Results tagged “tattoo cover-up”

07:00 AM

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.
02:08 PM
Yesterday, I wrote about yet another tattoo ban for cops, this time in St. Louis, and it reminded me of a story I read last month in the American Chronicle on a tattoo cover-up created by a former LA Deputy Sheriff and a Marine Corps Vet called Ink Armor.

Ink Armor basically looks like nude stockings for your arms, just thicker, although the company says that the material is "lightweight and breathable."

The full sleeve fits from the upper arm to the wrist while the half sleeve goes to the elbow. They sell for around twenty to fifteen bucks respectively and come in four sizes for men and women.

Only two colors are available, however, "light" and "suntan."

To see how it works, check this video.

The tattoo cover ups are largely marketed to those who work for companies with "no visible tattoos" policies -- and in fact, they offer a list of such companies and public departments on their blog -- but Ink Armor also targets people with "extensive scarring or disfiguring skin conditions."

I'm tempted to place an order, although not for work where I wear long sleeve suits as a rule, but more for my trips to the motherland, where heavily tattooed women are considered the greatest Greek tragedy.

Also in the news today ...

Kat Von D's tattoo concealer for Sephora, also only available for light skinned people. I tried it myself. It didn't work. I had a make-up artist at Sephora apply it for me and after brushing on numerous layers, the small tattoo on my hand -- the one that gives me the most trouble because it's hard to conceal -- was still very visible. So we wiped it off and I asked to see other tattoo cover-ups. None that she used on me worked, so I'm not just hatin on the Von D product.

The one that came the closest to covering my tattoo was Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer, which is thicker, waterproof, and comes in a variety of skin tone shades. The price tag is $25. The problem was that it was really cakey and actually drew attention to my hand.

I haven't tried Dermablend or Colortration, but some swear by those tattoo concealers. I plan on odering and will let you know how they work.

Right now, my regular solution for my hand tattoo: fabric waterproof Bandaids.
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