Recommended Posts

So over the past few weeks I've had some conversations outside this forum with people on tattoo coverups and seem to be seeing more than the normal amount for me. I've taken some of the tips from this thread in LST tattoo forum Tattoo Cover up or removal

and shared it with the individuals. But have had some observations lead to assumptions that I want to turn to hypothesis by asking on this tattoo forum that I thought could be fun and intriguing.

One of my friends was edge at a very young age as she grew up around lots of east coast edge kids that were also family members then broke it a few months after she turned twenty-one. During here teen years see accumulated four different straight edge tattoos. She has been in the process of covering them up for some years now but the one that really catches my eye is this large belly rocker of the three X's covered up by big roses. I understand three large X's in black ink are going to be difficult to cover and the tattooer did a good job except if you look closely then you can totally see them. So my first questions based off of some years observations and now reflections not only with this individual but others are:

-Are roses and panthers the most common "objects" used to cover-up tattoos?

-What other ones are common "goto" tattoos for tattoo coverups?

Onto the other part....so another one of my friends has this tattoo outlined on her back that she refuses to let people see so much that when she's at the beach or other warmer climates she opts to wear a "tank-kini" rather than a bikini as she dislikes the tattoo that much. It is just an outline and spans about three quarters of her back in more of a "frame" manner and not so much the center and wants to do a tattoo cover-up. She has been considering the laser then coverup route and if she was in DC I'd send her to Karl Hedgepath at Jinxproof for laser and coverup but she is in the Bay Area. So the next set of questions:

-Bay Area good tattoo laser removal businesses?

-Bay Area good tattoo coverup tattooers?

-Also to make this more informative for other locations...Who in you opinion does the best tattoo coverup? If you answer this please list the tattooers name, shop, and location (if you know all that info).

Of course if you have before and after photos share them!!

Thanks and let the schooling begin.........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of my favorite things I ever heard an artist say (when another artist in the shop showed him a piece he'd just finished): "It's nothin' an 8-ball wouldn't cover." And yes, I've seen a cover-up (an ex's name) with an 8-ball!

Jack Rudy allegedly talks (often) about a cover-up idea involving an oil tanker ship on its side, spilling oil over whatever needs to be covered.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"an 8 ball will cover it" is always the first thing out of my mouth. i think an eagle can cover anything. ive been seeing a few guys doing some bad ass crazy cover ups lately. im working on covering my first sleeve and a wolf, eagle and scull have worked well to cover heavy black areas

the oil tanker idea is super funny though

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't think people should limit themselves with simple big and black. I ask the client what they really want for a new tattoo. Then I figure out a way to make that happen through lots of lines various colors , and possibly going over the image with white up to three times before I put the new image on. But overall if I never did another cover-up I'd be stoked. I keep telling myself - no more cover-ups. On the other hand, it feels great to eliminate unwanted tattoos for people. I'm close to having a suit and I have no cover-ups. If the tattoo is there it doesn't lie. If people keep covering their work with the trend du jour, the cover-ups don't stop and they end up looking like a confused mess. If you don't like your old work just wait 10-20 years and it'll either be cool or funny. I know there's all kinds of exceptions to this theory, so whatever, there's my 2-cents worth.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually suggest flowers, mostly because with flowers, you can pretty much invent and add all kinds of shapes and methods of shading that can work to cover things, and keep it from looking like a coverup, which is my ultimate goal. I also recommend wizards or anything with a bunch of hair, because hair works so darn good to cover things. I do a ton of name coverups here in Harbor City, there's even a girl I tattoo who I have put names on and covered them only to do a new name a few months later. I always joke with her about how she singlehandedly pays my electrical bills with all the money she spends on her coverups.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
If you don't like your old work just wait 10-20 years and it'll either be cool or funny.

I'm glad Scott hasn't covered too much of the stuff on his body, whether it's a giant crazy somewhat metallic beetle he did himself, or his weird chrome Mary. He's got lots of tattoos from the 90's, I've learned a lot about different phases of tattooing just from asking about all those "cool or funny" tats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I put up a few pics of some coverups I've done. http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/tattooforum/album.php?albumid=141&attachmentid=1890 I try to suggest that the customer gets something that they want, and give them an idea of what sort of subject matter will work well for what they have to cover. I get asked to cover up names with another name pretty often, which I think is pretty awesome. I haven't figured out a way to do that one yet...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i like to use a top hat sitting on top of a suit case which is then sitting on top of a piano and if need be an ink bottle spilling out a black skull? pretty sweet right. cover ups are totally dependant on the customers expectations. at the shop we often just sort of slap a new one on. mostly on our friends but really just put another one right on top tends to work out well. as long as its not hot pink bio mech. ill save that for some other day. yesterday i coverd some blown out jail house chola chick with one of those new fangled chicks with day o dead make up on? wearing a sombrero.worked fine but dont get that new fad.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
yesterday i coverd some blown out jail house chola chick with one of those new fangled chicks with day o dead make up on? wearing a sombrero.worked fine but dont get that new fad.

Haha...you'll love this: they're all based on art by a woman named SYLVIA JI. Since you're known for your day of the dead skulls, I bet a lot of people will get confused and come to you for more and more of those.

It seems like guys whose portfolios have at least one color Dali portrait with wet white highlights end up doing lots of those. Color portraits are probably my least favorite trend in tattooing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Haha...you'll love this: they're all based on art by a woman named SYLVIA JI. Since you're known for your day of the dead skulls, I bet a lot of people will get confused and come to you for more and more of those.

It seems like guys whose portfolios have at least one color Dali portrait with wet white highlights end up doing lots of those. Color portraits are probably my least favorite trend in tattooing.

I think this is the forum where we don't have to encounter that trend too much. I kind of want to do one really well though and then call it crap. If you like that stuff, get into photography. Also on that wet look, Phuck Photoshop. I live in the middle of nowhere and we've got this whack tattooer that's decided to team up with the local casino in order to bring us a convention featuring the lower end color portrait people. yay.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone do any tattoo cover-up lately they wish to share with pictures? I have been looking at some around the internet and seen a few tattooers claim to love doing cover-ups.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Anyone do any tattoo cover-up lately they wish to share with pictures? I have been looking at some around the internet but don't want to post without the tattooers permission.

I have had a cover up done. Unfortunately I had my Old computer stolen with the original image that was covered. But here is the cover up image.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bert Krak put a fantastic belligerent panther cover of a "hippy-dippy" (Mike Malone's accurate description of it) sunflower on my calf a couple years ago:

Login | Facebook

I met a chick at Rock of Ages a couple years ago with a Lehi full-sleeve snake/wind cover of a bunch of flowers. Big part of what compelled me to laser a big chunk of my sleeve.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just started sitting for a cover-up last night on a 25+ year old band of posies on my arm. (As soon as we're all done I'll post the before during and afters) As a joke, the first thing out my artist's mouth was "How 'bout a panther?" Which got him a sock in the arm and about 5 minutes of laughter.

Most of my work is traditional American which isn't (aside from a panther, roses or a giant eagle) the easiest to use as a cover-up. We're in the process of doing a quarter sleeve peacock (my 2 1/2 year old niece's favorite thing to "draw" with a traditional mum. The rest of the band (I am NOT going under the arm again---EVER) I plan to have lasered off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.