Tattoos That Were Covered Up In The Best Ways Possible

Bad tattoos are a universal phenomenon affecting everyone from the rich and famous to average Joes like you and I.

If you want to feel a little bit less embarrassed about your own ink regrets, or maybe you just want to judge some impulsive people, you’re in the right place.

Picasso-chu

That’s one way to fix an old mistake! This clever artist decided to evolve their old tattoo by making it the centerpiece of their new tattoo.

Pikachu tattoo cover up =. Pikachu painting himself on easel
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mybodyisajacuzzi / Imgur

Their ink really is evolving like a Pokémon.

Paris, the happiest place on Earth… Wait

Paris Hilton’s ex-fiance, Chris Zylka, decided that the Disney-themed tribute tattoo he’d gotten for her wasn’t a reminder of the happily ever after they had planned.

Paris Hilton Disney tattoo covered by Silverback Gorilla
wt_tattoo / Instagram / Canva
wt_tattoo / Instagram / Canva

He visited a Toronto-based tattoo artist at Chronic Ink to have the bold Paris tattoo covered by a fierce silverback gorilla.

It was always about Marge

Mary might have had his heart at one point, but Marge Simpson will have it forever.

Tattoo cover up Mary to Marge with Marge Simpson
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iliketosharestuff / Imgur

It only makes sense that when things went south with Mary, this guy decided to cover it up with a tribute to Marge Simpson.

Pete Davidson the cover-up king

Pete Davidson is the king of getting inked for love. He clearly hasn’t learned his lesson about having to cover those inkings up though!

Pete Davidson Ariana Grande tattoo cover up
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Instagram ; James Devaney/Getty Images ; Canva

When Pete was engaged to Ariana Grande he got multiple tattoos in honor of the singer, only to have to go and cover them all up when they called off their engagement. He covered a mask from her Dangerous Woman album cover with a black heart.

Nobody’s winning here

Denise Richards admitted in her autobiography that her then-fiancé, Charlie Sheen, surprised her with a tribute tattoo during their engagement.

Denise Richards Charlie Sheen name tattoo cover up
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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic via Getty Images; Jim Spellman/WireImage via Getty Images; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

She decided to do the same and got his name inked on her ankle. Years later, she visited celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, who transformed “Charlie” into a delicate fairy.

An awkward translation

Zoe Kravitz’s shoulder tattoo was allegedly supposed to read “let love rule” in Arabic, but fans later pointed out it had been incorrectly translated. Yikes.

Zoe Kravitz Arabic tattoo cover up
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Kevin Mazur/VF1/WireImage ; @_dr_woo_ / Instagram

She began the process of removing the tattoo but eventually visited celebrity tattoo artist Dr. Woo to have the old scar covered with a dragonfly in place of the Arabic quote.

Big Sean be gone

Jhene Aiko got a portrait image tattooed of her on-again-off-again love and collaborator Big Sean.

Jhene Aiko Big Sean tattoo removal cover up
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@miryamlumpini / Instagram ; Gotham/GC Images via Getty Images

When the two went their separate ways, she had most of her tattoos covered with new pieces. She assured fans “I covered ALL my tats w/ a big Dragon w/ a Phoenix wing breathing life and light into a new galaxy. NEW ART! NO BEEF!” in a since-deleted tweet.

Keith Urban is all about Nicole now

Before Keith Urban was a family man alongside Nicole Kidman, he was a regular rockstar. He had the Latin phrase “Omnia Vincit Amor” meaning “love conquers all” tattooed with his then-girlfriend.

Keith Urban tattoo cover up
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SGranitz/WireImage via Getty Images ; Frederick Breedon via Getty Images

After meeting Kidman, he had the phrase covered with her initials hidden in a Celtic symbol.

No more Jenny from the block

Marc Anthony’s marriage to Jennifer Lopez lasted a decade, during which time he got her name inked on the inside of his wrist.

