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How to Cover a Scar with a Tattoo

Turn your scar into a canvas that will hold beautiful and priceless body art.


  • Step 1: Think about the design Think about the type of design you want on your body. A tattoo can disguise the scar, celebrate life, and add femininity after a mastectomy, but it will be permanent, so make sure you take a lot of time to consider the possibilities.
  • TIP: Images with depth and color tend to work well because they give the eye a lot to look at. Lettering, tribal, and Celtic are less successful because of the empty space in these designs where the scar will be visible.
  • Step 2: Research artists Research tattoo artists using recommendations from friends or searching online. Check their previous cover-up work to see how they have handled transforming birthmarks and scars. Ask to see their portfolios if they do not have pictures available online.
  • Step 3: Contact artist Contact your chosen artist to begin the process. Let them know in your initial contact that you will be covering a scar. If you have art sketched out, ask if you can send it to them, as they will often make improvements to your art. Make sure you ask the costs, as this varies from artist to artist.
  • Step 4: Begin process Meet with the tattoo artist, go over your design, and let them work on your body. If you've chosen a good artist, they will use color and design to draw the eye from the scar, and toward your beautiful, personalized body art. Covering a scar may take more than one session, so be prepared to spend some quality time decorating your skin.
  • FACT: In 1991, two hikers in the Alps found a 5,000-year-old mummified man who has since been named Otzi the Iceman. The mummy had over 50 tattoos, made of soot, consisting of groups of short parallel lines.

You Will Need

  • Scar
  • Design ideas
  • Internet access
  • Tattoo artist
  • Money

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