Infamous 'World's Worst Portrait Tattoo' Fixed For Free

February 22, 2013


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.

  • -=_CryptArchGurl_=-

    what an awesome guy- SCOTT VERSAGO I thank you for being such a generous & kick ass person, you did a wonderful thing and helped part of the healing process go by easier, bless you honey<3

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  • Bazarov

    Wait, he had just married his wife and three months later she died leaving him with three kids. It seems that they had one child a month or they were together for years and she died in a house fire making the "just married" point stupid story fluff. I lost my wife in a horrible ski accident two days after our wedding, it was rough I had dated her for seventy five years, so what a rough time to loose her, If it had been years after our wedding I may be able to cope but two days, why god, why? She was taken from me forty eight hours after we celebrated our love for each other officially in gods eyes, leaving me to raise my nine grandchildren with the help of my five children ,alone TWO DAYS AFTER OUR WEDDING. sob sob sob

  • JamieLynn Peacock

    Maybe her children were from a previous relationship. Or maybe the children were created out of wedlock. Who cares? Does that make the story less interesting or make us as readers less compassionate?
    Stop being a jerk and just appreciate the fact that this guy got a horrible tattoo fixed.
    Also, to the other jerks who said the fixed version looks black, you guys sound completely ignorant and clearly don't understand the concept of shading.


    Why the hell would I "just appreciate the fact that this guy got a horrible tattoo fixed" I have better things to worry about like raising my nine grandchildren ALONE with my five children. sob sob sob.

  • Alliekat

  • Azariel_z

    So they had children before, then afterwards they married..then she dies...

  • Brandon G Huff

    that's some jailhouse shit

  • asdfadfsadsfadsfadsf

    but they made her black

  • asdfadfsadsfadsfadsf

    first some sort of hag orc now a black chick. just no luck with tattoos at all

  • chettobreath

    Thank God Akron has places like empire ink and other reputable tattoo artist like Scott, he has done a lot of good work on people I know, my friend almost worked for him.

  • Bubbubsky

    I'm not a tattoo person by any stretch of the imagination, but the newly-fixed version is MUCH better and a really good likeness.

  • Brant_Alan

    I think the first mistake was the artist drawing each individual tooth..

  • Alliekat


  • Kenlin Bros

    Still a terrible tattoo.

  • JJtoob

    So that's what I have to do to get a free tat.

  • monkeyspinach

    Have your wife die?

  • Turbosloth

    Or murder her and get one in prison.

  • Scott Versago did such an amazing job.

  • Trip Affleck

    nicely done. very touching.

  • Copedizzle

    I'm a Nigerian Prince and I want to give you all my money, so give me your personal info so I can scam yo... I mean make you wealthy.

    Am I doing it right?

  • Touched by his story, I gifted the entire project to him for free. ... http://www.Makeyourfuture69...

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