Tattoo Nightmares

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  • TV-14
  • 2012
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.6  (738)

Tattoo Nightmares is a reality television series that first premiered on Spike TV on October 16, 2012. The show focuses on bad and embarrassing tattoos that individuals have, which they want to get rid of or cover up. The show is hosted by three of the best tattoo artists in the business - Tommy Helm, Jasmine Rodriguez, and Big Gus Demented. Each episode usually follows three stories of individuals who have tragically gone wrong with their tattoos, and are now seeking help from the artists to correct their tattoos and make them look better.

Tommy Helm is one of the artists featured on the show. He is an experienced tattoo artist who is lauded for his unique, personalized approach to tattooing. He has been able to make a name for himself in the industry because of the intricate designs he creates, which are usually inspired by his clients' life stories. Jasmine Rodriguez is another talented artist who is featured on the show. She is known for her edgy, neo-traditional tattoos. She has been working as a tattoo artist for over a decade now and is well-respected in the industry. Big Gus Demented is the third artist on the show, and he is renowned for his portrait work. He has been tattooing for over 20 years and has become an expert in the field.

The artists have a deep understanding of the challenges that people face when they have a bad tattoo. They help their clients come up with the best solutions to cover up their tattoos, whether that is by designing a new tattoo or using the tattoo removal technique. Each client is different, so the artists take time to get to know their clients, their stories, and their motives behind getting the tattoos in the first place. They use this knowledge to create designs that are personal and meaningful to the clients.

The show's format works by introducing viewers to the clients and their tattoo stories, before bringing in the artists to analyze the tattoos and come up with a plan of action. Usually, the clients explain the backstory behind the tattoo they regret, and then reveal the tattoo to the artists who provide their opinions on the design. Sometimes, the tattoos are so bad that the artists are unable to come up with a coverup design. In these instances, they usually suggest laser tattoo removal or modifying the design to make it better.

Once the plan has been created, the artists start working on the client's tattoo. The redesigns are usually done in a single day, but clients have the option of returning for further work if they wish to. Their reactions to seeing their new and improved tattoos are usually quite emotional, as the process of getting a tattoo corrected is often a cathartic experience.

One of the standout features of this show is the fact that it helps viewers understand the importance of choosing the right tattoo artist. Bad tattoos can have a long-lasting effect on a person's life, and the artists make sure to educate viewers on the process of choosing the right artist for a tattoo. They also provide tips on how to take care of their tattoos after they are done, to ensure they retain their quality for longer.

Overall, Tattoo Nightmares offers a unique insight into the world of tattooing, and is a must-watch for anyone interested in tattoo design or the tattoo removal process. The show has been critically acclaimed and has developed a strong fanbase over the years. It offers a sense of closure to those who have made mistakes with their tattoos, and shows that even the worst tattoos can be covered or modified to make them look better. The series ran for three seasons, from 2012 to 2015, before ending its run on Spike TV.

Tattoo Nightmares is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (59 episodes). The series first aired on October 16, 2012.

