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Ranger Tattoo & Piercing

Can You Redo A Tattoo?

Tattoo Ideas

Yes, you can get a tattoo covered up with a new design. Tattoo cover-ups are a popular option for those who want to change or improve an existing tattoo. However, it’s important to understand that not all tattoos can be covered up, and there are certain factors that can affect the success of a cover-up. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering getting a tattoo covered up:

A Tattoo cover-up is a process of creating a new tattoo design to cover an existing tattoo. Covering up an existing tattoo is an alternative to laser tattoo removal or surgical excision for those who no longer want their tattoo. This can be because the original tattoo has faded or no longer reflects their personal style or beliefs.

The process of tattoo cover-up involves designing a new tattoo that will effectively conceal the original tattoo. The new tattoo design is typically larger and darker than the original tattoo, using bold lines and dark colors to effectively cover the underlying design. The artist will carefully choose the new design to ensure that it blends in with the surrounding skin and effectively masks the original tattoo.

A successful tattoo cover-up requires careful planning and execution by a skilled and experienced tattoo artist. The artist must take into consideration the size, shape, and color of the original tattoo when creating the new design. The cover-up design should effectively conceal the original tattoo without creating a noticeable, raised scar or any other adverse effects.

In some cases, a tattoo cover-up may require more than one session to achieve the desired result. The artist may need to apply multiple layers of ink to ensure that the original tattoo is fully concealed. Additionally, the artist may recommend follow-up appointments to ensure that the tattoo is healing properly and that the cover-up is successful.

  1. Design and placement: The design and placement of the original tattoo can affect the success of a cover-up. A cover-up tattoo should be larger and darker than the original tattoo to effectively conceal it. Additionally, the placement of the original tattoo can affect the design options for the cover-up. For example, if the original tattoo is on the wrist, a cover-up tattoo may need to be designed to wrap around the entire wrist to effectively cover it.

  2. Age and color of the original tattoo: The age and color of the original tattoo can also affect the success of a cover-up. Faded tattoos with lighter colors are generally easier to cover up than newer tattoos with bold, dark colors. A skilled tattoo artist can work with you to determine the best cover-up design based on the age and color of the original tattoo.

  3. Healing time: It’s important to wait until the original tattoo is fully healed before getting a cover-up. This can take several weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the original tattoo. Waiting until the tattoo is fully healed ensures that the skin is healthy and ready for a new tattoo.

  4. Finding the right artist: It’s important to choose a skilled and experienced tattoo artist to perform a cover-up. Cover-up tattoos require specialized skills and techniques to effectively conceal the original tattoo. Look for an artist who has experience with cover-up tattoos and who can show you examples of their previous work.

  5. Consultation: Before getting a cover-up, it’s important to schedule a consultation with the tattoo artist to discuss your options. The artist can evaluate the original tattoo and recommend design options for the cover-up. They can also discuss the process and any potential risks or complications.

Overall, getting a tattoo covered up is a viable option for those who want to change or improve an existing tattoo. However, it’s important to choose a skilled and experienced tattoo artist and to carefully consider the design and placement options for the cover-up. Additionally, waiting until the original tattoo is fully healed is crucial for ensuring the success of the cover-up. With proper care and attention, a cover-up tattoo can effectively conceal an unwanted tattoo and give you the design you desire.

New Tattoo Aftercare

Leave tattoo bandage on for 3 days
Remove tattoo bandage, wash thoroughly with warm water and soap.
Make sure to clean the tattoo area of all blood and plasma.
Pat dry tattoo with a clean towel. Apply a thin layer of scent/dye free lotion.
Wash and moisturize tattoo 2-3 times a day until healed.
No swimming, tanning, or hot tubs for 2 weeks.

(The tattoo is going to itch, this is your skin healing, do not scratch; You will damage the tattoo.)

Your tattoo will go through different stages of healing (e.g Scabbing, flaking, peeling) it is all normal, let it come off on its own; don’t panic or pick at it. 

Expect your tattoo to go through a phase called “The Uglies” where it will look old and faded–this is a normal part of the healing process. If you have any concerns or questions about your tattoo please don’t hesitate to call, our goal is for you to have a great healing tattoo.