The Sucky Panther and Its Many Makeovers

The Sucky Panther and Its Many Makeovers

Internet ridicule turned one of the world's worst tattoos into more than just a joke, but an entire trend for tattooers to play with.

The following sentiment has been expressed so many times at this point that feels like a cliché, but that doesn't mean that it isn't 100% accurate — the internet is a really weird place. 

Originally invented as a tool to help doctors share vital information, the internet quickly morphed into a place to watch pornography, auction off unwanted crap, make fun of strangers behind the mask of anonymity, and it eventually became a place to look at tattoos (Yay! The internet got me a job!). Sure, it's a hell of a lot more than all that in reality, but the point is that, like all great things, once it was up and running the internet became it's own weird and wonderful thing. This transformation is personified by "the meme." 

Years ago a picture of a really shitty panther tattoo hit the internet. I can't remember the first place I saw it, thankfully it wasn't on my own arm, but I know that it was the Instagram user Sucky Tattoos that really drilled the image into the public consciousness. Sucky Tattoos shows off some of the funniest (and in their own way, saddest) tattoo that exist in this world, but the man behind it all finds special glee in what has been known as the Sucky Panther, even making shirts with the poorly thought out tattoo on them. And perhaps without knowing it, Sucky Tattoos also created a new trend among tattooists. 

Starting with the template of the Sucky Panther, which looks like one of the gargoyles from Ghostbusters in my humble opinion, tattooists add their own touches and flare, all the while turning something ugly into something beautiful. Well, "beautiful" may be taking things a little too far, but these tattoos are certainly hilarious. 

These tattoos go to show that when we let our guard down a little bit and stop taking life so damn seriously, we can actually have a lot of fun. And who among us isn't dying for a good laugh these days? 

If you are looking to get your own tricked out version of the Sucky Panther, we highly recommend checking out each of these artists on their Instagram. And if you already have one that you want to share with the community please go ahead and upload it to the Tattoodo app with the #SuckyPanther. 

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