A tattoo cover-up is one of two options for removing an unwanted tattoo, the other being removal. Temporary cover-up options include concealing or hiding the tattoo with makeup or a tattoo cover-up sleeve. Covering up an unwanted tattoo is cheaper than tattoo removal. Poorly applied, faded, or light tattoos are the easiest to cover and can only be covered up using the same or darker ink. White ink may sometimes be applied to lighten the old tattoo before proceeding with the cover-up. Cover-ups could completely hide the old tattoo with a new design, or the cover-up could incorporate elements or the whole of the existing tattoo.

Tattoos should be permanent although there are times when a person walks out of a tattoo studio not proud of what they got. You can only deal with the unwanted tattoo in two ways: tattoo cover-up and removal. Tattoo cover ups are the cheapest and they may also completely hide unwanted old tattoos with new and better designs. They may also incorporate some or each element of the old tattoo. The easiest tattoos to cover up are the lightest and the faded ones. A tattoo artist can only cover up a tattoo with the same or darker ink. This is the major reason why they may use a white ink to lighten the initial tattoo before covering it up. You can also use cover up sleeve or makeup to hide or conceal the tattoo temporarily.

For most tattooists, covering an old or a poor quality tattoo is a reality. Most tattoo collectors take the time to learn that a small, impulsive and an unsound design concept may initially look like a great idea but changes into a regret serving afterwards. Unfortunately, most tattoo designers lack a firm grasp on the effective cover-ups concept and, therefore, they make great mistakes in their work. They only come up with uglier, darker and large tattoos that are very hard to cover-up in turn.