If there's a will to tattoo your skin, there's a way to mess it up. Luckily, even if it doesn't pan out, you don't have to wear the disappointment forever. There are a couple of approaches to saving your image. This time, we'll focus on cover-ups.
They can either completely hide the old design or incorporate some of its elements into the new one, and it's amazing how big of a difference they can make.
From an alien transforming into a cat to a cross "growing" into a tree, continue scrolling to check out the cover-ups Bored Panda found on the subreddit r/FixedTattoos and the conversation about this technique that we had with Alice Kendall, the owner of Wonderland Tattoo in Portland, Oregon.
#2 Just Wow
Kendall is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but has family ties to Oregon. She began tattooing in 1993 but took it up professionally in 2001 at in Portland.
"I started doing cover-ups pretty early in my career," the artist told Bored Panda. "I always believed that cover-ups didn't have to be super dark or all black. I believe almost any tattoo can be covered up, but it helps if people are flexible with the design and realistic about the outcome."
The process isn't as simple as just applying a new tattoo over the top of the old one. It's actually a bit different from what the term can lead you to believe.
#3 Flowers Cover Up
#4 An Amazing Portrait Tattoo Fix
When a person gets their first tattoo, the needle deposits the ink into the dermis layer (below the epidermis), at least one millimeter from the surface of the skin. The ink of the cover-up tattoo goes into the same location, so it's actually mixing with the old ink. The result is the combination of the two.
For example, if the person had something tattooed in red and an artist applies blue for the cover-up, it's going to come out purple. Darker colors dominate lighter ones, so black is usually the preferred choice in cover-up work.
If this sounds complex, that's because it is. Cover-ups are their own territory and many tattoo artists don't even venture there.
#5 I Like Both The Before And After Of This Tattoo, But A Well Done Rework Nonetheless
#9 You Can't Lie, This Is A Good Fix
#10 Mary Who? I Only Love Marge
#11 Amazing Difference
#12 Got This One Done A While Ago, What Do You Think About This Bad Guy On A Guy's Leg? Imo It's An Awesome "Funny" Tattoo Which I Love!
#13 Fantastic White Rabbit Rework By Ali Burke At Highwater Gallery, Swansea UK
#14 One Of My Favourite Backpiece Cover Up
#15 Beautifully Executed
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