Not sure what to do with a tattoo you had done years ago and are no longer happy with it? Maybe it’s not something that represents you anymore or was not done well by the tattooist in the first place. Or, you may just simply need to bring some back to the piece as it has faded over time and no longer has that “pop” to it.
A lot of our customers come to our shop and want work done on an existing piece. It happens quite often that someone comes into the shop and wants to get a tattoo added to their body and at the same time hide an old one.
Sometimes the best option is to go for laser removal which we now offer at our studio www.tattooremovalvancouver.com . Often only a couple of sessions are needed to achieve enough fading to do a nice cover-up.
Often, though, our artists are able to come up with a creative solution to the unwanted pre-existing tattoo. They can use different colours, shading techniques and work it into a completely new design. Creating a new focal point and choosing the right colours are often the key to doing a top-notch cover up. Not always can you completely hide the old tattoo but I have seen some of our artists cover up old tattoos to the point that the old one cannot be seen at all. If you are okay with that artist doing a significantly larger piece over the existing one, then going straight for a cover-up may be your best option.
Alternatively, our artists can sharpen up the lines and add colour to tattoos that have lost their lustre but are still something you want on your body.
If you are unsure of what to do drop by the shop and speak to one of the crew, we would be glad to offer you our advise!
But, fading an existing tattoo (even one time in many cases) makes it easier for the artist to do a proper cover-up and gives you more options as to the style and size of the cover-up tattoo. Some tattoos fade quite significantly after only one session while other tattoos might take 2 or 3 to fade it enough to do a proper cover-up. Lighter colours are a lot easier to cover up so we focus on fading the blacks and dark colours. This gives you a much better chance of not seeing the old line work under your new tattoo.
Below is an example of a client of ours who had only one laser session. So whether you are working with your own artist, or one of ours, consider laser removal for fading before you go and get a cover up, you’ll be glad you did.