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02/22/2013 11:55 am ET | Updated Feb 24, 2013

'World's Worst Portrait Tattoo' Fixed By Artist Scott Versago At Empire Ink Studio (PHOTO)

A man in search of a remedy for his horrible tattoo finally found the man for the job.

The unidentified man's body art has been declared the "world's worst portrait tattoo" by the numerous people who shared the picture of the piece on the Internets over the last five years, according to Gawker.

But the man was undeterred. He went to Empire Ink Studio in Akron where he met artist Scott Versago and told him his story of woe, according to Versago's Facebook post:

I got to tackle the official "#1 worst portrait tattoo in the world" today. I'm sure you've all seen it a million times online, as had I. I couldn't believe my eyes when this guy walked in and showed me this project. I think my jaw literally hit the floor. He went on to tell me the story behind the portrait; He had just married his beautiful wife and not even three months afterwards she was killed in a horrible house fire accident leaving him to raise their three children alone. Shortly after he went to a local tattoo studio to memorialize his wife and was left with this abomination. He later returned to that studio for one more session, thinking that perhaps "he had done something wrong in the healing of the tattoo" and they butchered it even more the second time.

The result, shown below, is a vast improvement.

In a message to The Huffington Post, Versago's assistant, said his boss is a "photo realism and cartoon realism specialist" which would seem to make him perfect for the project.

"Touched by his story, I gifted the entire project to him for free," Versago said in the post. "Now he has closure and I have an amazing story to add to my portfolio!"

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Hat tip: Fark

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, the name of the tattoo studio was misidentified. It is Empire Ink.

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