Hi there.. I'm pretty new to the group.. just thought I'd introduce myself, my name's Helen 19f from Toronto Canada...
Anyhooo, on to my question!
I have a birthmark that I am not too fond of, especially the placement of it lol ill spare you that detail
Was wondering if there is any problem in covering it up with a tattoo...
Any tips would be great
Thanks a lot
this depends entirely on the color, size and location of the birthmark. Is it red, purplish, light brown, etc. Hands, face, back...... all of this determines what most people are willign to do to a birthmark Fill us. in.
its light brown.. and *sigh* on the rear end ... lol bout an inch and a half by 3/4 i guess
G> its light brown.. and *sigh* on the rear end ... lol bout an inch G> a half by 3/4 i guess
ask this question of a dermatologist. you're not going to get a satisfactory & *safe* answer from RAB, especially without a photo.
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well thanks for the help
since birthmarks are not a lesion, have no chance of becoming malignant and do not increase the rate of infection, there is no physical danger in tattooing the area. If you have had this birthmark as long as you can remember and it does not indicate any systemic problems, I wouldn't sweat it (though you might be surprised at the illnesses that people try and pass off as birthmarks). I guess the real issue has to do with how the pigment looks over the
I have a light red birthmark on my neck. What you think about getting a tattoo over this. Any problems?
dyess83 that depends on the birthmark. if it is raised (like a mole) you most certainly cannot have a tattoo on it. in your case 'a light red birthmark' seems like your tattoo artist (with whom lies the final decision if it is possible to cover it up or not) will have positive results covering it up
yea, it is not raised. its flat, light red, and has not changed size, 2in x 2in, ever since i can remember. i know definitely at least for 15 years same size and color with no problems.
It's probably just a discoloration of the kind, this birthmark and nothing to be worried about when covering it up with a tattoo. However to be completely sure you are not going to activate cells that could turn nasty by tattooing the spot I would ask a dermatologist (and preferably 2, just to be completely sure) as those are the only ones who can give a definite answer based on checking the birthmark and make a reliable prognosis
ok, thanks. i will check with my dermatologist.
I was just researchin about gettin my birthmark covered with a tattoo and found ur comment which has kinda cheered me up, i also hav a birthmark on my back side and really really hate it!.. glad to kno im not the only one
I'm glad you've found us. Please post a picture when it's done.
I just wanted to post a picture of my tattoo coverup of
my birthmark, to help inspire others who feel embarrassed of their birthmarks.
I hated mine my whole life, and I saw so many dermatologists who for years told me that laser technology could maybe help remove part of it, but it would still be splotchy, maybe scar horribly, and the birthmark could even come back!!! I had it tested to make sure it wasn't malignant, or that there would be complications from tattooing.
Some of the dermatologists off the record encouraged me to get a tattoo if the birthmark bothered me so bad, and were curious how well it would work so they could recommend it to other patients. Some dermatologists however have an antiquated way of thinking and thought I would be unhappy later with a tattoo, but I think thats anyones risk with getting any tattoo, the possibility of regret.
I don't regret a thing, I've had the tattoo for 5 years now, and its like I never had a birthmark, and I can finally wear shorts and bathing suits and not feel bad about myself.
Just take the steps of going to the doctor, finding the right tattoo artist, and what design you work out collaboritively with them will best cover up the birthmark.
what type of tatoo look better on bn...what color suits on bn..skin color taoon can cover the bn???
Thanks for your encouraging words. It's given me hope and a direction on my self-perception and confidence. I'm a female from TO as well. I'm 25 now but when I was 14, I started to notice that I had a giant cafe-au-lait (flat, coffee-coloured birthmark) that ran from the left, top-half of my ankle up half my thigh, on my left butt cheek and stops on the right side of my lower back. It sounds cool, but I haven't come to accept it yet since it wasn't there at birth.
Instead of living in shame with it, I want to make it into something beautiful that I won't be ashamed to flaunt .
In the long run:
I understand that I might get weird looks from people if I wear shorts, but I would be proud to show beautiful body art instead of feeling embarrassed or ashamed of my genetic fluke.
I am in a school setting so it is very important for me to cover it up. For any job interviews, socials and teaching, I always cover up my legs to avoid the stares and awkward questions. When in offices, I need to cover up anyways since the AC is on full blast.
In my personal life, however, I would want to be able to wear shorts, bikinis, or no pants and be able to admire my body.
While I'm in Toronto, I need to speak with my dermatologist to ensure that my birthmark is not dangerous and to talk about my options with laser therapy and tattooing.
I'm heading to Europe in September for a contract job and I am hoping to chat with Alex Reinke, apprentice to Horiyoshi III. I'm going to consult and see what my options are with designs and COST. Money is something I don't have a lot of so I want to plan.
Your thoughts? I'd love to see photos of what tattoo you have and to hear about how it changed your life for the better.
theres a place in canada that can tattoo over birthmarks. look this up Basma Hameed clinic
it depends on the artist!!!!
I have the same birthmark in the same place and I have been wanting to get a tattoo to cove mine. If you could show a picture of yours so i can see how well it trurned out that would be awesome.
Hi Jessica (and all)!
Wow, it's been a year since I've posted and I got a chance to educate myself at the Paris Tattoo convention. Also met the artist I mentioned...amazing!
Well, since the year has passed, I never stopped looking around for artists and inspiration. As well, got into the Masters program of my dreams and will most likely be working in an environment that allows tattoos (colleges/universities: they really don't care). This summer, will be heading to Toronto's tattoo convention to meet other artists. One artist has experience tattooing over cafe au lait birthmarks (i.e. brown ones, smooth) so no concerns there about tattooing over mine.
I still didn't get my tattoo, plan to save and get it by next year when I graduate from Masters. Very important that I get this large piece, recover and then start work and launch career in colleges/universities in August of next year.
After a year of reflection, especially after wearing a bikini at a hot spring in Scandinavia, I came to accept my body the way it is. I don't want to get rid of the birthmark: I want to use it as a canvas for beautiful work. Will stay authentic to the shape of my birthmark and my natural body.
In short, keep getting educated about the tattoo and process, keep getting inspired by others' work, and constantly practice reflective thinking when it comes to your piece. It's expensive and permanent so you want to make sure it's the right decision.
Be in touch in a year to share updates. Stay positive!
Hopeful, some pics would be most welcome.