Covering old tattoo with flesh colored ink

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Has anyone been able to cover up a tattoo with flesh colored ink? I have one around my bellybutton and I really don't like it. It was poorly done and I have been told that it can't be lasered off because it's mostly greens and blues. I can't find much on the web about covering them up.


Anyone know about this or had it done? My only other option is to have it fixed by a good artist.
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Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
K. I'll get WileE on that right away.
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K. I'll get WileE on that right away.
Originally Posted by Speckla


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No, that's not going to work at all.

If you want to cover a tattoo, you're going to have to use deeper, darker colors. You can do cover ups in blues, purples, etc, but depending on the tattoo, and how deep the first artist went, that pigment may not cover it up either. You may get a different design, with the old tattoo slightly bleeding through if you do dark enough colors.

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Ok. This looks more like a crotch shot. (Can't believe I'm posting my stomach...stretchmarks, keloid and all).



I am not happy with it at all. I will def. get it fixed if I can't remove it or cover it flesh tone. I'd rather have a pretty tattoo than a not so good one.

This is my outer right ankle. I'm very please with it.



It looks faded due to the flash but it's not. I got it 6 years ago. It symbolized the 'change' I went through after a total hyst and bilat oopherectomy.
OMG, you're so gross (seriously, shut up, your stomach is flatter than mine)

I love your butterfly. Very pretty.

You can so easily get that redone to pretty it up and make it something you love. Its not bad. Just do some research on tattoo places in your area. I seriously Googled something like 'best portrait tattoo artists in area' and read a bunch of ask.com and yahoo stuff and then looked up their portfolios based on what people suggested.

That could be some very pretty vines or filagree designs.


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I think with the belly tattoo you'll likely be best off covering it/incorporating it into something new. Those colors are pretty rich.

(Honestly I don't dislike it at all.)
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I don't hate the tattoo but I am very disappointed in it. The original design was very pretty but it just didn't turn out right.
My intent was to cover ugly surgical scars with something pretty.

Iroc,
I was thinking along those lines. Fixing it is probably going to be my best option. Thanks for the compliment. I won't horrify you with the stretch marks on my hips, thighs, breasts, back (from waist from)... children, totally worth it! The ones on the side of my hips are deep groves. Thankfully after 16 years they've faded.

Michelle,
I agree that it isn't hideous but I was so excited to get it and was expecting a beautiful tattoo.
Have you tried Wrecking Balm? I haven't used it so I'm not sure if it works. My brother has been thinking about using it on a tat he has on his forearm he doesn't care too much for.

PS I like both tats!

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You have a cute tummy. I think you could have a better artist work that into something you love.
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Have you tried Wrecking Balm? I haven't used it so I'm not sure if it works. My brother has been thinking about using it on a tat he has on his forearm he doesn't care too much for.

PS I like both tats!

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Originally Posted by JRock
I tried for over 6 months and it didn't fade. Green and blue are the hardest colors to get rid of.

You have a cute tummy. I think you could have a better artist work that into something you love.
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You're right and thank you. After what I went through I def. deserve to have something beautiful that makes me smile.
If you still have the original art, maybe take it to a few artists and see what they suggest would work best.

If you see any tattoos you like, ask people where they got them done!
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I agree with the other ladies. Find an artist you like, then ask what they suggest. You could also search for artwork online which could accompany or encompass your original piece. If a deeper, richer color can be added to the old work in addition to the new design that would be great. There are so many possibilities as far as designs.


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Just wondering, who told you that your tat would be hard to remove? There have been major improvements in tattoo removal. If you haven't already, I'd have a consultation with a dermatologist, preferably one who specializes in this.

Like iroc said, your other options is a coverup tat. Or maybe you could find someone to touch it up and make it look better. Post or PM me your state (and any other states you're close to, if there are any), and I can recommend you some really good shops in that area.

ETA: I can probably suggest some. I'm not sure if I have all 50 states.

Last edited by Eilonwy; 03-23-2012 at 02:55 AM.
I don't hate the tattoo but I am very disappointed in it. The original design was very pretty but it just didn't turn out right.
My intent was to cover ugly surgical scars with something pretty.

Iroc,
I was thinking along those lines. Fixing it is probably going to be my best option. Thanks for the compliment. I won't horrify you with the stretch marks on my hips, thighs, breasts, back (from waist from)... children, totally worth it! The ones on the side of my hips are deep groves. Thankfully after 16 years they've faded.

Michelle,
I agree that it isn't hideous but I was so excited to get it and was expecting a beautiful tattoo.
Originally Posted by Speckla
Please, woman, my hips and arms have stretchmarks too. Worse than my stomach. And they were from puberty, not even babies.

I don't know how my hips have stretchmarks cause really I have no hips!

Do searches for any images that could be made of your tattoo. And look around for good tattoo artists. I wouldn't go by what people say. There are a lot of bad tattoo artists out there. And a lot of people with bad tattoos that think they are good!

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Slightly off topic, but I just read about a guy who does fantastic work in Oklahoma. I'd like to go out there myself to have him do something on my inner wrist.

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Ermm...I'm pretty sure blues and green can still be removed with the great advance that there has been in tattoo removal technology - I recently saw something that removed tattoos in little circles but it wasn't laser and I'm pretty sure the tattoo contain blues.
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Just wondering, who told you that your tat would be hard to remove? There have been major improvements in tattoo removal. If you haven't already, I'd have a consultation with a dermatologist, preferably one who specializes in this.

Like iroc said, your other options is a coverup tat. Or maybe you could find someone to touch it up and make it look better. Post or PM me your state (and any other states you're close to, if there are any), and I can recommend you some really good shops in that area.

ETA: I can probably suggest some. I'm not sure if I have all 50 states.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
I have already been to a Derm that specializes in tattoo removal. He said he could fade it but it would never been 100% because of the color ink and that it'd look worse.

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