I have numerous tattoos, some are better than others, but most I wouldn’t think about removing or covering up. Except for one. It was poorly done to begin with and just a bad tattoo. I ended up having it laser removed many years ago and you can read about that here. I was really impressed with how well the tattoo disappeared for the most part, but there was always a shadow. It’s one of those things where maybe if you didn’t know about it, you wouldn’t notice it. But I noticed it. And I started to grow more and more annoyed by it! I wanted it completely gone. I started looking around for cover up artists. Not every artist is comfortable doing cover up work, and while this is one of the easier tattoos to cover, I still wanted to make sure I didn’t waste my time or their time by submitting my request to someone who wouldn’t even look at it. My friend Amy had turned me onto Rose Red Tattoo and after looking through their artists, found Mandi who actually likes doing cover up work! Plus she wasn’t insanely booked. I’m no stranger to long wait lists, but I really wanted this done as soon as possible. A few weeks back I had a consult with her that obviously went really well. She liked my ideas, I liked that she was into spooky stuff, and I felt like it was a pretty good match! I was able to make an appointment for just two weeks later which was fantastic!
This what I had covered.
Pretty “easy” in terms of cover ups and allowed a lot more options than something solid! And this is what I covered it with!
Let me tell you, I think this was my most painful tattoo. A few spots were extra spicy, like along the spine. Plus for whatever reason the left side hurt more than the right. I’m guessing it might have to do with tightened muscles or something. But in the end it was totally worth it! I think it took maybe 3 hours with one short break after the line work was finished. Mandi was great to work with and I’m really glad I picked her. I love the little bats she added to the design and how she took something that’s been done a million times (Death Head Moth) and made it something different. I really like how it still has color but it’s more muted and not in your face. I wasn’t sure going in if I wanted color or black/grey and I think we came to a good compromise! Now when I look at my back, I see something awesome and not a shadow of something that pisses me off.
Now I just have to deal with having Saniderm on my back for about a week but that beats the hell out of itching, scabbing, and trying to lotion up a spot I can’t see!