure. She became the laughing stock of the entire nation and fell into a serious depression.



** Late Finnish pro-wrestler and nationalist politician Tony Halme had "exit only" tattooed over his anus.

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** * Late Finnish pro-wrestler and nationalist politician Tony Halme had "exit only" tattooed over his anus.



* You know those cute abstract-pattern tattoos some girls like to have just above their buttocks? They're really not embarrassing at all, and rather popular. Except that at some point, bayuvarian comedian Michael Mittermeier came up with the EmbarrassingNickname "Arschgeweih" (ass antlers) for that phenomenon. Stupid jokes about screwing a deer included with the pack. Well... Let's just say that the popularity of that specific form of tattoo has dwindled in the German-speaking universe recently...
** Similarly, in North America it's most-popularly referred to as the "Tramp Stamp", and is now seen as a kind of silly fad. Made all the worse by being semi-permanent -- like permanently having a set of Pogs or a Pet Rock on you at all times.
* A common trick of "Scambaiters", people who try to get FourOneNineScam emails and pretend to believe the email to distract the scammer, is to claim that sending money to people outside of their faith is [[AgainstMyReligion Against Their Religion]] and that they must join their faith in order to get the money. In these cases, part of joining the religion will almost always involve getting a tattoo (With photos of the procedures to make sure it isn't a fake). [[http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=225795&start=0 Bonus points if the church's name forms a rude acronym which is part of the tattoo.]]
* There is an [[http://www.badhebrew.com/ entire blog]] (currently seems dead) about how people might mess up tattoos in Hebrew. Mixed up letters, mistranslations, reversed writing... HilarityEnsues.

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* You know those cute Cute abstract-pattern tattoos some girls like to have just above their buttocks? They're really not embarrassing at all, and rather popular. Except buttocks used to be popular with girls, but again, it's now thought of as a silly fad. It also paints a somewhat unflattering picture of the wearer, as evidenced by the fact that at some point, bayuvarian they're often called "tramp stamps". In Germany, their popularity was single-handedly torpedoed by Bavarian comedian Michael Mittermeier came up with Mittermeier, who coined the EmbarrassingNickname term "Arschgeweih" (ass antlers) for that phenomenon. Stupid jokes about screwing a deer included with the pack. Well... Let's just say that the popularity of that specific form of tattoo has dwindled in the German-speaking universe recently...
** Similarly, in North America it's most-popularly referred to as the "Tramp Stamp", and is now seen as a kind of silly fad. Made all the worse by being semi-permanent
-- like permanently having a set of Pogs or a Pet Rock on you at all times.
meaning "ass antlers".
* A common trick of "Scambaiters", "scambaiters", people who try to get play along with FourOneNineScam emails and pretend to believe the email to distract and humiliate the scammer, is to claim that sending money to people outside of their faith is [[AgainstMyReligion Against Their Religion]] against their religion]] and that they the scammer must join their faith in order to get the money. In these cases, part of joining the religion will almost always involve getting a tattoo (With photos of an embarrassing tattoo, with the procedures to make sure it isn't a fake).demand of photographic evidence. [[http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=225795&start=0 Bonus points if One way to do this is for the church's name forms to form a rude acronym which is part of the tattoo.]]
* There is an [[http://www.badhebrew.com/ entire blog]] (currently seems dead) about how people might mess up tattoos in Hebrew. Mixed up letters, mistranslations, reversed writing... HilarityEnsues.
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* Creator/JohnnyDepp had his tattoo bearing the words "Winona Forever" altered after his breakup with Creator/WinonaRider to instead read "[[TheAlcoholic Wino Forever.]]" Then he went into rehab.

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* Creator/JohnnyDepp had his tattoo bearing the words "Winona Forever" altered after his breakup with Creator/WinonaRider Creator/WinonaRyder to instead read "[[TheAlcoholic Wino Forever.]]" Then he went into rehab.
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* There is an [[http://www.badhebrew.com/ entire blog]] (currently seems dead) about how people might mess up tattoos in Hebrew. Mixed up letters, mistranslations, reversed writing... HilarityEnsues.
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* Johnny Depp had his tattoo bearing the words "Winona Forever" altered after his breakup with Winona Rider to instead read "Wino Forever." Then he went into rehab.

