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 design with your partner's face, name, or initials inked is easier than getting rid of it. Luckily, some crafty tattoo artists 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 to the tattoo gallery below and remember to upvote your faves!

#1

When Love Is Over

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

was death the best choice or accurate choice...

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Everyone who wants a tattoo cover-up has to be open to modifications that will allow it to completely hide the old body art. And the more complex the cover-up tattoo 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, tattoo ideas with layers like 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
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1 year 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

Mary Or...

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

D'oh!

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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.

#4

Thats How You Cover Up A Tattoo

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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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
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1 year ago

That's a LOT of name.

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#6

Cover Up Tattoo

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Lucinda Overhoussen
Community Member
1 year ago

Now this is original

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#7

Before And After Wrist Cover Up

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Jeff
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1 year ago

Thats a thicc forest

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#8

Very Happy With This Cover Up

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TheExtremeSmell
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1 year ago

I heard her moms got it going on though

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#9

Cover Up

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Sarah Pedersen
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful beautiful work

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#10

From Wendy To House Targaryen

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Magpie
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1 year ago

The after is soooo much better.

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#11

Little Cover-Up

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Aramis
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1 year ago

simple, I like it.

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#12

From Wife's Portrait To Gorilla

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Mark Smallman
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!!

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#16

Heres A Before And After Of This Fun Colorful Feather

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Natasha Forchione
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

That is real cool

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#19

Cover Up Tattoo

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ZombieGirl5591
Community Member
1 year ago

lazy

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#20

Before And After Cover Up Done

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ZombieGirl5591
Community Member
1 year ago

This one doesn't make sense to me

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#21

Void

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1 year ago

WHAT DOES IT SAY? ? *peers into screen*

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#22

Cover Up Tattoo

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Magpie
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

Dead to me.

Sandra Luz
Community Member
1 year ago

Love died.

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Mia O'Brien
Community Member
1 year ago

It wasn’t a great tat to start with...but the endgame probably looks the best

Akucdota
Community Member
1 year ago

Still has her features

Mari Bryant
Community Member
1 year ago

Still has happy eyes. Lol

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

zombie lol

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

Do we really need to tat a pic of a 36YO accountant on ourselves?

Luna Moonwatcher
Community Member
1 year ago

The original isn’t great.

Hermione Granger
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol why does the ex look like chief Vick from psych?!

Mel Xing
Community Member
1 year ago

Damn original is already a demon no need to add on!

thømas, shane and phan trashcan
Community Member
1 year ago

The second looks like et 😂😂

Jode Raleigh
Community Member
1 year ago

Make it stop

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Awful. Skin it!

Ed Lesperance
Community Member
1 year ago

Hillary?

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

So amazing how many people get permanent images of what may possibly be a temporary relationship.

Kelly Horrigan
Community Member
1 year ago

still looks a bit like her too!

Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

This gets old

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Bored Panda will shorten the list any minute now.

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Madalena Isabel
Community Member
1 year ago

Seriously, every face of a woman friends into dead!!😣

Grace Wiebe
Community Member
1 year ago

It's so obvious, though. I wouldn't want to be with a dude that had a tat like this cuz...is she "dead to you" or is she actually dead...?

Mare Freed
Community Member
1 year ago

Office head shots make really awkward tattoos. The skull, however, is hot.

Jessica
Community Member
1 year ago

The eyes need to go and some highlights need to happen especially restructuring the cheeks and defining the nose

Yeetus Deletus
Community Member
1 year ago

r/nobodyasked

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#24

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

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Harry Larter
Community Member
1 year ago

Still looks like her to me.

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#25

Cover Up Session Today

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Aramis
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

both are horrible.

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#27

Tattoo Cover Up

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Such a bad idea

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#28

Oops

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

SAIT happens

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#30

Cover Up Of Name I Did A Year Ago

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

from bad to horrible

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#31

Cover Up

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

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

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