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 5 days 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.

#2

Cover Up Tattoo

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Luis Milian 5 days 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 5 days 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.

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 5 days ago

That's a LOT of name.

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#6

Cover Up Tattoo

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Lucinda Overhoussen 5 days ago

Now this is original

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#7

Before And After Wrist Cover Up

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Jeff 5 days ago

Thats a thicc forest

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#8

Very Happy With This Cover Up

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TheExtremeSmell 5 days ago

I heard her moms got it going on though

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#9

Cover Up

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Sarah Pedersen 5 days ago

Beautiful beautiful work

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#10

From Wendy To House Targaryen

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Magpie 5 days ago

The after is soooo much better.

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#11

Little Cover-Up

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Aramis 5 days ago

simple, I like it.

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#12

From Wife's Portrait To Gorilla

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Mark Smallman 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago

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

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#16

Heres A Before And After Of This Fun Colorful Feather

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Natasha Forchione 5 days 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 5 days ago

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

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#20

Void

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- 5 days ago

WHAT DOES IT SAY? ? *peers into screen*

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#21

Before And After Cover Up Done

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ZombieGirl5591 5 days ago

This one doesn't make sense to me

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#22

Cover Up Tattoo

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Magpie 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago

Still looks like her to me.

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#25

Cover Up Session Today

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Aramis 5 days ago

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

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#26

Tattoo Cover Up

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Rowlie 5 days ago

Such a bad idea

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#28

Oops

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Hello it Smee 5 days ago

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

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#30

Cover Up Of Name I Did A Year Ago

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Luis Milian 5 days ago

from bad to horrible

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#31

Cover Up

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Luis Milian 5 days ago (edited)

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

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