This Girl Learned The Hard Way Why You Shouldn’t Let A Friend Pick Out Your Tattoo

When it comes to tattoos, i.e., permanent body ink, it’s usually best to not fuck around. But, I guess some people like to live on the edge.

Elle Mills, an 18-year-old from Ottawa, Canada, makes comedic videos for YouTube, and recently filmed a segment on getting her first tattoo. To up the ante, Mills allowed her best friend, Tavian Palacios, to choose the tattoo that she would be getting.

As it turns out — surprise, surprise — the idea was somewhat ill-conceived.

Elle Mills revealed on Twitter that Palacios pulled the cruelest and most brilliant prank of all: he put his Twitter handle smack dab in the middle of Mills’ new tattoo.

Because it was supposed to be a surprise, Mills was blissfully unaware that she was being inked with her bestie’s handle.

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Once the tattoo artist was finished, however, the horrible realization began to dawn. “My first thought was, ‘That son of a bitch,’” Mills told BuzzFeed News.

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(You have to admit, though — for a tattoo of a Twitter handle, it turned out fairly well.)

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Palacios seemed pretty pleased with himself.

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Apparently, the reactions to Mills’ tattoo experiment have been mixed. “A lot of people think it’s hilarious — people seem to find it very relatable, something they say they would do to their friend,” Mills said. “And some think that I’m a bit of a dumbass for letting him choose — which I totally agree.”

All in all, though, she says she has no regrets. If anything, the tattoo is an accurate representation of the pair’s friendship. “I wasn’t too mad because, honestly, I would have done the same. It’s just the type of friendship we have.”

Even so — perhaps this is an important lesson for all of us on the very real consequences of “experimenting” with body ink. Although, I have to admit, this tattoo has a much more entertaining backstory than most.

You can watch the entirety of Mills’ tattoo experience on her YouTube video.

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