Post # 1
Hi everyone. My post isnt neccessarily wedding related as it applies to everyday but I wasn’t sure where to post it.
I had a tattoo done when I was 15 (stupid, I know). I got a small star on the inside of my left wrist. Anyway, that was fine until a few year later when I went to college to study nursing. A lot of my patient thought that my tattoo was a pentagram and were saying that I should cover it up. It got a lot of unwanted attention so I decided to have it redone with a heart to cover the star (everybody loves hearts, right?). I absolutely hate the tattoo I’m left with. I’m not particularly creative or artistic so I thought that a heart would be a great cover up, but its big and bulky and just horrible. I hate how I can’t hide it and its there all the time!
I’m reluctant to try laser removal as I’m worried about it going wrong and scarring on such an obvious place. I would love a great cover up that wasn’t much bigger than what it is now, just cause its on my wrist and I have quite a small arm and anything bigger would look ridiculous.
I’m recently engaged and I just can’t bear the thought of this tattoo in my wedding photos! no hate please, I know I’ve made a mistake 🙁
Post # 3
I just saw an episode of America’s Worst Tattoos where a guy got a big dark tribal tattoo covered by an American traditional rose.
Post # 4
@Leese: I’ve seen some great reviews of a heavy concealer called ‘Glamoflauge’
Post # 5
I had a friend going through laser removal, she too was you and and made a silly decision. It was working well for her, she was just crazy itchy.
You could either cover it up with another tattoo, you wouldn’t be the first to do it either. Or you use a cover cream for the rest of your life. I picked up dermablend for some cover up for my wedding this week. It’s for eczema and scarring but it works.
Google dermablend tattoo cover up and watch the video.
Post # 6
@Quinlan: Wow that stuff looks it means business. Good find!
OP I totally understand your feelings but it’s not as bad as you think. Even if you aren’t as successful covering it up with glamoflauge as the person in those photos you could wear a pretty cuff bracelet or something!
Post # 7
@Leese: I actually don’t think it’s that bad, it’s a heart, so it’s sweet and even wedding-y 🙂 But I don’t like my two small tattoos either, so I totally get you! Wish I could go back and reason with 18 year old me… The first thing I “wedding organised” after Fiance proposed was book my first laser removal treatment! I had been toying with it for a while though, it was just the push I needed. I did not want them in my wedding photos.
If you ever seriously consider laser, I really recommend it. Newer technology lasers should not scar. My removal is being done by a Medlite C6 Q switched laser. And they use a Zimmer machine to cool the skin before, during & after treatment, it’s a really good method. Mine don’t look like all blistered and gross after treatment like a lot of photos you see online.
The only thing I didn’t realise was that it would take quite so long and so many sessions. I will have only had 6 treatments by my wedding, and it will be very faded, but I will still need to cover up. I’m worried makeup will rub off on my dress. I’m probably going to get a cuff as @MissWitty also suggested. Something like:
If your wedding is not until 2016 you have time for removal 🙂 But it is a very long process, painful, itchy and expensive! It’s costing me 12 times more to have them removed then it did to put them there.
Post # 8
@Leese: That solid black heart is going to be hard to cover up with a new piece. I have an actual pentagram on my arm, and not even the most religious family members comment on it – though I have a bad case of bitchface.
I don’t think that the heart is so bad, I like tattoos though. If you hate it rather have it removed than covered with something else.
Post # 9
First of all, I don’t think your tattoo is bad. However, if you have a problem with it on a daily basis than something needs to change. I would look into laser removal. I had a tattoo on my back removed and it came off nicely. Because yours is primarily black, it should come off easily. (The laser works best on ink that contrasts your skin.) Why not get a consultation with a doctor?
Post # 10
I’m currently on my 4th laser session on one tattoo (back of neck) and its progression slower than slow… i’m beginning to get really impatient. My first consult they said it would take about 3 sessions (I knew that was way off, but I assumed 8-12) and I still feel it looks the same as after the first session. Not to mention it hurts and I’m out for a day or two after every session because I feel so sick. urgh. One day it will be gone! but for the tattoo that I actually like (on my foot). for occasions where it needs to be covered I use dermablend then a loose powder to set, and it works fantastic.
Post # 11
I think newer tattoo removal methods are less likely to scar. Since your wedding day is so far off, you might consider just getting it removed.
Good luck. 🙂
Post # 12
Well, I get what you’re saying. I would hate it, too!
Have you thought of trying this stuff? http://wreckingbalm.com/
I have a friend who did that for a while and had the rest lasered off. It ended up costing her a lot less!
Post # 13
I’m totally giving away my identity by doing this but oh we’ll lol here’s a chronicle of my tattoo removal (top L, right after I got tattoo, top right, a few weeks after first session, bottom left, a couple days after second, bottom right is a few weeks after third. I started at Xmas this year and have been going every 8 weeks.
It gets darker right after each session, then fades over time.
Post # 14
@Leese: Have you tried Dermablend? I don’t know if it’s available in the UK but it’s a special type of makeup specifically made to cover discoloration, tattoos, birthmarks, scars, etc… When I was a makeup artist I used this on a lot of clients for their wedding photos. The foundation is pretty thick. It comes in various colors but usually you have to blend 2 or more together to get the right color. Then you put the transparent setting powder on top and it stays put until you wash it off. If you’re just using it on your wrist and it is available locally I would suggest you just ask for a sample to take home with you. You wouldn’t need a full size container.
Post # 15
I really don’t think it’s bad. Anything you put on as a coverup is going to have to be bigger, and it will still be dark and solid in the middle. I think the cuff idea for your wedding is a great one, or laser treatments.
If you want to keep it and just soften it up a bit, maybe you could have an artist design some light openwork to go around the edge, so that the heart becomes the center motif of a lace or mendhi pattern. It will be bigger than it is now, but maybe a little less solid looking and more elegant.