There’s probably a better than good chance that at one point or another you typed the word tattoo into your favorite search engine and came across the now famous “world’s worst tattoo,” the one on the gentleman’s arm of his recently deceased bride seen here. If it wasn’t for the fact that it was a heartbroken husband wishing to honor his dead wife this would be hilarious…well, more hilarious than it is. It’s hard not to feel bad for the guy—as if losing his beloved wasn’t bad enough, he has the ignominy of having a cringeworthy tattoo on his arm that won’t make him think lovingly of her so much as it will be a permanent reminder that he owns what the Internet has dubbed the worst tattoo in the world.
The unidentified owner of the tattoo has a heartbreaking backstory. Apparently in the early 2000s his wife died tragically in a house fire a mere three months after the couple had wed. He went to a Bowling Green, Ohio tattoo parlor, On the Edge, to get his in memoriam tattoo. The end result probably wasn’t what the grief stricken widower had in mind.
Enter Akron tattoo artist Scott Versago. The man found Versago online, and went to see what the talented artist could do about the, as Versago calls it, “abomination” of a tattoo on his left arm. Versago was so moved by the man’s story he fixed the tattoo for absolutely nothing.
“Touched by his story, I gifted the entire project to him for free,” Versago concluded. “Now he has closure and I have an amazing story to add to my portfolio!”
Versago uploaded the fixed ink to his Facebook page with the caption “I got to tackle the official “#1 worst portrait tattoo in the world” today.” The photo of the anonymous man’s new and improved tattoo of his deceased wife has garnered over 20,000 likes…and here it is.
Much, much better. Major props to Scott Versago for his selfless act of charity in order to help out a man who only wanted to honor his dead wife with a beautiful tattoo but ended up with a questionable piece of skin art. At least now the guy wear a tank top without having people question why he’s got a tattoo of his wife as a zombie on his arm.