Marc Anthony Jennifer Lopez tattoo coverup
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Evan Agostini/Getty Images ; Ethan Miller/WireImage via Getty Images

However, after the couple filed for divorce, Marc headed to the tattoo shop to have his tattoo covered up by a symbol drawing.

That’s a seriously grande keyhole

During their whirlwind romance and engagement, Pete Davidson got Ariana Grande’s last name tattooed down his side in cursive writing.

Pete Davidson Ariana Grande tattoo cover up keyhole
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Melodie Jeng/GC Images via Getty Images ; Bobby Bank/GC Images via Getty Images ; Canva

He was later photographed with a giant black keyhole covering his ex-fiance’s last name.

“Always” but not forever

Pete Davidson wasn’t the only one who had to do some covering-up post split.

Ariana Grande Pete Davidson tattoo cover up
@arianagrande / Instagram / Canva
@arianagrande / Instagram / Canva

Ariana Grande also went through the process of modifying multiple tattoos she had gotten with her ex-fiancé. She had leaves inked over the phrase “always” written in Pete’s handwriting.

Heidi Klum divorced her tattoo

Heidi Klum once explained the tattoo she got to honor her then-husband, Seal, and their family.

Heidi Klum Seal tattoo cover up
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Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for amfAR ; Steve Granitz/WireImage via Getty Images ; Canva

But when Heidi and Seal announced their divorce, she began the process of removing his name from her arm. She still kept the stars she says symbolize their children.

Don’t save this date

Kaley Cuoco’s romance with Ryan Sweeting burned fast and bright, seeing the pair get engaged after only three months of dating.

Kaley Cuoco tattoo cover up moth
Taylor Hill/WireImage ; Angela Weiss/WireImage
Taylor Hill/WireImage ; Angela Weiss/WireImage

Although they split after 21 months of marriage, Kaley managed to get their wedding date inked on her back during their relationship. She chose a giant moth to cover the doomed date.

Stitch to the rescue

Sometimes the best way to fix a tattoo isn’t by covering it up but by enhancing the original design!

Lilo and Stitch tattoo cover up
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ynsein / Reddit

That’s what this artist did when they brought this ketchup bottle tattoo back to life with a Lilo and Stitch theme.

Johnny Depp is a wino forever

Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder famously dated in the 1990s. He was spotted rocking a “Winona Forever” tattoo on his bicep during their relationship.

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Barry King/WireImage ; Dave Benett/Getty Images

Later in his career, he had the tattoo modified to read “Wino Forever,” which isn’t exactly surprising considering his open love for wine.

Pete Davidson is definitely cursed

Nothing says love like matching ink, right? Wrong. Pete Davidson got the words “mille tendresse” tattooed in the same location as Ariana Grande during their brief engagement.

Pete Davidson Ariana Grande cursed tattoo cover up
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UMV/Star Max/GC Images via Getty Images; Bobby Bank/GC Images; Canva

He later was spotted with a dark tattoo cover up that reads “CURSED.”

At least they kept her hair the same

If you’re going to get a portrait tattoo you’re committing to having someone’s face on you forever.

Tattoo cover up making the woman a devil
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SomeJagaloon / Imgur

This person decided that just because their exes’ face was on their body didn’t mean they couldn’t update the portrait.

Ditched the bling and the tattoo

Ariana Grande had some work to do when it came to covering up all of her Pete Davidson tattoos.

Ariana Grande Pete Davidson tattoo cover up ring finger
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@nail_swag / Instagram; @arianagrande / Instagram ; Canva

She had Pete’s name inked on her ring finger and later it was spotted covered up with a heart-arrow tatt debuted in her Thank U, Next video.

Wiz Khalifa is morphed into Slash

It’s no secret that Amber Rose loves getting tattoos, she has tattoo sleeves on both arms.

