Most of us give meaning to a tattoo. And since it will be something you will see your whole life, something that will shape who you become as a person, you want it to be great. But life is not always roses and moonlight. What can you do with a tattoo that you’ll end up hating now or later in life?
I will give you 2 options if you want to do something about it.
Cover Up Tattoo
A different design on the place that your tattoo is now. This ‘covering up’ will hide the tattoo you don’t like. A new design will be made to do so and it will be tattooed on the place of your current piece. There are artists that specialize in tattoo cover-ups.
This is how it works:
To cover your tattoo up, lighter shades work better because you can turn light shades into darker colors with that, thus opening up new opportunities for the new design. The thing you should consider before you do this is that your new design will be at least 30% larger than the tattoo that you want to cover up. The older the tattoo is, the easier it will be to cover it.
A cover-up tattoo will take more time to heal than a fresh tattoo, but the care is the same and just like a regular tattoo the more you take care of it the better the end result will be. You definitely want to look for a good artist because a cover-up can also go wrong.
Another way to cover your tattoo is to add elements, thus making the tattoo bigger, so the focus of your tattoo shifts. This option is for those who don’t mind getting more tattoos. What once was a bad tattoo on your arm, won’t be noticed in the sleeve that you will get. But I will say this again: Choose the right tattoo artist for this.
Tattoo Laser Removal
No ink more for me
If you don’t want any more ink on your body, you can consider option 2: laser removal.
How it works:
A laser turns the tattoo colors into lighter particles, creating the option for your skin to shade the picture off with an immune reaction. Why is this not the first option for people? For starters, it is expensive, and it cannot be done at a regular tattoo shop or artist. Lasering a tattoo is a treatment process that can go on for 12 weeks, and it is done by a dermatologist. Lasering gives
no guarantee that your tattoo will be completely removed. Things like color –light colors for example can be harder to remove -, depth and size will determine how well it will work, plus take into consideration that you can be left with a permanent scar. You also will be sedated before the process because let’s just say it hurts more than putting a tattoo.
If you don’t care or can’t afford these options, try to give your tattoo a different meaning and with time it will be something you can accept for what it is and maybe even make fun of it.