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Sleeve Tattoo Removal Before and After

Black and Grey Sleeve Tattoo Removal for a Coverup – Before and After

This client worked with our Boston location to lighten his upper arm tattoo in preparation for a coverup tattoo. He wanted to lighten the existing ice fishing themed tattoo to ensure his new black and grey motorcycle tattoo design was not inhibited by the old work.


With laser tattoo removal being so readily available, many artists choose to refer their coverup tattoo clients to The Finery to undergo laser tattoo removal before putting their art in the same place. This allows for the artist to do a tattoo to there full ability, without having to dance around different artists old, and unwanted work. This also reduces the need for the coverup tattoo to be a very large, and very dark tattoo. Thanks to laser, if you want a coverup tattoo, but don’t want a huge dark raven, the possibility remains!

How many treatments do I need for a coverup tattoo?

The main question asked when a client comes in to lighten a tattoo before a tattoo coverup, is “how many treatments do I need”, While this is a difficult question to answer for even full removal, it becomes even more challenging to give accurate answers for tattoo coverups. This is due to the numerous tattoo styles, and artist preferences that play a roll in the coverup tattoo process. Every artist will require a different level of lightning before they apply the new tattoo. This is largely due to artist style, and style of tattoo. If you are looking to have an American traditional tattoo applied with heavy lines and bright vibrant colors, odds are your artist will require fewer treatments than an artist who specializes in light black and grey portraits, which an old tattoo would more easily show through.

How do I ensure my tattoo is light enough for the coverup tattoo?

At The Finery our first piece of advice when seeking a coverup tattoo is to decide on the tattoo you want, find an artist who you love, and speak to them! The best results come from good communication between an artist and client who are on the same page. Every technician at The Finery is highly skilled in laser tattoo removal, but typically we do lack the artistic insight your artist will have! Speaking to your artist can also reduce the size of the area you need to be lasered or colors that need laser removal. The less ink we need to remove, the less costly the removal process will be.

How To Remove a Sleeve Tattoo?

In the case of this client, we opted to use our Revlite SI and its 1064 wavelength to get him cover up ready. Because this client had all black ink, all line work tattoo, this was the best laser for his particular tattoo.

Who did this coverup tattoo?

This client worked with Chris Dingwell in Portland, Maine


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Sydney’s Story

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