A cover up tattoo is an art in itself.

Looking for a good cover up tattoo artist? Look no further.


Cover up tattoo I completed a few days ago. 

Before getting into the process of the cover up tattoo, here’s how the story initially began.  At the age of 16, Anthony wanted to get his first tattoo but since he was underage he had to take his dad with him for consent. Fast forward to present day, he wanted to cover up his first tattoo with a memorial piece in honor of his father, who recently passed away. This time around, he decided to go big and it all fell in perfect alignment with the old adage, “The bigger you go, the easier the coverup will be”.

After making the trip out to Vegas from Philadelphia, he decided to create a tribute piece to his father that was going to be unique and heart felt. The time on the clock was set to 8:04, which was the exact time his dad passed away, and the dove represents his father’s funeral and his entry and rebirth into heaven.

This frequently requested tattoo imagery has been done over and over by so many tattoo artists so it’s always tough to make it just a bit different. As for the coverup, I used a rose as if it was part of the clock’s design and instead of the white highlights, I used grey ink, separating it from the other rose and dove. This made for an easier coverup since the darker color would still show through white ink. One way to put it, as I searched on Instagram is that it’s a “black and grey and gray” tattoo.

Thanks again to Anthony for taking the trip down to Vegas and it was honor to work on you. If you’re interested in viewing more of my work please click here for my gallery.

~ AP



The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.

In this lifetime nothing comes easy. The trials and tribulations, the sleepless nights, and the self doubt are all a part of the struggle, but in the end it’s those moments of despair that makes success that much sweeter.

In short, there could be no light without dark and no good without bad. It is also safe to say that the unity of opposites, which was first suggested by Heraclitus (ca. 535–475 BC), a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, proves truth in the concept. Yet as we all fight our daily battles, I wish you all the best in health, wealth and patience; and always remember that  you may lose a few battles, but in the end what really counts is that you win the war.

Keep fighting and stay focused.



Oriental tattoos by Andy Pho

Asian tattoos, Oriental tattoos, call it what you’d like but this style is simply timeless. The tattoo above was done by tattoo artist Andy Pho, and the full wrap around leg sleeve came out absolutely incredible. In addition to adding the clouds and the Hannya mask, the tattooed leg sleeve also has a portrait of Geisha girl as well as many other asian themed subjects and images.

If you’re interested in some of the cleanest asian style tattoos in the game, then be sure to drop by Skin Design located in the Chinatown District of Las Vegas, NV. With over 40 years of collective experience, Skin Design is hailed as one of the best tattoo shops not only in Las Vegas but all throughout the world.

Our staff of highly trained artisans have won some of the highest accolades in the industry bu we’re more proud of setting a benchmark for the ultimate tattoo experience. Stop on by if you’re in or around town and if you have any questions please feel free to drop us a line.



Dog portrait tattoo by Andy Pho

When Erica’s dog, a 7 year old Golden Retriever named Kahlua, passed away in her sleep, the owner decided she was going to get a memorial tattoo done in memory of her beloved friend. That’s when she decided to catch a flight from Washington to Las Vegas, to get a black and grey portrait tattoo done by Andy Pho.

You see, a dog’s love is uncontested and unconditional, which is why they’ve earned the term, “Man’s best friend”. They see no wrong, they pass no judgement and in the end they will become  a part of our lives, but to them, we are their whole lives. So when Erica flew in from Washington, DC flew to get a tattoo we weren’t surprised by her devotion and dedication. In fact, resident Vegas tattooist Andy Pho was more than happy and honored to take on the job and the end result was stellar. That said, we’re sure that Kahlua is looking down proud and wagging her tail knowing that her owner’s love and memory of her hasn’t faded one bit. A special thanks to Erica for trusting us with such a precious and powerful piece.


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Foo Dog tattoo by Vegas tattoo artist Fernie Andrade

A symbol of protection, or the protection of fortune, these Chinese Guardian Lions or Imperial Guardian Lions, are know traditionally as Foo Dogs. Sometimes referred to as “Shi” in the Chinese culture, the appearance and pose of the Foo Dogs did not become formalized during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

For those who practice Feng Shui, they understand that the the correct placement, delivery times and location are all equally important to ensure their beneficial effect. When looking out of a building through the entrance to be guarded, looking in the same direction as the lions, the male is placed on the left and the female on the right. So when looking at the entrance from outside the building, facing the lions, the male lion with the ball is on the right, and the female with the cub is on the left.

Whereas traditional English lions depict realism on their lion sculptures, the Chinese lions are intended to reflect the emotion of the animal as opposed to the reality of the lion. The claws, teeth and eyes of the Chinese lion represent . Few if any muscles are visible in the Chinese lion whereas the English lion shows its power through its life like characteristics rather than through stylized representation.




