Your Cover-up Tattoo Artist Suggests Laser Tattoo Removal Before Getting A Cover-up Tattoo. Here’s Why:

Whether you are getting a cover-up tattoo to update existing ink, alter the meaning of a piece, or just because you are running out of space, getting your existing tattoo faded with laser tattoo removal has a huge impact on the appearance of your cover-up tattoo.


Tattoo artists suggest laser tattoo removal to help you get the best possible outcome. Your artist isn’t trying to waste your time or make you pay more money. Rather, they understand you have high expectations for the work they are going to perform and they want you to get those results.


Without laser tattoo removal, the cover-up tattoo may not meet your expectations regardless of the tattoo artist’s skill.

Getting The Best Cover-up Tattoo Possible

Undergoing 3 – 4 laser tattoo removal sessions before getting a cover-up tattoo will allow your tattoo artist to produce a tattoo so good that it may even exceed your expectations. No matter the reason for getting a cover-up, laser tattoo removal is the optimal solution.


We see a cover-up tattoo as an opportunity to improve existing ink, enhance meaning, or change a detail as opposed to getting rid of unwanted body art. In order for your tattoo artist to produce the calibre of work you want, they need to have the right canvas.


A tattoo artist will recommend laser tattoo removal to fade an existing tattoo before doing the cover up. Although completely removing a tattoo takes 12 – 15 sessions and costs thousands of dollars – with no guarantee of complete removal – fading a tattoo for a cover up costs a fraction of the price and only takes 3 – 4 sessions.

Do I Need Laser Tattoo Removal Before Getting a Cover-up Tattoo?


Getting laser tattoo removal to fade a tattoo before having a cover up tattoo is worth it.


Fading a tattoo makes it easier for a tattoo artist to do a good job with the cover-up tattoo. It means the artist is less limited when it comes to which design they can create or which colours they can use. The end result is more prominent and will always look better than a cover-up tattoo completed without fading.


A laser tattoo removal specialist will target specific areas of the tattoo which must be faded to leave the best possible canvas for a cover-up tattoo. Ideally, a tattoo removal specialist will work with the cover-up tattoo artist to determine which colours or areas should be faded.


Since some parts of a tattoo are easier to cover-up than others, we recommend using laser tattoo removal to fade the areas which are tougher to cover-up with new ink. Getting laser tattoo removal is the best alternative to drowning the old tattoo with new ink.


A tattoo artist can produce the best art when they have no restrictions. Asking a tattoo artist to  cover up a tattoo which isn’t faded with laser tattoo removal beforehand is imposing restrictions. Freeing up your tattoo artist by fading a tattoo before a cover up will allow them to create a design you will be happier with.


We’ve heard and interesting analogy for describing the difficulty of doing a cover-up tattoo over an existing tattoo which isn’t faded:


“Take a blank piece of paper, draw a design with a thick permanent marker then take a few seconds to think of a new design. Now try to draw the new design on top of the old one with a fine-point marker and consider how satisfied you are with the outcome. Most people won’t be satisfied at all.”

Cover Up Tattoos On A Tattoo Which Isn’t Faded

It’s possible to create a successful cover up tattoo without having it faded with laser tattoo removal, however, in such cases the original tattoo has faded over the years or is not a complex design or it does not use much ink.


Conversely, tattoos heavily saturated with different colour of ink and following a complex design can inhibit the tattoo artist from doing a great cover up tattoo. In such adverse conditions, the cover up may require twice the amount of ink under your skin to cover up the original tattoo, meaning more tattoo sessions and higher costs.


Using so much ink often results in conflicting colours, overlapping designs, and creates more of an eyesore than a piece of art. Worse still, the extra ink means that tattoo is harder to fade with laser tattoo removal, leading to more discomfort, a longer wait, and higher cost.


This is why it is important to grasp why your tattoo artist recommends you get laser tattoo removal prior to getting a tattoo cover up.  Reputable and experienced tattoo artists understand that laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective procedure that will provide them with a smooth canvas that they can work with.


No tattoo artist wants a dissatisfied client complaining because they aren’t happy with their tattoo cover-up. Any tattoo artist who cares about their reputation will always lay down the facts for you and give you the best recommendations possible.  Trusting your tattooist is one critical aspect we highly recommend before even getting inked to begin with, and once you build that relationship they will probably be the most knowledgeable person in the world when it comes to your tattoo.