Tattoos are permanent. Even if you get older and spend more time in the sun, tattoos won’t disappear immediately and thoroughly. This puts you in a tough spot, especially if you want them to go away fast.
Most people like getting another tattoo as a cover-up to hide a tattoo they no longer like.
It’s the best way to make sure no one will see the old tattoo. You also get new ink as part of the deal. Plus, you won’t have to spend an average of £150 – £800 for tattoo removal that’ll still leave a scar after.
So, if you’re looking for a way to cover up that ankle tattoo, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you’re someone that just got a tattoo or a seasoned tattoo enthusiast, a perfectly placed cover up ankle inking is three sessions of pain worth bearing. After all, we guarantee that your old ink will be nowhere to be found when the sessions are done.
Lucky for you because Pearl Lemon Tattoos is here to make that old tattoo stylishly go away.
Inquire now, and let’s get your ankle tattoo covered!
The science behind a cover-up tattoo has to do with how your skin is made up of layers. Your old tattoo’s ink is in the dermis, which is the layer of skin under your top layers (the epidermis). The new ink colour will also be put on the skin, where it will mix with the old colour.
Because of this, when picking ink for your cover-up, a tattoo artist must think about both the old and new colours. For example, putting red ink on top of an old blue tattoo will make it purple.
Also, keep in mind that darker inks will stand out more. An old black tattoo “covered” in hot pink will likely still be mostly black.
The journey to cover up is a process with many steps:
As we’ve already said, there are many things to think about when covering up a tattoo. When you think about how to choose a cover-up tattoo, you should think about these things.
The minimum size of your new tattoo will depend on how big your old tattoo is. You’ll need something big enough to cover the old piece. For example, if you want to cover up a full sleeve tattoo, your new one will probably need to be a full sleeve too. If you have a skull and crossbones the size of your palm on your back, your cover-up will need to be at least that big.
It’s easier to hide faded tattoos than dark ones. But the person who does the cover-up needs to think about the colour. The artist will decide if the old colour shows through or not.
Also, if the original piece had more colours, it might have been harder to cover. For example, it would be hard to cover a colourful stained-glass window with a light blue sky unless you first spent a lot of time getting rid of the original tattoo.
Older tattoos often have faded ink and smudged lines, which makes them easier to cover up. For example, if you got a big coloured tattoo on your ankle 20 years ago, it might be easier to hide than a small black tattoo you got last year. The ink from the older tattoo had more time to soak into your skin, which made it easier for the new ink to go in.
How easy it is to cover up your old tattoo depends on how it looks. Covering designs with more detail can be more complicated than covering designs with less detail. The cover-up tattoo might also need to have a lot of detail. For example, hiding a picture of your pet with a simple line tribal tattoo would be hard. It is much easier to go in the “opposite” direction, like putting a simple line tattoo into a new, detailed portrait.
When choosing a tattoo artist for your cover-up, it’s important to look at how experienced they are and what they specialise in. Even if you’ve found a tattoo artist whose work you really like, it’s important to work with someone who knows how to do cover-up tattoos.
You may have found an artist who makes beautiful full-colour flower designs and wants to work with you to cover up an ex’s name on your ankle. But if this artist has never done a cover-up before, they might not know how to choose an ink composition and colour that will effectively hide your old tattoo. You might end up with a beautiful garden that spells out your ex’s name.
There’s no need to feel ashamed; even famous people have tattoo regrets. The first one to pop into your head is Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s breakup. They’re not the only ones. Here we have some famous people who got an ankle tattoo.
Richards wrote in her autobiography that when she and Sheen were engaged, Sheen surprised Richards by getting a tattoo of her name. Richards decided to get a tattoo for her new husband, just like what he did.
When Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen broke up, the former Real Housewife didn’t get rid of the tattoo of her ex-husband’s name on her ankle. Instead, she covered it with a cute fairy.
Asia Argento says there was a time when she would have called Rose McGowan her “sister.” They even got the same tattoo, a simple dot on their ankles. But when they stopped being friends in 2018, Asia made it clear how she felt by saying she was getting rid of the matching tattoo.
She made herself even more clear by covering the tattoo with one of a bloody knife and writing “Bye, bye, Rose McGowan.”
Pearl Lemon Tattoos is an expert at tattoo cover-ups and masking up some unwanted tattoo memories with newer and cooler ones.
Once you’ve chosen the tattoo design idea that you want, be it flower tattoos, tribal tattoos, or whatever kind of body art with symbolic meaning you’d want to be inked to hide your old ink, just visit our tattoo studio, and we’ll get to work right away.
We’ll help you Ariana Grande your way through this one *wink*
If you have a black ink tattoo, it's hard to hide it from any other colour. Other dark colours, like navy or brown, might be able to cover up a black tattoo, but lighter colours won't work. If you want to get a new tattoo with bright colours, you might be a good candidate for laser tattoo removal to fade the black ink design you already have.
If you got a new tattoo and it turned out to be nothing like what you had in mind, you might want to find a cover-up artist as soon as possible. Unfortunately, you won't be able to get a cover-up design until your tattoo is completely healed. New tattoos are like open wounds. The top layer of skin will heal in two to three weeks, but the deeper layers of the skin may not completely heal for several months.
If you want to cover up a newer tattoo, it's best to work with a cover-up tattoo artist who has done it before. They can help ensure you're ready for your new piece and have healed.
The price of a cover-up tattoo varies just as much as that of a "normal" tattoo. Cost depends on many things, like the size and colour of the tattoo you want, how detailed it is, and how experienced the artist is.
Keep in mind that a tattoo to cover up an old one might cost more than a new one with the same design. This is because the artist will have to carefully plan the design and the types of ink they use based on the original tattoo, which will take more work and time.