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Oops! I Need to Cover-Up My Tattoo — What Do I Do?

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As the wonderful world of tattoos opens up to more and more people every year there’s also another community which grows alongside it — the community of people with tattoos they want to get rid of. One of the best ways to deal with a regrettable piece of ink is to opt for a cover-up. Replacing your unwanted art with a new design that you love is an excellent way to transform a mistake into a masterpiece. If you’re considering a tattoo cover up and don’t know where to start, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Find the Right Artist

At the end of the day your cover-up tattoo is still a tattoo. That means all the same caveats which come with a piece of fresh ink still apply, and that starts with finding an artist who can deliver a piece you love. This is particularly important with cover-up work because there is additional craft required to create a design which works despite lacking a completely fresh canvas to draw on.

Choose A Design That Works

The options you have when creating a cover-up design will be influenced by the work that is being covered up. Darker colors in your original tattoo are more limiting than light colors, and inversely dark colors for your new tattoo will be able to get the job done in a wider range of situations. This is where choosing a talented artist is important as they can help you to find a design that works.

Fade Your Prior Ink

Darker colors are harder to tattoo over but that doesn’t mean that you are totally out of luck. When you have ink that needs to be covered then one of the best things you can do is find a tattoo removal professional, like those at Newport Tattoo Removal, to help fade the piece being covered up. Laser removal therapy isn’t just for dark inks, either. Every cover-up tattoo looks better on a fresher canvas, so the more sessions of removal therapy you undergo the better your new ink will look.

Get That Ink Covered

Once you’ve found your artist, picked out a new design and faded your prior tattoo with laser therapy it’s time to go in and get your new tattoo. A talented tattoo artist working on a faded tattoo can truly create an incredible piece of art where nobody who sees the new look would ever guess there was another tattoo lurking underneath the surface.

Handle With Care: 5 Tattoo Cliches to Approach With Caution

Handle With Care: 5 Tattoo Cliches to Approach With Caution | Newport Tattoo Removal

There’s no design or style which can’t be made into a fantastic tattoo in the hands of the right tattoo artist, however that doesn’t mean there aren’t some warning signs which you should look out for which may indicate you could do with a little more time thinking about the ink you’re getting so you don’t find yourself in need of laser tattoo removal in the future.

Here are five of the biggest cliches tattoo artists cite as most commonly requested, and reasons you may want to go another way with your next piece if you were intending to include them.

1. Tribal Designs

The tattoo that’s so cliche it’s almost cliche to include it on a list like this. Tribal designs can be incredibly powerful and meaningful pieces of art if they have meaning and ties for the recipient, but when that’s not the case, all anyone else will see is “well, this looked cool in the tattoo book when I turned 18.”

2. Foreign Characters

Characters from another language, most commonly Japanese Kanji, are another popular choice which can easily go wrong. In addition to questions about appropriation when worn by individuals with no ties to Japanese culture, the complex nature of Kanji means that even a well-meaning tattoo artist can leave you with a mistranslation which doesn’t say what you had hoped.

3. Words of Wisdom

A favorite line from a poem or movie is a popular selection at any tattoo parlor. So common, in fact, that many of the most common tattoos are those which carry the same motivational phrases. While there’s nothing wrong with opting for such a tattoo if the quote really moves you, if you’re not in love with it there are better options.

4. Symbology

Many symbols, such as the semicolon movement, are powerful iconography and can mean a great deal to those who get them tattooed. Often, however, other symbols like the infinite symbol are used as a shortcut to having a “deep” piece of ink.

5. Names

In an ideal world, all relationships would be forever. We don’t live in an ideal world. While parents, siblings and children are usually a safe bet, always take time to be sure it’s a great idea before getting a partner’s name inked onto you.

If the tattoo you were looking to get runs afoul of one or more of these rules, don’t worry. They don’t guarantee it won’t be a great piece of work. Speak to a tattoo artist and see what they can do for you. They can help you refine your design to incorporate the styles you want in an effective way.

How Tattoo Regret Impacts Your Mental Health

How Tattoo Regret Impacts Your Mental Health | Newport Tattoo RemovalTattoos, for some, are liberating. Sometimes, they symbolize a time in your life when something mattered enough that you felt compelled to tattoo it on your body. Other times, tattoos are standard of a lovesick decision, a drunk choice or something you did with ample pressure from your peers.

So, there you are, stuck with ink that you don’t appreciate. Before you sink into sadness, assuming it’s a permanent decision, keep your mind open. It’s not a permanent decision, not with a place like Newport Tattoo Removal. To keep a tattoo that you don’t want can be detrimental on your mental health. In fact, here are some of the psychological effects of unwanted ink.

Painful Past Reminders

When it comes to trauma or any sort of past pain, one of the best pieces of advice that you can receive is to grow and move on from that experience. This is inherently difficult if you have a tattoo documenting that time of your life. Whether it’s a tattoo of an ex’s name or a tattoo from a trying time in your life, the reminder can negatively impact your mental health. This makes it difficult to move forward. You don’t want your tattoo to hold you in the past.

Inability to Start Fresh

Tattoos, at times, represent a phase in a person’s life. Perhaps you never thought you’d enter the corporate world or maybe you had a rebellious phase that you long since grew out of. Whatever the reason, it can be difficult to start a new life when your ink is holding you back. Are you ignoring job opportunities? Are you risking your career because you have tattoos that aren’t allowed? Do you feel like people make automatic assumptions about your ink, that aren’t true for you anymore? All of these things slowly chip away at a person’s mental health.

Embarrassment From Bad Ink

Not all tattoos are good tattoos. If you have an embarrassingly bad tattoo, then odds are your confidence is going to sink. While some people opt for cover up tattoos, these don’t always work. They particularly don’t work if you aren’t in the market for another tattoo. Removal saves you the embarrassment.

If you don’t love your tattoo, the truth is that it can be detrimental to your mental health. It can lead to you feeling depressed, stuck in the past, stagnant and even embarrassed. Your happiness matters don’t be shy about getting your ink removed. It could be the best choice you made. Call Newport Tattoo Removal at (949) 631-9009 for a free consultation and learn how we can help.