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Touch-up vs. Reworking/covering-up a Tattoo

Do you know the difference between a touch-up and reworking a tattoo? A touch-up is essentially tattooing over your existing tattoo by adding small details or adding a bit of color to the existing tattoo, and perfecting the lines. Touch-up is typically a quick procedure that doesn’t require too much time in the chair. Touch ups are routinely used as a way to correct new tattoos if they’ve healed a little poorly, but they can also give new life to an old tattoo. Over the years, your tattoo will gradually fade. A touch up can make an old tattoo look fresh by making the colors pop and the details stand out like they used to.

Not every tattoo can be touched up so that may lead to the need of completely reworking or covering up the tattoo in order to bring new life to it. Artists will typically have different styles or ideas and this can result in tattoos looking different after being reworked. If the artist feels the tattoo can not be properly fixed, they may suggest a cover-up. A tattoo cover-up is the act of tattooing over a previously unwanted tattoo with a new tattoo. You want to make sure that you choose a design that will go well with the tattoo you are wanting to cover-up as well as using the same color scheme or going black/gray for a better cover-up.

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