Now, we don’t mean something your tattoo artist has done wrong – at the end of the day, what you have put on your body is your responsibility. We’re talking about fixing an ex’s name or covering up that homemade tattoo your friend gave you when you were 14. You know, complete shit.
Here are five of the best tattoo cover up ideas we found on the interwebs. All credit due to the original artists.
The Ex-partner cover up
True love never dies… until it does about 6 months later when you’re both over that honeymoon period. When that happens, turn your soul mate into a literal soul mate, with this kick as idea.
When in doubt, call Batman
And we’re not even joking. Because the Dark Knight is, well, dark, he’s perfect for covering up old tattoos. Darth Vader and Black Panthers (the animal, not the Marvel character) are also great for this.
Own your mistakes
Ok, so you made a mistake. One way to fix it is not to try and cover it up, pretending it never happened, but instead to own it. Johnny Depp famously had Winona Ryder’s name tattooed on his arm when they got engaged, but when they broke up, instead of having it covered up or lasered off, he changed it from Winona Forever to Wino Forever.
The dreaded cheap portrait
The internet is flooded with terrible tattoos of loved ones. This is what happens when you go cheap on your ink. If you want a photo-realistic portrait of a loved one, then you’re simply going to have to pay the money for it, otherwise you might end up with some sort of Zombie/Demon image of your beloved daughter to carry around with you forever.
A fix job doesn’t necessarily mean covering up your old tattoo. If you’re creative enough you can incorporate it into a new design. The one above is brilliant because it simultaneously creates a new, decent tattoo, while acknowledging at the old one.