Bad ink? Local paper throws ‘Worst Tattoo Contest’

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From The Stranger

SEATTLE — OK, so maybe tattooing the name of your teenage crush in big letters across your chest wasn’t the smartest decision ever made.

But pentagrams on your head? Good luck in a job interview.

Local alternative newspaper The Stranger recently threw a “Worst Tattoo Contest,” encouraging Seattle-area residents with crudely drawn or regrettable tattoos to send a picture of the ink into the paper in hopes of winning free tattoo removal.

The winner of the contest received free removal from Seattle Skin and Laser. Second and third place winners received discounts on tattoo removal treatment.

The Stranger announced the winners on their Slog website Monday, with first place going to a man with two pentagrams inked on his forehead. Second place went to “Daddys little Gyrl” and third place went to a poorly drawn butterfly.

The paper plans to hold the contest annually, which means you’ll have more chances to get that “Susie 4 Eva” tattoo removed from your bicep, forever ending wife Rebecca’s not-so-subtle jabs.

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  • JMGilday

    I've lived through the eras of Muttlets and men with curlers in their hair and the idea of being forever chained to a mistake of youth is enough to give me nightmares.

    Go into the avarage tattoo parlor and assess the education and intelligence of the operator. Does he/she have 10-15 years of education and training? Do they have advanced degrees in art appreciation?

    You wouldn't let someone treat an ingrown nail unless they had a 7-year degree and 5 year residency, but you'll let a guy still on probation put barbed wire around your bicep or forever destroy the beauty of a perfect body with Wizards and Unicorns?

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