50+ Cover Up Tattoo Designs To Spice Up Your Old Tattoos

By Jason Hamilton / January 2, 2019
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Whenever you get a tattoo, you really have to carefully think about how the design would look like on your skin. This is important since unlike art pieces on paper, tattoos are not very easy to erase or take off. Actually, it’s next to impossible. While you can have it lasered, the end results won’t really be good as you actually think it would be. Thus, certainly, you have to be very careful about what you will choose as your tattoo.

For that reason, in this article, we will be sharing with you a general idea of cover up tattoo designs and why people have it in the first place. We will be showing you our amazing gallery of tattoo designs that can be highly recommended as a cover up tattoo.

 

A highly detailed Aztec tattoo on the sleeve area of the body.

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A clever cover up tattoo design to hide the old tattoo.

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A mandala tattoo on the back of the neck.

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A wonderfully made bird tattoo to cover a grenade.

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Cover Up Tattoo: Why do they Exist?

There will always be cases when at first you are very determined to get a tattoo design on your skin then along the road you regret that tattoo or get bored of it. When this happens and you did get the tattoo that once made you smile but now just reminds you how idiotic your decision was, do not lose your hope. There is still a way of making it to the gallery of the Most Awesome Tattoos Ever. How? One of your best bet would be by covering it up with another tattoo, of course!

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Yes, you read it right. Covering up your old tattoo with a new one is quite a bit of a challenge. Thinking about how to hide your previous tattoo with a new one would require an immense amount of imagination and skills, especially when the previous tattoo is big. However, it’s not impossible. In fact, most of these cover-up tattoos are success stories. If brainstormed well and made by a great artist, it would even be like there’s nothing hidden in those new tattoos at all.

So if you have a tattoo design on your skin that you really want to change right now, how about go see your tattoo artist and start creating a plan to make the best design possible out of the circumstances?

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A highly detailed lion tattoo on the chest.

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 A skull tattoo to cover an old native American tattoo.

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A wonderfully made crown tattoo on the wrist.

A steampunk skull tattoo to cover up an old scorpion tattoo.

The Perfect Cover Up Tattoo Designs To Hide Your Old Tattoo

The usual characteristic of a cover up tattoo is a highly detailed tattoo that would really do it as a cover up is the high amount of detail. Tattoos are very different to hide which is why detailing is crucial. If there are more details to the design, the old tattoo will be less noticeable. Aside from that, another distinct characteristic of a cover up tattoo is its size. The usual sizes of cover up tattoos are much larger than the ones they cover up. In this way, no one would have any glimpse or at least lessen the predominance of the old tattoo that is in need of a cover-up.

A Chrysanthemum tattoo on the upper sleeve to cover a Mandarin Tattoo.

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A creative cover up pokemon tattoo to incorporate the old tattoo design.

A beautifully crafted koi tattoo to cover up a birthmark.

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An owl tattoo to cover an old and fading owl.

Here are some of the tattoo designs that we think will be a perfect cover up tattoo for you:

Mandala Tattoo

The mandala has been a religious symbol for Hinduism and Buddhism and with almost two billion people adhering to these religions, it comes to no surprise that this symbol slowly crept into the body art industry and the tattoo community. Various mandala tattoo designs sprung up on all corners of the globe (with a majority of them coming from Indian diasporas in various countries) which now makes this tattoo one of the most common and famous. Different communities will have different interpretation or modification of the design but overall, you can still see the form of a mandala.

A very colorful mandala tattoo on the leg.

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A beautifully crafted and highly colored mandala tattoo.

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A wonderfully made forearm tattoo of a mandala to cover an old mountain tattoo.

A wonderfully made mandala tattoo on the back.

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How Could This Be A Cover Up Tattoo?

What makes us say that this will be a perfect cover up tattoo is the fact that it is highly detailed. We mean, have you seen a mandala tattoo? They are really really highly detailed. If that does not hide that old tattoo we do not know what will. And since it is a very symmetrical design, it can be enlargened to fit what it will be hiding underneath. You can also add other tattoo design elements to this one which would make it a perfect tattoo design for your cover up tattoo. You will have some sort of flexibility to it.

Here are some mandala tattoo designs we have gathered from all over the globe that we think will be the perfect cover up:

A highly detailed mandala tattoo on the abdomen.

A mandala elephant tattoo to cover an old tattoo.

A highly detailed mandala tattoo to cover an old Sun tattoo.

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A vibrantly colored mandala tattoo on the back.

A small but intricate Mandala tattoo on the wrist.

