Once the preserve of bearded bikers, overweight truckers and serial offenders, tattoos are now officially ‘cool’. Well, most tattoos. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have seen a lot of shit ones too.
What is it about imprinting permanent pictures on your skin that makes people reach for the big book of clichés? It’s not just snakes, swords and fire-breathing skulls either. Pretty much any activity you can think of can inspire terrible tats.
Take these ill-advised surf-inspired efforts for example. You do know these don’t wash off guys, don’t you?

1.Rad Dino Tattoo

A dinosaur. Surfing. It makes complete sense! And just in case this wasn’t garish enough already, the budding Michelangelo behind this effort has added weed-leaf board-shorts and an explosion that looks like it’s been lifted from a kid’s cartoon. Rad indeed.

2.Slam Bros Surf Gang Tattoo

I have no idea who the Slam Bros are. They sound a bit like a crew of gay pornstars. Either way I wouldn’t want their name or this blurry surfer logo tattooed on my arm. Terrible!

3.Mexican Death Head Surfer Tattoo

It’s an interesting take on the classic fire-breathing skull. Interesting, but still shit.

4.Sun - Snake - Winged Surfboard Tattoo

Does it get any worse than this? Wow. Just… wow.

5.Skeleton Tattoo

If we were feeling charitable, we’d say this was a tribute to the Grateful Dead. But given that it features a shitly-drawn skeleton wearing board shorts, we’re pretty sure Jerry Garcia would be turning in his grave…