For something that lasts forever, you’d assume everyone would think long and hard before they got a tattoo. Sometimes, they don’t. Other times, they make the mistake of choosing the wrong artist or opting for a cheaper version of what they want.
Fortunately, there are plenty of skilled artists that can do amazing cover-up tattoos. This way, we can all laugh at the crazy mistakes people made without feeling bad about them having it on their body permanently.
Some generous artists even do free cover-up tattoos for self harm scars. These acts of kindness are simply beautiful.
Either way, these 27 cover-up tattoos are sure to make you feel something. So, feel free to laugh and cry as you scroll through.
1. Pikachu is an Artist?
This guy made the mistake of getting a Pickachu tattoo from a inexperienced artist. Luckily, he was able to get a professional to turn it into a creative scene of Pikachu painting a self-portrait.
2. Teenage Regret
This woman got a pretty standard tramp stamp when she was younger. When she realized it didn’t age well, an amazing artist turned it into a beautiful peacock.
3. A Change of Religion
Sometimes we think we will be one person for our entire lives. This person clearly changed, and realized Darth Vadar was more important to them.
4. A Scar to Remember
It is so brave when anyone gets a tattoo to cover their self harm scars. We have to say the cake goes this woman, though. Her creativity is beyond genius!
5. Sense of Humor
Sometimes you make a mistake that is so bad that you just have to make fun of yourself. Well, that’s exactly what this guy did….
6. A Bigger Impact
Not everyone hates what they get put on their body. Instead, they just decide they want it bigger and better. We don’t blame this person. It looks like a gorgeous cover-up tattoo.
7. What did she do?
We’ve seen a lot of break up tattoo covers, but this one takes it to another level. She must have really been a devil for this guy to invest in such an intricate cover-up tattoo.
8. A Change of Priorities
The things that important to us can change. In this case, the love of his life clearly did something to get demoted below this guy’s dog.
9. Honoring a Loved One
This person must have been so disappointed when the original artist finished their memorial tattoo. Luckily, a better artist was able to do the beautiful woman justice.
10. From Questionable to Classy
This woman grew up, and realized her questionable youth choice wasn’t the best thing to have permanently on her body. We’re sure she’s much happier with her new ink.
11. From Zero to One Hundred
The placement of this woman’s original tattoo was so awkward! In the end, she decided to just cover her entire back while she was at it.
12. Phoenix Rising
It doesn’t look like this guy’s original tatt was terrible, but he clearly wanted something that would have a greater impact. Goal achieved!
13. A Lesson in Grammar
The mistakes in this quotation tattoo were just too terrible to fix. The new tattoo simply looks like an old english assignment now.
14. When Love Dies
When you have a bad breakup you just want to bury it. You might as well hide your tattoo in some awesome ink, too!
15. Giving it Purpose
This woman’s original tattoos were kind of random, and they didn’t seem to have any significance. The cover-up tattoo, on the other hand, is totally wow worthy.
16. The Burn Out
Honestly, we aren’t sure what either artist was trying to achieve with these tattoos. What we do know is that the cover-up tattoo is intriguing, whereas the original was cringe-worthy.
17. Whale That’s Cool
We all have scars we would like to cover, and this tiny whale is probably the cutest possible way to do it.
18. Hide and Seek
Sometimes a bad tattoo just needs a little boost to make it great. Surrounding a bear with Maple Leaves is a very Canadian way to achieve that.
19. From Awkward to Animated
We have no idea what the original tattoos were supposed to represent, but the cover-up tattoo just blows our minds!
20. Family Matters
Cheap tattoos are very tempting, and the original wasn’t bad for what she paid. However, this woman decided her family deserves better. That’s definitely what they got!
21. Batman Would Approve
Tattoo tributes can often turn out to be more of an insult. Luckily, this guy has remedied his relationship with Batman after this cover-up.
22. You Can’t Even Tell
Whatever this person was covering up is completely gone, and they’re not even telling us what it was. Now, we’re really intrigued.
23. Erase the Past
This amazing sister is covering her brother’s dollar sign tattoo for his 1 year sober celebration. We couldn’t think of any better reason.
24. Helping a Good Cause
This woman was blessed to have such a great cover-up artist. Her organization tattoo went from simple to standout!
25. Getting Your Groove Back
A knee replacement surgery can be complicated and potentially limiting. This guy decided to make the best of things by getting this fantastic baseball tatt.
26. From Basic to Bomb
While the original tattoo is very “pretty,” this person clearly wanted something that was more representative of her personality. We think she rocks the new look!
27. Not So Cute
Sometimes, tattoo artists follow what the client wants. While this woman loved her tattoo at first, she later realized it wasn’t quite as cute as she thought. It looks like she listened to her cover-up artist, though. It clearly paid off!
Got a tattoo that needs covering up? We hope you found some inspiration in our list. Otherwise, we hope you had some good laughs and shed a few tears.