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I recently made a big mistake by getting a piece done by someone that just wanted to get me in a chair and take my money, after the first session i never went back because as you can see it turned out really bad.I need to know if what i have can be covered? i also have an old tribal band that i would like to cover as well, I live in Whittier, CA and I'm looking for the right Artist that can fix my problem, i have considered Laser Removal but that would be my last option, do you think there is anyone that can fix this and complete a full sleeve.

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The bamboo (I think it is bamboo) in the water is pretty bad.I think it looks a little overworked and scarred at the base of it when it comes out of the water.I could be wrong and it's hard to tell from the picture but the tribal armband seems scarred and raised.A good cover up artist could camouflage these scars and kind of distract the eye so that you would not be able to see that it is raised unless you were real close to it.

You are right,the woman's face and the 3 larger letters look decent.

I'm not an expert on laser removal but I think that all that does is remove the ink from visibility.If your skin is scarred and raised on the tribal after laser removal it will still be raised and scarred

In my opinion you have 2 choices on how to fix this.You could get a large color piece that starts where the fish's tail starts and goes up to the top of your upper arm above where the tribal is.Obviously you prefer black & grey work but if you had someone try and cover it up with more black, you would have large fields of black and it would look like a cover-up and a bad one at that. Keep in mind that all color pieces don't have to be candy colored or feminine.they could be in more subtle colors like different shades of browns or greys (not grey wash,but the color grey,like battleship grey).With something that size you would have a lot of choices as to what the subject matter of the cover up could be.

The second choice you have is to find a good artist to fix the existing tattoos on your lower arm.They may not be that great, but they could easily be repaired by someone that knows what they are doing.The koi's outline could be thickened and the lines that make up the scales & features could be put in more solidly.You could get rid of a lot of those negative space/motion lines or smoke or whatever it is supposed to be and it would look more solid.Putting more solid white highlights in it would also give it more definition.While the tattooist is doing that they can do the same to the lettering in the banner,and I mean no offense by this if you like it,but you should get the flower there redone too,because I think that is the worst part of the whole tattoo.

I hope I've helped you out a little with what you could do with this.

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I really appreciate your input, everything you said makes lots of sense, i have found 1 particular artist that told me that he could repair and give the Koi a different look, as far as the tribal band he said it could be cover by maybe adding a dragon that starts from half my chest down to the arm, and also by adding some color, this is the website to this artist, his name is Master Mike, he has a great Portfolio, the only thing is he has a 1 year wait, i have made an appointment already for next April 2012, but i still want to make sure that this is the way to go. Inkfiendart.com

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The bamboo (I think it is bamboo) in the water is pretty bad.I think it looks a little overworked and scarred at the base of it when it comes out of the water.I could be wrong and it's hard to tell from the picture but the tribal armband seems scarred and raised.A good cover up artist could camouflage these scars and kind of distract the eye so that you would not be able to see that it is raised unless you were real close to it.

You are right,the woman's face and the 3 larger letters look decent.

I'm not an expert on laser removal but I think that all that does is remove the ink from visibility.If your skin is scarred and raised on the tribal after laser removal it will still be raised and scarred

In my opinion you have 2 choices on how to fix this.You could get a large color piece that starts where the fish's tail starts and goes up to the top of your upper arm above where the tribal is.Obviously you prefer black & grey work but if you had someone try and cover it up with more black, you would have large fields of black and it would look like a cover-up and a bad one at that. Keep in mind that all color pieces don't have to be candy colored or feminine.they could be in more subtle colors like different shades of browns or greys (not grey wash,but the color grey,like battleship grey).With something that size you would have a lot of choices as to what the subject matter of the cover up could be.

The second choice you have is to find a good artist to fix the existing tattoos on your lower arm.They may not be that great, but they could easily be repaired by someone that knows what they are doing.The koi's outline could be thickened and the lines that make up the scales & features could be put in more solidly.You could get rid of a lot of those negative space/motion lines or smoke or whatever it is supposed to be and it would look more solid.Putting more solid white highlights in it would also give it more definition.While the tattooist is doing that they can do the same to the lettering in the banner,and I mean no offense by this if you like it,but you should get the flower there redone too,because I think that is the worst part of the whole tattoo.

I hope I've helped you out a little with what you could do with this.

I really appreciate your input, everything you have said makes perfect sense, you have also pointed out certain details that i had never paid attention to, and that i also hope to get fix.I have found an artist that assured me that he could fix the entire piece, but i need to wait 1 year for his next appointment, i took it and is on April 2012, i know is a long wait and i hope that i'm making the right decision. This is some of his work(Master Mike at inkfiendart.com). Tell me what you think.

Master Mike

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I just wanted to post afew pics. from my first session, it might be a little hard to tell what's going on, but i will post more pictures as i go back for more sessions.

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<a href="http://s846.photobucket.com/albums/ab21/soyrene/?action=view&current=Picture56.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab21/soyrene/Picture56.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

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