Tattooing Over Old Tattoos

Bad TattoeIf you have fallen out of love with the ink on your skin, you have a couple of different options for dealing with your disappointment. You can always choose to keep the tattoo, but this may require a wardrobe of long-sleeved turtle necks. Alternatively, you can choose to have a new tattoo placed over the old. Laser tattoo removal is another option if you want the ink gone for good.

It is not uncommon for individuals to ask for their tattoo to be altered or tattooed over. This is often the case if your tattoo refers to an ex-lover or an affiliation, such as a gang, that you want to put into your past. Tattoo overs can be a good solution if you have a new design in mind for a replacement.

However, some tattoo overs work better than others. Obviously, the new tattoo should be at least slightly larger than the previous tattoo. It also helps if it is dark or at least darker than the original tattoo. In some cases, if your new tattoo does not cover the old, or if the new tattoo uses light colors on top of a darker old tattoo, the old tattoo may not be completely covered.

In these instances, it may be a good idea to consider at least a few sessions of laser tattoo removal before starting on the new tattoo. Even if you don’t intend to have the tattoo completely removed, a couple of sessions under the laser can help the original tattoo fade, so it will be less likely to show through the new tattoo.

For more questions on laser tattoo removal therapy, contact North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal at (281) 440-4663.