Monstrous ink: The best and worst of student tattoos
Tattoos are cool. Everyone knows that. Here are some good and bad tatts from university campuses across the UK
Once upon a time, tattoos used to be firmly established as a deviant practice, solely to be used by sailors, prisoners and women of the night.
But now anyone can get a tattoo.
We scoured a few of Britain’s universities to find the best, the funniest and the most unique tattoos. And a few shit ones. Here’s what we found.
Tattoo: Rory (in Elvish)
Why: One day this guy was sunbathing in his mates garden, they were bored and decided to either play golf or go get tattoos. Once they had decided on tattoos, this guy decided to get his name, in Elvish, tattooed on his wrist. #YOLO
Tattoo: Bünti (made up word)
Why: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you Jägermeister get made up words tattooed on your chest. Bünti means literally nothing, but in Malia 2011 it kind of sounded like the beat of generic house music, and what better an onomatopoeia to get tattooed on oneself (is it even an onomatopoeia?). But when he got back home he found out that in Belgium, Bünti & Sons is a well respected carpentering firm. In Pakistan Bünti is a cartoon talking polar bear. And in certain parts of Bavaria, Bünti is slang for ‘coloured person’. Oops.
Why: Have you ever loved a dead-Russian-19th century-novelist-with epilepsy-and a serious gambling habit so much that you just couldn’t live anymore without him tattooed on your arm? No? Well this guy really wanted it. So he got it. And what?
Tattoo: I <3 Fat Nick
Why: Drunk in Ibiza
Tattoo: Make your own rules
Why: Because YOLO
Tattoo: Wayne Rooney’s name
Why: Wayne was gonna win us the World Cup when I got this in 2010. He subsequently played shit, cheated on his wife with hookers and handed in a transfer request. Cheers Wazza.
Tattoo: Joely in Paris
Why: Because he loves his friend Joel so very much. And they love the song ‘Niggas In Paris’ even more.
Tattoo: Hot Air Balloon
Why: Because if you don’t like Up, you obviously have no soul.
Why: Because Pokémon is cool and it always will be, obviously
Tattoo: A Mexican chili pepper leaning on a bottle of herbal liqueur
Why: We have absolutely no idea
Tattoo: Penguin floating away with a balloon
Why: Because penguins are fucking cute, and someone paid me a tenner.
Tattoo: Buddy Christ
Why: This satirical Jesus could represent the relationship between the subject and their breakaway from an indoctrinated Catholic education that ultimately ended in expulsion. Or it could just look funny. You decide.
Why: Because Timepiece is a popular club in Exeter and this tattoo’d gal loves the lash
Tattoo: The guy you play as from the original Pokémon
Why: “I play a lot of Pokemon on my Game Boy. Pokemon is awesome. So why the hell not?”.
Why: They’ve had sex with 26 people? No. They’ve killed 26 people? No. These guys all got the number ’26’ tattooed on them, because in their first year at university they all lived in flat 26.
Tattoo: William Wallace Monument
Why: After living in Stirling for a year, Will decided that the best way of remembering his love of the city forever would be to tattoo a reminder of it to his leg. Stirling-aholic Will told The Tab that “no other places have influenced or shaped me as a person as much as my year in Stirling.”