A cover up tattoo is an art in itself.

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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


To say that I hate flying might be a bit dramatic. Let’s just say that I dislike it and avoid it whenever possible. So when I hear about clients flying in from overseas I’m not only impressed but also humbled that they would fly some 14 hours to get work done here at Skin Design Tattoo. This particular piece was done on someone who flew in from China just a few weeks ago and it’s of a dove holding a key as well as a clock.


There are so many reasons why people tattoo doves on themselves. For some it marks a new beginning, for others it represents the purity of thoughts and action, but that’s the beautiful thing about art and the world of tattoos. The beauty and interpretation will vary from one person to the next but for me this tattoo translated into many things. For me, the clock represented the time we have left on earth. You don’t really think about it, but each second we live is yet another second we die, so you have to cherish time and make your dreams come true while allocating the time necessary with friends and family that matter. As for the key, well it makes me think about the idea of unlocking our full potential and the battle we face on the daily. In short, the key ties in well with the clock because we’re all in a race against time. Time is what determines how long we get to play so use your time accordingly and let’s make the most of this lifetime.

Thanks for you continued support and as always thanks for stopping by the site! Hope everyone is having a good week so far.