Tattoo mistakes and how to cover- up an old tattoo

The great feathered tails of peacocks, the dark flowing hair of a Gibson girl or the draping folds of a grim reaper’s cloak are also great design ideas capable of disguising even the worst of tattoos. It’s easy to imagine an old tattoo getting lost and hidden in these designs and still have plenty of artistic license leftover to put
it will be hard to find designs “right out of the box” to cover every situation. This means that designs will have to be modified or adjusted accordingly to fit the job. Maybe a design is perfect but too small, so get it enlarged, or a customer wants a peacock to cover an unusual tattoo, so draw in extra feathers to cover it sufficiently. Be flexible with the chosen design and be brave to change a few lines as the case demands, and eventually, a good eye will be developed to assess the job and provide sure solutions wiin a minimum of
wasted time.

With a good foundation now in what is supposed to be accomplished, the artwork itself isn’t all there is to be concerned with. There are a few things to be considered about the actual tattooing process of cover-ups also. For instance, obviously, an old tattoo already has plenty of ink in the skin to begin with but while tattooing another design over it, it is an easy thing to forget. The general rule to remember is to not overdo the shading or coloring when tattooing directly over the old design (because it must be kept to a minimum on an already saturated area). Apply just enough of the new ink to lose the old design under it and then stop. A major mistake is to get carried away when it is not really needed. It is surprising just how little ink is actually needed to successfully cover-up an old tattoo. Too much ink will really spoil a new tattoo, and too much ink means too many holes in the skin and could quite possibly leave bad scar tissue. There is no need for excessive grinding of the machine into the skin, you won’t get more ink in there, anyway. The lighter the touch, with just enough ink to do the job, is the way to get a superior looking tattoo. If a sharp eye is constantly used to see what is being developed, over-doing it won’t suddenly creep up on you and progress can be steadily monitored.

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