Getting a tattoo is usually a fun and memorable experience that sticks with you because it leaves you with a piece of beautiful artwork to take with you everywhere you go. However, not every tattoo is great, and the feelings that you can get from having a badly done tattoo are exactly the opposite of how you feel after getting a good tattoo – regret, disappointment, frustration, and helplessness. Fortunately, if you’ve found yourself in this situation recently, try not to get too upset because there are possible solutions that can help, including but not limited to the following four options:
1. Laser Tattoo Removal
The most effective way to completely remove a regrettable tattoo is to have a laser tattoo removal procedure done. This approach will make the tattoo much less visible, and in the case of older tattoos, or those that were done with light ink, it may be able to remove the tattoo altogether. You can see examples of laser tattoo removal results by checking out the portfolio of an experienced studio like Counterpunch Laser (found at www.counterpunchlaser.com).
2. Non-Laser Tattoo Removal (Not as Effective)
While most of the topical products that are advertised as tattoo removal treatments aren’t as effective as laser removal, it’s still worth mentioning as an option for someone who might just need to lighten an already faded tattoo. These products also might be useful for those who have the patience to continue using them for an extended period of time, as it may take many repeated applications in order to begin seeing results that are even comparable to laser tattoo removal treatments.
3. Get a Cover-up Tattoo
There are tattoo artists who specialize in doing cover-up tattoos, which are exactly what they sound like – a new tattoo that covers the old one you don’t like. These are usually easier to do if the regretted tattoo is small, lightly inked, or shaped in such a way that allows creative integration into an entirely new design scheme. If you’re not artistically inclined, you could take a picture of your tattoo and work with graphic design artists online to get help coming up with a new design concept that would work as a cover-up tattoo. Or, you could just browse tattoo design sites for inspiration.
4. Have It Re-Done or Touched Up
Maybe you like the concept of the tattoo but you just don’t like certain aspects of it, like the shading, font, or other possibly fixable attributes. If that’s the case, you might be able to get a talented tattoo artist to do a re-haul on the work and make it presentable. In some cases, you might be able to fix poor calligraphy or lines just by having them filled in and emboldened with more ink.
Cover it Up?
The one final insurance policy that you have against being permanently branded with a horrible tattoo is that most parts of the body can be covered by clothing or makeup. If none of the above options are possibilities right now, you could just accept the fact that you’ll have to wear clothes that cover the tattoo in the meantime. And if the tattoo is on an exposed area of skin, you can find a liquid concealer several shades lighter than your skin tone as a quick fix for certain occasions when it will need to be hidden.