I say “I don’t fix shit” pretty much daily.
I cover bad tattoos, but fixing is not a thing I do because I simply can’t make a screwed up tattoo look as nice as if I’d done it in the first place. It is like polishing turds. Bad tattoos all shined up are still bad tattoos. I don’t want to be associated with them.
A good cover on the other hand becomes a good tattoo. If it is done well a person never even knows it was a cover. I’m good at covers. I don’t even take before and after shots anymore. I stopped taking them back in the mid 90’s because I figure my finished product should pass as an awesome tattoo without anybody even knowing it was a cover.
Fix it jobs though… “ugg.”
So, I don’t do them. It is my rule.
As with anything in life, exceptions exist.
About once or twice a year I get talked into or decide to fix up someone else’s work for various reasons.
This is one of those.
The client is cool, she gets cool tattoos, she is a pretty loyal client, she didn’t get a bad tattoo because of being a cheap ass and and going to some wanna be cool half ass tattooist in a walk in pick it and stick street shop. She just had some bad luck.
She’d asked me to fix it up a few times (politely and without bugging) over a couple year period.
I was doing a cool and pretty original piece on the other side of her leg and she asked again. We had been discussing wrapping around… so I decided to give it a go.
Not a major overhaul, just a super quick tune up type job. Just enough to bring it from blurry smear to a readable image. Her biggest concern was the hair. It was kind of a gray blob and on the bottom one side was shaped like a fake poo while on the other it just had this single little chunk poking out of nowhere.
You will need to click the picture to see what is going on here.
I really didn’t even do much. Just added some contrast, put in a tiny bit of depth, fixed a few artistic mistakes, and lightly zapped some colors. Most of it I left as is. Easy, quick, and obviously needed. End result is a readable sugar skull tattoo the client can enjoy.