The deets on removing and covering tattoos



Hope ShyAnne, Reporter

Let’s just get to it.

Tattoos are the shit, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Except, there are tattoos that are absolutely horrific, and I’m going to tell you about them and how to help hide them.

If you’re planning to get a tattoo you should always sleep on it—and not just for one night, at least a few nights or longer. 

The Advanced Dermatology found over 600 people with tattoo regrets in a survey. 

Three out of four people who suffer from “tattoo regret” didn’t plan for the tattoo beyond a few weeks, according to Advanced Dermatology.

Not only that but if people had only one tattoo, 78 percent of the 600 that was surveyed, regretted it. 

The more tattoos a person had the more likely they didn’t regret it.

The age group between 18 to 22-year-olds are ones that actually have the most regret about their tattoos.

This is because of impulsive desires they had within hours of thinking of getting their tattoos, according to the Advanced Dermatology.

The number one tattoo that is most commonly regretted are tribal tattoos according to Advanced Dermatology.

Fortunately, the tattoo world offers cover-ups and laser tattoo removal options. 

No worries, that awful tattoo can go away, but with a hefty price. 

Laser tattoo removal costs an average of ten times more than your tattoo, prices increase if it has colored ink, according to 

You can scar from laser tattoo removal if you don’t take proper steps to treat the removal process, according to eMedicine. 

There are multiple laser removal options.

Yag laser is perfect for removing black and blue ink. 

The Alexandrite laser is good for removing green, blue, and black inks.

The Picosecond laser is excellent for yellow, orange, and purple inks.

While cover-ups are less expensive, they still come with the same results. 

When it comes to tattoo cover-ups remember that not every tattoo artist specializes in cover-ups. 

So, look for those who do, and talk to them about how much experience they have in covering up tattoos.

According to Wild Tattoo Art, tattoo artists use black as a standard color in cover-ups. 

Colors of oranges, greens, blues, purples, and browns are used for camouflage.

Sometimes white is used to lighten up the older tattoo before starting the cover-up.

When old tattoo ink is combined with new ink it can even create a new color.

Cover-ups require touch-ups just like normal tattoos. 

The cost for a cover-up depends on the tattoo artist, how big the cover-up needs to be, and how many sessions are needed.

The cost is usually less than laser tattoo removal though.

But if you are low on money, try covering your unwanted tattoo with makeup or clothing.

Being thoughtful and patient with your tattoo is the best way to go about getting one.