Guide to getting that tattoo cover up you’ve been dying for!

We have all made that silly mistake when we were younger and on the spur of the moment, walked into a dingy tattoo shop and got some tribal or someone’s name or just an awful tattoo!

To estimate we probably have about 25-30% of our clients are wanting a cover up, so what does a cover up entail? Can you cover up anything? Should l consider getting lasered before?

We will try to answer all these questions, but if you need any more help then drop us an email or give us a call us on 01206 571151

Can l get this covered?

So most people will probably want to know if their tattoo can be covered and the simple answer is yes! Every tattoo can be covered because any tattooist will quite happily cover the entire thing in black and hey presto! one covered up tattoo! (all joking aside ‘solid black’ can look good if done right)

The real question you want to ask is can l cover up my tattoo with something l want?

With most of the tattoos we see they are able to be covered up but creative freedom can decrease a lot, meaning you would need to be VERY flexible with the design. Tattoo artists are kind of stuck in creating a design just to get a tattoo covered up. If you are happy for your design to be compromised and the finished product to be really dark then without any lasering a tattoo can be covered up.

But don’t be offended if our artists refuse to do a cover up for you, this is only a rough guide and like all artists, they will only take on work if they think they’d be happy with the end result.

What does a cover up entail?

Like any tattoo at Monumental, we go through the normal process. However, the initial consultation may take a little longer to make sure what you would like to get tattooed will cover the old tattoo enough and to make sure that you and the artist are happy with the design.

You may see a lot of pictures online of tattoo cover ups that look amazing, but these are pictures taken before the new tattoo has healed and the problem you may have is the old tattoo will show through once the new one has healed. The only way to know that you will not see the old tattoo is to cover it in black.

My tattoo was done poorly and is embossed on top of my skin, can a cover up help?

As shown in our previous post some “tattooists” are rubbish and go too deep into your skin causing scarring of the skin which leaves the tattoo embossed and raised above the skin. Covering a tattoo like this will not reduce the scarring at all but will help the eye not see it.

Should l get lasered before l try to cover it up?

The simple answer is YES! If your willing to go through lasering then we HIGHLY suggest it! If your tattoo is just black then this will greatly help when coming to get it covered. If you want it covered then you will require a lot fewer lasers and even one laser will greatly help the finished article with creative freedom and will give you more chance of not being able to see it once your cover up has healed.

This is your body after all and if you can be patient enough to wait for your tattoo to be covered up after a number of laser sessions then you’ll be happier with the final result and the artist will be able to create with a lot more freedom and creativity if the old tattoo has been lasered a few times.

I think we would all rather have to wait a bit longer and end up with a tattoo that we love, rather than compromise and get something just to cover up that tattoo we dislike.

For any further questions then head over to our contacts page and send us an email. Or check out our facebook.

    10 replies to "Tattoo Cover up"

    • Charlie Evans


      I was hoping to book a consultation in relation to a cover up.

      Can you let me know the availability of the artists please?


      Charlie Evans

      • Monumental Ink

        Hi Charlie…The best thing to do is contact the studio either by email or phone then we can assist you further.

    • Euan

      I have a very large tribal tattoo (shocker) on my left arm, peck and shoulder blade that I am looking to get covered. I have had around 15 sessions of laser spread across the arm but progress is slow so I’m wondering if it is at all able to be covered yet.

      • Monumental Ink

        Hi Euan

        It will depend on what you wish to cover it with. If you would like to send through pictures of your tattoo plus and reference pictures you have though to we can then go from there.

    • Heidi Manley

      Can a tattoo that’s black and shaded be covered, I have a pin up girl (she’s not even finished and I don’t want her finished don’t like her at all) her dress is black and shaded with black and shaded stockings, face is just an outline, she is down my left rib cage, any chance she could be hidden, the tattoo that I want to cover it with is odin the norse god and his 2 ravens also in black and white, any ideas if that would be possible, also what are your prices and how long would a 1st session for a cover up be?

      • Monumental Ink

        Hi Heidi

        Without seeing the piece it is hard to say… if you would like to send a picture of your current tattoo through to we can have a look and go from there. Kind Regards

    • wayne morris

      Hello I would very much like to send you a picture of my tribal tattoo that I would like covered up please . I am open to suggestions I just want the tribal gone .

      • Dan

        Hi Wayne, please send us the photos via our Facebook page.

    • Richard

      Hi I’m enquiring I to having a tattoo covered up on the top of my arm, could you please contact me in regards to this.

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