Ill-advised ink! From Johnny Depp’s woeful Wino Forever to Ben Affleck’s forgettable Phoenix

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It’s the age-old story, but not all of us have been brave enough – or indeed stupid enough – to share it from any place of experience. 

Be they on the face, fingers, knuckles or even feet, ill-advised tattoos have been a twentieth and twenty-first century mainstay ever since body art clambered across the class divide and became, well, fashionable. 

No longer the exclusive preference of sailors and fairground workers, tattoos have crossed social boundaries to become symbolic tributes to loved ones, to memorable places, past achievements and favourite family members. 

The illustrated man: Pete Davidson is no stranger to the tattoo studio, but recently sought to get some of his inkings removed - primarily his dedications to ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian

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The illustrated man: Pete Davidson is no stranger to the tattoo studio, but recently sought to get some of his inkings removed – primarily his dedications to ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian

But with good comes bad, and the drunken Ibiza weekender, that regrettable mid-life crisis or the once-special someone you would frankly rather forget are worn with rather less pride. 

Just ask Pete Davidson – no sooner has he found space for some permanent dedications to girlfriend Kim Kardashian than he’s right back in the friendzone and questioning the logic in obtaining his latest tattoos in the first place. 

But who else has the self-inflicted cursed of questionable ink? Buckle up, MailOnline has the answers. 

Dodgy: Johnny Depp was forced to take urgent action after splitting with actress Winona Ryder in 1993, changing his Winona Forever tattoo to the debatable 'Wino Forever'

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Dodgy: Johnny Depp was forced to take urgent action after splitting with actress Winona Ryder in 1993, changing his Winona Forever tattoo to the debatable ‘Wino Forever’

1. JOHNNY DEPP 

It was supposed to last forever, but sadly Johnny Depp’s relationship with a 17-year old Winona Ryder lasted just four years before the couple – already divided by a nine-year age gap – finally went their separate ways.

Maddeningly, Depp had somewhat hastily branded his shoulder with a permanent dedication to the talented young actress – the words ‘Winona Forever’ inked within a crudely drawn heart – at the height of their romance.

Urgent action was needed, and the hellraiser did what anyone might do if faced with the same conundrum – he quickly abbreviated her name to the debatable, but perhaps more acceptable ‘Wino.’

One might question why a man of substantial financial means didn’t seek permanent removal, but Depp appeared pleased with the result and still bears his ‘Wino Forever’ tattoo to this day.

There it is: One might question why a man of substantial financial means didn't seek permanent removal, but Depp appeared pleased with the result and still bears his 'Wino Forever' tattoo to this day
Reborn: The summer of that year, Ben unveiled a huge new tattoo across his back, that was then seen in full in December 2015 and March 2018. The tattoo depicts a large colourful inking of a phoenix rising from the ashes - said to be about the end of his marriage.

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Questionable: He’s won numerous awards in his own right, but if there was a Razzie for worst inking then Ben Affleck’s back tattoo would almost certainly be among the nominees

He’s won numerous awards in his own right, but if there was a Razzie for worst inking then Ben Affleck’s back tattoo would almost certainly be among the nominees.

The actor surprised fans by revealing an enormous Phoenix, apparently rising – as if from the metaphorical ashes of Affleck’s bottom – to his shoulders in a colourful arc of bright red, blue and yellow ink.

Affleck later insisted the tattoo was fake and had merely been acquired for a forthcoming role, but he soon changed his tune when confronted during an appearance on the Ellen Show.

Justifying the tattoo, he said: ‘It’s meaningful to me. I like it. It’s not something I sort of kept private. The sentiment ran against… but I love my tattoo, I’m happy with it.’

Let’s hope Jennifer likes it!

Dramatic inking: Cheryl Cole's tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado posted a picture of the a woman's rose tattoo that he was working on on Saturday

Sore: Anyone with a tattoo knows how painful they can be – and how long they take to heal – so there were winces all round when former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl showed off the floral design covering her entire bottom

3. CHERYL

Anyone with a tattoo knows how painful they can be – and how long they take to heal – so there were winces all round when former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl showed off the floral design covering her entire bottom.

Taking to Instagram in 2013, the singer’s tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado posted a picture of the entire tattoo following a mammoth seven hour session – but admitted it was still very much a work in progress.

The pop star, who has always admitted to a love of body art, had only ever showed small parts of the black and red tattoo up to that point – and the painful looking end result suggested sitting down might be a problem, at least in the short term.

Discussing the tattoo with fans, she wrote: ‘I’ve had it for maybe 7-8 months, it was a long process but only just detailed it. I have personal meaning behind it but English roses are my favourite flowers.’

First look: Cheryl first showed off a hint of the tattoo when she performed with Girls Aloud back in February
Awkward: When it comes to tattoos a misspelled word is the stuff of nightmares, something Ed Sheeran knows only too well

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Awkward: When it comes to tattoos a misspelled word is the stuff of nightmares, something Ed Sheeran knows only too well

4. ED SHEERAN

When it comes to tattoos a misspelled word is the stuff of nightmares, something Ed Sheeran knows only too well.

The heavily-inked singer-songwriter was keen to reference one of his biggest hits, but was left with an incorrectly spelled tattoo courtesy of actress friend Saoirse Ronan.

The star, best known for her lead role in The Lovely Bones, purposely wrote ‘Galway GRILL’ instead of ‘GIRL’ while attempting to ink him in the track’s raucous accompanying video, which sees Ed enjoy a boozy tour of the Irish town.

Fortunately, the singer – whose entire body is covered in colourful tattoos inspired by his globe-trotting career – managed to see the funny side.

Addressing fans at a Glasgow concert in 2017, he said: ‘The tattoo actually says Galway Grill G-R-I-L-L. She really took the p*** outta me – full on.

‘I’m actually quite proud of her. It’s the kind of thing I would do.’

Oh dear: The singer was left with an incorrectly spelled tattoo after Saoirse Ronan purposely wrote 'Galway GRILL' instead of 'GIRL' while attempting to ink him

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