Ideas to Cover Up a Tattoo Name

Updated February 21, 2017

Tattooing someone's name on your body can seem like a good idea at the time -- that is, until you no longer want their name on your skin. Since tattoo ink is permanent, your best option is to cover up the name with more tattoo ink. An experienced tattoo artist can make it so that the name is totally hidden and there is little evidence that it was there to begin with.

Funny Signs

You now admit that getting someone's name tattooed on your body was not your best plan ever, so cover up the name with some humour. Have a tattoo artist tattoo a giant circle around the name with a line crossing out the person, or write the word "Void" or "Do Over" over the name. This type of cover-up idea will draw attention to the area, but in a humorous way.

Other Letters

Try to cover up certain tattoo names by turning the pre-existing letters into other letters that can stand alone or be used as the start of a poetic quote or verse from a song. A skilled artist will be able to blend the inks to create letters that look like they are one, and go over the pre-existing ink with a dark ink so that you can no longer see what was beneath it. For instance, the name "Lisa" can be turned into "Lizard."

Elaborate Images

Have a tattoo artist create an elaborate image over the tattoo name so that you can no longer see the name beneath the image. Barbed wire, flowers and intricate animals are effective image options for covering tattoo names. People may choose to add colours to the mix, or keep the cover-up image black.

Other Languages

With the right name and letters, you can convert the name in your tattoo into another language. The name "Amy," for instance, might be able to be created into "Amore." Another option is to turn letters into symbols or hieroglyphics consisting of lines, circles and other shapes.

Tribal Art

Tribal art can completely cover a tattoo name. Tribal art is usually tattooed in unique designs in dark ink, so the name beneath it will not stand a chance for shining through. If additional distraction is needed, the tattoo artist can create other patterns or shades around the tribal art to split the focus.

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Kyra Sheahan has been a writer for various publications since 2008. Her work has been featured in "The Desert Leaf" and "Kentucky Doc Magazine," covering health and wellness, environmental conservatism and DIY crafts. Sheahan holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.