So you made a mistake and got a tattoo that you were not prepared to keep forever. It happens to the best of us, and is a rather frustrating thing to deal with indeed. There are so many different ways to go about getting a tattoo removed but most surgical methods are either extremely costly or extremely time consuming.
Are Tattoo Cover-ups an Effective Alternative to Tattoo Removal?
Quite often, the tattoo removal methods used are actually a combination of two or more removal methods, but the tattoo cover up is actually an effective way of remedying such a situation. You may not have to actually remove that unwanted tattoo. Maybe, a simple tattoo cover up is all you need or want.
You may even think that you will have a problem with a tattoo cover up at first, and that is quite expected. After already getting one tattoo you now dislike, you may now be very hesitant to go through any tattoo process again.
Either way, with all of the time and costs involved in effective tattoo removal through any method (or there are a lot of them), tattoo cover ups are often the most logical and sensible idea of them all.
What to Consider with a Cover-up Tattoo
When you get this type of tattoo, there are several things to consider. First of all, you have to decide how big of a tattoo you will need to cover up the old one.
Sometimes people get larger tattoos to cover up the ones they have and other people get tattoos the size of the current tattoo that they need covered up. Most often it depends on the size of the tattoo in question and the tattoo design.
Another thing to consider when it comes to concealing your original tattoo, is how much it will cost. In most cases, concealing these tattoos can be quite a bit more expensive than getting a tattoo would normally be.
Something else that discourages many people from trying this method rather than one of the several available tattoo removal methods is that at times, the tattoo cover ups are much more expensive than the actual tattoo removal option.
It must be remembered that due to the extensive work that goes into creating a new tattoo that would “nicely” cover up an older tattoo, these types of cover-ups are inherently more expensive.
You can usually have a tattoo gone over in any place that you would be able to get a regular tattoo. Many newer artists will not do cover up work due to the extra amount of effort involved, but most talented tattoo artists and experienced tattoo artists are able to do this cover up work.
If you want to look at the work that a particular tattoo artist does, taking a look at their portfolio can reassure you as to whether or not tattoo cover ups are something that they have been able to perform successfully.
In most cases, concealing or disguising your tattoo is probably not going to be found in most artists’ portfolios and if it is, then it may not be specific to what you need or want.
Talk to your tattoo artist about your own personal cover up wishes and let them know what you are looking for; that way you can decide whether or not they are able to do the work that you need.
Be Absolutely Sure of the Tattoo Design You Want
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to tattoo cover ups is that you must be positive about the design in question. Whatever design you decide upon is going to be permanent, perhaps even more so than the original tattoo itself.
This is why you want to be sure that it is a design that is timeless and lovely, something that you can love and that people will admire for the rest of your life. Something that is definitely “you”!
Some tattoos are not ideal for cover up work. In fact, some tattoos are almost impossible to effectively cover. In this case, other tattoo removal methods must be sought after.
Whether a tattoo is too large, too dark or the design just cannot be covered up in a way that is pleasing to the eye; there are just some tattoos that can not be fixed with a simple tattoo cover up.
In this case, dermabrasion tattoo removal, laser removal, or any of the other various methods may be something worth considering. If you don’t want to get involved with an actual complete tattoo removal, talk to a tattoo artist about the possibility of various tattoo over’s that he has done or recommends.
I Really Don’t Want a Tattoo Cover Up. What Can I do To Remove My Tattoo?
Many thousands of people get tattoos every year and many choose to have them removed. However, we always ask that our visitors not make any rapid decisions. Investigate and study each tattoo removal option available to you.
There are other tattoo removal methods available, and with the right research and attention to your individual preferences, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the right method, whether it be Sal abrasion, Laser Removal, TCA, Glycolic Acid, Chemical Extraction or any of the other various methods that we cover for you.