Chris Dingwell: Anatomy of a Tattoo Cover-Up
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Tattoo artist and painter Chris Dingwell is no stranger to Needles & Sins. I'm a long-time fan of his painterly tattooing and abstract approach to his fine art, and so I always keep an eye out for him on my Facebook news feed. [You can follow him yourself on FB here.]

Last night, he shared this video above, "Tattoo Cover-Up Stories: Mark," in which he goes through the steps of how he turned Mark's "disorganized collage of heavy, dark random tattoos down his right arm" and transformed it into a really beautiful, cohesive piece that takes the existing work and wraps it all into a trippy dreamscape with a dragon as its unifying element, which works its way down and around the arm. It's particularly interesting to hear Chris's technique on how he dealt with the crude, overworked black tattoos through the use of color layering and contrast. Over half the work he does has some sort of cover-up in it, so he comes to this type of work with great experience.

So, if you have a tattoo you're not happy with but think that nothing can be done, this video proves that you should never say never. But do get an artist who is excited to take on a challenging project and do his or her best to make you happy.

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