Tattoo Cover Up Ideas for Tattoos Gone Bad
One of the worst things about life is that we all make mistakes, but sometimes those mistakes can turn out to be very expensive lessons, of the kind that can never be fully mended.
What you’re left with then is nothing but your sorrow and a consuming guilt that eats you from the inside. If that’s what you’re experiencing right now, after having a tattoo that you don’t really like that much or that just does not represent who you are anymore, cheer up! There’s a variety of tattoo cover up ideas that you can use to put that bad dream behind you once and for all.
Yes, if you’re desperate to fix that horror tattoo which is ruining your good looks, let me show you the different options available to you.
Tattoo Cover Up Ideas vs Other Methods
Forget about laser tattoo removal if you’re not satisfied with your tattoo. Not only does it hurt bad and will cost you an arm and a leg before it’s all gone, it might also leave some scar tissue or discoloration of the skin behind. Ain’t that just perfect, right! And don’t even get me started of dermabrasion or excision which consists in using a scalpel to cut some part of your skin to take the tattoo off!
Amongst all the options to get rid of an unwanted tattoo, cover-ups are by far the best way to deal with it. How it works is that your tattoo artist will draw a slightly bigger tattoo on top of it, well “covering up” the undesirable fella. Instead of some nasty spot or burnt skin where the previous tattoo lied, you’ll have a new piece of art.
Ideas & Examples
To help you decide on what to go for, here’s a couple tattoo cover up ideas for you:
Go for a tribal: As I said earlier, the cover up should always be bigger than the original tattoo for obvious reasons, but it should also cover the whole area (no blank spots or the tattoo underneath will show) and use dark inks. That’s why tribal tattoos are always a good choice when searching for tattoo cover up ideas as they look good in any size, they can take any shape you like, and they use the darkest ink available.
Upgrade your tat: Let’s say the tattoo you abhor is located on your shoulder. If you’ve ever wanted to get more tattoos, you can jump on the occasion and have that cover up turn your ugly looking tat into a beautiful half sleeve. This solution might be the one you’re looking for especially if you don’t want your tattoo to have blank spaces. As the bigger the area you’ll cover, the more room you’ll leave to the tattoo artist to be able to find an element to go on top of it and that goes along with the rest of the tattoo. Of all those tattoo cover up ideas, this is also what you want to do if you have more than 1 tattoo in a single area to hide. It will look ten thousands times better than if you had to apply 2 or 3 patches next to each other.
Once you go Asian, you never…: Talking about half sleeve and full sleeve tattoos, another style that really should be taken into account when looking for tattoo cover up ideas is the Japanese style. As it uses lots of shading and movement (with elements like waves, cherry blossom and clouds), it lends itself to perfection to covering up. And frankly, who’s never dreamed of having a dragon tattooed on his skin?
Just do yourself a pleasure: Whether you like rock music, action movies, opera or animal documentaries, you can never go wrong if you go for something you have a passion for. Just listen to your heart and you’ll never be displeased. Here’s a video of someone who just followed that advice:
Final Words on Tattoo Cover Up Ideas
In closing, I’ll just repeat myself: if you’re desperate because you need to get rid of a tattoo, don’t worry. There are lots of tattoo cover up ideas that can help you solve your problem. From tribal tattoos to Japanese style, almost any kind of tattoo can be used for covering up purposes… Just be sure to use a model/design that you like this time!