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5 bad-ass New York City tattoos (and 5 that are just plain bad)

Joshua Saxon Joshua Saxon

New York Donut tattoo

We here at Secret NYC love New York. We eat, breathe and sleep the city and, while it can suck at times, we couldn’t think of anywhere else in the world we’d rather be. In short, we feel we rank pretty highly on the Who-Loves-NY-The-Most scale. But then there’s these guys, who leave us in their dust with their die-hard NY fandom. New Yorkers so bat-shit crazy about this town they were prepared to roll up a sleeve and get the Big Apple inked on their skin – with awesome results. Most of the time…

Let’s start with the awesome ones:

1.

Colourful NYC skyline tattoo
[Timeout]
This tattoo is beautiful. Bonus points for the New York t-shirt. This dude seriously loves his city.

2.

Empire State Sleeve tattoo
[Pinterest/Inked Magazine]
You’ve seen the building – now get the tattoo! What an impressive use of perspective and a fitting tribute to the Empire State Building, one of the world’s architectural marvels.

3.

NYC sleeve tattoo
[Pinterest/tattr.tumbler.com]
Wow. This one might be our favourite. Be careful what you say about New York when this guy’s around…

4.

Statue of Liberty crying tattoo
[Pinterest/Cody Richardson]
A more poignant one here, we feel. Beautifully inked.

5.

Statue of Liberty tattoo
[Timeout]
A nice take on the Statue of Liberty that works quite well.

 

Pretty sweet, huh? Did you even look at them? Or did you just scroll down to the bottom to see the abominations? It’s cool if you did; you’re only human. Well, without further ado…

 

1.

NYC pizza tattoo
[Timeout]
Pizza is pretty awesome. We’re not arguing that fact. NYC, too, is ink worthy. But this…?

 

2.

NY Yankees logo tattoo fail
[Team Jimmy Joe]
Jesus. Christ.

3.

I heart NYC tattoo
[Timeout]
What even is this? A tattoo of a Polaroid? The world’s first selfie tattoo? Either way, it’s not for us.

4.

Grumpy Statue of liberty tattoo
[Fanshare]
This is one grumpy-ass looking Statue of Liberty. Or perhaps mildly disgusted. And the eyes are creepy. Fail.

5.

New York Donut tattoo
[Timeout]
There seems to be a food theme with tatted NYC lovers. Surely there’s more to New York than bagels. Although we do love us a bagel… OK, this gets a pass.