The Best Tattoo Cover Ups of the Worst Tattoos

Plenty of people get terrible or ill advised tattoos. Either you’ve been to see a really lousy tattoo artist in the first place, you got it 10 years ago and now you hate it or – horror of horrors – you had an exes named tatted on your body and broke up. Why leave it on your body? It’s time to cover that #%@* up like these people did!

So, you got a horrible tattoo, right? While it may seem like the end of the world at first, there are plenty of talented tattoo artists out there that can take create a masterpiece from your nightmare and wash away all of the bad memories at the very same time. It’s true! Bad tattoos happen more often than you think, especially with impulse tattoos or tattoos that people get a young age. While some tattoos may be harder to coverup than others, the majority of tattoos can be covered or altered to the point where you do not cringe each and every time that you see it!


The most common need or desire for tattoo coverups are name tattoos. There are plenty of people in the world, both men and women alike, that have tattooed a name on their body for a person that just didn’t last in their lives as they thought they would. what do you do with a name that symbolizes such bad memories? Do you constantly live with your bad decision or do you find an artist that can simply coverup the premature decision with a masterpiece that represents your individuality? That’s right – you get to the phone and start calling some artists!


Of course, not all tattoo coverups are washing away the name of a past love. In many cases, you will find that people need a coverup done of just a bad tattoo. This may be a design that just did not work out as planned, an older tattoo that is just faded and discolored or as many people realize, they got a tattoo that just does not have the same meaning when they turn 45 as it did when they were 18! In these cases, you may want to change the design completely or get a bigger design on top of it to make sure the old tattoo does not shine through the new.


When looking into tattoo coverups, there are certain things that you may want to keep in mind. The darker the existing tattoo is, the harder it may be to coverup. You may want to choose a new design that is darker in theme, giving you more options to coverup, larger designs that may utilize more black space than others, or different elements that you can add to the existing tattoo that will completely change the appeal. For example, if you have a dark tattoo that is somewhat small, you may want to choose a larger tattoo design that will simply ink over the existing. However, if you have a large tattoo that needs to be covered, you may have to just add to the design and make it manageable for your preference.

Heart with scorpion tattoo on chest

In general, most tattoo coverups are done in black and grey ink since it is easier to cover pre-existing tattoos. This does not necessarily mean that it is your only option, but it really up to both you and the tattoo artist regarding what is and isn’t possible. Never be afraid to get creative. Some tattoo coverups have created amazing designs that leave you in awe of your new ink and enable you to completely forget about the tragedy that rested on your skin beforehand!


Not quite sure what you want to get to coverup your tattoo mishap? Your best bet is to choose a few designs that you can live with and work with your artist to design a happy medium that tackles the coverup task head on and leaves a design that you will actually be proud to showcase to the world. With all of the inspiration in your life and the world around you, there is surely something that you would not mind having on your body – even if it is a permanent reminder of a mistake you made way back when!

Here are some amazing tattoo coverups that will make you think twice about what is and is not possible in the wonderful world of tattoos. Remember, when it comes to the world of ink – the sky is the limit. Working with a talented and creative tattoo artist can be all the difference you need!







  1. That batman cover up is AMAZING, but that koi fish cover up isn’t very good. You can absolutely see the old tattoo showing underneath, and the design doesn’t disguise it well at all.


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