Blog By M. Mitera

Every day, we see clients come in to our shop that have tattoos that they aren’t fond of anymore. Many clients don’t simply want to get rid of their tattoo but instead, turn it in to something that they love again. Many times, they’re covering up a name or something that represents something they no longer do and would rather not remember. Cover up tattoos can be tricky for both client and artist because the client needs to be flexible with what designs are able to cover up the previous tattoo. When it comes to cover ups, there are a few important things to remember when you go in to a speak to an artist.

As mentioned above, it’s very important to keep an open mind if you’re going for a consult about a cover up. Some of the ideas that you have might not work. Light colors can’t cover old tattoos and that’s something that you need to remember when designing your new piece. If the old piece is very dark, your new tattoo will also have to be dark in order to cover what was there before. Be sure to take in to consideration how dark your current tattoo is and be sure that it has an effect on the design you want to go with.

Because cover ups are hiding something, they need to be a decent size. Most cover up tattoos need to be at least double the size of the tattoo

 that you have. So if you have a big tattoo that you want covered, the new piece will be double that size or bigger. While some people are very gung ho about this thought, some clients are a bit shocked when they’re told that the new tattoo needs to be considerably larger than they 

thought it would be.

Since a cover up is going over an old tattoo, you should prepare yourself for it to hurt a bit more than you might remember. This is due to the artist tattooing over scar tissue. Sometimes, this is not an issue and clients feel no difference between the first time and the second. Other clients report that when they do sit for a cover up, it hurts slightly more than when they got the tattoo. 

There is the matter of price as well. Because a cover up tattoo needs to be so large an intricate, they can get very expensive. New tattoos have a high price tag but the artist has to work extra hard to ensure that the old tattoo is fully covered. The color, placement, and layout are all going to take longer with a cover up, which equals time and money for the artist. Brace yourself for a potentially expensive piece but be assured that once you find the right artist to do your cover up, it will be worth it.

Lastly, remember that not all tattoos can be covered up. Some people get extremely large pieces that just can’t be covered. If your artist doesn’t feel comfortable doing a cover up because it’s too difficult or near impossible, accept their opinion. Options for those clients are usually either reworks or removal. Please be aware that you may not end up being able to get your tattoo covered if it’s originally too big. 

If you have a tattoo that you’re interested in covering up, we have plenty of artists here at Tattoo Angus that will be happy to work with you to form a great tattoo that you’re sure to love forever. Come by and visit us to talk about your next piece and we would love to add something new to your collection!