Breakups can be very, very emotionally draining. Especially if you're left with a permanent reminder of your ex on your body. Getting a tattoo with your partner's face, name or initials is easier than getting rid of it. Luckily, there are some crafty artists who have the skills and creativity to turn them into something new, allowing them to let go of the past and move on. Bored Panda has collected a list of clever ways people covered up tattoos that were dedicated to their exes, so continue scrolling and remember to upvote your faves!

#1

When Love Is Over

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Luis Milian 3 months ago

was death the best choice or accurate choice...

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Everyone who wants a cover-up tattoo has to be open to modifications that will allow it to completely hide the old one. And the more complex the cover-up design is in terms of fine details and rich shading, and the more solid, deep colors it has in it, the better it will turn out. For example, elements like layers of scales on fish, variegation in flower petals, and swirls of hair in different shades are really useful. Also, deep purples, blues, greens, and other dark, cool colors with lots of black shading work really well. Especially if the original tattoo is dark. On the other hand, warmer colors tend to be less successful at covering an old tattoo.

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Cover Up Tattoo

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Luis Milian 3 months ago

now this is a really bad ass cover up.. up voting this one

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Typically, the new design has to be larger than the old tattoo, so that it provides more than sufficient coverage. According to Painful Pleasures, the shape of the new design and the way it's angled over top of the old one will determine how much larger the cover-up tattoo needs to be to successfully mask what's underneath it.

#3

Thats How You Cover Up A Tattoo

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Hello it Smee 3 months ago

The original was horrible, did it cause the break up?

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The artist may also suggest a few sessions of laser tattoo removal to lighten the old tattoo before attempting to cover it up with a new one. The necessity for laser tattoo removal usually depends on the age of the old tattoo, how dark its colors are and what colors the cover up tattoo will consist of as well as the complexity of the cover-up design. When covering up an old, faded tattoo, laser tattoo removal usually isn't necessary.

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Mary Or...

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Once the ink of the new tattoo settles, the old design may peek through somewhat, but a few more passes should take care of that problem, if it arises.

#5

Cover Up Tattoo

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Koalamonster 3 months ago

That's a LOT of name.

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#6

Cover Up Tattoo

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Lucinda Overhoussen 3 months ago

Now this is original

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#7

Before And After Wrist Cover Up

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Jeff 3 months ago

Thats a thicc forest

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#8

Very Happy With This Cover Up

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TheExtremeSmell 3 months ago

I heard her moms got it going on though

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#9

Cover Up

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Sarah Pedersen 3 months ago

Beautiful beautiful work

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#10

From Wendy To House Targaryen

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Magpie 3 months ago

The after is soooo much better.

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#11

Little Cover-Up

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Aramis 3 months ago

simple, I like it.

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#12

From Wife's Portrait To Gorilla

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Mark Smallman 3 months ago

Mmmm,go around with a tattoo of your ex or replace it with a very random gorilla. Tough choice :)

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#13

Cover Up

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Koalamonster 3 months ago

You can see it a bit still but with how dark and wide those letters are... not many great options.

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#14

Sarcasm

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Akucdota 3 months ago

Still reminds you of the ex every time you look at it

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#15

Coverup

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Danish Dynomummy 3 months ago

Love it!!

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#16

Heres A Before And After Of This Fun Colorful Feather

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Natasha Forchione 3 months ago

I'm starting to see a trend with feathers here...

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#17

Name Tattoo Be Gone! Poof. Now It's A Wing

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M O'Connell 3 months ago

They could have turned that into "Layla" as an Eric Clapton tribute

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#18

Finished Batman Tattoo Cover Up

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Hello it Smee 3 months ago

That is real cool

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#19

Cover Up Tattoo

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Before And After Cover Up Done

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ZombieGirl5591 3 months ago

This one doesn't make sense to me

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#21

Void

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- 3 months ago

WHAT DOES IT SAY? ? *peers into screen*

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#22

Cover Up Tattoo

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Magpie 3 months ago

Scrolling down, the middle pic looked really bad.... but the last/bottom pic is very nice.

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#23

Cover Up

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Lyop 3 months ago

Dead to me.

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#24

My Friend Decided To Cover Up The Tattoo Of His Ex Wife

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Harry Larter 3 months ago

Still looks like her to me.

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#25

Cover Up Session Today

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Aramis 3 months ago

first artist was terrible anyway, I think a cover up was inevitable

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#26

Medusa Head Coverup Of An Ex-Wife By Nick Hetzel. Adios Kim

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manowce 3 months ago

both are horrible.

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#27

Tattoo Cover Up

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Rowlie 3 months ago

Such a bad idea

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#28

Oops

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Hello it Smee 3 months ago

O hell, you just doubled down on a bad decision. Hope you and Hollie last.

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#29

My Friend Got Divorced From His Wife. One Stupid Decision After Another

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Luis Milian 3 months ago

SAIT happens

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#30

Cover Up Of Name I Did A Year Ago

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Luis Milian 3 months ago

from bad to horrible

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#31

Cover Up

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Luis Milian 3 months ago (edited)

I think you just screwed yourself....three times.

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