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Five Minutes with Norman Begley (Namibia)

Norman Begley will be tattooing with us from 13th August - 25th August 2018. We asked him a few questions ...

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#thinkb4uink - Your Cover Up

The best way to avoid a cover up is to start out right in the first place. Prior to going for your tattoo, research your artist, have a solid idea in your mind, sit with it for a while and then go for a consult. Ensure that what you are getting is really what YOU want and not just a “fad” tattoo. 


Be very careful with being tattooed when you are emotional or have just gone through a traumatic experience. Sometimes these tattoos can be a reminder of a dark time that you don’t want to look back on every time you look down at your arm. Also KNOW yourself, if you have the type of personality that sees you changing your mind and style easily, getting a tattoo might not be for you. 


If you already have something you are unhappy with, think carefully before covering, you WILL have to go bigger for your tattoo, and you don’t want to try to cover up a cover up if you are unhappy again. Nicholas Taljaard, one of Fallen Heroes’ senior artists usually says"rule of thumb on coverups is to go around 3 times bigger - the idea is not to simply cover but to HIDE the current piece in a darker area of the new tattoo.”


If you have decided to go forward with the cover up, talk to your artist and listen to them. If they recommend that you might need laser to lighten the area in order to achieve the results you would like, you might be disappointed, but it is worthwhile. Going to a reputable place for your laser is as important as going to a great tattoo artist for your cover up. There are many methods that are on the market for tattoo removal, however we have yet to see one  that is as effective as a good laser removal. 


Our artists can work wonders if you work with them, and the completion of an amazing cover up is always satisfying but the best solution is to get fantastic work in the first place. 



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