The popularity of the show ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ means that a) everybody loves a good makeover show and reveling in the bad decisions of others; b) an unexpectedly large segment of the populace is furtively skirting around with hideous ink carefully hidden; and c) in the right needle holding hands, it is possible to get a bad tattoo drawn over with (hopefully) a much improved design.
Historically, tattoo removal was akin to scratching out the face of your ex in an (otherwise) beloved group photo. Due to leaps and bounds in technological advances, however, laser tattoo removal is equal to using computer software to remove the aforementioned-past-lover’s smug grin completely out of the picture. Tattoo cover-up is like placing a sticker on top of that crooked grin. Whether or not one is pleased with the results of a cover up depend on a few factors, including the size, color, and age of the unwanted piece, the skill of the new artist, and whether the new design is truly an improvement.
A Tale of a Tattoo Cover-up Gone Wrong
One of our employees share their first-hand experience with a bad cover up.
“Take it from me, you may just make things worse: I had a green tribal design sprawled across my upper back. It was my first tattoo, which I got in New Hampshire a week after I turned 18…by a man named Hobo. I know, I know, what could possibly have gone wrong?
Well, after wearing high backed shirts for the better half of a decade, I decided to have an Art Deco floral motif placed over the green monster. In true snowballing-of-bad-decision fashion, I decided to go to a friend who was just starting out tattooing. With zero cover up experience…Fast forward to today, where I’m getting the much larger (read: more expensive) cover up and original removed.
The moral of my forehead-slap inducing story? Do your research, and consider getting a laser treatment even if you’ve decided that you ultimately want a cover up. That way, you’ll be giving the artist a faded canvas that will be much easier to work with. Remember, ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ only shows cover ups that are successful-a happy ending isn’t a guarantee.”