This Pokémon Tattoo Is So Bad It Has Become a Meme

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A tattoo of Pokémon character Charmander that fans say looks nothing like the character has been going viral on Reddit, inspiring memes and earning the nickname “S****y Charmander.”

This is what happens when you drunkenly tattoo Charmander on yourself

— The Independent (@Independent) April 17, 2015

Redditor Yllwsnow2 uploaded the image on April 14 with the caption “My friend was drunk and on Xanax when he decided to tattoo a black face Charmander with no experience or artistic ability. The flame saves it.” The picture racked up nearly 2.5 million views over the next two days, according to a timeline by KnowYourMeme, an online encyclopedia about memes and trending topics.

The illustration now has its own subreddit “/r/shartmander,” and the photo-sharing site Imgur has rounded up some of the best memes. The editor of Know Your Meme Brad Kim made a flow chart of merchandise inspired by the tattoo:

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It is the third time that something so random has captivated the Internet recently, between a debate about the color of #TheDress and a photo of a cat that looked like it was either going up or down a staircase.

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