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10 Impressive Tattoo Cover Ups

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While the stigma of tattoos has been largely eradicated by their popularity, the problem of unwanted tattoos remains a big issue. Those with tattoos they no longer want have a few options—lasering them off, trying “removal” creams that tend to only lighten the ink, or covering them with another tattoo. Here are some funny edits people have made to their unwanted tattoos through cover ups.

1. Wino Forever

Perhaps the most famous tattoo edit is Johnny Depp’s “Wino Forever” tattoo, which started out as “Winona Forever.”  He got the tattoo done in February 1990 by artist Mike Messina to celebrate his engagement to Winona Ryder. The engagement didn’t last, though, which left him with a bit of a dilemma. While he could have had the whole thing lasered off, he explained to GQ, “I think of my tattoos like a journal. To have it [the tattoo] removed, or erase it, is to try and say it never happened. If I alter it in some way, make it funny—put her next boyfriend’s name on top of it, say—it would still be honest.” Eventually, he combined a bit of laser removal and new ink to revise the tattoo into something he felt would be honest for the rest of his life.

2. The Death of Love

Covering up a portrait of an ex is particularly hard, but this shows that it is possible to do. When you turn your ex into Death, it certainly says a lot about how you currently feel about him or her.

I can’t find out more about this tattoo, such as who did the cover up or who it belongs to, but this is the earliest posting of the image I could find.

3. Now That’s True Love

What could possibly cover up an ex’s name better than an image of someone you will always love—for example, your loving, trusty pup, Egor. Cover up tattoo by Lisa of Crimson Heart Designs.

4. Don’t Do Names

Tattoo artist Andrew Sussman reminds everyone, “DON’T DO NAMES!!!!!!!...unless you want me to cover it up. then go right ahead!” If you do want your artist to have something fun to cover up though, by all means, get a name tattoo—that will eventually be replaced by an image of something you really love, like the ocean.

5. Dun-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Batman


The Dark Knight isn’t just great at fighting crime—his dark colors and friendly bat entourage make him a fantastic image for tattoo cover ups as well. Of course, it helps if you have a talented tattoo artist like DeviantArt user Remistattoo doing the cover up.

6. Luke, I Am Your Tattoo

Who knew geek icons made such great tattoo cover ups? Just like Batman, Darth Vader’s black shading makes him perfect for hiding unwanted tattoos of any color. This particular cover up is by DeviantArt user hellcatmolly.

7. A Gentleman And A Dinosaur

This cover up by Tim Pangburn was an internet sensation back in 2010, and with good reason. Not only was the original pretty terrible and the artwork on the cover up pretty great, but the fact that the design is a scholarly T. Rex makes the design destined for internet greatness.

8. Party Dog

Just because you have a “Party Dog” tattoo doesn't mean it has to look like something you were inspired to get after partying too long one night. This guy by Tim Pangburn is still a party dog, it’s just that now he has a little better taste. 

9. Spider to Spider

Sometimes a cover up is only necessary to hide the poor quality of a tattoo, but not the subject itself. In that area, it’s hard to beat this great spider tattoo cover up by DeviantArt user Pedi. The use of the original spider’s legs as shadows on the new design is particularly impressive.

10. Now That’s A Majestic Beast

It’s hard to tell if the original design was supposed to be a reindeer, a moose or a horse, but the cover up, by Deanna Wardin of Tattoo Boogaloo, does an amazing job at hiding the terrible tattoo that was there before and making something new and beautiful in its place.

I’ve wanted a cover up of the blurry, all black cat on my leg for years. I was told that it was too dark to cover up with anything but a big black square before, but maybe a Darth Vader would work. What about you guys—do you have any tattoos you want covered up, and if so, what do you want to cover them with?

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A Visual History of Captain America’s Shields
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Captain America has gone through plenty of wardrobe changes since his comic book debut in 1941, but it’s his iconic shield that has had the most makeovers. Over the past eight decades, fans have seen the shield change its shape, color, and even the material from which it’s crafted. For the folks at Pop Chart Lab, the shield’s storied history provided the perfect subject matter for their latest poster.

On this piece, the company teamed with Marvel to give a rundown of 50 of Cap’s shields—from the instantly recognizable to the downright obscure. Here we see his classic Golden Age shield, with its slightly different color scheme, and the different variations from Jack Kirby’s time-traveling Bicentennial Battles book. Then there are entries like the vibranium shield he received from Black Panther in Captain America #342 and an adamantium one made by Tony Stark.

Those different shields just scratch the surface of the deep cuts Pop Chart Lab provides. There are also shields from Captain Americas across Marvel’s numerous alternate universes, like the ones used by the Ultimate Universe Steve Rogers and the android Cap from Earth-725.

Each shield is illustrated to match its comic book counterpart and comes with a description specifying the series it debuted in and which Earth it exists on (the Marvel Universe has thousands of different versions of Earth, after all).

The posters will begin shipping on May 23, and you can pre-order yours now starting at $29 on the Pop Chart Lab website. You can check out a full look at the poster below.

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5 Fast Facts About Tamara de Lempicka
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Sometimes artists become more known among the general public for their colorful personal lives than for their artwork, no matter how great their contributions to the art world. Such is the case with Polish/American artist Tamara de Lempicka, who was born on this day in 1898. While Google is honoring what would have been her 120th birthday with a Google Doodle,  here are some highlights from her storied life.

1. SHE BEGAN HER "CAREER" AT THE AGE OF 12.

Tamara de Lempicka, who was born Maria Górska, discovered her artistic passion and skill at the age of 12. Lempicka had sat for a famous painter, but hated the resulting portrait, and believed she could do a better job. Thus she created her first painting ever, a portrait of her younger sister Adrienne, with which she was extremely pleased.

2. SHE MET HER HUSBAND WHEN SHE WAS 14 YEARS OLD.

Though she was only 14 years old when she met Taduesz Lempicki, the teenaged Lempicka became determined to marry him. Just a few years later, when she was 17 years old, she married the "modestly well-off lawyer" with a dowry provided by her "millionaire banker uncle." (She hadn't lived with her parents since they divorced when she was a child.)

3. SHE'S MORE FAMOUS FOR HER SEX LIFE THAN HER ART.

 Gallery technicians at Sotheby's auction house lift a painting by Tamara de Lempicka entitled 'Portrait de la Duchesse de la Salle' from 1925, next to another painting by the artist, 'Portrait de Marjorie Ferry' from 1932
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Although she is considered the most famous Art Deco painter, Lempicka was more famous for her libido than for her art. She was bisexual, and carried on scandalous affairs with both men and women (often her patrons and models). Yet the exact details are somewhat unclear since, according to one source, she "shuffled the facts of her biography as much as she meddled with her birth date"—and she meddled with her birth date quite a bit, even going so far as to reportedly try to pass her daughter off as her sister on occasion.

4. SHE LIVED A LIFE OF LUXURY.

Lempicka lived a life of luxury from childhood. Not only was she born into a wealthy family, her second husband was Baron Kuffner, a wealthy Hungarian baron who had been her patron and lover. Although she initially lost money in 1929 when her bank collapsed, she survived the Great Depression relatively unaffected, painting the portraits of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Queen Elizabeth of Greece during that time. She had been charging as much as 50,000 French francs per portrait by 1927, which was equivalent to about $2000 then, but would be about 10 times as much today.

5. HER ASHES WERE SCATTERED OVER A VOLCANO.

In 1980, Lempicka passed away in Mexico. Per her request, Lempicka's ashes were scattered over the crater of the volcanic Mount Popocatepetl by her daughter, Kizette.

An earlier version of this post appeared in 2008.

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