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A colored Mandala tattoo on the wrist.

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Geometric Tattoo

The geometric tattoo does not always come up in the list of perfect cover up tattoo designs on other websites. This is mainly because the majority only know geometric tattoos as a tattoo design that is just full of shapes and is blank in the middle. Here, at Tat’s N’ Rings, we believe and know otherwise. We think that geometric tattoos are one of the most astonishing and jaw-dropping cover up tattoo designs out there.

A large upper sleeve tattoo to cover up an old tribal arm band tattoo.

An old dragon tattoo covered by a colorful and quirky geometric tattoo.

An old coin tattoo covered by a geometric tattoo.

A geometric pattern tattoo on the sleeves to cover an old eagle tattoo.

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How Could This Be A Cover Up Tattoo?

Since the key characteristics of a geometric tattoo are its symmetry and repeatable pattern, the geometric tattoo can be sized up and be repeated numerous times to cover up the old tattoo that needs to be hidden. What also makes this design the perfect cover up tattoo is the fact that this can just spruce up your old tattoo design and not hide it if you want to. This gives the tattoo artist and the tattoo wearer some flexibility in the design. Thus, we consider it as a great choice of a cover up tattoo design.

Here are some geometric tattoo designs we have gathered from all over the globe that we think will be the perfect cover up:

A geometric tattoo on the upper sleeve area of the body with concentrated black circles on a specific part to cover an old tattoo.

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A geometric piece with cosmic detailing to cover the old name and crown tattoo.

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Geometric exagonal patterns with blackened shapes to cover the old tattoo.

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A full sleeve tattoo of various geometric patterns.

A highly blackened geometric tattoo on the forearm that seems like to hide something.

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A stag and geometric tattoo inked on the leg.

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Cover Up Tattoo Designs For Men

Men, like when choosing other tattoo designs, will almost always go with the visually striking designs. Since they need another tattoo to cover their old one, they would want something that looks badass or visually appealing to hide their older and boring tattoo designs. They want something that will catch everyone’s eyes and notice that they have a new and awesome tattoo design.

Here are some of the almost perfect, if not perfect, cover up tattoo designs for men that will definitely suit your skin:

A skull tattoo to cover an old tribal sleeve tattoo.

A new Batman tattoo on the sleeve to cover an old and faded Batman tattoo.

A beautifully crafted and exquisitely detailed skull tattoo.

A much more detailed and beautifully crafted Atlas Tattoo.

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A skull and raven tattoo on the sleeve to cover an old tribal dragon tattoo.

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A Japanese themed tattoo to cover up a green snake tattoo.

A koi tattoo to cover an old sleeve tattoo.

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A highly detailed and shadowed sleeve tattoo to cover an old tribal Chinese tattoo.

A much more beautiful black panther tattoo to cover the old amateurish panther tattoo.

A beautifully crafted neotraditional tattoo of a stormtrooper from Star Wars.

Cover Up Tattoo Designs For Women

Women, when choosing their first tattoo, will almost always choose the most meaningful tattoo for them. The opposite can be said when women are choosing a cover up tattoo since closing yourself with only meaningful tattoo designs will limit your options to only a handful. This might hamper your decision to just cover up the tattoo and compel you to just laser it off (trust us. DO NOT LASER IT OFF). Which is why we are here to help you get started in finding the best cover up tattoo design that will fit your needs.

Here are some of the best cover up tattoo for women that we saw on the internet that might jumpstart your research:

A wonderfully crafted watercolor tattoo to cover an old tribal sun tattoo.

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A vibrantly colored forearm tattoo of flowers to cover an old and child-like tattoo.

A highly detailed feather tattoo to cover an old name tattoo.

A colorful and highly detailed watercolor tattoo of butterflies to cover up an old tattoo.

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A wonderfully made flower and butterfly tattoo to cover an old tattoo.

A butterfly tattoo covering an old and faded butterfly tattoo.

A vibrant and wonderfully made flower and butterfly tattoo to cover an old tattoo.

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A colorful tattoo of flowers, leaves, and birds to cover an incision.

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A sleeve tattoo of flowers and leaves covering a tribal tattoo.

A small butterfly tattoo perfect for a small tattoo cover up job.

Some of us might have tattoos that we regret having maybe because it’s not just as popular today than before or we just got tired of the design. Even so, regardless of your reason for opting for a cover up tattoo, these designs might help you a lot to give your old tattoos some boost. Do you know more cover up tattoo ideas? Tell us in the comments below.


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Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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