More About Tattos

Tattoo Inks

The FDA regulates cosmetic ink and color additives, placing tattoo inks under their jurisdiction as well. Unfortunately, the FDA has never approved a tattoo pigment for injection. You see, the contents of tattoo inks are closely guarded secrets. Ink manufacturers use their own discretion to set standards. This is one of the reasons it is impossible to perfectly predict how quickly a tattoo can be removed.

Tattoo Artists

Choosing a tattoo artist is a highly personal decision. Looking at their portfolio of work ahead of time helps you get to know the artist’s style. It is best to choose someone who’s style matches your desired tattoo. Asking them to do work outside of that style places you both at risk for disappointment (and tattoo regret).

Professional tattoo artists have spent time working with a mentor, apprenticing in both technique, and developing their design style.

Cover Up Tattoos

Before you schedule a cover up tattoo, visit our experts at Vanish, Inc. We work with 28 different local tattoo shops in Central Pennsylvania. If you want a new tattoo (rather than no tattoo) we can lighten the existing one for limitless cover up options. We have never had a client regret lightening prior to a new tattoo.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about cover up tattoos.

Answers from Tattoo Artists

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Can you cover black ink with color?

Typically, older tattoos are done with poor quality ink. This is usually a good thing because it makes it a lot easier to cover up. The ink we use is top of the line. I can pretty much guarantee that my black ink will be darker than an older tattoo being covered up. Old inks will typically be faded tremendously, so black might actually be more of a grey or red a pink and so on. Then we are able to cover up faded ink with our colors. 

How do you go about planning a cover up tattoo?

Covering up a tattoo is not exactly just placing a new tattoo on top of a previous one. We are essentially camouflaging the old one with a new tattoo. The shape is a very important factor with a cover up. It’s easier to cover up a round shape with a round shape and so on. The placement on the body is also important, The flow of a tattoo helps to cover up the old one. I then like to get an idea of what the client is into and start coming up with the design based on that.

Are cover up tattoos always larger than the original?

Typically yes. Sometimes we can do a “rework” which is just taking the original tattoo and redoing the entire thing thus retaining the original size. 98% of cover ups will be slightly larger than the previous.

Justin Craven
Owner, Acacia Tattoo

What do clients often ask you about cover up tattoos?

What can we cover it with. Depending on what they want covered, there could be a number of different designs to use. Some are fairly easy and others are difficult and very time consuming. 

What is the most challenging thing about cover up tattoos?

The most challenging thing is when the tattoo is dark. You need to make sure you have heavy enough line work and are able to place dark enough shading and/or color to the area. So covering, as well making the tattoo look amazing. You shouldn’t know the new tattoo is a cover up.

 Dean Jones
Owner, Shak’N Ink

Vanish, Inc. provides laser tattoo removal, laser facials, lip fillers, laser hair removal, hair restoration, laser resurfacing, wrinkle injections, and plasma pen fibroblast treatments to Williamsport, PA and surrounding areas including; Lewisburg, State College, Bloomsburg, Corning, Lock Haven, Mansfield,  Danville, Selinsgrove, Elmira, Hazelton, and Bellefonte.

It is our belief that everybody deserves to feel great about the way they look. Vanish, Inc. offers affordable, safe, and effective treatments for people of all ages and backgrounds using industry-approved, state-of-the-art technologies. The past is not your future. Meet the professionals at Vanish, Inc. in Williamsport Pa. Serving clients in Central Pennsylvania and Corning, New York.

Meredith Anderson

Certified Laser Technician (CLT),

Licensed Aesthetician,

Plasma Pen Technician,

Certified Hyaluron Pen Technician

Meredith Anderson

Certified Laser Technician (CLT),

Licensed Aesthetician,

Certified Plasma Pen Technician,

Certified Hyaluron Pen Technician

Kelly Uhland

Certified Laser Technician (CLT),

Plasma Pen Technician,

Certified Hyaluron Pen Technician,

Laser Safety Officer

 

Kelly Uhland

Certified Laser Technician (CLT),

Certified Plasma Pen Technician,

Certified Hyaluron Pen Technician,

Laser Safety Officer

 

Jessica

Jessica Liuzza-Charles

Registered Nurse

Certified Nurse Injector

Jessica

Jessica Liuzza-Charles

Registered Nurse

Certified Nurse Injector

 

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