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@Shittats top 10 shit London tattoos

Posted at 2:00 pm, June 18, 2013 in Fun London

We love @ShitTats‘ Twitter feed so we asked its creator Dom Copinger for his top 10 Shit London tattoos of all time and why the hell he started tweeting about crappy tattys in the first place. Here’s what he said:

‘Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by tattoos. Never the impressive, skilled pieces costing hundreds of pounds, but instead the bizarre and mock-worthy crap usually found on the forearms of local rogues. Whether it be a Tasmanian devil smoking a spliff or an ex-girlfriend’s name crudely scratched into the knuckles of a drunk, I couldn’t get enough. Unsurprisingly, 20 years on and with the introduction of the internet and social media, I have been unable to shake this childish curiosity and have taken to Twitter in a bid to share my interest in shit tattoos with the world. 5 months and 33,000 followers later it appears there are others out there that share my enthusiasm for the shit tat!’

10. Skyline not quite right

Skyline not quite right

‘Now at first glance you may become confused by this skyline tattoo. And you’d be right to. You see London Bridge and Big Ben? But no London Eye or Gherkin? And what are those other buildings? It turns out this young lady’s parents are from both London and Boston, USA. In a momentary lapse of sanity, she has decided it would be a good idea to have a mishmash of both cities buildings tattooed on her back. Making it a skyline tattoo of, well, nowhere.’

9. Going Underground

Going Underground

‘The London underground was opened in 1863. I think this tat was done around then too.’

8. MayoROFLondon


‘A shit tat doesn’t necessarily have to be badly executed. If it leaves whoever is viewing it flabbergasted and asking simply “WHY??” it’s usually considered shit. This particularly well-done piece adorns the leg of a 20 year old lad from Chorley, Lancashire. He’s never met Boris Johnson and only been to the capital once. I wonder how long it’ll take for the “hilarity” of the randomness to wear off? Oh, wait, I think it just did.’

7. Not the Bestminster

Not the Bestminster

‘I imagine souvenir carts in Covent Garden sell more Big Ben models than anything else (including Beefeater teddies). It’s probably the most iconic building in our country’s capital. Not residing in London myself I’ve only ever seen Big Ben once. But I know it didn’t look like that.’

6. In the Zone

In The Zone

‘Surely seeing this in the mirror is going to confuse your route from Paddington to Liverpool Street?’

5. Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools...

‘When it comes to cockney entrepreneurs, I’m afraid Alan Sugar has to step aside for Hooky Street’s very own Del Boy Trotter. The Trotters undoubtedly responsible for putting Peckham on the map. Unfortunately this chap’s tribute is far from “cushty”.’

4. Eye Don’t Think Much of This

Eye Don't Think Much of This

‘After almost six months of sifting through tattoo pictures I’ve started to develop aneye” for shit tats. However it doesn’t take a genius to see that this rendition of the EDF ferris wheel is, to put it simply, a piece of crap.’

3. A Feat of Patriotism

A Feat of Patriotism

‘This patriotic soul has taken to combining the Big Ben clock tower with the WWII motivational poster “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Perhaps if the tattooist had kept calm, Big Ben wouldn’t look like it was inked during an earthquake.’

2. Onyl an idiot could do this

Onyl an idiot could do this

‘Imagine being given the opportunity of carrying the Olympic flame through your country’s streets. Truly an event that would take place once in a lifetime. Well this lucky person was fortunate enough to have that chance. Not so lucky was the fact she picked a dyslexic tattooist to ink a tribute to that shining moment permanently on her skin.

1. A Royal Mess

A Royal Mess

‘I remember the 29th April 2011 very well. Prince William gave me an extra day off work to get completely pissed. Everyone flew Union Jacks and the country was all Royal for the day. I can’t help but feel this fellow got a little caught up in the moment however as he decided to to have this monstrosity tattooed to his leg. Perhaps he was as drunk as I was?’ 

For more fleshy frightfulness be sure to follow @Shittats on Twitter. And remember, THINK BEFORE YOU INK!!

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