Get That Inked Inked Some More With Our Cover Up Tattoo Sleeve

We all have regrets, but your tattoos don’t have to be one of them, thanks to tattoo coverup! Tattoos are notoriously hard to get rid of because you have to go through so many tattoo removal sessions and spend so much more money just to get it done. 

If you really want to get rid of a tattoo you don’t like; you don’t have to have it removed. A tattoo cover up is a great way to get rid of body art you’re no longer happy with, not to mention that it lets you get new and fresh ink too!

We’re sure many of you have thought about this but aren’t sure what to do because you don’t know enough about it. We have just what you need if you’ve been thinking about covering up old ink.

Pearl Lemon Tattoos can help you hide your existing tattoo with different styles. 

Just contact us.

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How Does a Coverup Tattoo Work?

When you get your first tattoo, the ink is put at least one millimetre below your skin into the dermis, a layer below the skin. With coverup tattoos, the ink is put back into the same part of the skin as the first tattoo.


Contrary to popular belief, the colour of your new tattoo doesn’t go over the colour of your old tattoo. When you mix these two colours, you get a new colour. There is a chance that the dark inks will take over. For example, when you mix blue and red, you get purple under your skin.


Most tattoo artists think black is the best colour to hide almost any old tattoo. Many people don’t like a design with black ink all over it, but it sounds much better than living with the awful tattoo you had before.

When a tattoo artist is trying to hide an old tattoo, they usually focus on how to use the colour of the old tattoo in the new ink. After planning how to carefully place the new design and colour on the old tattoo, the artists get to work.

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Why Do People Usually Get Coverup Tattoos?

There are many reasons why people choose to get tattoo coverups. Let’s get into more detail about why:

Faded Tattoos

Even though tattoos are meant to be permanent, they can fade over time. It never gets so bad that the tattoo completely disappears, but most of the time, it’s just enough to make your tattoo look bad.


Here are a few of the reasons why tattoos don’t last forever:


  • Low-quality ink
  • Tanning beds
  • Changes in skin elasticity


If your tattoo is fading, you might want to talk to a tattoo artist about a cool, unique design that can cover it up.

Poor Quality of Work

You get what you pay for, and when it comes to tattoos, choosing the cheapest artist (or even a backyard tattoo artist) often results in a cheap and ugly tattoo.


Talk to a professional about redoing your old design, but this time by an experienced tattoo artist.

Past Memories and Regrets

People come and go. Sometimes, the special person stops being so special. Consult a tattoo coverup artist to find out how you can turn your old tattoo into a new piece of art.

You've Moved On

When we were younger, we all did things we now wish we hadn’t. For example, getting a tattoo as soon as you turn 18 is often that “something”.


A skilled tattoo artist can change it into a design that better shows who you are now, not who you were all those years ago.

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What Should You Consider Before Opting For A Coverup Tattoo?

A new design seems like an excellent way to hide your past tattoo. But before anything else, we suggest you consider the following factors so you won’t regret your ink this time.

Tattoo Size

The size of the new coverup style will always be bigger. There is a chance that you won’t be able to get the size you want. But with a big picture of a delicate tribal design, you’ll ultimately be able to hide a design that you don’t like.


You wouldn’t be wrong to say that bigger designs let you use bolder images and styles. And if you’re still not sure about getting a big tattoo,  don’t be afraid to talk to your artist about it to find the best design.

Tattoo Colors

Blue, brown, and black are some of the colours used to cover up an old tattoo. Orange, red, and yellow isn’t the right colours to cover dark ink because they don’t have enough coverage. Tattoo artists fix designs drawn with bright colours by using bright colours. To hide your old tattoo, you should choose bold and dark colours.

A Dark Colour Could Be See-Through

If your old tattoo is dark, the ink you’ll use to cover it up might show through. Most of the time, tattoo artists use a lot of dark ink to get the look they want. The coverup tattoos will have blue or black ink instead of shades of white or yellow. It’s important to remember that using a light colour with a high density can make a big difference in coverup tattoos.

It's Easy to Hide An Old Tattoo

It’s also important to know how old your tattoo is. Tattoos lose their colour over time. This is likely to happen because the ink will break down over time. Red and yellow colours tend to fade quickly, while black and dark blue colours tend to last for a longer time. A tattoo done years ago is easier to hide than a freshly done one. And, unlike new designs, old ones don’t show through the coverup design.

Tattoo Design Appearance

If you decide to get a coverup, keep in mind that the design of your tattoo is crucial. Not every design makes it easy to hide. For example, tribal designs have a lot of big or small details that might be hard to get rid of, while a small tattoo with a symbol is easy to hide. If you’re getting your first tattoo, try to pick a simple design to avoid this trouble. So, if it turns out to be a mistake, you can get rid of it faster.

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We've Got You Covered

In the past, black was the only colour an artist could use to cover up a tattoo without changing the colour of the tattoo. However, modern techniques, good ink, and smart design mean that your coverup tattoo is no longer limited to just a black blob of tribal ink. You can now do whatever your imagination thinks of with the help of our expert tattoo artists.

Pearl Lemon Tattoos can make works of art, but we can also cover up an old or unwanted tattoo with a new one that you’ll be proud to show off.

We will cover up your old tattoo with exquisite designs.

Contact one of our talented tattoo artists today to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions

Lemon juice is one home remedy for permanent tattoo removal. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent. It is a natural cleaner, so you can use it to wipe off and get rid of tattoo ink. This method is safe for people with small, light-coloured tattoos. 

However, note that bleaching agents, especially lemon, can irritate your skin. Make sure this won't make matters worse than just going to a tattoo removal professional in the first place.

Most tattoos lose their colour over time. As the tattoo ages, the ink slowly breaks down and is thrown away by your body. Dark colours like black and dark blue tend to wear out faster than light and bright colours like red and yellow.

However, note that bleaching agents, especially lemon, can irritate your skin. Make sure this won't make matters worse than just going to a tattoo removal professional in the first place.

Some things can't be hidden, and some things can. If the tattoo were supposed to cover a scar, it would be best not to hurt the skin any more than it was. This is because tattoos are really just permanent scars.

When a tattoo isn't done well, it's often raised. This pretty much makes it impossible to hide. If you try to cover up these tattoos with another one, you will end up with two raised tattoos. This can make things look worse than they were in the beginning. If your tattoo is raised, the only way to get rid of it would be to pay a professional to do it.

However, note that bleaching agents, especially lemon, can irritate your skin. Make sure this won't make matters worse than just going to a tattoo removal professional in the first place.

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