A MAN has told how he has been left with a terrible tattoo after deciding to get an inspirational inking across his arm.

He opted to get the motivational motto on his left forearm as a daily reminder to persevere – but everyone has been pointing out the same issue.

The client wanted the phrase "life is tough, but so are you" scribed upon his skin, to encourage him to overcome adversity.

But his moving message was unfortunately warped by the tattoo artist, distorting the entire expression and making it illegible.

The cursive script is positioned directly next to a red flower that the man had previously got inked on his arm.

But despite the tattoo artist still having plenty of room to work with, they somehow scrunched up some important vowels.

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The cute quote has become open to interpretation in a Reddit thread discussing bad tattoos.

Users were left debating what the man's pearl of wisdom was meant to mean.

One jokingly shared their translation in the comments, writing: "Life is taugh, but is ere yaus!"

Another added: "It took me a little bit, but I think it's supposed to say 'Life is tough, but so are you.' The lettering is atrocious though."

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And a third chimed in: "What a missed opportunity to connect the stem to the letter L…"

The controversial tatt was also read as "life is taugh, but is are you" by some baffled Redditers.

We previously told how a woman was left horrified when her tattooist made not one but TWO mistakes on her cute quote inking.

She shared a TikTok detailing how he misspelled two words – but she says she would still book in with the artist again.

And another tattoo fan told how her inspirational inking was mucked up so bad, she even teased herself about it.

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