New life to old ink....
Instead of getting an old tattoo covered up, why not consider asking your favourite artist if they would want to rework your older tattoos. Almost any tattoo studio will offer the best advise over whether or not your old tat can be reworked and brought to new life. Either way it'll take roughly the same time as it did to originally do the tattoo unless of course it's getting greatly improved and / or added-to as part of the process.
The tattoo before and after picture above, is of my own back which is hopefully about to embark on a year-long transformation. Currently, we have the lady above on the left uper back and a dragon on the right upper (the warrior-ess was originally done by Pete Sheriff when he was practising in Scunthorpe around 14 years ago and the dragon by Gentle John of Hanley, Stoke On Trent around 18 years ago from when i lived in Leek) The end product we're toying with for now is both items reworked and tied into my arms with a waterfall behind the warrior-ess coming down into a bigger stream with a Koi coming through it - The Yangtze-mythology if you like where the Koi carp that successfully transcends the Yangtze rapids is transformed into a Dragon. See - meaning and a story into what i like. This is going to be a full backpiece.
Bad Tattoo reworked..?
Try not to take it to heart of your tattoo artist isn't particularly interested in reworking your old faded swallow or scroll tattoo. Perhaps it's not all that great and can't really be brought to life to the artists satisfaction. Remember, the rework is going to be in their name and not the original artists. Also, be prepared to accept that a cover up or alteration may be far more practical and result in a far better end product.
Some artists specialise in reworking old tattoos and see it as far more of a challenge than creating a new tattoo on virgin skin - and why not - in many respects there's as much too it as a coverup. As always, don't jump right in - sort out in your head what it is you want, talk to your preferred artist about what is possible and what they recommend and enjoy your tattoo being reborn! I'm enjoying having my back reborn and honestly can't remember it being quite this painful first time round - maybe i'm a wuss in my old age.
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