Whenever someone proudly shows off their brand new tattoo to me, without fail, I say “it’s brilliant”.

Perhaps this is because, if it is decidedly less than brilliant, I can’t bear to see the look on their face as the dawning realization that they have just marked their skin – permanently – with a meaningless pattern that looks laughable at best. After all, once the tattoo is done, due to its ever-lasting nature, there really is very little to be done about it. Why, I wonder, be the one to point out a mistake that is etched onto one’s skin for time immemorial?

Possibly it would be kinder to reveal my true feelings upon seeing a nonsense tattoo, but somehow I can never bring myself to do it.

The dismay of these individuals, though, who proudly shared their brand new tattoos online, is not spared by the savage individuals who pointed out that they might not be quite as wonderful as the recipient imagined.

1. It’s never too late to take up a religion

2. When picnics are life

3. The beginning of the end

4. This is being posted everiwhere

5. Only a day out, in fairness