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Answering 5 FAQs about Tattoo Cover Up


Tattoo cover up offers an effective way to give a new expression to an old art. The option also comes in handy when you want to get rid of a design that was created out of an impulsive decision, or something that you have simply grown out of, after reaching “adulthood”. The process involves fading of the tattoo using laser, and then, covering it with a new design. Although tattoo cover up is not a new concept in Melbourne and other major cities, many still have their share to doubts. We answer five such questions, in this brief post. Have a look.

1. How does tattoo cover up work?

When you get a tattoo, the ink deposits approximately one millimeter beneath the skin, in the dermis. When you get a tattoo cover up, the new ink is deposited along with the old colored ink in the same layer. The pigment in new ink doesn’t settle on the top of the old pigment, instead, both the colors combine to make a new color that is darker than the previous one. The tattoo artist considers the color of the old tattoo and how will it look when mixed with a new color.

2. What are the ink colors used for cover up?

Black was initially the main color for tattoo cover up; however, artists are now using more colors to cleverly hide unwanted designs. Artists use colors such as red, blue and green inks for cover-ups. In addition, tattooists also use colors such as purple, dark magenta, orange and brown to cover up an old tattoo.

3. How does it work?

When creating a cover up design, the tattoo artist:

Step 1

Places a tracing paper on the older tattoo to draw an outline and major features of the design to get an idea of the areas that need a heavier cover up.

Step 2

Puts the outline on light table and places another tracing paper on its top

Step 3

Starts designing the cover up tattoo to conceal specific areas

A cover up tattoo is often thirty percent larger than the original design with darker areas camouflaging the old design and lighter colors used on the surrounding skin that doesn’t have any pattern.

4. Can I skip the laser tattoo removal part?

If you thought going for cover up is a better and time-saving idea than undergoing laser tattoo removal, you might be making a mistake. The ink in the existing tattoo might be a design constraint for the artist. Fading the original design gives the artist freedom to create a better pattern. The density of the ink of the original tattoo and its compatibility with the cover up design are two the important factors that determine the success of the procedure. If your artist thinks that both are compatible, you can skip the removal part.

5. How many laser tattoo removal sessions will I need?

The number of sessions a person needs to undergo depends on the design of the older tattoo and the one for cover up. If the artist recommends 50 percent fading of the tattoo, you might need to 3-6 sessions. You may undergo one or two treatments for tattoo removal, or the number could even be more than ten.

Did We Miss Your Question?

If you have any other questions related to cover up tattoos or thinking on the lines of laser tattoo lightening, look no further than DRM Laser. Placed among the most trusted names providing tattoo cover up in Melbourne, DRM Laser is a one-stop-destination for laser tattoo removal and cover ups. To learn more, feel free to speak with our experts by calling us at 0448886935. Alternatively, to request a no-obligation quote, click here. Connect with us, today!