Who: Laila Ali
What: Teddy Bear on her right shoulder
This tattoo is just incongruously cute for someone so fierce. (Photo by David McNew)
Who: Gucci Mane
What: Ice Cream Cone with ‘brr’ written across it (getting hit by lightning?)
According to Rolling Stone, this cone is supposed to represent the way Gucci Mane lives his life. “As in, ‘I’m so icy, i’‘ll make you say Brr.’” WHAT?
Who: DeShawn Stevenson
What: Abraham Lincoln’s face in between two giant 5s (aka a 5 dollar bill)
Supposedly DeShawn got the Lincoln tattoo to commemorate the president who freed the slaves. And then got the two 5’s on either side so people would stop asking who the hell was on his neck. (Getty Images)
Who: Jamie Foxx
What: weird design on the back of his head
Supposedly Foxx got this tattoo to celebrate his 40th birthday. And even though I think he can pull off just about anything, this is overkill. What is it even supposed to be? (Getty Images)
What: Dog paws on her chest
Not the classiest thing I’ve ever seen…(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MMA)
What: Red lips on his neck
This picture speaks for itself. Tyga’s whole neck is a mess.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Who: Soulja Boy
What: Cross on his face
Seeing as it’s Soulja Boy I’m sure this tattoo has deep religious and metaphorical meaning. Too bad I don’t get it. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Who: Rick Ross
What: Entire stomach full of things I assume are separate designs
Although I’m sure there are some gems in there, the sad fact is I can’t tell where one tattoo ends and the other begins.
What: Neck tattoo reading “Rebelle fleur”
In French adjectives usually follow the nouns they modify. To translate into Rebel Flower, the tattoo should have read “Fleur Rebelle.” Whoops.(Getty Images)
Who: Dennis Rodman
What: A naked woman on his back doing something undecipherable but likely inappropriate. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
Who: Lil Wayne
What: Stars down the left side of his face
This was probably cool before Rihanna got the same design down her neck. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for PBA)
What: Giant red stars on his head
I don’t know what possessed Birdman to cover is head in what looks like the design I drew on my skateboard in 3rd grade.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Who: Carmelo Anthony
What: Bull dog with human arms crossed in the foreground of a deck of cards.
This is about as cool and original as having a ‘Dogs playing poker’ painting in your living room. That’s sooo 20th century.(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Who: Stephon Marbury
What: Starbury merchandise insignia
Although it’s not bad advertising, I think Marbury could have afforded to put up some billboards instead. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Who: Mike Tyson
What: Imitation Maori Face Tattoo
Supposedly, when asked why he got the tattoo, Tyson responded that he got it because he ‘didn’t like the way his face looked.’ Sadly, we preferred his face the way it was.
Who: Rihanna (again)
What: Rihanna returns to our list with her earnest, if a bit embarrassing attempt to honor the late Tupac Shakur — with ‘thug life’ spelled out on her fingers.
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Everyone has that friend who got a tattoo in college they seriously regret. And everyone can call to mind at least one celebrity who they think looks ridiculous because of a brand name or dead president forever imprinted on their skin. Yes, Stephon Marbury and DeShawn Stevenson, we’re talking about you. So it makes sense that most would take the tattoo failures of others into consideration when thinking about getting inked. Unfortunately some people never learn the consequences of, say, getting a giant ice cream cone tattooed on their face (hint hint Gucci Mane). Here are theGrio’s picks for the worst celebrity tattoos.
Some of our picks include Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and Soulja Boy. Lets try and learn from their mistakes.