COVER THAT CRAP
I won't mince words,
I don't enjoy cover ups as much having fresh skin to work with.
Some can be extremely labor intensive requiring several sessions,
which can be costly, but 'you can't make a silk purse out of a pigs ear'.
Cover ups can be very complicated depending on the state of the existing work,
and I'm just a simple artist, I'm not a magician.
HOW IT WORKS FOR ME...
Usually the client tells me what they'd want to live with or have instead within reason
and if it's possible then I try to make it happen,
but sometimes the work is so fucked up there isn't much anyone could do with it.
There are lots of ways to cover old work, I prefer to build it in a few sessions
concentrating on select areas, I feel it can more effectively completely cover old work.
Sometimes the old work is so light that it's a one shot cake walk, but more often than not,
it's dark with thick as shit lines, requiring allot of time.
But sometimes logistics and time require me to often complete works in one sitting,
mainly due to travel, either the client or myself.
Good "Cover Ups" aren't cheap,
but if you really want to save money, don't get a shitty tattoo to begin with.
Something I like to use often
is building up textures in Color.
It's not as simple as it looks,
but it's quite effective
and I use as little black ink
as I can get away with.
It can be a time consuming
application depending on
what's to be covered.