Advice and Aftercare

What is a blastover tattoo?

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Blastover tattoo by Instagram @deadpanther

A blastover tattoo is a form of cover-up that lacks the entire completeness of a normal cover-up.

As tattoos fade over time (this might happen to you quickly), having a blastover gives you the opportunity to have a completely new tattoo on top of your existing ink, without directly covering what’s beneath.

It might not be that your existing tattoos are faded, they may just be lighter in colour. Or you may just have a sleeve of pastel realism, for example, that you’re wanting to add a new completely different layer to.

More often than not, blastovers are traditional in style, and use only black ink, bold lines and lots of negative space. This allows your previous tattoos to act as the a coloured background behind a brand new, clearer, sharper tattoo.

Sometimes the motivation behind blastovers is to cover something that you might not be happy with, but as you can see with some of the examples below, that’s not always the case. A blastover may hardly cover your older tattoos, meaning you’re still able to love and enjoy both old and new tattoo layers that now co-exist beautifully together.

This tattoo style can also be popular with those who have run out of space for new tattoos, as it gives you the chance to get something new when you thought that might not be possible.

Some of the examples below are from people who are creating a completely new layer of tattoo sleeve artwork on top of their existing one.

Would you ever get a blastover tattoo?

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Blastover tattoo by Instagram @truthvilla

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Tattoo by Instagram @tinedefiore

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Tattoo by Instagram @olliewatazz101

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Tattoo by Instagram @olliewatazz101

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Tattoo by Instagram @liamkerrtattoo

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Tattoo by Instagram @igor_tangen

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Tattoo by Instagram @evantonysummers

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Tattoo by Instagram @dicky1981

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Tattoo by Instagram @dicky1981

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Tattoo by Instagram @dicky1981

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Tattoo by Instagram @billywhitetattoos

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