In heartwarming news, the infamous 'world's worst portrait tattoo' has been fixed free of charge by tattoo artist Scott Versago of Empire Ink in Akron, Ohio. Unfortunately, like most things you laugh at on the internet, there was some real sadness behind the story.
I got to tackle the official "#1 worst portrait tattoo in the world" today. I'm sure you've all seen it a million times online, as had I. I couldn't believe my eyes when this guy walked in and showed me this project. I think my jaw literally hit the floor. He went on to tell me the story behind the portrait; He had just married his beautiful wife and not even three months afterwards she was killed in a horrible house fire accident leaving him to raise their three children alone. Shortly after he went to a local tattoo studio to memorialize his wife and was left with this abomination. He later returned to that studio for one more session, thinking that perhaps "he had done something wrong in the healing of the tattoo" and they butchered it even more the second time. Finally, he drove all the way to my studio, Empire Ink, just to meet me and to see what his options were. Touched by his story, I gifted the entire project to him for free. Now he has closure and I have an amazing story to add to my portfolio!
Good lookin', Scott. I can't believe that guy walked around with that thing the way it was for so long. Hell, if I'd known the back story I would have organized some sort of "fix the tattoo and sue the artist" fund myself. I'm just happy it's over. Now let's all take a moment to be thankful that when we all got black-out drunk and went to the tattoo parlor, we didn't get anybody's face.
Thanks to Groman, who told me he got a tattoo he regrets but wouldn't say what or where. Okay now I have to know.