Before/after tattooed face

The gentleman above is Michael Campbell in two mug shots taken five years apart. The photo at left depicts Campbell in 2003 and the right is from October. "Mug Shot Metamorphosis" (The Smoking Gun, thanks Gil Kaufman!)


  1. All fair enough – it’s his body.

    But you have to wonder about the mental state of someone who is prepared to frighten/disconcert/disgust/puzzle practically every person he will meet, for the rest of his life…

  2. To be fair, once you’ve already got the goat horns tattooed next to your eye, it’s really an “in for a penny, in for a pound” kind of scenario.

  3. It looks like he has an ’88’ on his temple in the profile shot on Smoking Gun. Assuming it’s an Aryan thing and not just his favorite number, the fact that he’s turned his face black with ink is… ironic? even weirder? I don’t know.

  4. As soon as I start losing my hair that’s what I’m planning to do. Nothing says virile like a face full of lousy ink (and of course a pitbull tattooed on your neck that looks like it was drawn with a Magnadoodle).

    I can has parroll?

  5. Fark had tons of fun with this one yesterday. My fave post (not mine):

    No ear tats?

    “So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish, every babe that weeps at your approach, every woman who cries out: “Dear God, what is that thing?” will echo in your perfect ears.”

  6. “Definitely won’t be going into the Customer Service industry after prison.”

    “Good morning, and welcome to Build-A-Bear!”

  7. I have ink, but….geez. My first reaction to this was, “How sad. He wasn’t a bad-looking guy before.”

  8. I do like the Celtic knotwork, but I think I’d have applied it in a strictly below-the-neck fashion. Ah well, to each his own.

  9. wow, now thats an improvement. Quite scary really till you look at the tip of his nose and he looks like a teddy bear or puppy dog, I’d probably laugh at him, just before he put my face through the window. I wonder how many years he has inside left…

  10. I just noticed the little goatee bit on the tip of his chin! Was there a tat there that was just SO shit, he had to cover it up? How bad WAS it?

  11. Maybe he just got wasted one night and his fellow inmates found themselves with much time to kill and a handful of sharpies?

  12. Is that a pitbull puppy on his neck in the “before” pic… and has he gained a special friend in the “after”?

  13. I’m surprised by my own feeling that this is a really wonderful thing. I’d never tattoo myself, but I think if you are gonna go and do it, really GO AND DO IT.

  14. Unforgettable, that’s what you are
    Unforgettable though near or far
    Like a song of love that clings to me
    How the thought of you does things to me
    Never before has someone been more

    Unforgettable in every way…

  15. His neck didn’t shrink but his posture did get significantly worse. I wonder if he spends alot of time in hunched in front of a computer? (white supremacist chat rooms & gaming ?)

    He probably suffers from frequent neck tension headaches. If got some good chiropractic care+yoga he’d probably be in much better spirits.

    Wolfnose & bow tie combo is pure genius!!!

  16. Let me get this straight. You want to make it _easy_ for victims to pick you out in a line-up or identify you on camera, and you want to ensure you never get a date for the rest of your life? OK, we can do that…

  17. But, Mooooom! I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET A JOB!

    The bank wouldn’t even talk to me, just ’cause they they don’t like the way I look.

    I’m gonna sue!

  18. For some reason, all I can think of is Maugrim from that horrible BBC production of Narnia. The nose makes it.

  19. #6, I think you’re right! The bowtie adds a certain element of whimsy that lightens the whole piece, doesn’t it?

  20. a certain element of whimsy

    @ AndyGates, I have never in my entire live ever been able to use the word whimsy in a sentence. I am delighted that you were able to use it here.

  21. You know, whenever I heard the term asshat I never could form a good mental image to go along with it. Now I can. Thanks Michael

  22. @ JJasper #32
    Its not so bad a song that your reference has now caused to be stuck in my head, but the visual of Campbell’s face that appears along with it that is beginning to mess things up.
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you so very fuckin much

  23. @ #9 – Yes, 88 is a white supremacist thing. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 means HH, which means Heil Hitler.

    Is it just me, or does he have Herman Munster on the right side of his neck?

  24. Probably the worst tattoos one is likely to see on such prominent display. I’m guessing he did it himself in the mirror.

  25. I’m pretty heavily tattooed, but even my tattoo artist said he wouldn’t tattoo my face because he thinks it’s too anti-social (not that I asked him too, it just came up in a conversation). Not that he’s the tattoo police or anything, if somebody wants it, it’s up to them, but they’ll just have to have a different artist do the work…

  26. @#16 Jackasimov, who said: “I can has parroll?”

    Dude. Duuuuuude. I now have to do an entire site devoted to (drum roll please)….


  27. I know it’s been said, but I really do think that the worst part about this is that before all the ink, he was an okay-looking guy. Good-looking, even, if he didn’t have any of the tattoos. Clean him up, gel his hair put him in a suit and tie–I could easily see him skulking about the grad student building of my university.

  28. “White Supremacist in Blackface”?

    As for him not being a bad-looking guy before…seems like an instance of appropriate content labeling to me.

  29. Now interestingly, the last I checked, in the U.K. it is illegal for a tattoo parlour (and they all have to be government registered and regulated) to tattoo above the neck and below the wrists. The state of Connecticut too, it seems.

    It gets tricky of course – permanent makeup for instance has a very different social stigma to serious original (and hence unnatural looking) artwork.


    Shenanigans, I say! The tattoo in the right temporomandibular area is an inverse of the “new” tattoo. Nice try with the photoshops though. Maybe a collaborative effort over the interwebs would produce better results.

  31. @#63:”File under “Psychosis, External Indicators of”..”

    I think you mean psychopathy, not psychosis. Psychopathy is associated with antisocial and criminal behaviors; psychosis is generally just a symptom of a mental disorder such as schizophrenia or bipolar mania where the patient suffers from hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, etc.

    Two very different things which are very commonly confused.

  32. @65
    Who’s to say he’s not afflicted by BOTH?
    I can definitely see schizo written on this guy w/hallucinations and delusions.
    Psychopathy is a given. But maybe he’s psychotic as well.

  33. Damn what a waste, he was pretty hot before, and i like tats on a guy but he crossed the line!

  34. oh dear lord all these comments have really brightened my day, made me laugh out loud, which im sure is NOT the reaction this chap was going for…

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