As your mother always told you: tattoos are forever, so if you're going to get one you should be sure. That hasn't stopped tons of people from getting truly awful tattoos though. And this article is here to show you that even a bad tattoo isn't a life sentence. Tattoo artists are some kind of wizard because a good one can take a truly awful tattoo and turn it into art.
If you don't believe us, we have the proof: the best examples of fixed tattoos, all compiled right here. Whether we're talking about coverups or refreshes of the same tattoo, these fixes are absolutely amazing. If you've got a tat that you're not in love with, keep reading to get some inspiration for what could be. Or just marvel at the talent of these artists, because they deserve all of your awe.
Let's start with one that's big and bold.
This is why the right artist makes all the difference.
I'm sorry who allowed that face to exist?
If you're going to get a text tattoo make sure you like the words.
Another example of "get the right artist".
What an idea.
via: RedditThis tattoo fix is maybe the smartest one on this list. To take a bad drawing of a Pikachu and turn it another Pikachu's bad drawing? Ingenious.
Look at this fancy dinosaur.
via: RedditThe original tattoo wasn't bad, per se. It maybe just needed a slight touch-up. But this funny dinosaur is undeniably better.
via: RedditThat red stripe element was retained, but the drawing around it is so much better. A perfect re-do.
What a save!
via: RedditThe image on the left was a bit of a tattoo meme for a long time here on the internet. It's incredible that someone could make it look this great.
via: RedditAs a man with a video game tattoo, I can tell you that the number one thing you want out of it is a perfect recreation of what you see on the screen. This Galaga tattoo does just that.
They say there's beauty in simplicity, but what about when someone takes something simple and adds beauty to it? Was that beauty there all along? Or does it disprove the old axiom?
via: RedditAnyway this tree tattoo is very nice.
I am the night.
via: RedditSo they covered up a spider with a picture of Batman? Did anyone even ask Spider-Man how he'd feel about that?
An upgrade to HD.
via: RedditThe picture on the left is like watching the animated Jungle Book on VHS, and the image on the right is watching the new Jungle Book on Bluray in 4K.
Sometimes it takes a minute for your ex to show their true colors.
via: RedditYou can never erase your past relationships from your personal history completely, but your point of view on those relationships can, of course, shift dramatically. I like to think that's what this tattoo is about, and is not about taking potshots at an ex.
Another name getting the ol' cover-up job.
From sketch to inks.
via: RedditIt looks like someone just finally got around to finishing their drawing.
A little detail work goes a long way.
via: RedditThis first tattoo looks like it took 30 minutes and the guy got it done over his lunch break at Quizno's.
A much more elaborate compass.
via: RedditThese two tattoos look like the difference between an ink stamp and a lovingly-rendered 3D drawing done by someone at Pixar (in their spare time, of course).
RIP, falling Mad Men guy.
via: RedditI dunno, I think the first tattoo is pretty cool, if only because I don't know what show is being referenced by the big flower tattoo on the right.
Initial tattoo status: unclear.
via: RedditThis second tattoo, with the owl, is very neat, but I can't help but try to figure out what that first tattoo was! It could be anything, but I just can't tell!
An incredible level-up.
via: RedditNot only does the new tattoo look incredible, but flowers are objectively a better subject for a tattoo than maple leaves.
Cool, but creepy.
via: RedditIt's obviously a well-made tattoo, but there are some distinct H.P. Lovecraft "we are infinitely small and know less than nothing about the universe" vibes coming off of it.
Now this rules.
via: RedditThe original, generic tribal tattoo? Not tight. The new samurai warrior tattoo? All kinds of tight.
It's still grandma, but more so.
via: RedditThe first tattoo couldn't decide if it was a line-art drawing of grandma or a realistic rendering of grandma. The second tattoo at least makes a choice.
There are no limits to tattoo coverups.
via: RedditIf you can straight up have a black blob tattoo covered up, you can have anything covered up.
Now that's a good boy.
via: RedditEvery single dog is worthy of a tattoo, and clearly Teddybear here deserved better than what he got on the first go-around.
Detail and line-work can change everything.
via: RedditThe person who posted this tattoo to Reddit said they liked both tattoos about the same, and I have to agree. More detail doesn't always make for a better tattoo.
Sweet tooth no more.
via: RedditImagine getting a tattoo about your sweet tooth, and then getting diagnosed with diabetes. That's the tattoo nightmare scenario.
What's even going on in that first tattoo?
via: RedditI'd say this was an entirely new tattoo on an entirely different arm if this guy hadn't taken such care to line up the second picture so perfectly (and also wear the same sleeveless black t-shirt).
Just a little clean-up work, is all.
via: RedditWow, it's almost incredible how much better this tattoo got as it went along. In that way, it's a lot like the Harry Potter series itself.
via: RedditWho are these brave souls getting 3D spiders tattooed on themselves? I would jump every time I looked at my arm.
A word becomes the ground.
via: RedditTattoo cover-up work is easy if you just take a bunch of black ink and draw all over the thing that was there before!
From an unclear bunch of outlines to a lovely little portrait.
It's a bird, it's a-- nope, it's a bird.
via: RedditThe Superman logo is sneaky hard to draw. I used to practice in the margins of my notebooks all the time in high school. So, great coverup, but I do have sympathy for the original tattoo artist.
Suffocation, no breathin.'
via: RedditListen guys, a coverup's a coverup. If this guy is more happy with his tattoo now, who are we to judge? (For the record, I think this tattoo rules.)
Here's a cool example of progress pics.
Sometimes you have to go big and bold to cover up a past mistake.
This gives a whole new meaning to "touch up".
Here's a creative way to do a cover up.
Excuse me while I drool.
One of the coolest things about coverups is how they can inspire a huge, bold piece.
For this one you may have to check out the original post to see the before picture.it's Pusheen in a banana. Yeah, not what you were expecting.
Cover-ups don't have to be huge.
Sometimes the tattoo stays the same, but just...better.
This cover-up managed to fix multiple old tattoos.
If you can't see it, there's an old starfish hiding under this beautiful fish.
Sometimes all it takes is a really good touch up.