7 clever tattoo ideas to hide that old ink

Looking for tattoo cover ideas? Welcome to the club. When I was 17, I got a Canadian maple leaf tattooed on my right shoulder with a ribbon underneath that said “carpe diem”.

Groan.

After that, I realized very quickly that the tattoo was not in line with my life goals. Not like it’s an Arlo DiCristina tattoo, right? It was tall, flat, rather masculine and… cheesy. So I had it withdrawn.

The laser removal cost me 12.5 times what the tattoo did. It was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced and I felt like a blowtorch on my skin. So because of this, if you are looking to get rid of a tattoo, my recommendation would be to find a camouflage tattoo design that is right for you.

Here are seven of our top picks for great cover tattoos.

7 clever tattoo ideas to hide that old ink

1. Kiss of a rose

Basically this one went from a drop to a really gorgeous rose and you can’t say anything. The detail on the finished work is gorgeous, and we love the juxtaposition of the splash and the black.

This is a great example of how you can take an old expired tattoo and make it look fresh and new.

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2. Dream of pink geometry

The finished design is gorgeous! We are big fans of the dimension added by the little dots under the rose. The detail and shading is so much superior to the original design, and the placement at the top of the spine also fits very well.

I guess, however, that she didn’t really have a choice where it was going.

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3. Tribal gang at the murder of crows

Ah the old tribal armband… we love how the solid bar at the bottom perfectly hides the old design. Plus, the details on the branches and birds add so much art to the work. It’s mysterious, intriguing, and has a lot more depth than the original.

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4. The asterisk of the tongue in the cheek

This one is a little funny and not exactly a “good” cover-up. Instead of covering it up, he stated with an asterisk that it was done when he was 17. It’s not exactly a stroke of genius to add more evil to evil, is it? However, providing some context in this case may have helped him with ‘bad tattoo insecurity syndrome’. I think that’s one thing, and if it isn’t, it should be.

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5. From Sharp Tribal Blob to Cube Robot

This one made the list because I didn’t even know they could do it. What an interesting challenge as a tattoo artist! Looks like they used lighter colors to make it weird (terrible) before tattooing something pretty cool.

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6. Asian symbol of private dancer

A lot of people got tattooed with the Asian symbol of peace, love, freedom or whatever and now they want it gone. There are a lot of reasons for this… potential ownership is one of them. Being boring and unimaginative is another.

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7. Change religion

Going from a simple crossbreed to festive cherry blossoms seems like a fitting change. We love the flower shading. The tree perfectly covers the old design. And these dots surrounding the design are so pretty! Love this one.

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