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* Johnny Depp Creator/JohnnyDepp had his tattoo bearing the words "Winona Forever" altered after his breakup with Winona Rider Creator/WinonaRider to instead read "Wino "[[TheAlcoholic Wino Forever." ]]" Then he went into rehab.
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* In ''Film/MomsNightOut'', Sondra, the pastor's wife, has a tattoo of Donny Osmond in a place where it takes lowering her skirt to show it to her daughter.
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* Chinese and other Asian characters were the tribal tats of the 2000's, only they affected men and women equally. They were intended to look exotic and mysterious, but instead they made the wearer look like an idiot if she couldn't read the tattoo herself and had to trust that her source was honest and accurate in translating. This ''can'' be averted if the wearer knows the language, but by the end of the decade, they had become such a cliche that they would be embarrassing regardless. The blogger [[http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/ Hanzi Smatter]] translates many unfortunate tattoos of Asian characters. Not only are some BlatantLies or even insulting, but the worst are tats done in the "Asian Gibberish Font", in which English letters are simply replaced by Asian-looking characters and the resulting "word" is meaningless.

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* Chinese and other Asian characters were the tribal tats of the 2000's, only they affected men and women equally. They were intended to look exotic and mysterious, but instead they made the wearer look like an idiot if she couldn't read the tattoo herself and had to trust that her source was honest and accurate in translating. This ''can'' be averted if the wearer knows the language, but by the end of the decade, they had become such a cliche that they would be embarrassing regardless. The blogger blog [[http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/ Hanzi Smatter]] translates many unfortunate tattoos of Asian characters. Not only are some BlatantLies or even insulting, but the worst are tats done in the "Asian Gibberish Font", in which English letters are simply replaced by Asian-looking characters and the resulting "word" is meaningless.
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* In 2009, a Belgian girl named Kimberley Vlaeminck tattooed 56 stars on her face. After her parents became angry she claimed that she had fallen asleep during the procedure. She became the laughing stock of the entire nation and fell into a serious depression.
* As shown on ''Tattoo Nightmares,'' mentioned above, one of the most common embarrassing tattoos for men are tribal tattoos. A tattoo fad that boomed in the Nineties and went bust very soon after, tribals are mostly now seen as dated and a little silly. They've also attracted a pretty big hatedom from tattoo artists, since they're one of the most common coverups, and the most difficult to do well.
* Chinese and other Asian characters were the tribal tats of the 2000's, only they affected men and women equally. They were intended to look exotic and mysterious, but instead they made the wearer look like an idiot if she couldn't read the tattoo herself and had to trust that her source was honest and accurate in translating. This ''can'' be averted if the wearer knows the language, but by the end of the decade, they had become such a cliche that they would be embarrassing regardless. The blogger [[http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/ Hanzi Smatter]] translates many unfortunate tattoos of Asian characters. Not only are some BlatantLies or even insulting, but the worst are tats done in the "Asian Gibberish Font", in which English letters are simply replaced by Asian-looking characters and the resulting "word" is meaningless.



* In 2009, a Belgian girl named Kimberley Vlaeminck tattooed 56 stars on her face. After her parents became angry she claimed that she had fallen asleep during the procedure. She became the laughing stock of the entire nation and fell into a serious depression.
* As shown on ''Tattoo Nightmares,'' mentioned above, one of the most common embarrassing tattoos for men are tribal tattoos. A tattoo fad that boomed in the Nineties and went bust very soon after, tribals are mostly now seen as dated and a little silly. They've also attracted a pretty big hatedom from tattoo artists, since they're one of the most common coverups, and the most difficult to do well.
* Chinese and other Asian characters were the tribal tats of the 2000's, only they affected men and women equally. They were intended to look exotic and mysterious, but instead they made the wearer look like an idiot if she couldn't read the tattoo herself and had to trust that her source was honest and accurate in translating. This ''can'' be averted if the wearer knows the language, but by the end of the decade, they had become such a cliche that they would be embarrassing regardless. The blog [[http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/ Hanzi Smatter]] translates many unfortunate tattoos of Asian characters. Not only are some BlatantLies or even insulting, but the worst are tats done in the "Asian Gibberish Font", in which English letters are simply replaced by Asian-looking characters and the resulting "word" is meaningless.
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