There’s rarely such a thing as a perfect tattoo. Some tattoos you see might look outstanding at first, but take a closer look, and you’ll find something wrong with it. Perhaps the colors used don’t go well together, maybe there’s shading where there shouldn’t be, inaccurate line work, and so on. And since we can’t peel off the skin, why not just cover it up?
Cover-up tattoos are usually for those tattoos that are sub-par in one way or another. Most artists will tell you to make sure you’ve gone over your design with a fine-tooth comb before getting it permanently inked on your body. But what if you get unlucky and end up with an unflattering design? Well, you can get another one! If you’re not into that whole scene then perhaps you can just opt to cover it up. After all, some tattoos are just downright hideous – and you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor if you just cover it. Of course, cover-up tattoos are also sometimes used to ‘correct’ an existing tattoo or to create a whole new look for what the wearer wants.
There are different reasons why people choose to have their tattoos covered up, but more often than not, they fall into one of two categories: either the tattoo design is hideous or it no longer has any special meaning to the wearer. In either case, you have a lot of options when it comes to covering it. The most common type of cover-up tattoo is a solid black one, as it’s easy to create and helps hide the original ink underneath it.
Another option you have for your tattoo cover-up is to create a whole new design from scratch. This way, you can decide how big or small the tattoo will be since you’re the one drawing it up. If you want to make sure your cover-up tattoo will look great, you might want to bring in a picture of what’s supposed to be covering it, so the artist can get an idea of how to go about doing it. Lastly, you can also choose to get tattoos that look like the original ones. Some people want their tattoos covered up so they don’t have to repeat the same mistake again, and getting a replica of what was there before is a great way not only to cover it up but to remember the original, too.
Now, you might be asking yourself how does a cover up tattoo work? If so, it’s pretty much the same process as getting a regular tattoo done. You still have to find a tattoo artist who’s trustworthy and have them draw your design for you. It’s always best to get in touch with an artist first before letting them ink you, just so that you can be certain that you’re working together on the same page.
In most cases, your cover-up tattoo will work by either covering up the existing one or supplementing it. For example, say you had a tattoo of a snake on your arm and decided you no longer wanted to have any reminder of that reptile around. All you’ll need is to get the artist to add some larger design on top of it so it can’t be seen anymore, and you’re set. You can also make the new design smaller than what was there before. If your original tattoo didn’t fill up all of your skin, then having some left visible can look more impressive.
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