Fresh tattoo by Andy Pho. 

Tattoos of buddha are pretty popular, but ask around about Siddhartha Gautama, and many will have no answer. This tattoo which was just completed by Andy Pho is of Siddhartha Gautama and here’s how his story unfolds.

Siddhartha lived in northern India in the 6th century C.E., and was born into a Hindu family of the ruling caste. According to records from Ancient Buddhist, there are different variations as to how Siddhartha became a”Buddha” or “enlightened one,” but here is the most common version.

Siddhartha was about 5 days old when his father called a group of priests together for a feast. He asked them about the infant’s future. They prophesied that the infant would either become a great king or a great sage. The father preferred his son to become a great king, so he structured his son’s life such that he never had to face any of the hardship or struggles of life.


Because in the Hindu tradition of the time (which you can read about here), those who became holy men or sages followed a path of renunciation. At a certain point in their lives, they would renounce what was called “householder” life – a life of marriage, family, work, etc. – and go live in the forest where they spent the rest of their lives in study, meditation and other spiritual practices.

Siddhartha’s father did not want his son to become one of these renouncers, so he made sure his son’s life was as perfect as possible, offering everything wonderful and nothing negative or upsetting. The father made sure his son was shielded from anything that would make him want to leave the kingdom.


Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! Even though Thanksgiving is a time to gather around friends, family and loved ones, we hope that you celebrate each and every day with the same passion as today. The bottom line is life’s short and most of us should be grateful for all that we have been abundantly blessed with. Nowadays, far too many of us get caught up frowning about what we don’t have when we should be thankful for what we do have, so be blessed and thank you for the continued support. Happy Holidays everyone!




Portrait tattoo by Fernie Andrade. 

There’s a reason why Fernie Andrade is highly regarded as a premiere black and grey, portrait tattoo artist. His distinct style makes him one of the most sought after in Vegas, and his work speaks for itself. Aside from being a humble and level-headed artist, Fernie has already captured some of the biggest awards in the industry and his gallery is all the proof required.


We’re also proud to have SDT resident artist, Andy Pho, as part of our family. His captivating style, and attention to detail, makes him another highly sought after Vegas tattoo artist and his latest body of work is simply incredible.

So if you’re in or around Las Vegas, or are planning a trip out here, then be sure to stop by our facility to experience the ultimate in tattoos and laser tattoo removal. We offer free consultations with our staff of highly experienced artisans, and in the end we are committed to providing the Ultimate Las Vegas tattoo experience.

Skin Design specializes in:

Black & Grey tattoos  |  Color tattoos  |  Photorealism  |  Laser tattoo removal  |  Hyperrealism  |  New Traditional  |  Neo Traditional  |  Portrait Tattoos |  Script  |  Lettering  |  Americana Tattoos  |  Sterile & Clean tattoo environment  |   Tattoo aftercare products by H2Ocean  |



Best Black & Grey |  Best Creative Design award winning tattoo.

The tattoo, music and art expo, which went down in Guadalajara, was full of life, love and festivity, and in the end it was both an honor and yet another humbling experience to take home two awards for Best Black & Grey, as well as Best Creative Design for a tattoo. The arm sleeve tattoo has been a work in progress for the past few years and here’s a few pictures of the completed work.

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We do have to mention that the awards at this show were incredible. The skull trophies were made by our amazing and very talented friend Carlos Torres. The detail and quality of the pieces are simply incredible. In addition, we’d like to thank and congratulate Alan Padilla and Indio Reyes for putting on a successful and very meaningful event.


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Of course, no award would have been won without the help of my good friend and client Omar. Thanks for sitting in the chair for all those hours, and thanks for staying dedicated to this incredible piece. As always, I can’t thank all of our loyal supporters because without your continued support none of this would have ever been possible.




Photorealism portrait tattoos by Fernie Andrade. 

Black & Grey portrait tattoos offer a look and feel that’s unparalleled. Of course, the quality of the tattoo is all dependent on the artist you choose. From the color saturation, to the shading, and perspective, a good black and grey tattoo should have all of the aforementioned elements carefully combined into each piece.

Now when it comes to tattooist Fernie Andrade, his skill level sets the bar. With over a decade of experience and a passion for the craft, his work has become recognized internationally as one of the best in the business. Just last year, he took home highest honors by winning “Best Black & Grey” at the London Tattoo Convention and his list of accolades runs deep.

So if you’re looking for a great tattoo in the Las Vegas area, then be sure to visit his portfolio of images and let the images speak for themselves. Of course, pictures do no justice to the quality of his work, so you can always stop on by Skin Design to check out his work in person.