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Can you tattoo over an existing tattoo?

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New tattoos are often designed to cover existing tattoos. The success depends on the size, color and location of the original tattoo design. Older, lighter and smaller tattoos are generally the easiest tattoos to camouflage with a new tattoo.

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Professional tattoo artists are able to camouflage existing tattoos by incorporating them into the background of new tattoo designs. If dense, fibrous scarring is present, placing a new tattoo over the original is sometimes a challenge because this type of scarring does not hold ink well. Larger tattoos that take up considerable space are also more difficult to cover successfully. If the original tattoo is difficult to conceal, the tattoo artist often recommends a solid black tattoo to go over it.

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