I have it tattooed on my thigh, but I wish I could forget your name. It is a constant reminder of the death of our relationships like wearing a car crash or a mutilated corpse. I’d still be carrying you around with me even if it were somewhere else.
People do not talk about the leftover literal, physical baggage of a bad break up…like t-shirts, or records, or the heavy black cursive on my leg, but only talk about emotional baggage. People Still ask me about you all the time. Having a name tattooed on you is having such an effect.
So, what do you do? If this little tale is something you can resonate with, then it sounds like it’s time for covering up a tattoo! We’re here to help, Whether you have scars or bad tattoos. Having an awful tattoo that you regret or bad scarring from a traumatic past event, some of us have not had to endure the pain.
And for us, there are only two options really: cover it up off or laser it. In this guide on covering up a tattoo, we go over what to expect and how to go about transforming your skin so you can feel confident again!
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To Laser or Not to Laser
So, real quick, we’re going to explore laser removal. As it is not expensive as you think, the pain is totally worth it, but also because you may have to do partial removal anyway. It completely depends on your scarring or tattoo, but, as you may imagine, highly raised scars or tattoos that are packed with pigment, can be doubly difficult to rework.
Doing a few removal sessions may bring your scarring down or lighten your tattoo so that the cover-up tattoo has a better chance of really covering as if it were never there!
We’ve covered laser tattoo removal before, but as always, if this is something you’d like to do first, it’s completely up to you to decide. It really helps if, during your consultation, you talk to your tattoo artist first, so that they can see your skin in person and give you feedback. They’ll be able to analyse whether their skills are up to the task, or whether removal may help the process.
Choosing an Artist
Seriously! This is the most important step! Cover-up tattoos are definitely something that some artists specialize in because they take much more thought and care. It’s important that you find someone you can easily communicate with, trust, and who knows what they are doing.
It totally starts with finding an incredible tattooist as we want you to have an awesome experience that allows you to finally break free from bad ink or scarring. You want to find someone who not only does a style you admire, but hopefully has the experience, with cover up tattoos and is also comfortable.
Jacob Wiman, Jen Tonic, Jo Harrison, and many others make sure that the delicate process of covering old ink is joyful and smooth. To find tattoo artists near you, you can also simply ask your favourite studio or tattooist whether this is something they can do by using our app. Be sure to take your time until you find a good fit as this is the first and most important step in your transformative journey!
Designing Your New Piece
The process of getting a cover-up is much like any other tattoo: After finding a design for yourself, talk it over with the artist and book your appointment. Depending on what you’re getting covered, certain images may not fit, the real difference comes with the choice of designs you may have.
It’s really a matter of finding what works best with the existing tattoos shapes, lines, colours, even the area where it is placed. It will be wanted to make sure that their cover-up will not only flow well with the curves of your body but will also be sure to leave an as little trace as possible of the previous ink by a good tattoo artist.
The same can be said of scars: any design will do, but if you’d like them completely camouflaged, it’s best to get creative, if you’re okay with some of them showing or not being covered fully. You may have to accept that your initial cover-up tattoo idea may not work, but with perseverance, and the right tattoo artist, an awesome design will come, when getting a cover-up tattoo!
Sizing Your Cover Up Tattoo
The new tattoo is always going to be bigger when covering a tattoo; there’s no way around it! The tattoo artist will have to make a work of art that goes beyond the outer limits of your past piece if you’re going for complete coverage. But, this is good! Bigger is most certainly better, and having a bigger tattoo covering the old one gives you more freedom in what images or designs can be tattooed, in terms of cover-up tattoos. The cover-up tattoo artist will help you along and let you know what parameters you can work within. They’ll be there to tell you what size will work best.
The colours most used in cover-up tattoos are browns, blues, and blacks as they are the best at covering old ink. Especially if the shades beneath are too dark, pigments like shades of red, yellow and orange often fail to fully conceal preexisting ink.
Think of tattoo ink like watercolour: with blue, you can’t cover a dark red, but you can make purple. When designing your new piece, this is the sort of thing your tattooist will be thinking of. Usually, the darker and bolder you go the better the cover-up will be but, that being said, to figure out whether or not you’d like to lighten your tattoo with laser removal first, this is a perfect time.
In effect, widen the variety of colours you can use in your cover-up tattoo and this will lighten the vibrancy of your previous ink and. If you’re covering scars, your tattoo artist will let you know if they have any particular colour restrictions.
Complete Coverage, Reinvention, or Blast Over
Technically there are actually a few different ways you can go about covering up a tattoo. Complete coverage is mostly what the information above is about, by adding onto them, incorporating them into a new design, or by doing a straight forward blast over, there are always ways to reinvent old tattoos.
You may remember when Jessica Baker redid an old Pikachu piece into a hilarious self-portrait painting by the beloved Poke-pet and the Pokemon tattoo that went viral. Of reinventing rather than covering, this is a perfect example. It definitely makes for some powerful inspiration, even if this certainly won’t work for everyone!
Blast over tattoos usually involves illustrative and bold black lines. If you have light or faded colours in your previous tattoo, this can be especially interesting and eye-catching. Sometimes, it can look like stained glass!
If you’re concealing scars, you have these same exact choices. Some people simply want to distract while others may want total coverage. It’s your decision.
Believe it or not, for someone who wants their old tattoo gone, there are tons of opportunities out there. Cover-up tattoos are more accessible and beautiful than they used to be and People make like to act like a tattoo if a forever statement, but with changes in technology, as well as the genius creativity of many tattoo artists around the globe.