35 Old Tattoos That Got A New Life By Ink Masters

Published 7 months ago

Tattoos are timeless expressions of personal stories, passions, and memories. However, as time marches on, skin ages, trends evolve, and ink can fade. Fortunately, the art of tattooing has progressed, and a new generation of skilled tattoo artists—dubbed “Ink Masters”—are revitalizing old tattoos with creativity and expertise.

Let’s celebrate some remarkable instances where tattoo artists have breathed new life into aging ink, transforming once-faded designs into vibrant and captivating masterpieces.

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#1 The Dragon Was About 20 Years Old And Difficult To Cover-Up, So I Offered To Adapt It To A New Tattoo And He Accepted

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Alro : “Love the idea!”

#2 One Of The Most Challenging Covers I’ve Ever Done, Due To The Choice Of Design! In This Case, The Application Of Ink Was The Big Secret Behind This Coverage

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Tabula Rasa : “This turned out amazing.”

#3 Bye Pigeon, Hello Eagle. Awesome Transformation With Part Cover-Up

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Tabula Rasa : ”  The original really looked like a pigeon…lol”

#4 Lion Cover-Up

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still tired : “First lion looks like it’s seen too much O_O”

#5 Cover-Up

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Brittania Kelli : “It’s just amazing how tattoo art has evolved.”

#6 25-Year-Old Rework. It Doesn’t Need To Be Always Fully Covered-Up

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Awkward lady : “Excellent work there.”

#7 Cool Cover-Up

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Moos : “THE SHADING!!! :O :O”

#8 Cover-Up Done Today

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Happy Homemaker : “I love how it almost looks like the old tattoo, but a little more modern and more realistic looking.”

#9 Octopus On The Shoulder As A Cover-Up

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SCamp : “That blue!”

#10 Coverage With Portraits Of Masha And Pérola, Companions Of The Client

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Bored Retsuko : “Cute but I don’t think the white details will last”

#11 Cover-Up Inspired By Van Gogh

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LokisLilButterknife : “Beautiful and creative cover-up.”

#12 Cover-Up Davy Jones

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Petra : “This is incredible! Impressive use of white!! So many black tattoos are too dark, but this one has excellent contrast! The details stand out very nicely.”

#13 That’s How You Cover-Up A Tattoo

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Blue Bunny of Happiness : “Wow, the original was cursed!”

#14 Wonderful Cover-Up

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Laura Zaini : “Just wow”

Angeldust McQuade : “Major upgrade!”

#15 Well-Executed Cover-Up Project

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Ella Zelhofer : “HOW??? It looks like they have a screen on their arm!”

#16 It Looked Bad Before The Cover

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XenoMurph : “It’s not terrible, just looks faded and old. That new one will be impossible to cover once it’s as old.”

CG : “I wouldn’t say the old one is bad. A bit old, and would have benefitted from a touch up. New one is excellent, for sure.”

#17 New One Had To Be A Little Wonky To Cover-Up The Original. Don’t Really Care Though, I Like It

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Moos : “Doesn’t look wonky at all!”

#18 Grampus Cover-Up

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Tabula Rasa : “The colors, the shading,…wow.”

#19 I Took Advantage Of The Cat’s Structure To Create A New Drawing And Also Took Into Account The Anatomy Of Her Body, Muscles, Tendons And Bones

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Leona : “I like the original one”

C.O. Shea : “Must have hurt like hell, though… on the bone like that?”

#20 Spider Cover-Up

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Blue Bunny of Happiness : “I think I preferred the original, the cover up is too realistic!”

#21 Bull Cover-Up

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Fickle_Pickle : “I was advised by a good friend of mine who is a tattoo artist to never ever get hand tattoos. Reason being we wash our hands more often than the rest of our body. The ink will fade faster. Looking at this picture, I can say there’s some truth to what he said.”

#22 Cover-Up By The Amazing Tata At Recycle Tattoo, Ho Chi Minh City

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ifound_acoolfrog : “Buttiful”

LokisLilButterknife : “That is stunning! It looks like an illustration right out of a children’s book.”

#23 Long Journey Of The Tribal Cover-Up Comes To An End

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Jamieson Ashkewe : “Damn that’s insane”

#24 Covered-Up This Old Moon

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Tabula Rasa : “Very pretty, and hardly larger than the original.”

#25 This Is The Most Detailed Piece I Have Ever Done In Such A Short Span Of Time, Less Than A Month, 8 Sessions. Everything Below The Neck Is Healed

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𝖊𝖜𝖔𝛋 : “I don’t get why cover ups are often so much larger than the original? Doesn’t that make it almost impossible if the person wanted it reworked or covered up again in future?”

CG : “While a great new tattoo, it’s not covering the entirety of the old tattoo. Just look closer to the shoulder area on both sides. Sections of the old tattoo are still visible, and if I focus in, I can see the old tattoo still visible through the new one at certain places.”

#26 Homer Rework

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Diolla : “Outstanding colour saturation and linework!”

#27 After Cover-Up

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Tabula Rasa : “Damn, that’s skill.”

#28 Many Will Find It A Very Unusual Design, But It Was Created By My Client 20 Years Ago And Has Great Meaning. The Proposal Was To Keep The Same Idea As The Design But Keeping It More Current

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Tamra : “Damn, this is a stunning tattoo, nevermind the excellent cover up.”

Ąåřţđęşịɠŋȿ : “ok… that is soooo much better. Excellent upgrade. Worth the bucks”

CG : “I like the idea of the tattoo. I personally wish the rest of the lion’s mane was the same colour as the sun, but I love the idea.”

#29 Beautiful Cover-Up Tattoo

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Angi : “Beetlejuice”

Tamra : “I love the dimension given by the use of shadow beneath the serpent.”

#30 Another Tribute Made To Lilith

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Mrs S : “Lovely!”

#31 Eventually It Could Use More White In Some Areas I Think But For Now We’ll Get To The Other Side Where I Have To Work On Top Of The Exact Same Tone And Structure

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Polterbean : “What is the first one supposed to be?”

#32 Cherry Blossom Butterfly Cover-Up By Me

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Bouche and Audi and Shyla, Oh My! : “The butterfly looks like it’s taking off or landing.”

#33 Dr. Suess Cover-Up

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CG : “Smart use of the old tattoos.”

#34 3 Sessions On This Really Big Tattoo. Just To Give You An Idea The Customer Is 2 Meters High! All The Old Tattoo Was A Keloid And Now It’s Flat Again

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#35 Check Out This Insane Cover-Up

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Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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