Before laser tattoo removal, one of the most common remedies for unwanted tattoos was to get a cover up tattoo. The definition of a cover-up tattoo is as simple as the name itself. A tattoo artist will apply a new tattoo directly over top of the original unwanted tattoo. This process is done by a tattoo artist at a tattoo shop. This is an affordable way of disguising a tattoo but unfortunately, it does come with some drawbacks.
There are two rules of thumb when getting a tattoo cover-up. First, the new tattoo usually must be at least 2-3 times the size of the original tattoo in order for the artist to blend out or camouflage the original. Second, the new tattoo will have to be a color that is equal to or darker that the original for obvious reasons.
As the art of tattooing has been growing, the majority of quality artists are opting out of doing cover up tattoos. The reason for this is that an artist’s ability to create a great tattoo is compromised. In the era of social media, an artist is just as excited to share their art as the tattoo collector is to wear it!