To Cover-up tattooing is a real artistic challenge
The Chapter on Names and Letters should be studied so the beginning tattooist will learn right away the correct procedures when doing inscriptions. Unfortunately, there are just too many
tattooists around who know nothing about this and it will be their work which will come to you in need of improving, like a total cover up job. Many of them will be old girlfriends
names that were tattooed on in a sudden whim. The only positive thing coming out of this is that most names are usually done small and can be covered up fairly easily. This is good for everyone
concerned, being inexpensive for the client and a fast turnover for yourself. There is an unlimited amount of ideas to be used to hide names in. Sometimes the name is within a banner or flag, and the
customer might want to keep the original design, but wishes only to be rid of the name in the banner. The name can be reworked into a bunch of flowers and leaves and still maintain much of the
Sometimes, customers may show-up wanting advice in having a tattoo removed, but a little talking on your part may persuade them more towards a good cover-up than actual surgical
removal. Oftentimes, a good looking tattoo will be more what they wanted in the first place. It is worth taking the time to show them what you can do and usually they will decide to
go for a cover-up. A good professional can take a depressed customer who is embarrassed by their tattoo and turn the mood right around with a decent cover-up. There is a certain amount of
satisfaction gained by turning a new person out, who is proud of their new tattoo. This makes a lot of friends and a growing list of clients for yourself.
Cover-up tattooing is a real artistic challenge. The customers presents a problem, and it is up to you to provide a solution. It is exciting because it keeps you sharp and flexible, and the mind
is always being taxed to come up with good solutions that are both acceptable to the customer and meeting all the requirements to do the job correctly.
Tattoo mistakes and how to cover- up an old tattoo
The great feathered tails of peacocks, the dark flowing hair of a Gibson girl or the draping folds of a grim reaper’s cloak are also great design ideas capable of disguising even the worst of
tattoos. It’s easy to imagine an old tattoo getting lost and hidden in these designs and still have plenty of artistic license leftover to put
it will be hard to find designs “right out of the box” to cover every situation. This means that designs will have to be modified or adjusted accordingly to fit the job. Maybe a design is perfect but
too small, so get it enlarged, or a customer wants a peacock to cover an unusual tattoo, so draw in extra feathers to cover it sufficiently. Be flexible with the chosen design and be
brave to change a few lines as the case demands, and eventually, a good eye will be developed to assess the job and provide sure solutions wiin a minimum of
With a good foundation now in what is supposed to be accomplished, the artwork itself isn’t all there is to be concerned with. There are a few things to be considered about the actual tattooing
process of cover-ups also. For instance, obviously, an old tattoo already has plenty of ink in the skin to begin with but while tattooing another design over it, it is an easy thing
to forget. The general rule to remember is to not overdo the shading or coloring when tattooing directly over the old design (because it must be kept to a minimum on an already saturated area). Apply
just enough of the new ink to lose the old design under it and then stop. A major mistake is to get carried away when it is not really needed. It is surprising just how little ink is actually needed
to successfully cover-up an old tattoo. Too much ink will really spoil a new tattoo, and too much ink means too many holes in the skin and could quite possibly leave bad scar tissue.
There is no need for excessive grinding of the machine into the skin, you won’t get more ink in there, anyway. The lighter the touch, with just enough ink to do the job, is the way to get a superior
looking tattoo. If a sharp eye is constantly used to see what is being developed, over-doing it won’t suddenly creep up on you and progress can be steadily monitored.
“Cover-up” is a term that refers to the technique of freshly tattooing a design right over an already existing tattoo. This is done in such a way that the new tattoo will totally
cover over or completely hide the original tattoo. This is usually done because the first design is no longer wanted and a new and better one can be placed over it. Oftentimes, crude tattoos done by
mistaught tattooists eventually become uncomely eyesores to the owners and they wish to change the situation. A good tattooist that understands cover-up can change their whole outlook. Because
covering up tattoos is an art in itself, it should be seriously studied because a goodly portion of income can be made by doing this. Believe it, a good living can be made by covering up other
tattooists’ bad mistakes, and unfortunately, there is a lot of it around to do.
The real key to doing good cover-up work is taking the time to correctly choose the right design. A perfect covering design must be right in many aspects and meet several requirements. It has to
be a large enough design to more than hide the old tattoo. It must have substantial dark areas, like lots of shading, to make the old tattoo disappear under it.
And, on top of all this, the design should be pleasing and acceptable to the customer, have some sort of point of interest (like a head or claw) to draw the eye away from the actual cover-up area.
Eventually, the tattooist will use a lot of imagination to invent new designs to cleverly cover-up old ones, making each one a custom tattoo. But it is still worthwhile, especially in the learning
stages, to review some traditional standards popularly used in one form or another to achieve excellent cover-up success.
To start with, the heavily black shaded wings spread, are common cover-up themes. Just about any old design may be hidden in the shading of wings, yet the head or claws (or whatever else that might
be added on) will detract the eye from the old design (now covered up) and will create a brand new tattoo. When finished, the customer will be proud of it instead of ashamed.