Getting a new tattoo can be exciting. You have found the perfect style and design that mirrors your thoughts and personality, and you’re ready to make it your constant companion. For most people, getting something permanent on their body speaks a level of commitment and devotion, and in most cases it turns out to be great for them. However, for others, there often comes a time when they regret their decision of that one tattoo and may even want to get rid of it for one reason or another. In this case, there are a few ways to cover up, redesign, or remove the tattoo, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages depending on your end goal.
Here’s what to consider when fixing a tattoo you’re not happy with.
Wait For It To Heal
Waiting for your new tattoo to heal is the most important thing to keep in mind when you’re considering fixing it. Even if you dislike it immediately, you should wait and follow a proper tattoo aftercare routine and give your skin time to heal before making any changes. As tattoo experts in Edmonton, we see many people come in and want to cover up their brand new tattoos right after they just got it from somewhere else. We always advise them otherwise, as it is best to wait for at least four to six weeks for the tattoo to heal. Moreover, it is always easier to cover up an old tattoo as the ink tends to settle in your skin over time. By not following the proper tattoo aftercare regime, you risk scabbing, skin infections, and other complications during the healing process.
Getting a cover-up tattoo is one way to deal with a bad tattoo which can’t be removed. However, if you choose this route, make sure you select a plausible design to cover up the mess. For example, the artist will not be able to cover up a traditional style tattoo with a watercolor style tattoo.
Consult with an expert tattoo artist to better understand your options.
You will also want to make sure that your cover-up tattoo is something that you like, and is not some random design that happens to sit perfectly on top of your current not-so-good ink. In other words, be sure to care about your new cover-up tattoo as much as you care about getting rid of the current one.
Lettering and color tattoos are also easier to work with as compared to lots of black ink. However, things become difficult when dealing with tribal tattoos that include thick black lines and cover most of the skin. The large size of the tattoo may also present a challenge. In these cases, the artist may recommend laser tattoo removal.
Tattoo Removal Process
Laser removal for tattoos is a lengthy and expensive procedure and is not always guaranteed to work. But, it is one way to fix your bad tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal works by breaking down the ink so your body can remove it and it can be cost-effective if you shop around for prices. The removal process depends on the tattoo’s size, skin tone, and location, which in turn will decide how many treatments and visits you will need to get rid of it effectively. Depending on the tattoo location, type of ink, and depth of the tattoo, it may not even be possible to remove it altogether.
About Doing Tattoo
Doing Tattoo is an Edmonton-based tattoo studio. We have an expert team of tattoo artists who specialize in different tattoo styles and types. To book your cover-up tattoo removal, contact us today at 825-510-5990.