20 Brand Tattoos That Should Have Never BeenBy William Barnes
Some tattoos have interesting, creative stories behind them; thought and artistic ability went into creating them, and it becomes obvious when a back-story is explained. Other tattoos didn’t have quite as much thought behind them, but go unnoticed because of their simple and common design. These tattoos are well beyond common, and well beyond creative. Then there are the are fanatical tattoos worn by people that were either not creative enough to come up with something on their own, or they love their favorite brands so much that they never want to let them go — sometimes a combination of both. The following are twenty of the most interesting and over-the-top brand tattoos.
Enjoying your favorite soda on a regular basis is not a bad thing. Some people may take things a little too far and enjoy six of seven throughout their day, but who can blame them? But, as soon as you cross the line from drinking your soda to adorning your body with a logo expressing your love for said soda, something might be wrong.
People love brand names, and most people have one that they consider their own. But what about the guy that decided to make his torso a permanent Lacoste shirt… It’s not so bad that he has it now while he’s in shape and his pecs are firm, but in thirty years when they’re sagging and the crocodile looks more like a snake? Not as great.
Someone should have told this guy, “Just don’t do it.” Joking aside, he really went for it. But, not only did he cover his entire back with a tattoo of his favorite brand, he filled the entire swoosh in. Hours upon hours were spent to ensure that he would never have anyone question his allegiance to his favorite shoe brand again.
Converse shoes have a huge following. And there are folks that make it a point to collect every color and hunt for new and exclusive pairs. But this guy decided to go a different route, and make his foot the pair of shoes. Never again will he have to look down and see anything but his favorite shoe brand staring back. Take that, Rick Klotz.
A Chinese pig farmer’s obsession with Louis Vuitton was taken to extremes when he decided to sedate his pigs and have his favorite brand permanently marked upon their backs. Supposedly, the farmer attempted to enter these pigs into an art festival in Shanghai, but was denied entrance because the art was labeled as not his own. At the end of the day, at least he’ll get to make tasty bacon out of them when the time is right.
Some branding tattoos are poorly made, so at least this guy should get points for doing his Google tattoo done right. Large? Yes. Too large? In all likelihood. But did he get his colors right? Certainly. At least you have to respect him for taking the time to ensure he was getting the right colors, if the wrong font.
This tattoo is very out of place. Not only is it incorrect as far as branding, but it also belongs to someone who doesn’t seem like they would be a large Chanel follower. On a overly thin, tall, blonde model? Appropriate. But, this guy – who was wearing a sarong and Birkenstocks from the waist down – not so much.
These tattoos are fun, but when you move to Phoenix, what do you do? You wear a shirt most of the time, and when you do not, you pray to God that no one derides you for your fanatical allegiance to your favorite sports teams — that’s what you do. And if they do, just get yourself a cheese-steak (comfort food), call your buddies back home, and cry to them about it, they’ll understand.
Super Mario Bros.
The Super Mario tattoo has become a reasonably standard nerd tattoo in recent years. This gentleman took a different route with the concept of a Mario tattoo though. Not only is his creepy, it also is morbid and patently offensive. NOT in the true Mario spirit to most.
When Marc Jacobs and Jason Preston broke up, it was probably hard on both of them. I’m sure Jason will miss the private jets, the haute couture, and the unlimited budget — but who wouldn’t? Unfortunately, Jason will have a permanent reminder of exactly who he dated whenever he looks at his arm. Hopefully they’ll get back together and Mr. Preston won’t have to cover his tattoo with some other fashion brand…
Of all the branding tattoos, this seems to be in the best taste. This isn’t to say it wasn’t a bad idea, because indeed it was. What if this particular girl one day decides she is no longer likes the Mac OS? She’ll permanently be pegged as an Apple lover, and with either have to deal with it, or stock up on non-tank tops.
To this guy’s credit, he went for it. No simple arm tattoo, image of the brand logo, or even picture of a bottle would suffice. He wanted a six pack, he wanted it where his six pack would be, and he wanted it large. Now, down the road a ways this will be a hard one to explain to the grandchildren — unless, of course, he explains it over a ice cold Coors.
Jack Daniels has one of the largest brand followings in the USA. And, with that, some of it’s more emphatic fans decided to get the bottle of Jack permanently illustrated on their bodies. I would not be surprised to find out that at least 90% of all of these individuals got their JD tattoos while under the influence of none other than their favorite Tennessee Whisky.
For nerd tattoos, the Dell tattoo is a little bit odd. Dell builds computers, but that’s all. Maybe a Microsoft tattoo, or an Apple tattoo would make more sense than a large Dell tattoo running down your calf… But, to each his own.
I hope whoever got this tattoo is sitting in the drive-thru at McDonald’s right now, cursing the god’s of fate as they look down at their overly plump arm. I hope after looking at their tattoo, they take their first bite of the Big Mac in front of them and then shake the burger towards the heavens in disgust. Only after this ritual do I hope they consume their other nine burgers with accompanying fries and soda.
Car buffs are typically very loyal to brands they buy. They are firmly convinced of it’s superiority over all others. But with the recent collapse of the U.S. automotive industry, this above image begs the question: “what happens if your car brand of choice goes out of business, and you’re left driving another brand’s automobile?” You change the tattoo to, Radillac. That’s what you do.
PBR’s cult following has turned somewhat fanatical lately, and left it’s drinkers with a sense of deep and drunken pride. As a result, many of it’s followers have decided to put their favorite brand of beer directly onto their body. Ironically, many of these tattoos are homemade, and likely produced as a result of far too many of their namesake’s consumed.
Yankee followers are loyal, they’re loud, and they’re proud of their team. And rightly so, the Yankees have built a dynasty in recent decades that will stand for all time. As will the tattoos of their fanatical fans. Not only did this particular tattoo involve the Yankees, it’s owner decided to take the extra step by including the World Series trophy as a part of his body art.
Another sports team who’s brand and image justify permanent body art is the Chicago Bulls. Between Michael Jordan, the dynasty of the 80′s and 90′s, and a huge nation-wide fan base, it is an easy task to find many fans who have taken their obsession with their favorite team to new heights by putting the team’s logo, Michael Jordan, or some combination of the two on their body.
As far as creative tattoos that involve branding, this one takes the cake. Not only did the owner manage to incorporate a fast food brand into their tattoo, they did it with style. And, I’m confident they’ve eaten enough of the doctor’s chicken to justify a full chicken suit, much less a calf tattoo.