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Cops and Rockers
26. Cops and Rockers
September 1, 2015
Gus attempts to fix four heavy-duty mistakes that test his "metal," Jasmine finds some common ground with her client's ex boyfriend woes, and Tommy locks horns with a guy who was in over his head.
Cops and Rockers
25. Cops and Rockers
September 2, 2015
Gus tries to cover four heavy-duty mistakes that test his "metal," Jasmine finds some common ground with her client's ex boyfriend woes, and Tommy butts heads with a guy who was in over his head.
Mama's Boy
24. Mama's Boy
August 25, 2015
Jasmine is doubtful of her client's mermaid mistake, while Tommy tackles the result of a back (and bone) breaking sexcapade, and a man trips out Big Gus with his magical adventures with a green creature sidekick.
Mermaids, Goblins and Snakes Oh My!
23. Mermaids, Goblins and Snakes Oh My!
August 18, 2015
Jasmine is suspicious of her client's mermaid mistake, while Tommy takes on the result of a back (and bone) breaking sexcapade, and a man trips out Big Gus with his magical adventures with a green creature sidekick.
22. Terri-Bull
August 11, 2015
Big Gus gives a perfect present to a birthday girl. Tommy hopes to help a musician fix a past mistake. Jasmine helps cover up a terri-BULL tattoo for a client.
Fl(ex) Wives
21. Fl(ex) Wives
August 4, 2015
A bodybuilder seeks Big Gus's expertise, while Jasmine helps a father give the boot to some bad ink, and a stripper drops her pants so Tommy can get down and dirty.
The Ink Panther
20. The Ink Panther
July 28, 2015
Big Gus helps a bartender's bad ink rise from the ashes, while Jasmine works to empower her client with a foxy cover of a dating disaster, and an arm wrestling champ is on the prowl for a fierce new tattoo from Tommy.
Friends Don't Let Friends Tattoo
19. Friends Don't Let Friends Tattoo
July 7, 2015
Gus needs more than garlic to ward off his client's crazy past; Jasmine relates to a mother's need for a classy new look, while Tommy rolls the dice with his and Jaz's reputations when he's challenged with his coworkers coverup.
Hashtag Horrible
18. Hashtag Horrible
July 14, 2015
Jasmine gets stuck in an unfortunate threesome when her client drops his pants, Big Gus is needed stat to fix this goofy tattoo that destroyed a family, while Tommy tries to give his client's tattoo a second life.
Father Doesn't Know Best
17. Father Doesn't Know Best
June 30, 2015
A man is badly scarred in more ways than one as he tearfully asks Jasmine for help, while Tommy's client wants to lose her bestie, who's been following behind her for years, and a man needs Big Gus to help change his luck.
Dazed and Accused
16. Dazed and Accused
June 23, 2015
A surfer rolls into the shop hoping Tommy can help him say sayonara an old mistake, while a mother comes to Gus searching for the key to some new ink, and a man wrongly accused needs Jasmine's help to escape his past.
Butt of the Joke
15. Butt of the Joke
December 30, 2014
A disgraced basketball fan hopes Gus can help him, while a hunter hopes Tommy will hit the mark with his new ink.
Merry Inkmas
14. Merry Inkmas
December 23, 2014
It's the holidays, as Gus ties his client's new ink up with a bow, Tommy tries to freeze out a man's yuletide eggnog disaster, and Jasmine shakes it up when a tough guy drops his drawers hoping for a new Christmas package.
Broke and Branded
13. Broke and Branded
December 9, 2014
Tommy has his client's number in his crosshairs as he works to kill some bad ink, while Jasmine helps a beauty expert shine light on her beast of a tattoo, and Gus is double-teamed by a couple hoping to strip away a past mistake
12. Surfari
December 2, 2014
A surfer seeks Gus's expertise to wash away a mistake and win back his father, while Tommy rushes to the scene for an accident-prone paramedic, and Jasmine's client is desperate to ex-out his ink in time for an important reunion.
Back in the Saddle
11. Back in the Saddle
November 25, 2014
Tommy covers up some sidewalk-chalk inspired ink, a gamer needs Big Gus's help to reset a bad tattoo from a bad bet, and Jasmine hoists a client back onto the horse after an online dating catastrophe.
What Would Jasmine Do
10. What Would Jasmine Do
November 18, 2014
Big Gus helps a father hit a home-run with some new ink, while Jasmine prays for a miracle when she attempts to fix a Bible Belt blooper, and a woman's mystical mishap forces Tommy to work his magic.
Junk Off My Trunk!
9. Junk Off My Trunk!
November 11, 2014
Jasmine helps her client "smooth" over a mASSive mistake, Gus is tasked with erasing the memory of his client's son, and Tommy hopes to get lucky breaking his client's cursed tattoo gamble.
No One's Bitch
8. No One's Bitch
May 20, 2014
Gus helps a mother who is ready to leave her past behind her, Jasmine's client is ready to grow up, and Tommy takes a stab at the ink that's been haunting his client for 13 years.
7. U-F-OH NO!!
May 13, 2014
Jasmine attempts a major touch-up on an unfortunate celebrity portrait, Big Gus signs up to help a client get rid of the wrong number, and Tommy has flashbacks when an ex-raver begs him to cover-up a past alien encounter.
Baywatch Bimbo!
6. Baywatch Bimbo!
May 6, 2014
Jasmine rescues a former 90's beach babe, whose bad ink is drowning her career, Big Gus' client is eager to drop his pants to change his game, and Tommy helps a father honor his son by knocking out his adolescent mistake.
Doggie Style
5. Doggie Style
April 29, 2014
Tommy goes Renegade as he revamps a dated tattoo of an 80s heartthrob, Jasmine rescues a police officer from a tattoo that's held him hostage for years, and Gus is exposed to a client's sexual history that sent her to jail.
Where to Watch Tattoo Nightmares
Tattoo Nightmares is available for streaming on the Spike TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tattoo Nightmares on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 16, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (738)