So, You Hate Your Tattoo, Now What Are Your Options


For the most part, we are advised not to live with regrets. This is something that most people with tattoos are often told. It’s partly a warning, somewhat a way to admonish others who want a tattoo. Once you have your tattoo, one of the worst things that can happen is for you to hate it. While there’s no controlling the outcome of a tattoo, when something doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined, it can be a pretty tough pill to swallow.

The moment you look at your tattoo, and you feel nothing but regret, all those times people warned you about tattoos being permanent come rushing back. What people don’t understand is that tattoos are just art. Technically, they’re permanent. But when your feelings for a certain piece change, you do have options—and here are a few of them:

Get a Cover-Up

Have a cover-up done by the same tattoo artist who did your original tattoo. Cover-ups aren’t perfect, but they’re an option. They can be done by some artists who are very good at it. Although a cover-up can cost you a pretty penny, you can have a large original tattoo covered up by the artist who did it and still have the artist do a quality job.

Tattoos are just like anything else in life. Things change over time, and your feelings for a certain tattoo can change too. The best thing you can do is be honest with yourself and your tattoo artist. If you want a cover-up, talk to the artist and discuss options and prices. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Tattoo artists are there to help you figure out what works best for you.

Remove the Tattoo

You can remove a tattoo, but it’ll take a lot of time, money, and effort. Tattoos are removed by laser. It’s a pretty painful process, and it’s not cheap. The good news is that most people who have tattoos removed are happy it’s over. Tattoo removal is a long process, and it can get expensive.

Still, when it comes to removing a tattoo, most people are very happy that they did it. It’s a big decision to make, and it’s not always the right option. The resolution of your tattoo determines the price of removing your tattoo. The actual tattoo removal is relatively painless, and the laser usually targets the ink and tattoo pigment. The entire process can take some time and a number of sessions to complete.

Accept it

“No ragrets,” right?

You can always accept the tattoo you have, but there’s a lot of people out there who have had their tattoos removed and those that have had a cover-up done and wish they had never gotten the original tattoo in the first place. Your feelings may change, and your tattoo can change too.

If you don’t like the work you have done, it’s much easier to cover up something smaller. If you can’t cover up the whole thing, you can always cover up the worst parts of your tattoo. Don’t be afraid to talk your feelings out with your tattoo artist. Chances are they want you to be happy, and they’ll work with you to make it right.


A lot of people are stuck with tattoos they don’t want. Whether it’s the color, size, or whole different reasons, tattoos can change and fade. There are a lot of factors that can cause a person to hate their tattoo. Don’t be afraid to talk to your tattoo artist about removal or cover-up if your feelings are genuine.

If you want a creative and long-lasting tattoo, we are happy to help you. Lucky Deville Tattoo is a tattoo shop based in Buffalo, NY. We can give you the tattoo of your dreams, no matter who you are or what your reasons are. Visit our artists and see what we can do for you!