Considering a cover-up tattoo? You’re in good company. In Toronto & Vancouver, cover-up tattoos are increasingly common, and in the USA, 5% of the population has a cover-up. And the reasons for getting a cover-up are as varied as the tattoos themselves.
Good cover-up artists are unique talents, and they rank among the best tattoo artists in Toronto & Vancouver. Some of the most popular reasons for getting a cover-up tattoo include:
- Covering up scars
- Tattoo fix-ups
- Covering up tattoos
Cover Up Tattoo Artists for Scars
Scars, burns, birthmarks and blemishes are things that many people want to cover-up. A tattoo can offer a solution that transforms a scar into a piece of art. For some, it’s a way to hide marks, for others it’s a way to empower and overcome.
Regardless of the reasons, scar cover-ups artists require a talent for blending and working with the flow of the body. Placing a tattoo over a scar without forethought can result in an unnatural or distorted tattoo.
By working with the scar, artists blend the design into the existing flow of the body. The result is a tattoo that looks natural and appears as desired.
Tattoo Fix Up Artists
Most everyone loves their tattoo when they first get it. But over time, some develop a more critical eye. That once bold tattoo can start to fade, or maybe you start to question if you should’ve shelled out a little more cash for a more accomplished tattoo artist.
If you’ve fallen out of love with a tattoo, a fix-up artist may be all you need. Retouching can bring a fading tattoo back to life.
A fix-up tattoo artist can even transform a piece that didn’t turn out quite as you planned. Instead of the expense of a complete cover-up, you can get the tattoo you want with a skillful touch-up.
Cover Up Tattoo Artists
The most common type of cover-up is covering an existing tattoo. People choose to get a cover-up for all sorts of reasons. People may want to cover an offensive tattoo, a poorly executed piece, the names of ex-lovers, or simply to make room for something new. Regardless of reason, cover-up tattoos are an excellent solution.
Often, cover-up tattoos are an alternative to tattoo removal. They are cheaper and faster than laser removal. Most cover-up tattoos can be done in a single sitting, as opposed to multiple sessions with weeks of rest in between for removals.
The best cover-up tattoo artists can work with your existing tattoo to blend existing lines, styles and colours into your new ink. This is important because it keeps your cover-up from looking like a cover-up. This is a second chance to get a tattoo you’ll love.
While cover-ups are an ideal alternative to removal for many people, artists often still recommend fading. Fading before a cover-up tattoo makes the tattoo easier to work with. It is accomplished with one or two sessions of tattoo removal to lighten and fade the old ink. This reduces the size and density of ink needed to cover it while increasing creative options.
The Best Cover Up Tattoo Artists in Toronto & Vancouver
At Chronic Ink, we’re proud to work with some of the best tattoo artists in the city. We take a look at some of our top cover-up artists and their work.
Neil is the go-to-guy for gamer and nerd culture tattoos. He’s also one of the best cover-up artists out there.
Ted Kim is know for his incredible Asian style and Blackwork tattoos. As well as his skillful cover-up work.
Lynsey is know for her incredibly bold Neo-traditional tattoos and ability to perform excellent cover ups to hide your unwanted tattoos.
Specializing in cover ups of all types and very happy to help with the cover up of self harm/abuse/surgery scars
Our Favourite Tattoo Aftercare
After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer delivers effective skin moisturization and helps to preserve the colours of your tattoos. There’s no petroleum so it won’t stick to or stain your clothes. This moisturizing skin lotion, enriched with Grape Seed Oil, can also be used on any permanent makeup procedure on lips, brows, eye liner, and areola, as well as an after-laser tattoo removal moisturizing lotion. After Inked is Dermatologist tested, non-allergenic and non-irritating.
PurSan Aftercare is a specially formulated Vegan skin cleanser used to clean and moisturize as part of an aftercare regimen for fresh tattoos and piercings. It revitalizes, refreshes and purifies skin without drying it out. Gentle yet effective, PurSan contains no parabens, fragrances, colourants or alcohol. Chloroxylenol (PCMX) is a proven antimicrobial ingredient shown to be effective against bacteria and viruses without burning or irritating the skin. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Hypromellose) is an ultra-high grade lubricant ideal for sensitive skin.