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Covering Up My Tattoo

9th August 2016

For almost a decade I’ve been moaning about my tattoo, a wonky shooting star in the worst shade of magenta you can imagine, which had absolutely no meaning whatsoever to me and looked as though it was done in prison with a biro.

This year I finally decided I would do something about it and get it covered up. I knew I wanted a kawaii / Disney style so enlisted my friend Kayleigh -a tattoo veteran- to help find the perfect artist. I was more than willing to travel as I couldn’t afford to get this wrong a second time but as luck would have it Ali, a Disney loving tattoo artist with a portfolio full of exactly the style I was looking for, worked in a town an hour or so away from us.

I told Ali what I wanted and she drew up my design, which I instantly fell in love with.

I remember getting tattooed as being painful and was nervous. Kayleigh told me she loved the feeling and that it doesn’t hurt at all, which whilst feeling dubious about I tried to believe to calm my nerves. She was getting two little tattoos on her sleeve and offered to go first, so as she was tattooed I watched and she really didn’t flinch!

I have an annoying / embarrassing tendency to get light headed when having blood taken or any kind of needle, so I stuffed my face with sweets before Ali began. As it would transpire, Kayleigh either has an insanely high pain tolerance or kindly lied to make me feel better, because it hurt a lot. In fairness after a while I got used to it, but where my old tattoo wasn’t done well and didn’t heal right I had a lot of scar tissue so going over that was the worst part.

A couple of hours later and my old horrible tattoo was encased behind the glass heart, never to be seen again. I’m so happy with how it turned out and that I’ll never have to see the star again.


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  • It looks beautiful!

    • Amy

      Thank you Rebecca!

  • Yiotou_La

    Wow, it looks amazing! Love the design and the colours! 🙂


    • Amy

      Ah thanks Yiota <3

  • Givstinella

    It looks so original! I’m glad you could finally do it!


    • Amy

      Thank you! xx

  • Amy

    Ah thank you! I’m not a fan either, I was so worried I would faint as I did the last time (and when I had my lips done … And my last blood test lol) but thankfully I didn’t. I think you should get a tattoo of the cute egg haha <3

  • OMG I love tattoos like this, colourful and girly, im too nervous to get one though haha =]

    • Amy

      Thanks Emma! 🙂 x

  • OMG this is absolutely stunning – I LOVE IT! I really want a tattoo but have such a fear about the pain – I need to be brave it seems. Love this. xxx

    • Amy

      Thank you! It’s not too bad, I mean it hurt a lot but it’s consistent so you kind of get used to it. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed the feeling haha but it was doable! xx

  • meg

    This so, so cute! I wanna get another tattoo, something more substantial but it’s hard because I am a wimp!

    Meg | Elmpetra

    • Amy

      Thanks Meg! It took me so many years to psyche myself up to get this, I don’t blame you ha!

  • LOVE> Massive Disney fanatic so this tattoo is a winner for me. The detail in the bow and the diamond is amazing. I love that your friend was so calm and collected haha, I am the same as you, I unintentionally go lightheaded and sickly when needles come anywhere near me! XX

    • Amy

      Thanks Sophie! It’s so weird, I have no idea why it happens because I’m not particularly scared of needles but then I sort of faint it’s so embarrassing lol. xx

  • Just seen the new design for your blog Amy, it’s absolutely gorgeous! I cannot stop staring haha! This tattoo is so beautiful, you’ve almost convinced me to get one of my own 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • Amy

      Aw thanks Elizabeth 🙂 I wanted it to be a bit more “me” and less clinical. I can imagine yours would be so pretty and romantic, like your blog <3

  • Aww I love your tattoo, and that’s saying something because I’m not a tattoo person at all. I love how girly and vibrantly colourful it is though and the fireworks are amazing! Hats off to your tattoo artist! xx

    Charlotte | Just Charlotte

    • Amy

      Thank you! I’m not either really, had I not rushed into getting one for the sake of it I don’t think I would have as an adult and I don’t think I’ll ever get anymore, but I’m happy with this one <3

  • This is so pretty and vibrant!! 🙂 Also i love your new blog design – stunning x

    • Amy

      Thank you Sophie! 🙂

  • Your tattoo is beautiful – the colours are amazing!
    Emma |

    • Amy

      Thanks Emma! x

  • Wow this looks so beautiful, I really love the colours too. Gemma x

    • Amy

      Thanks Gemma 🙂

  • Your new tattoo looks incredible! I recognised it as the Disney castle before I read it 😉 Loving the pink shade x

    • Amy

      Thank you 🙂 x

  • Great new tattoo, it’s so cute and eye catching.
    🙂 Diana |

    • Amy

      Thanks Diana! x

  • Caliope Couture

    Your tattoo looks amazing! Love the Disney fairytale style.
    Christina ♥

    • Amy

      Thanks Christina <3

  • Yuka Suzuki

    I’m so, so happy for you! Haven’t been lurking around blogs for a while but reading this post made me smile – it looks amazing! Goodbye wonky shooting star and hello incredible little disney castle! 😉

    • Amy

      Ah 🙂 thank you! xx

  • Your blog is so bloody beautiful.
    Such a beautiful tattoo too, I’m glad it went well! xx


    • Amy

      Thanks Hannah! 🙂 x

  • OMG IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderful tattooooo <3 I love the look of your blog too, stunning flowers xx

    elese |

    • Amy

      Thanks Elese! 🙂 x

  • That’s gorgeous!! It’s so bright and you’d never guess there was anything underneath! I’m looking to get a coverup too and have been getting laser removal to lighten the old tattoo before embarking on a new design 🙂 x
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

    • Amy

      Thanks Holly! I was so happy with how it turned out. Does laser hurt? Excited to see your new tattoo one day 🙂

      • It hurts more than a tattoo. A lot more!!
        I’m still on the hunt for my perfect tattooist 🙂 x

  • Jenny Morgan

    Awesome tattoo..I like sport shoe usually

  • Ela