Planning A Cover Up? Weddings & Tattoosby: Michael Kabel
So how much ink adorns your body? Do you have the full
sleeves? Maybe, like a lot of college kids in the 1990s, you got the discreet
ring of ivy or tribal thorns around your bicep or ankle, something that could
be covered up in a hurry. Tattoos are a way of life for some, and a passing
fancy for others. As people grow older, their tattoos usually become either
more or less important to them. (By the way, if you were one of those that got
the tribal stuff, consider this fair warning: see a removal specialist now.
It was trite when it was new, and it's not getting better with age.)
not to conceal your tattoos on your wedding day - or even get a new one - is up
to you and the impression you want to make on your guests. If you're proud of
your tats, then by all means let the colors fly at your wedding. If you
consider the tattoos a college indiscretion, a lingering souvenir of a Spring
Break lapse in judgment, then you’re betting off covering them up; at least for
Cover Up Kits
something is a trend in American culture when there's a professionally made
product to either deal with it, fix it, or make it bigger. Just so with
tattoos: a number of specially designed "tattoo cover up kits"have hit the
market in recent years, containing everything needed to discreetly conceal all
but the largest tattoos with hypoallergenic makeup.
cover up kit includes primer and finishing powders, along with application
brushes and sponges for easy use. The makeup is waterproof and sunproof, and
its advertisers claim it also works for blemishes, acne scars, varicose veins,
and other skin discolorations that might ruin your perfect bridal appearance.
In basic consistency and use, the
sets are much like larger makeup kits, but having them handy has its uses,
especially if you decide to cover the tattoos at the last minute. Like a first
aid kit, they include everything needed right at your fingertips, and the case
itself is usually a neat accessory.
Getting Ink Done
of couples choose to go the opposite route and have tattoos added to their
bodies in anticipation of the wedding celebration. Popular among "first-timers"
and body art veterans alike, the wedding tattoo is often a personal expression
or commemoration of a couple's love affair.
wedding tattoo is a lot like getting any other kind of tattoo. You need to make
sure you’re ready for the commitment, and that you can stand the discomfort
when it goes on. As any tattoo artist or collector will tell you, if you have
even the slightest doubt, it’s better to wait until you’re ready. The design of
the tattoo can be something from your imagination, creating an original
creation that speaks especially to your fiancé and the special love the two of
you share. For practical reasons, it's best to consult your tattoo artist for
his input about the final design. While you have something in mind, the artist
can revise and finesse its shape and colors, creating something that will
enhance your ideas and apply more readily to your skin.
tattoo is done, be certain to finish all care and preservation advice given at
the time of the application. Because of the initial bandage overlay and need to
keep the tattooed skin moist, you should plan on getting the work done well in
advance of the wedding day itself.