Many people these days are opting for cover up tattoos instead of choosing tattoo removal. Tattoo removal is expensive, time-consuming and not always as effective as you’d like. Often, you’re left with traces of the original tattoo that can only be hidden with a new, well-placed design. At Painted People Tattoo Company, we recommend getting a tattoo cover up from one of our talented artists that you’ll want to show off, not camouflage.
Reasons to Cover Up a Tattoo
All tattoos should be beautiful, permanent pieces of art. They should be a reflection of who you are, and what you love or believe. But let’s be honest, many people have a tattoo that they’re not in love with. Maybe you no longer believe in the subject matter. Maybe you chose the wrong artist, and it didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. Maybe you’ve just moved on, and you want something new.
Whatever your reason, whether you’re looking for a tattoo cover up in Burlington or a tattoo cover up artist in Toronto, we’ll work with you to turn the tattoo you don’t love into one you’re proud to put on display. Because it’s your skin, and you should be comfortable in all of it.
What a Tattoo Cover Up Entails
Most tattoos can be covered up, although some might need to be faded with two to three laser tattoo removal sessions first. Even if you have a large, solid and dark tattoo, a good cover-up tattoo artist will be able to work with you to come up with a design that covers it, and that you can get excited about.
The name “cover up” might actually not be totally accurate when it comes to this type of tattoo, because there are some things, like dark lines, that you cannot cover up. Those elements need to be skillfully woven into the design of your new artwork, so that they are disguised or become part of the new design. Of course, the bigger the existing tattoo is, the bigger your new one will have to be.
Once the design is finalized, it’s time to get into the chair, so our artist can turn the piece that you’ve fallen out of love with into something you’ll be happier with.
How to Avoid Future Cover Ups
It’s not always possible to avoid needing a tattoo cover up, but there are a few things you can do to make it less likely.
Try not to tattoo names or faces on your body, unless they’re your kids, parents, or dog. Romantic relationships don’t always last, and we find that many people looking for cover up tattoos are looking to erase the reminder of one that didn’t work out.
Think long and hard about the design of your tattoo, and the message behind it. Many cover ups are of tattoos that were chosen on a whim, rather than as a careful decision.
Finally, always get the best tattoo you can afford. Tattoos are an investment in art that will last a lifetime. They should never be something you get at bargain prices of someone who works out of their basement.
Even if you do all of those things, there may still be times when you need to refresh or alter your body art, and when you do, we’re always happy to use our extensive tattoo cover up skills to help.