How to Get My Tattoo Retouched

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How to Get My Tattoo Retouched
Retouch tattoos to preserve sharp lines and bold colours. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Get your tattoo retouched to brighten colours, fix blurred borders or replace any part of the ink that has disappeared over time. Most tattoos will need to be retouched at some point to look their best. Only a qualified, trusted professional should retouch your tattoo. Make sure you're prepared for a bit of pain before you settle into the artist's chair to get your tattoo retouched. Though the tattoo is already on your skin, the same process is used for retouching as creating a new tattoo.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Contact your original tattoo artist, if you had a good relationship with her. If not, interview several other local artists. Ask if they feel confident in their ability to retouch your tattoo, especially if it's complicated or was done freehand.

  2. 2

    Ask for price quotes from several local tattoo artists. Your original artist may offer to do retouching or recoloring for free.

  3. 3

    Select an artist. Ask if you can take an over-the-counter painkiller before the tattoo is retouched. Ask for any specific before-tattoo care instructions for your tattoo and the surrounding skin. These vary depending on the size of your tattoo and where it's located.

  4. 4

    Follow the before-tattoo care instructions. Do not put make-up over the area to be tattooed.

  5. 5

    Show up at your appointment. Bring your identification, the agreed-upon price and a tip.

Tips and warnings

  • Complicated retouching requires an appointment before the retouch to discuss colours, shades and how you want the retouched tattoo to appear on your skin.

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