Many people are expressing themselves and their unique interests through tattoos. This is a great way to get a piece of permanent artwork applied to your body with ink. However, with the ever-widening acceptance of tattoos comes the increased incidents of people who get a tattoo that they later find themselves to be less-than-pleased with. If you are one of the people that finds yourself with a tattoo that makes you unhappy, you don’t have to spend the summer in turtlenecks, gloves, pants and boots to hide your regrettable ink. The following ideas will give you a starting point when you work to find a solution to cover your tattoo that is right for you.

Makeup: The Quick, Painless and Inexpensive Solution

One of the easiest and most pain-free methods of covering a tattoo is the application of a liquid makeup product to cover the ink and blend in with your skin. There are several makeup brands that make concealers, powders and foundations for the sole purpose of covering up a tattoo on your body. These makeup products provide heavy coverage but are easily blendable and buildable. They also hold up to sweat, heat and clothing so they won’t melt or rub off your body. For tattoos on the arms, consider using cover-up sleeves, like those from BLT Global enterprises.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is one of the most popular methods of rectifying the mistake of a bad tattoo – the best way to cover something is to remove it completely. Most laser tattoo removal professionals recommend six to eight treatments to completely remove the ink. The process comes with a little discomfort, but it is comparable to the discomfort that comes with getting a tattoo applied initially.

Add Depth and Design to an Old Tattoo

If a laser tattoo removal procedure is not an option due to the investment of time and money that goes into this method of tattoo repair, you can always add on to the tattoo containing the name. The fourth tattoo in this compilation took the name of an old lover, and added to it in a funny way. This sort of comparison tattoo may not be something that you want on your body forever, but it will work in a pinch until you can save up for a better cover-up tattoo to cover the entire message. One of the easiest way to cover up a poorly-executed tattoo is the rose. Roses are gorgeous and with the right colors and dimensions, can become works of art. The customers in this compilation started with poorly-done tattoos that were turned into complete works of art with the help of a competent artist. And a floral tattoo cover-up can be the start of an entire sleeve of design elements that can be added to over time.

A cover-up tattoo doesn’t have to be limited to applying a bunch of roses and flower over an old tattoo. The customers in this piece found themselves dealing with a lackluster tattoo. The tattoo artists worked with them to add color, design elements, new lines and increased depth to existing tattoos. These elements transformed old, boring and poorly-applied tattoos into works of art that draw attention and showcase the wearers’ interests and the artists’ talents.