Amber Rose Wix Khalifa tattoo cover up to Slash
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Gary Miller/Getty Images ; Alexander Tamargo/WireImage

When she was married to Wiz Khalifa she got a portrait of the rapper inked on her arm only to later have it altered to look like famous guitarist Slash following their divorce.

The ink lasted longer than the relationship

Angelina Jolie famously dated, married, and divorced Billy Bob Thornton between the years 2000 and 2003.

Angelina Jolie Billy Bob Thornton tattoo cover up
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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc via Getty Images ; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

During their whirlwind PDA-packed romance she got his name tattooed on her arm above a dragon. She soon after had it removed with laser treatment and eventually covered it with the geographic locations of her children’s births.

Johnny Depp didn’t learn

Johnny Depp didn’t learn from his Winona Ryder tattoo incident because when he was briefly married to Amber Heard he got her nickname “SLIM” tattooed across his knuckles.

Johnny Depp Slim Amber Heard tattoo cover up
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David Livingston/Getty Images ; Karwai Tang/WireImage ; Canva

After their bitter and extremely public divorce and defamation lawsuit, Johnny was spotted with the tattoo altered to say “SCUM” and “SCAM.”

Ariana Grande is still covering Pete-themed tatts

Ariana Grande recently uploaded proof to her Instagram story that she had altered yet another one of her matching tattoos with her ex-fiancé Pete Davidson.

Ariana Grande Pete Davidson Reborn tattoo cover up
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Kevin Mazur/WireImage / via Getty Images ; @arianagrande / Instagram Stories ; Canva

The word REBORN, which can be found in the same location on Pete’s hand, is covered with what appears to be a fern leaf.

Maybe it’s his favorite sauce?

The relationship with Sarah may be over, but her memory will live on forever with this tattoo. Or will it?

Tattoo that says Sarah re-touched to say Sarahcha featuring rooster
Spencerforeman / Reddit
Spencerforeman / Reddit

Maybe, if he doesn’t think about it too much, he’ll really believe it says Sriracha.

Demi Lovato kissed those lips goodbye

Demi Lovato admitted she once got a drunken tattoo of a lip print on her wrist. Her fans pointed out that they thought it looked like a different, less appropriate body part.

Demi Lovato lip tattoo cover up
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Christopher Polk/Getty Images ; Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images

She ended up having it altered to feature black and white roses.

Kat Von D is going full-inked

Kat Von D is a celebrity tattoo artist who has spent her life collecting ink all over her body.

Kat Von D black leg tattoo sleeve
@thekatvond / Instagram
@thekatvond / Instagram

She recently uploaded this image to her Instagram to show her followers how she had been covering the existing ink on her left leg.

This relationship is null and void

Something must have gone really wrong in this relationship because Tara Lynn’s name has been stamped out by a permanent VOID stamp.

Void tattoo over name cover up
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[deleted username] / Reddit

Why remove the tattoo when you can remind yourself of how things didn’t work out?

Adios to Jane and heartburn

Jane probably doesn’t mind that this tacky tattoo has been covered forever by a half sleeve.

Jane tattoo cover up name
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Drewdle883 / Reddit

The flaming heart tattoo was a bit cliche in the first place, it’s for the better that he got it covered up.

Evolution of a snake

This person explained that their friend did the original tattoo on the left so they didn’t want to cover it up completely.

Tattoo cover up of snake
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LilaAnton / Reddit

Instead, they got their tattoo artist to enhance the design by making it more modern.

A total change up!

Now this is a serious cover up!

Tattoo cover up with flowers giant back piece
asparagooey / Reddit
asparagooey / Reddit

This woman got her back tattoo of a bull’s skull covered up by a large floral back piece that goes all the way down her spine and over her butt.

A symbol of growth

This tattoo looks like it went from rags to riches!

Broken heart full color tattoo cover up
Yestattooshurt / Reddit
Yestattooshurt / Reddit

Someone covered up their jagged broken heart tattoo with intricate skulls and roses, and that’s what we call personal growth!