Mega multi-platinum rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur, Nas, said “I have no tattoos that I regret. I have had some that I have had changed according to how my life was.”
Enter the tattoo coverup – what you do when you like tattoos, but don’t like the tattoo you have now. As you change, so do your beliefs, values, and ways of exhibiting who you are. Who you thought was “the one,” wasn’t. Your favorite band broke up. You changed from one political party to the other; now the symbol needs to go. Regardless of the reason, the artist has a challenge: to eradicate all signs of the original tattoo by incorporating it into a newer design, your tattoo coverup, that will please you.
Tattoo coverups, however, are never easy, and they’ve become a specialty just as traditional, color realism, or black and gray. More often than not what you want isn’t feasible, because the existing tattoo is the one that gets to do the talking. Although tattoo coverup philosophies are as individual as the artists who design and execute them, there are three shared views. One, the tattoo cover up is dictated by what’s already on the skin; two, the original work must be completely assimilated into the new design; and three, the client must be happy with the result.
Five common reasons why people get a tattoo cover up:
- New partner or spouse
- Changed belief system
- Poor execution
- Outdated design
- Every time you look at it, you wish you weren’t
If you’ve already gotten a tattoo coverup, and now want that tattoo covered up, the artist has even more of a challenge. The rule of thumb is that to successfully incorporate the old tattoo into the new one, the tattoo coverup must be bigger and darker. This means tricking the eye with line work, colors, and using more space. The more that’s already there, the less the artist has to work with, until, as some artists joke, “About all I can do is a dinosaur coming out of outer space. Black on black with some tiny stars for color.”
What do you do when the only tattoo coverup design you can get is one you don’t want? Instead of a tattoo coverup, get a DEScoverup®. Sometimes a tattoo coverup isn’t as simple as the reason for covering it up. Even if your tattoo isn’t a muddy mess of coverups, you may like the banner design, but not the name in the banner. Or you may not be able to go bigger to camouflage what’s there. Perhaps just a few artistic tweaks will turn what you originally wanted into the result you expected the first time.
A DESCoverup – Disruptive Escharotic Selective cover up – is simply the tattoo coverup you wanted, but couldn’t get. Until now. Tatt2Away® is a natural, non-laser removal process that is not only very similar to tattooing, but it also fully removes the ink from your body in less time, with less pain, and for less money than laser. And also unlike laser, the ink is expelled completely from your system, rather than sitting indefinitely in your liver and lymph nodes. Selectively removing sections of ink or line work, depending on your consultation with your tattoo artist is what makes an everyday tattoo coverup a DEScoverup.
Wouldn’t you prefer to decide your new tattoo rather than have the existing tattoo determine it for you? Check out our existing locations to see if there’s one near you.
Tatt2Away is a specific patented method with a registered trademark. The patent covers multiple unique elements – one is the template – that contribute to its success. If you visit a location claiming to be a certified Tatt2Away center and they fail to use the template in your procedure, leave (and please let us know).