Here are some amazing results of tattoos that were removed or covered up. What talented tattoo artists they have, by the way!
1) Black Spider
Spiders are dark and ominous, just like the memories of his ex. The name was haunting him daily and he knew he had to replace it with something. Personally, spiders freak us out, but to each his own!
2) The Simpsons
With a few clever strokes of ink, the name Mary can be transformed into Marge. Accompanying the new name is a tattoo of Marge Simpson cleaning in a sexy outfit.
3) Feather Coverup
Her ex had a very long name, making covering it up a big project. Luckily, it was originally done in light blue ink. After blending the name into the watercolor feather design, it’s not even noticeable.
4) Paint Splash Plume
These feather coverups are popular for a reason — they look great! This one uses a black and white plume to hide the name. It is surrounded by beautiful splashes of color.
5) Red Rose
In this case, the boyfriend’s initials were tattooed on a puzzle piece. He was the missing piece in her life at one time, but not anymore. Now a tribal flower design is much more appropriate.
6) Mysterious Woman
First, he tried to get the tattoo of the girlfriend’s face removed. When there were still remnants of it remaining, he realized that his only option would be to add a mask and cloak over the face.
7) Calming Nature
Sorry, Chloe, this man is moving on with his life. First, the artist drew an outline of a mountain forest scene over the name. Then they completely covered it with dark black trees.
8) Teddy To Gremlin
So much for Jeffrey being her teddy bear. By the looks of her new tattoo, Jeffrey must have been a demon.
9) Monstrous Past
Here we can see the step by step conversion from a picture of an ex to a crazy-looking monster. In each frame, the previous form gets more and more distant until finally, the transformation is complete.
10) Have Faith
This tattoo placed on the top of the woman’s butt cheek used to say “Frank”. The artist found a clever way of changing the word. They manipulated the “Fr” into a lowercase “F” plus a cross. Then they spelled out “faith”.
11) Day Of The Dead
It was a little name, but the man was ready for a big change. He covered it up with a giant lady of death tattoo. The final result is both spooky and beautiful.
12) Painted Over
Most people don’t want others to know that their tattoo is a coverup. However, with this one, that is the actual point. The tattoo is a small stick man covering up the name with a paint roller.
13) Two Feathers
This one started as a tiny set of wings. The artist extended the shape of the wings outward and transformed them into feathers. A black one hides the wings and the white one crosses out the name.
14) Deteriorating Skull
We have seen a lot of skull tattoos in the past, but this one is completely unique. The attention to detail is incredible, and most importantly, it does a fantastic job of blocking out the ex’s name.
15) Symbolic Death
This man was once dating an amazing woman, or so he thought. Now she is dead to him, literally. He covered up her face with an image of the Grim Reaper.
16) West Coast Coverup
This tattoo coverup doesn’t try to hide anything. It is very blunt in its approach. A few letters of Francesca’s name are simply crossed out and replaced with substitutions.
17) Gotham City
You would think that a name tattoo as large as this one and done in such thick black ink would be hard to cover up. However, it was no match for Batman. The superhero successfully helped the man to fight back against his troubled past.
18) Permanent Ring
In the past, she wore her ex’s name like a ring around her finger. It wasn’t exactly easy to take off after they broke up, but now, a dark-colored mandala plant tattoo encapsulates the whole thing.
19) Primate Preference
It was a difficult choice for the man. He could spend the rest of his life looking at the big face of his ex, or he could replace it with an adorable gorilla. After much deliberation, the gorilla won out.
20) Wise Owl
Animals are definitely one of the wisest choices for tattoo coverups. This person decided to use a cute little owl. We love how the white ink stands out against the black and brown colors.
21) Forest Silhouette
Silhouettes are another cool method many artists use to hide unsightly names. It allows them to simply fill in over the old tattoo, burying it deep beneath the ink, never to be seen again.
22) Changing Teams
He used to be a big fan of his basketball player partner Chris, but they had a falling out. Now he prefers to think about football instead. His favorite team to watch these days is the Oregon Ducks.
23) Colorful Feather
This name took up an entire forearm. However, the artist was able to make it virtually disappear. The psychedelic feather blurred the lines between the past and the future.
24) Sarcastic Coverup
This person just scribbled out the name and labeled it. At least, that is how we imagine it must have played out. Either that, or it’s just one big sarcastic joke and there was never a name underneath there.
25) Cool Car Tattoo
The muscle car was the perfect way to hide the ex’s name. The dark black vehicle rolled right over the old faded tattoo, leaving nothing but a trail of smoke behind it and no trace of what was there before.
26) Time Waits For No One
Here we have another man who views his past relationship through the lens of death. The woman used to have a prime location on his body, but her influence has definitely faded over time. There is not much left of her now.
27) Fly On
This wing tattoo matches the contour of the man’s chest and shoulder perfectly. It looks right at home. You would never guess that its real purpose is to cover up a former partner’s name.
28) Heart Vines
The heart was pretty enough to stay, but the name had to go. All of the outlines and colors were redone to make the tattoo more defined. Then a butterfly was added, perched onto the side of the vine.
29) Old Interests
Now that they are broken up, the man can finally get the tattoo he originally wanted — an action-packed Batman scene. With Jessi out of the picture, he can pursue his comic book hobbies in peace.
30) Minor Correction
The first woman’s name was a big accident. Here’s to hoping that this new relationship works out for him. Otherwise, he is going to end up having a full sleeve of crossed-out names.
31) No Longer Valid
The man took canceling his subscription to his ex very seriously. He slapped a large red void tattoo over her name. Now, he will be reminded every day that the past mistake is no longer a part of his life.
32) Greek Mythology
Kim used to be everything to this man. Somewhere along the way though, their relationship changed. He now views her more like a Medusa — the mythological monster with snakes as hair whose gaze turns people to stone.
33) Lightening The Load
Antonio’s name no longer hangs heavy on this woman’s heart. His memory is now light as a feather — a long blue feather with a yellow stem. That’s all that remains.
34) Flying Eagle
This eagle is pretty awesome. It came flying down out of the sky to replace Tabatha Ann’s spot on the man’s chest. After a few hours in the tattoo studio and a bit of solid line work, that was it for the ex-girlfriend.
35) Lucky Elephant
Looks like this elephant cover up job has brought her some luck. She has now met the man of her dreams.
36) Feather Weight
Removing her ex-boyfriend’s name and placing a feather in it’s place, took a huge weight off her shoulders. Her arm went from blah, to wow.
37) Polo Perfect
This was a great way to take care of ex-girlfriend Lauren’s name. Adding to the existing tattoo was a much cheaper way to do it.
38) No Longer Together
Even though his ex’s name was not covered. The message is loud and clear they are now apart.
39) Bye-Bye Andy
Tell us how you really feel. Out with Andy, onto the next.