Artist Who Specializes in 'Purposefully Bad Tattoos' Captivates Internet

Viewers were blown away by a tattoo completed by an artist who said he specializes in "purposefully bad tattoos" in a TikTok viewed more than 3 million times.

Posted by Nathan to his TikTok account @notjanedoethundear, the video slowly revealed the piece completed by the artist, which led to a discussion among viewers about what makes a good tattoo.

Set to The Charlie Daniels Band's The Devil Went Down to Georgia, the artist slowly wipes the tattoo, showing the finished piece of a devil holding a pitchfork.

A speech bubble by the devil's mouth read, "Do sins, bro!"

"S**tty #tattoos done well," the video caption read.

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A tattoo artist has gone viral on TikTok for his "purposefully bad" tattoos. Here, a stock image of an artist tattooing a design. zamrznutitonovi/iStock

Though a crude drawing, many viewers wrote that the artist's technique resulted in a solid tattoo.

According to Inked Magazine, there are some telltale signs of what makes a tattoo a good tattoo.

Strong tattoo pieces are fully saturated and won't appear patchy after it heals. Additionally, the magazine pointed out that lines should be "crisp" and "consistent."

"Wonky lines are a huge indication of an inexperienced artist," the outlet reported.

Additionally, contrast helps make a tattoo look "multidimensional."

"If the tattoo has bad contrast, it will appear flat and washed out," the piece read.

Nathan wrote to Newsweek that he's tattooed on and off for about two years and credits fellow tattoo artists Ronnie Hicks and Amanda Cokewell for teaching him. For about a month, Nathan said he's been working at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Elevated Ink.

"I draw everything I tattoo unless it's like, text or a logo or something like that," he said. "Otherwise, I try to talk people into letting me draw my own version of what they want. You don't want the same exact tattoo as someone else."

When it comes to this particular style of tattooing, Nathan said he first thought of doing a tattoo with his left hand.

"But, I thought, 'No wait. That's a legit bad idea,'" he said. "So I drew it up with my left hand and then went to work like normal."

Nathan explained that he enjoys "weird stuff," and doing what is not done very often but said he is not the first artist to experiment and do a "weird, dumb tattoo."

One viewer commented that because of the solid line work and saturated color, it is "the prime example of a bad tattoo done well."

"The point is it's tattooed well...meaning correctly...meaning it looks like a kids art, but the tattoo is gonna be clean, last long and heal evenly," another wrote.

A few other viewers complimented Nathan on his linework, as well as the look of the tattoo.

"This is literally perfect," one comment read. "You nailed the look while still making it look well done."

Read another comment, "It takes talent to be a great artist...but it takes a great artist to make bad art."

This is not the first time tattoos grabbed the attention of internet users.

A grandmother went viral after she checked one thing off her bucket list, which was to get a tattoo. A viral Reddit post also featured tattoo artists sounding off about some of the strangest tattoos they have done or seen.