What to Do When Your Tattoo Needs an Update
Make It Larger
Perhaps you still love your classic rose tattoo, but it’s looking a little small and dingy in comparison to today’s larger body pieces.
You can keep your original tattoo design and ask your trusted tattoo artist to enlarge it, perhaps by adding some more petals to the bloom if it’s a rose. If you’re happy with the original design concept and placement of the tattoo, enlarging it is a simple process that will change the look of your tattoo slightly, but for the better.
Maybe snake tattoo curled up on your shoulder blade has lost a bit of its charm. But a talented tattoo artist knows the most important and attractive parts of a tattoo are always in the details! If it’s not detailed, you could add shading, reshape the snake’s eye, or even draw a scene around it. There are endless ways an old tattoo can benefit from a few well-placed design additions.
Script tattoos are some of the most requested tattoo styles. Adding a simple verse or a quote to your existing tattoo will help update the look and even the style of your design. If you have a cross tattoo, you could consider a Biblical psalm? If you’re wearing a heart tattoo, you might want to add a quote about love.
Whenever you opt for a script tattoo design, make sure you select an artists whose handwriting you actually like. There’s almost nothing worse than an illegible or botched verse tattoo, which is why you always want to double, triple, and quadruple check the spelling too.
If you’re going to take the time to update your tattoo and enhance its design, it’s crucial you also find the right artist this time around. Look at portfolios, and see if they show off their new or cover-up work. Ask them questions about how they can change your old tattoo by making a few design enhancements.
While covering up an old tattoo is somewhat the more popular solution, there are many, many tattoos that can survive a lifetime just by giving them a little more attention. So freshen up all that faded ink, add a few intricate design details, and don’t forget to double check all of the changes before inking them the second time around.