Tom Arnold says tattooing Roseanne's face on his chest back in the day was the stupidest thing he's ever done -- this from a guy who once did a film called "Homo Erectus."
Arnold tells TMZ ... he got the tat back in 1994 in a last ditch effort to save his marriage ... but obviously his plan failed, big time.
In fact, Tom says he had to suffer through a year-and-a-half of painful lasers to get rid of the ink knowing ... "I'd never have sex with anyone until I got that removed."
But Tom's affair with STUPID tattoos didn't end with Roseanne -- the actor says he got Chinese characters on his leg years ago, because he thought it meant "love of mankind."
Turns out ... he was wrong ... at least according to Tom's "Cradle 2 the Grave" co-star Jet Li ... who translated the tat ... and said it means something totally different and way more hilarious.
Check out the video -- pretty funny stuff.
The "Silverback" Gets
a Silverback on His Back
7/23/2012 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams is 6'5" and weighs 318 pounds, so just imagine how much ink was used to slap a gigantic tattoo on his back.
WIlliams -- whose self-annointed nickname is "The Silverback" due to his aforementioned massive size -- got the tat a few months back of ... what else ... a silverback gorilla.
The ink cost Williams around $3,000 (plus a "nice tip") ... courtesy of Sergio Garcia at Ultimate Designz in Miami. We're told Williams had to sit through two separate seven-hour sessions ... which he took like a champ.
Hard to imagine a man that size crying.
Get a Mario Kart Tattoo
7/6/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mama mia! Sean Kingston loves Mario Kart so much ... the singer tattooed a giant freaking memorial to the video game on his arm ... and the pics are kind of awesome.
King posted the photos on Twitter the other day -- showing his new suped-up Mario Kart inkjob in progress inside his L.A. home ... courtesy of a local tattoo artist named Peter Koskela.
We're told the tat cost Sean a total of $1,250, and took 5 uncomfortable hours to complete.
File it under things Sean will probably regret in 20 years.
Check Out My Huge
New Neck Tattoo
6/30/2012 6:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown found an empty spot on his body that wasn't inked up ... and inked it up ... getting a sick new piece done on the side of his neck.
Chris hit up Black Banditz on Melrose last night to get the work done by Peter Koskela (aka PeterTattooist). The new ink was described to us as "an indian chief transforming into a wolf."
Whatever it is ... we wouldn't want be caught throwing bottles in a crowded nightclub at a guy with that tattoo.
A Hip New Tattoo
4/15/2012 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
57-year-old Kelsey Grammer rolled into a tattoo parlor to get his first ink job done ... and chose to tattoo his wife's name on his right hip. Not the most manly spot, is it?
The "Boss" star hit up Insight Studios in Chicago yesterday with wife Kayte Grammer ... where, according to one local report, the girl behind the counter asked him for ID because she didn't recognize him. Do they not have "Frasier" re-runs in Chicago?
One of the shop's tattoo artists tweeted the pic of Kelsey in the chair as he was getting the work done.
The ink reportedly cost only $60, the cheapest the store offers.
Perhaps next time he should shell out a little more ... and pick a less feminine location.
I Got My Band's Logo
Tattooed ON MY HEAD!!!
3/12/2012 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Should you ever forget Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is ALSO a member of the Transplants, just take a look at his head -- because TB just finished tattooing their logo onto his melon.
Barker recently put the final touches on his head piece ... work that was done by one of the more famous tattoo artists around, Mister Cartoon.
Travis clearly feels pretty committed to the punk rock/rap group these days ... even though it's really just a side project for all its members ... and word is they have a new album coming out soon.
Tatted Up Again
2/19/2012 1:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus was at it again last night -- which with her can mean several things -- but in this case she got another tattoo ... TMZ has learned.
Cyrus showed up at Studio City Tattoo at around 8:00 PM last night with a few friends, including BF Liam Hemsworth (see below).
Miley was the only one of the crew to get inked ... with the phrase "Love Never Dies" on the inside of her left bicep.
Maybe there was a special on clichés.
with New Tattoo
1/25/2012 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna must be a huge Tupac fan ... because she just tatted the words THUG LIFE -- on her fists!
RiRi hit up an LA tattoo parlor yesterday to get her hardcore ink started ... it doesn't look complete in the photo she tweeted out early this morning. It could be a temporary tat, but still ... badass.
Interestingly, the t-shirt she was wearing while she got inked up -- John Lennon's face. Totally thug.
Rihanna also ran into Danny Trejo at the tattoo parlor. Hope she's not inspired by his massive piece of chest art.
The Girl with a New Wrist Tattoo
1/8/2012 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is a fan of tattooing words on her body -- because just a few months after she got a Billy Joel song lyric tattooed on her rib cage ... she got a much smaller saying on her left wrist.
According to our sources, LiLo hit up a tattoo parlor on Friday night to get the work done. The impetus for the new ink, we're told, was Lindsay's feeling that she's at a great point in her life ... and she wanted to do something she'd always remember.
Our sources say Lindsay is excited for March 29 to come, because that's the day she will be done with her court-ordered community service.
Perhaps from then on, she won't do anything anyone would regret.
Gets New Ryan Dunn Tattoo
7/30/2011 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bam Margera got himself some fresh ink this week – a tattoo of his late pal Ryan Dunn on his right shoulder.
Margera, fresh off a few broken ribs from falling down the stairs, got the tat done by the same guy who does Lil Wayne's stuff.
GB Packers Stud
Gets Super Bowl Ring
7/20/2011 1:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Most NFL champs rock their Super Bowl ring on their hand -- Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields is wearing his on his NECK.
The 23-year-old defensive stud -- who was a rookie when the Packers won the Super Bowl this year -- rolled into the Ultimate Designz tattoo shop in Miami last week ... and pitched his ink idea to tattoo artist Sergio Garcia. He even brought in the ACTUAL ring for Sergio to study.
Sergio tells us it took about 3 hours to draw out the design of the tat (pictured above) -- and a little more than 2 hours to ink it onto Sam.
We're told Shields was a "really nice guy" throughout the whole process -- and even left a fat tip.
Fun Fact: Sam's actual Super Bowl ring has 109 diamonds in it, but his tattoo ONLY has 60 pictured ... because we're told putting that many small diamonds in the tattoo would have been "impossible."
Ron-Ron Got a
New Birthday Tattoo --
12/14/2010 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Less than two weeks after Pauly D got some fresh ink, Ronnie from "Jersey Shore" spent some time under the gun and got his arm seriously tatted up.
Ronnie endured a six-hour session at Mario Barth's King Ink in Las Vegas earlier this week to complete his heaven and hell themed tattoo. Ronnie's on and off girlfriend, Sammi Sweatheart, was there as well.
Happy birthday, tattoo. Happy birthday, tattoo. Happy birthday, dear Ronnie. Happy birthday, tattoo.
Coolio's Tattoo Screw Up
Nothin' But a 'G' Thang
6/7/2010 4:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Coolio's brand new tattoo was supposed to impress his tour mates Insane Clown Posse, and their fans -- unfortunately whoever inked him up didn't use spell check.
The body art was supposed to be an homage to ICP fans -- who call themselves "juggalos." Coolio's tattoo reads "Jugalo Cool" -- ironically one 'G' shy of actually being cool.
The "Angsta's Paradise" rapper isn't losing any sleep -- telling TMZ the typo was done on purpose and he doesn't plan to fix it.