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Oct. 8 2009 - 10:30 am | 3,067 views | 0 recommendations | 9 comments

For your viewing horror: a tattoo to avoid

I’m off to Canada for a Thanksgiving weekend with my older sister and her large troop of domesticated animals. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Montreal without getting a new tattoo. In that regard, and in homage to my sister’s four cats and penchant for body art, I thought I’d share a real Extreme Self gem with you this morning. From 20 Worst Tattoos For Men, I give you “The one that makes your navel look like a cat’s rectum.” Shame on whoever took this drunk sap to the tattoo parlor and convinced him that this was a good idea:



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    This is revolting (and hilarious)!

    I don’t have any tattoos, but I want to know – how can you be sure that the tattoo that’s meaningful to you today will still be something you’re proud of 10-20 years from now? I’ve seen a lot of Tinkerbell fairies out there.

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    Ha. You certainly can’t do much worse. Interesting link.

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    Marjie: For me, there’s no regret/pride association with tattoos. They reflect where I am, at some point in my life, and they become part of my body as soon as they’re inked. Of course, I’m also not dumb enough to tattoo a cat onto my stomach.

    Caitlin: Very, very, very rarely. Just a guess.

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    Wow. I mean, are people being paid to get these tattoos? What is going on here?

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    I trust that you now have a tattoo of Jason Bateman on the back of your shoulder?

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    Incorrect. It’s Jason and me, making out, with the cast of Arrested Development etched in the background. Obviously.

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