Have you just gotten a new tattoo and need to cover it up with some easy and fast techniques? How to cover up a wrist tattoo? I have put together some handy tips that will ensure that your tattoo is covered up quickly, effectively, cheaply, and easily. What’s more? They are great for use as permanent tattoos!
Are you looking for ways to get a tattoo but don’t know where to start? Maybe this could help! Check out my blog post about all the options available for artists when it comes to the subject of tattoos. Do you know what kind of ink is best for covering up tattoos? If not, check out this article.
1. GET a PIC OF AN EXISTING TATTOO
If you have an existing tattoo, your first task is to get a copy of it so you can use the design. Make sure you get permission first! Although the owner might not mind too much, some might get upset if they see you using their image on social media. This is especially true if the tattoo is copyrighted or copied from someone else’s piece. If you have to use it on social media, make sure it’s fairly low-res!
2. USE THE SAME ARTIST OR SHOP
If at all possible, try to go back to the same artist or shop who did your original tattoo. This is because they usually have a good eye for balancing colors, creating effects and giving you general advice. You can talk to them about what to do or you can use their pictures as inspiration.
3. GET BLIND INKED
If your budget is limited, consider getting a tattoo from someone who does not know what the design will be. The artist won’t have a preconceived notion of the image involved but will instead just go by the shape you give them (such as an outline of your body). This way, you save money! There are ways for artists to find out what your design is, though…
4. DO IT ALL BY HAND
If you’ve already got a tattoo and want to cover it up, there are some ways to do it by hand. One way is to get a stencil and paint over it as if it was a photograph. Make sure you save the photo so you can use it for reference! You can also use tracing paper but make sure your design is simple enough that it won’t be too difficult for the artist to get the shape right.
5. TRACE YOUR TATTOO
Tracing paper is good because your tattoo will still have ink on it. You can just slap an overlay on top of it and trace from there. It’s a pretty quick method, although it might not be clear enough for you to use as a final product. Remember, if it doesn’t come out the way you expect you can always take the design back to your artist to fix.
6. TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR TATTOO
If you don’t have an existing tattoo on hand, then try taking a picture with your phone or camera of where it’s supposed to go! In this case, I would recommend using the same artist (or their student!) because they are going to need to be able to see the tattoo in order to make sure it matches up properly.
7. GET BLIND INKED, PART 2
Another option if you do not have an existing tattoo is to get blind-inked again! This way, you save money and can use the new tattoo for a cover-up. Just make sure that your new design does not have a similar shape or style (if it does I recommend making improvements until it is distinct from the original design).
8. USE THE SAME COLORS
If you’re going for a full cover-up it helps to use colors that are similar to your original tattoo. If your original was red and black, then try using red and black again in the cover up! As long as it’s done by the same artist the colors should closely match.
9. USE PRETTY PIECES OF PAPER
Pretend you’ve got a canvas and you’re painting over it. It’s easier to paint if the picture is a series of pieces of paper rather than just one large sheet. This allows the artist to see how the design is lined up and allows them to get an idea of how they want to do it. It’s also good if you’ve got a colored tattoo and want the new one to look different because the colors can be matched differently on the two designs.
10. GET A COVER UP TATTOO
If you want to cover up a tattoo but don’t want all of your skin covered, get a cover up tattoo! This is when the artist draws on top of your existing tattoo, but doesn’t fill in the entire space. It’s pretty simple, just make sure it doesn’t look like you’ve got two tattoos that match up because that looks fake.
Now that you have some new ideas for covering up tattoos, why not check out my other articles? I have some great tips for finding an artist to do your new piece, as well as some advice about choosing the right parlor for you.