I have known many people, including myself, who decided to get a tattoo on a whim in their youth. Sometimes these weren’t the most well-thought-out tattoos, or places to put the tattoos. Also, in many cases, they become faded, stretched, or they just looked horrible (over time or from the beginning). I’ve had a few that I thought were awesome in my youth. Then, after getting more ink I realized the first few I got weren’t really all that great.
So, what can you do about it? Well, there is tattoo removal. However, there is only about a 50% chance that your tattoo will actually be removed after about 10 sessions of laser therapy at $200 a pop. Obviously black and red ink is easiest to remove, but if you have some colorful ink, it likely won’t go away. In addition, your chances go down by about 70% if you’re a smoker. I’ve also heard and seen these removal techniques end up in really bad scarring of the area, some ink still remaining after all that money spent, and just a horrible looking area on the body.
Are there other solutions? Of course!! I chose to just have the old, not so great looking, ink covered up with new and fresh ink that really means something to me. Now, you would need to find a good artist that can do cover ups well. It really should look like you never had anything there in the first place. A few things to keep in mind:
- The new tattoo should completely cover the old tattoo, so it will have to be larger.
- If you have a pure black ink tattoo previously, your new tattoo will likely need to be black ink only.
- If your old tattoo was colorful, you need to think about the colors in the new tattoo and the placement of those colors.
- Sometimes you can cover an old colored tattoo with black ink, but it depends on the size, shape, and how much filler you need.
- Make sure you like the new tattoo you’re getting. It’ll be more difficult to cover it up in the future if you don’t like it.