As tattoos become increasingly popular, we’re seeing some incredible designs emerge – particularly from the local scene. But as some pieces of art shine, certain trends from our past make us gasp, and not in the good way. Here are some terrible tattoo trends we’ve seen over the past decades.
1. The Maltese Cross
We get it, you love Malta and you’re proud to be Maltese. But there’s no reason to stamp the Knights’ cross on your arm, making sure no one mistakes you for an outsider or something!
2. Chinese Lettering
It’s lovely not knowing if you have the inspirational quote you wanted, or the word “wontons and chicken soup“, inked on your body… forever.
Some might have had a deeper meaning to their design, but most probably don’t. Flutter away por favor.
4. Barbed wire
Talk about looking tough and imposing! Good choice bruh.
5. Tramp Stamps
It’s always nice to add a touch of class. No one wants to see a bad quote in a worse location.
You are not a sailor, and that anchor isn’t remotely heavy enough to pull you down to earth. Also, anchor tattoos with “I refuse to sink” make absolutely no sense, as anchors are literally designed to hit the seabed as fast and hard as possible.
7. Infinity symbols
Do you do yoga too? You’re so deep and in touch with the universe.
Nothing says “devoted Catholic” quite like a skewed portrait of Jesus on your forearm!
9. Tribal tattoos
Seeing as you’re (most likely) not a member of a real tribe, congrats on having some squiggly lines drawn on you.
10. Boyfriend/Girlfriend name
If you ever break up, you’ll regret it. But right now who cares, you’re young, wild and free right?
11. Bows on the back of your thighs
You’re like a little gift ready to be unwrapped. Now, let’s just hope we’ve kept the receipt…
12. Only God can judge me
I mean, I think these tattoos instantly prove themselves wrong, don’t you?