If you’re even vaguely familiar with the Internet, odds are you’ve seen what is considered by many to be one of the worst tattoos of all time. While it’s probably not the absolute worst of all time, it’s almost assuredly the worst portrait tattoo — thanks in no small part to the sad history behind it. Now, more than five years after the unfortunate ink job, we can tell you that this tribute to a lost loved one has been provided a happy ending. Scott Versago of Empire Ink in Akron, Ohio, tells 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 a month afterwards she was killed in a horrible house fire accident leaving him to raise their child 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!