(Closed) I hate my tattoo :( cover up ideas!!

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Leese:  I don’t think it looks that bad, but I understand how you feel. I had 2 tattoos on my back that I wanted covered for my wedding and I used something called colortration. http://www.colortration.com/ It worked WONDERS even my make-up artist wanted to know where I got it. Anyways it’s a quick fix. Here are some before and after pics.

 

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

@Leese:  the only way to cover that up is gonna be with something even bigger and darker…I would recommend gettin it lasered. I know it sucks but..

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I, too, have a horrible tattoo that I got when I was 17.. Unfortunately, it’s a large one smack dab on my upper arm. I’ve tried covering it up and because it’s so dark and black nothing will do.

 

But I’ve come to this conclusion. He’s marrying you, for you, and all of you. Even with a tattoo. And it’s a good symbolism thing going down the aisle knowing that he’s marrying for all parts of you. Maybe that didn’t make you feel better but just a thought. lol

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think you need some realistic expectations.  Will a laser removal method work with that type of tattoo?  Yes.  Will it make it 100% gone?  Nope.  There will always be evidence to show that it was there.  So you have options. 

1. Tattoo cover up.  Absolutely a realistic option, but know that the final piece will be significantly bigger.  I would find a shop that specializes in coverups.  Covers and portraits are the most challenging pieces to do.

2. Makeup cover up.  Least expensive option.  Possible, and no one’s going to be looking at your arm that closely.  You do risk getting makeup on your dress though. 

3. Laser.  Multiple sessions, but you may be able to get it to the point where it’s no longer obviously visible.  You’ll see it if you know what you’re looking for, but not otherwise.  Downside – chance of scarring and hyperpigmentation. 

There’s no shame in being 16 and stupid.  We’ve all been there 🙂  I’d check out a tattoo cover up artist and see what they think are options.  I’d also check out a laser place and see what they think.  At that point, you’ll have options and full info on both.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This is going to be pretty hard to cover due to the red and black. I would suggest lasering it until it’s a bit lighter and then having it covered.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Leese:  If it were me, I’d try to laser it at least enough to make it lighter and then if you want a cover up do it once it’s lighter so the coverup has a better chance of hiding it. I don’t think it looks as bad to the rest of us as you probably think it is, but if you want to get rid of it, I think the laser is the best way to go personally. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee

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@Quinlan:  Glamoflauge is made by Hard Candy and is sold at walmart for $6. It’s a great coverup for sure. The secret is to set it with powder so it doesn’t shift.

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@MissWitty:  I use it for my dark circles. My dark circles are no match lol.

I have tried Dermablend for my dark circles but I was unimpressed.

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used Tattoo Camo to cover my huge red-and-black tattoo for my wedding and it worked WAAAY better than dermablend and whatever the other brand my MUA tried.  http://www.tattoocamo.com/

I’d cover with makeup for the wedding then go see a tattoo artist who specializes in cover-ups to see what kind of options you have for re-working the tattoo, somewhere down the road. I’ve heard/seen mixed results with the wrecking balm stuff, and I wouldn’t be optimistic about laser treatment on such a solid work. Both wrecking balm and laser work better on lines and shading than solid black. But a good tattoo artist may be able to reshape your tat, and incorporate some whites and greys, to give a new fresh look.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I know you said you don’t wawnt to have it done, but I would seriously recommend getting it removed. Anything you get will be even bulkier than the heart.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

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@starsr:  Dermablend concealor and Urban Decay Setting Spray. That won’t come off without soap and hot water or make-up remover.

I don’t know if a tattoo artist could cover that heart up since there is just so much black. If you want it gone then laser may be your best option. If you just want to hide it then Dermablend woeks wonders.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I also had laser (I’m actually currently still going through it) and I totally recommend it. You just have to make sure you do your research on where you go! I saw a groupon for laser removal and was hesitant, but I did my research and went and visited the shop and ended up purchasing the package because they made me feel so comfortable. I’ve done 5 visits and it’s so much lighter and there are spots that are already completely gone.

If you want to cover it, you can even do a certain number of laser sesssions just to make it lighter and then do a coverup (that you wouldn’t be able to do with your current tattoo). 

I would just research all options before you make your choice 🙂 And if you have any questions about laser removal you are more than welcome to PM me. The place I use even has a video of someone’s session to show you exactly what’s involved. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am a makeup artist, that is EASILY coverable. Don’t go through all those expensive and painful laser treatments, especially because laser is 100% guaranteed to work completely…just have your arist cover it on the day of…I’ve covered TONS of tats,to the point where you’d have NO idea there was a tattoo there, and yes, many of them were big black/dark tattoos!!!

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I would go with laser removal… That thing is heavy and then you won’t have to worry about it day to day anymore. 

Post # 30
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Commenting to follow. At my alterations appointment it occured to me that many people aren’t aware of the tattoo on my back! Not going to tell them on the wedding day..

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

@Leese: How about some tasteful wedding gloves? I think some make the woman look a bit like Sailor Moon, but some look so glamorous!!

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