Here are a few of the cover-ups and retouches I've done over the years.  A lot of people think that they have to get a big black tribal or
panther to cover an old unwanted tattoo, and most times this isn't the case.  Depending on the colors in the older work and how faded
the tattoo is, there are usually many other options. DIscuss things with your tattooist and see what you come up with. If you like the
original idea of the tattoo and it's just a little faded it can usually just be touched up and recolored instead of a whole new tattoo being
put over top of it. A cover up will usually cost you more than a regular tattoo since there is more work and planning involved. Also,
the tattoo artist doing the cover up is altering work that in most cases, was originally done by someone else. This can sometimes result
in the final work not being characteristic of the cover up artist's own personal style and ability. No artist wants to be judged by a work
that they had no control over due to scar tissue and a mess left by the previous "artist", and that's a risk an artist takes when doing any
cover up.  In any event, the biggest thing to remember is THINK BEFORE YOU INK!!  Be sure it's something you're going to want on
your body for the rest of you life, make sure you are getting tattooed by a reputable artist and as the old saying goes, you get what you
pay for.  This is art, it's an investment and most importantly it's there forever.
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this tat is still not quite finished.  She'll have
to come back one more time for the color and
final touches.  
WARNING she had gotten this
first one done IN
A SHOP,  and paid $60 for
it!!!  PLEASE be sure you take the time to
check a person out before you let them tattoo
you, whether they are working in a shop or
not.  Ask to see pictures of their work!! Make
SURE they know what they are doing!
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