It seems like the most obvious idea, to cover up an old tattoo or scar with skin coloured tattoo ink. But like many things in tattooing, the answer is not straightforward. So, can you get a skin color tattoo and will it work to cover up an old tattoo or scar?

Sometimes you can use white ink to fade out a tattoo so that it can be covered up. However, it doesn’t work well for most tattoos. Alternatives are getting the old tattoo faded by laser or finding a tattoo artist skilled in cover-up design. Blackout tattoos with white ink can also work but may fade.