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


“A good tattoo aint cheap, and a cheap tattoo ain’t good.”

We’ve all heard those infamous words time and time again, yet every second there’s someone out there who learns the hard way. It’s a slogan that that can be applied to just about every industry and this here is a prime example of what a scratcher will give ya.


Pictured here is the tattoo of a client name Robert and here’s how the story goes. Robert asked around if anyone knew someone who could tattoo and his one friend had mentioned that he “knew a guy”. Needless to say, “that guy” tattooed Robert out of his house for a “good deal”, and after sitting down with him and showing him reference photos, the guy began to freehand the piece and 5 hours later Rob “freaked out” and left.

A little under a week later, Robert stopped by our shop for a free consultation with resident artist Andy Pho. After examining the tattoo and seeing his reference photos, Andy had suggested that he get some laser tattoo removal done to lighten up the piece, but the client declined saying, “[He] wanted it covered it asap.”

That said, Andy booked him for the next available opening and got to work. For starters, Andy wanted to cover up the tattoo with a larger piece and he began by drawing the basic shapes of the new armor. Once he outlined the basic shaped, he followed up by doing in and putting in all the details of the armored shield.

Though far from done, the results thus far are pretty incredible and it’s definitely a great example of what can be achieved if you do a cover up tattoo with an artist who has the creative vision and artistic prowess to get your goals done.

More will be added to this piece but this is a progress shot of what’s been done so far. Again, if you’re looking for a cover up tattoo, then be sure to get an artist with experience doing cover them. You must also make sure to view a portfolio of their past work because if they don’t have pictures of actual examples to show you then take a walk because the proof is in the pudding.

On that note, ghappy hunting for a tattoo artist that’ll best suit your style and budget, and please remember to catch a budget and break bread because once again, “Good tattoos ain’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”

We’ll have updates and more pics as it develops.



Covering up an old or unwanted tattoo can be tricky. Depending on the size of the tattoo, as well as the colors involved, the process is one which needs to examined by a professional. It also depends on what you want to do. Do you want to go from a color tattoo to a black and grey piece? Or do you want to cover up an intricate design? All these factors determine the ease (and the price of a cover up), and you also want to make sure the artist has experience doing cover ups. If they say they can do it, but don’t have any samples to show you then it’s up to you to take the gamble.


Las Vegas tattoo artist, Andy Pho, happens to be a cover up specialist and he’s been doing so for years. Here’s a few examples of his work and remember…it’s a tedious process which needs to treated as such. Sometimes they may even suggest using laser tattoo removal to lighten the colors, so it’s in your best interest to seek professional consultation.

Free consultations are available at Skin Design so please feel free to drop us a line to set up an appointment or drop on by.


About Skin Design: 

Though modern in looks, Skin Design stands upon the foundation of old school values and we believe in loyalty and respect. In addition to respecting our culture and our lifestyle, we blend our traditional principles with modern safety standards and all of our artists hold all of the necessary licenses backed with a vast knowledge, experience and expertise in custom ink work, piercing, as well as laser tattoo removal and after care. Our customers demand the best and we chose to stand by that standard by creating a facility that is upheld with the highest standards when it comes to art work, tattoos, sterility and professionalism. We don’t just provide award-winning ink – we provide an experience which should be as memorable and permanent as the artwork you’re looking to get.

Our studio is located on the Southwest corner of Spring Mountain Road and Valley View in Las Vegas, Nevada’s Chinatown District. Also, if you plan to visit us be sure to arrive with appetitive as we are centrally located in Chinatown and walking distance to our shop are some of the best Asian restaurants in the area.


If you’re living with a less than desirable tattoo, then you already know the pain associated with being the unlucky recipient. For many, it simply becomes a reminder to make better choices the next time around, and for others it becomes a mark they can’t bear to look at.

So what are your options? Well you’ve got a few. If you’re just done with ink and want to bare as a newborn, you can always opt for laser tattoo removal, but if you’re looking to reup your old piece then you can always find an artist who can do a cover up tattoo. This is done by having the artist design a tattoo around the older piece in order to cover it up.  Of course you give them the style of the tattoo you’d like, and then they’ll create a design which will merge seamlessly into – and over – the existing work. So does it really work? Keep you reading and let your eyes be the judge.


Cover up tattoo by Andy Pho - Las Vegas

Cover up tattoo by Andy Pho – Las Vegas

After the cover up. Can you see where the original tattoo was on his chest?

For this client here, he opted for the second option and after searching around town he wound up going to our resident artist Andy Pho. Andy then designed a custom piece and the end results are stunning. It takes a while for even the most well-trained eye to figure out that this was a cover up and to be honest, most couldn’t tell at all – even if they were to examine it for a few minutes. Needless to say, this is a great example of what can be achieved if you find the right artist.

Before the cover up tattoo by Andy Pho - Las Vegas

Before the cover up tattoo by Andy Pho – Las Vegas

Here’s the original tattoo.

If you’re interested in more details about cover up tattoos, be sure to do your homework and look for a qualified artist that you’re comfortable with because making the same mistake twice would be disastrous. Also, cover ups are an art in itself so be sure to check out the portfolio of any artist your interested in. In specific you’ll want to see some before and after work of any of his or her cover up tattoo work. The bottom line, life’s too short to have a shitty tattoo so stick to your intuition, shop around, and if you feel like you’ve found the right artist…then get ready to leave that old piece behind.


The skill level of today’s tattoo artists trump what was once available, and with so many skilled artisans being introduced each year, their work may leave you in awe – or in agony. So what do you do when you’ve got an older tattoo that you want updated with a modern masterpiece? Well, thanks to modern day technology and laser tattoo removal, you can know have older work lightened and then revamped with a cover up tattoo as seen here.

jesus thorns tattoo

 This is just the first phase of a tattoo which will eventually cover up all the old work. 

This photo here was taken of one our clients who had a portrait done some time ago by another artist. As time passed on, he wanted a much bigger portrait, and a piece which was more realistic so he came in for a few laser treatments to lighten up the original tattoo, and months later came back and followed it up with a cover up tattoo by Robert Pho.

The end result is a visually stunning piece which boasts plenty of detail and it’s proof that you don’t have to live with unwanted work. The bottom line, life’s too short to live with a tattoo that you don’t want, so be aware that you now have options.

Feel free to call us with any questions, and we’ll be glad to offer free consultation and advice.


Don’t think for one minute that you’re forever stuck with an outdated or old tattoo. Great cover ups are just a phone call away, all you have to do is go the right artist to help make your past disappear. Here’s a great example of a cover up, click on the image to see the before pictures.


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