Objectively speaking, tattoos are pretty dumb. (Note: This writer has 20.) That being said, no style is harder to pull off than the portrait tattoo. Putting someone’s face onto a body part is already a questionable call, but the room for error is so insanely high given the shape of peoples’ bodies and the artist’s discipline. Dangerous Minds collected a handful of portraits of famous musicians—and one utterly botched Slayer logo—into a list that’s horrifying and more than a little comical. While the whole list is worth scrolling through, some favorites include:

Henry Rollins, the generic-looking strongman

Advertisement

David “I’ve got disproportionately large eyes” Bowie

And James Brown, the vampire bat with food poisoning

Advertisement