12 May Insight Into Cover Up Tattoos
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” – Scott Adams
Whether you are getting an entirely new tattoo or covering up an old tattoo, creativity plays a major role.
Before tattoo removal, the only option was to cover up a tattoo with darker ink and shading. In a huge way this limits your options in design. Depending on the size, color, and detail of the tattoo created restrictions with how the tattoo artist can camouflage.
-The new design has be at least three to four times the size of the tattoo you want covered up
-The new tattoo needs to be darker than the old design. Warm colors like red, yellow, and orange will be hard to implement into your design.
-Your new tattoo will need more black and shading implemented with a solid design. Negative (blank) space isn’t typical in a cover up design.
Cover up’s have changed dramatically since laser removal has become safe and effective. With this new innovated technology, anyone who is unhappy with their ink has unlimited options when it comes to covering it up. A lot of tattooist won’t work on cover ups anymore unless that tattoo has been treated with a laser a few times. The Picosure Laser is the most effective process of tattoo removal. An estimate of 2-3 treatments is all that would be required for desired results. Fading a tattoo before getting a cover up might make the process longer but you will have more freedom to recreate your tattoo with the colors, size, and detail desired. We recommend finding a tattoo artist you want to work with first. Let the artist be a part of this whole experience, he/she will be able to give advice on how faded the old tattoo needs to be.
No matter which option you choose, get creative!
INK ON INK OFF IS A CLINICIAN- LED TATTOO CENTER LOCATED IN CLEVELAND, OHIO, THAT SPECIALIZES IN CLINICAL ARTISTRY TATTOO REMOVAL, TATTOO REDESIGN/ALTERATIONS, AND NEW ARTISTRY.