Hello everyone – I’m new to the forum and a little (well really) embarrassed about this. I recently turned 18 and, having been interested in body modifications for a long time, decided to get a tattoo in memory of my grandparents who recently passed away. I went to a proper shop after having done a bucket load of research and browsed countless portfolios, and with the artist I discussed a design at great length. On paper it looked fantastic.
However, as soon as it was applied to the skin and it was finished, I noticed that the line work was terrible, there was no detail or shading, the design was actually a lot wider than either of us had intended, and what were supposed to be roses turned out looking absolutely awful. I said it was different than the design and he said that he had improvised it while tattooing to make it look better, and also that the design had smudged a little so the lines were hard to follow. I paid a lot of money for this and am devastated at how it came out.
The tattoo goes from the bottom of my spine right to the very top. The flowers are small and pink, the stem is green and there is a thin black outline around everything. I was wondering if it would be plausable for a cover up of this or if it is just too big and a lost cause? I’m so ashamed of it and feel that, despite all of my efforts, I’ve just proved that people who are 18 shouldn’t get tattoos… Sorry for rambling on, and thank you in advance.
It’s hard to say without seeing a pic, but most likely you will need laser sessions to lighten it before it can be covered. Post some pics up if you can, maybe its not as bad as you think?
Sorry! Here’s a picture of it. It’s around four months old now and has already faded quite a lot. The green is barely visible now… I was hoping to avoid laser sessions as I’m diabetic and was warned against it because it drops your blood sugar levels rapidly and such. I don’t know whether this is correct or not – I was told by a GP. The picture makes it look a lot darker than it actually is.
From this distance it doesn’t look awful, but if it is, you can possibly have it re-worked to tidy it up. Laser might be necessary, but if so, I don’t see any reason why you need to avoid it as a diabetic. After all, you sat for that tattoo and one’s blood sugar normally drops considerably during that process also due to the trauma inflicted upon the body. If you can sit for a tattoo for a few hours, then a 10-15 minute laser session shouldn’t be an issue. Just take the usual precautions such as eating beforehand, monitoring your blood sugar, having some OJ or other some other food/beverage to bring your sugar up quickly if necessary, and so forth.
Thank you for clearing up the diabetes and laser issue – I did have a few little episodes when getting the tattoo to begin with and kept needing to bring out the jelly babies lol, but overall it was doable. The idea of lasering scares me a bit – My pain threshold is so low that I cry when I stub my toe. I’ll go around a few places and ask about reworking and touch-ups, thank you for the advice 🙂
Where do you live? We can likely recommend someone if we know where you are.
Small pic but it looks fine to me. I agree with Def, you could probably get that reworked by a good artist. Or even a full back piece if you’re willing!
If you do decide to add to it, please make sure you let us check out the artist you intend to use first so we can tell you if he/she is good or not.
I live in the UK in Essex – I’m willing to travel though