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‘World’s Worst Portrait Tattoo’ Gets Fixed For Free [Photo]

World's worst portrait tattoo

You’ve probably seen the picture before. A man holds up a picture of his late wife to a portrait tattoo of her face on his arm. The tattoo looks nothing like his beautiful bride, and the man is left with a horrible tribute to the woman he loved and lost.

The story behind the tattoo goes that a man lost his wife to a house fire less than three months after they were married. He was left to raise their three children by himself. Wanting to memorialize his wife in a portrait tattoo, he went to a local tattoo studio and ended up with ink that looked nothing his wife.

He went back to the studio a second time thinking “he had done something wrong in the healing of the tattoo,” but the end result was the same.

Enter Scott Versago, a tattoo artist at Empire Ink in Akron, Ohio.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when this guy walked in and showed me this project. I think my jaw literally hit the floor,” Versago said on his Facebook page. He goes on to retell the story before getting to the point where he was tasked to fix the “#1 worst portrait tattoo in the world.”

“Finally, he drove all the way to my studio, Empire Ink, just to meet me and to see what his options were,” Versago said. “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!

You can see the before and after of the “World’s Worst Portrait Tattoo” below.

Ohio artist fixes world's worst portrait tattoo for free

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23 Responses to “‘World’s Worst Portrait Tattoo’ Gets Fixed For Free [Photo]”

  1. Julia Starkey

    Seriously? This beautiful story, and that is what you take with you? People have kids before they get married all the time now. Get over yourself.

  2. Julia Starkey

    Well done Versago! You did beautiful work, and you have an amazing heart. I just wish that there were more people out there like you.

  3. Karen Wiggins

    I have a 9 yr and a4 yr old..only been married 2 yrs…that should blow your mind .

  4. Angela Icelee Boucher

    acording to the original story they had the children long before they were married they been to geather for 10 years before deciding to get married and then she passed on three months after. already read this story on yahoo and they gave more info on this story.

  5. Peggy Jakopak

    The first tat "artist" should be ashamed of himself. That looked like something out of a horror movie. The second guy, now he is an artist. What a fantastic job.

  6. Luann Pothuisje Lane

    Versago IS a true artist. It's WAY harder to try and fix someone else's mess than to start with a clean "slate", so to speak. He made a beautiful, lasting tribute out of the first nightmare tat!

  7. Kenet Sarai Elizondo

    I swear some people are so sensitive. the woman was obviously kidding when she said 'how'd they get 3 kids in three months'. don't know why we insist on having fights over the internet with complete strangers. give your comment and move on, cripes.

  8. Erika Donahue

    Oh, should that be the headline? I hope you are having fun living in the year 1832.

  9. Jessica Rodriguez

    Some ppl are just plain STUPID….they had the kids already….look at brad pitt and angie 3 kids already apart the ones adopted and they not even married yet..

  10. Angela Schwartz Mullaney

    Who cares? I think you severely missed the point of this article, and of life…

  11. Patricia Scavetti

    Ok!! No one is that naieve they don't realize they had them before marriage !! Isn't that the new way!!!!

  12. Travis Franzen

    It was a joke obviously people, change your twisted panties and spare everyone your PMS

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