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Think Before You Ink: The Treachery of Images

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Welcome back to Think Before You Ink, a series where we show the worst of the worst when it comes to tattoos based off of famous works of art.  We’re here to remind you that art is to be created, not replicated–especially if it will forever be on your body.

Today we venture into hipster paradise, because this is a piece of art that questions conventional ways of thinking.  That’s right, we’re looking at The Treachery of Images by René Magritte, which is housed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  I like to call this week’s tattoo collection “The Treachery of Permanence.” Let’s get started

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This tattoo artist made the fatal rookie mistake of hitting “stretch to fit” instead of “fit to screen.”  It’s too bad, really, because this could have been a really decent tattoo.

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Have you ever been super bored in class so you just start absent-mindedly doodling while looking at the teacher so they don’t know that you’re not paying attention? And then it ends up looking like this:

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The pipe artwork on this tattoo is beautiful, BUT IT’S TOTALLY SCREAMING AT YOU WITH UNNECESSARILY LARGE AND ABRASIVE TEXT even though it’s purposefully a bit understated in the original image

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I know what you’re thinking.  These tattoos are bad but they’re not necessarily up to par with the rest of the series.  I mean, remember Batman/Starry Night? That was ridiculous!

Don’t worry, my dear readers.  I got you a special little present.

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It doesn’t even make sense how these two things go together but it happened and we just have to deal with it.

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And finally, the epitome of hipsterdom and the reason you’re about to break something:

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The 8th-grade ‘stache makes it so much better, right?

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That’s it for this week folks, and remember: leave the masterpieces to the masters.

by Maya

Maya Jacobson

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