Tattoos can be an excellent way to express yourself, honor someone or something special, or represent who you are as a person.
If you were a tattoo artist, have you ever made a hasty decision or gotten a tattoo for or with someone who’s no longer in your life?
Tattoo cover-ups fit the bill. However, tattoos can also go wrong.
Getting rid of unwanted ink using lasers is another popular option, but it is expensive and painful.
Many people choose instead to cover up their tattoos with new designs simply.
Rihanna, Kaley Cuoco, Angelina Jolie, and Cardi B have all covered up old tattoos to cover them up.
Learn from professional tattoo artists how to conceal scars and cover-up tattoos if you’re considering this option.
Getting Rid of Tattoos
Covering an unwanted tattoo may seem simple, but it is somewhat complex. The design of every cover-up tattoo may not work for every tattoo.
Jazmin Paulino, a tattooist, says, “When it comes to a cover-up, a general rule of thumb is that the design will usually be twice as big and twice as dark, depending on various factors from the original tattoo.”
What Makes a Good Cover-Up Tattoo
The color and size of the original tattoo can affect how well a cover-up works.
Fleur Noire Tattoo says, “Colored tattoos are typically easier to cover than blackwork. Black ink always covers a colored one, but a colored one never fully covers black ink.”
Paulino says, “Sometimes I’ll have clients consider a session or two of laser tattoo removal to broaden the options for the new tattoo designs.”
Cover-Up Tattoo Ideas
A cover-up tattoo depends on the original tattoo’s size, color, shape, and location.
Szubiak says, “To camouflage the old design, I usually make a design with many details in the focal point, and the old tattoo is covered with a background.”
The best cover-up tattoos are typically roses, florals, and nature-themed.
Paulino says, “I always recommend these for cover-ups because they’re organic in movement and can be made to flow with the body.”
Scar Cover-Up Tattoos
Tattoos can cover up scars as well, and some new ink can also conceal those as well.
Shaughnessy Otsuji, the owner of Studio Sashiko, says, “Many people opt for a beautiful tattoo design that helps cover and distract from any existing scarring.”
Scar camouflaging is a tattooing technique that blends scars into your skin.
Make sure you wait until the scar has “settled into the skin” and the color has faded before covering it.