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How Much Does a Tattoo Cover Up Cost

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cost for Cover Up Tattoo



Covering up an old tattoo with a new tattoo requires an extremely skilled artist as this can be a daunting task. Most tattoo cover ups involve a one of a kind piece of art, which is drawn by the artist to perfectly cover up the original tattoo. Placement is very important when approaching a challenge like this as you can’t use lighter colors to cover up darker colors. If you try to shade yellow over a black line with the tattoo gun, the cover up will look terrible and you will see the original tattoo right through it. With planning and a veteran tattoo artist, a tattoo cover up can be done correctly.

Factors of Cost

The largest aspect of the process that is going to determine the price will be the size of the tattoo you are getting covered up, along with the size of the new tattoo. If you are covering up a large piece, say the size of your hand or so, it will take the artist much longer to complete the new tattoo due to the fact that he will need to spend much more time shading over that area and perfecting the line work to make sure you can’t see the old tattoo.

The second biggest determining factor is the artist you choose to complete your tattoo cover up. Depending on the location and the experience of your artist, the pricing could range from $50-$125 per hour. If it is a small tattoo you’re looking to get covered up, most shops have a minimum which is around $45-$75. To cover up a tattoo the size of the palm of your hand with a similarly sized tattoo, you’re most likely looking at two hours of chair time. The cost of that if you don’t pound it with color and complex details will on average cost you $150-$250.

Additional Costs

The first additional cost when getting any type of tattoo is the tip for your tattoo artist. Tips are not included in the price of a tattoo and although they are not required, they are highly recommended. If you go back to that artist a second time, they may treat you better and pay more attention to detail if they know you’re a good tipper, just like anyone else providing you with their services. Also, some people don’t realize this, but a shop takes a percentage, (typically 50%-80%) of every tattoo that the artist completes. A good portion of a tattoo artists earnings are their tips so don’t skimp on those!


Another minor extra cost of any tattoo would be the aftercare. A lot of people like using tattoo goo or another type of tattoo after care for the following two weeks after getting a tattoo. These products can cost anywhere from $10-$20 depending on the brand you choose.

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How Can I Save Money?

The best way to save money when getting a tattoo cover up done is to get quotes from multiple artists and compare their portfolio to the cost. If the lower priced artist still has an awesome portfolio that should be the obvious choice if you’re looking to save a few bucks.

A small way to save a few bucks on tattoo after care is not buying the special tattoo creams as they are typically overpriced. If you have non-scented soap at home, that works just as good! In my own experience, the color is more vibrant and less fading occurs when you just wash gently with soap and water twice per day.