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Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:25 am

Ok, so I have this tattoo on my ankle that I would like to be rid of. I was wondering if it was possible to go to a tattoo artist and have them go over it with a flesh colored ink to "cover" it up.
What can I say? I was young when I got it and thought it was cool, but now......im not so sure. I know all about laser removal and the likes but what about the ink idea????


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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:38 am

I don't think that would work. Natural skin is semi-transparent; That is why tattoos work at all. So as far as I'm aware removing the ink is the only viable way to get rid of the tattoo... But I don't speak from experience here, so I'd ask a dermatologist or somebody else with actual knowledge about the options and the respective risks.
 
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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:23 pm

I should hope so for these peoples sake. I thought about starting a thread on this topic to see if any A-netters had worse tattoos, but decided this would be in bad taste. THis link is in bad taste, so go there at your risk

http://www.grupthink.com/topic/2517/Worst_Tattoos_Ever
 
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Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:39 pm

Off-road tattoo



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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:01 pm

Ok here is the tattoo in question and the B-52 nose art that it came from...

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a38/swatpa/Tara349.jpg?t=1185080307


http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a38/swatpa/SmaugsRevengeB-52picture001.jpg?t=1185080385

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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:12 pm

When you said you were young when you got it... did you mean last week?

That's a very fresh looking tat.... and it kind of looks like one of those rub on ones.

Anyways, I don't think the block of skin tone idea would work. Other than skin being translucent, it's also not all the same tone. You would need a very skilled artist who could mix several shades to make a convincing skin tone.
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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:28 pm

Trust me, its not a rub on tattoo. Also that picture is a number of years old and was taken when the tattoo was brand new. The lines on it are no longer that sharp looking.

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Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:28 pm

Quoting SWA TPA (Reply 12):
Ok here is the tattoo in question and the B-52 nose art that it came from...

Why would you worry about that tattoo? Does SWA have a problem with it? If you had one of those tattoos on the link I provided than I think you should worry. I think it's kind of cool to find a chick that would Tattoo a B-52 symbol on her ankle. Do you ever fly SWA out of SJC? I'll start looking at the FA's ankles.  rotfl 
 
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Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:29 pm

Although I in general don't think much of tattoos, and especially on women (so I'm old-fashioned, ok?...), I don't see much of anything wrong with this one! Given the origin of it, I consider it patriotic and similar to having used the "Don't Tread on Me" design used on early US flags...besides, it appears to be in a place that can be easily concealed by either/both socks/footwear, as compared with other places...and if I were to see you from maybe 15-30 ft away at a beach, I'd likely not notice it as one would with others...

I took a quick look at your profile/etc, and given your background, at least you had a good reason for this tattoo! Besides, it can be concealed a bit with makeup on those occasions when you may want to hide it...
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Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:33 pm

The only reason I am worried about it is my new job with Comair. We are not allowed any visible tattoos.
I have tried the makeup routine but that stuff never quite covers it completely and it gets on everything  Sad
I guess I am stuck with giant band aids for now. LOL!

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Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:08 pm

Quoting SWA TPA (Reply 17):
We are not allowed any visible tattoos.

Visible at what distance from where? When I was flying as a customer, I didn't look at the FA's ankles! I was looking elsewhere obviously!
And...It's not like you had it done after you took the job...then I could see them having issues with it...and it's only an issue while 'on the job', right? So a temporary cover-up is better for that...plus: you'll likely be working for some other company in later years where it might not be a problem...
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Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:59 pm

Thats why when choosing a Tatoo,try a temporary one.Else a change of heart cant erase a permanent one so eaisly later.
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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 10:40 pm

There's a type of make-up from Estee Lauder that is supposed to cover just about everything and stays on. You might want to try that.
 
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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:03 pm

3M makes a diamond-shaped thin fabric bandage that might work to cover it for now.

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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:25 am

Quoting SWA TPA (Thread starter):
Ok, so I have this tattoo on my ankle that I would like to be rid of. I was wondering if it was possible to go to a tattoo artist and have them go over it with a flesh colored ink to "cover" it up.
What can I say? I was young when I got it and thought it was cool, but now......im not so sure. I know all about laser removal and the likes but what about the ink idea????

One such option is to find a tattoo artist that does what is called the Variot AKA French Method of tattoo removal.

http://www.inkbusters.com/variot.htm

There's also the use of a chemical called TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) which used to be the main product dermatologists used to use to remove tattoos before laser treatments became the norm. TCA is a chemical peel that people generally use to reduce fine lines, acne scars and wrinkles. It can be found over the counter.

I've heard of a product called Wrecking Balm (they've advertised from time to time on Sirius), but based on a quick Google search, the product is an overpriced waste of time as the ingredients they're using can be obtained locally and cheaper.

There's a not quick and dirty method of ridding one's self of a tattoo; if there really was, somebody would be a multi-millionaire.

Since you're wanting to rid yourself of it completely, the cover method is completely out of the question. I had a friend years ago replace a bad tattoo with a cover.

Of course, the best way to avoid having to get a tattoo removed is to never have gotten one in the first place. I came close back in the late 1990s to getting one, had the tattoo artist picked out (this guy did some excellent work) and was pretty much trying to decide on what to get done. Eventually, I just let the idea pass.
 
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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:15 am

You might want to try this: http://www.wreckingbalm.com/ I have not used it but it claims to fade tattoos. They have a before and after from thier site
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Although I do not know anyone who has tried this.

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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:26 am

SWA TPA:
I'd like to see more of that leg.  Wink
Could you wear thigh-highs and skirt as a F/A? That way your tattoo is covered.
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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:10 am

I would be quite careful about experimentation without medical assistance or counsel... your skin may suffer and ugly discolouration may be a side effect... (tanning and aging may be different than on the rest of your body)
 
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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:01 am

It's on your ankle... how will anyone see it....?? You'll have to wear socks and slacks at work which will cover it up. I guess the question is do you still care about the tat...?? Does it still have a meaning...? If so, you can work around it. If not you can have it removed with a laser. I think by 'exposed' in your case they are talking about on the wrist, forearm, fingers, neck.... I really don't think they'll sweat an ankle tat..!!

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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:07 am

Last poster pointed out something I'd missed...that many FA's wear slacks and not dresses, so thus it would not be visible...
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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:45 am

I will just need to be REAL careful to keep it covered during training  Smile


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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:33 am

I saw a doctor about it today. For 800.00 and 6 laser treatments he can remove it pretty well. There will be some scarring and perhaps some light traces of color might remain but it will do the job.
Moral of the story? Be careful what you do to your body! Especially if it is permanent and in a place where it is visible!!!!!  Sad
I have a small pair of wings on my upper back too. Those I love. Nobody can see them or even knows they are there unless I want them to know. Heck, I even forget they are there sometimes! LOL!

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RE: Can A Tattoo Be Covered W/ Flesh Toned Ink?

Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:37 am

Well, now it would seem you have a choice to make: You got the tat cause you wanted it and liked it, and you were satisfied to have it for a lifetime until now...so is this new job which may not be your lifetime employer worth removing it? Given that I'm NOT in favor of tattoos, this is really weird to be saying, but I don't want you to regret removing it when you change jobs next....just something to consider...
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