Tattoos are more mainstream than ever these days. Everyone has one; even moms are getting in on the action. Which shouldn't be that surprising. Moms have long been a popular topic in the tattoo world. Folks are forever getting tattoos dedicated to celebrating the special woman in their lives. Now moms are returning the favor and celebrating their own kids with ink.

But the results aren't always touching and flattering. In fact, sometimes they can be downright ... disastrous. One bad tattoo artist or a joke gone too far, and these bad mom tattoos are emblazoned on someone's person forever. Too bad for them, and too funny for us.

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We've gathered up some of our favorite, funniest, and downright confusing mom-based tattoos. Get ready to giggle, snort, cringe, and praise the tattoo gods that this fate has not been your own. Still, in the end -- it's the thought that counts, right? Please enjoy 12 of our favorites!

What's the worst tattoo you've ever seen?

 

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