Is It Possible To Tattoo Over Scar Tissue?

I am planning on getting a tattoo, but the area of my body on which I plan to get it is heavily scarred in places due to a mis-spent youth. I was just wondering: a) is it possible to tattoo over scar tissue? & b) does the scarring adversely affect the look of the tattoo in any way?

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somebody's a mom!!  on May 3rd, 2013

it is possible to tattoo over scars but depending on how the scar is (raised, smooth, darkly colored, jagged etc) it may or may not come out looking like the rest of the skin. also i wouldn’t just go to anybody to have it done. i would only trust a extremely talented artist to tatoo over a scar because as i understand it the texture of the skin is different and somewhat more difficult to tattoo over. the best thing you can do is to consult an artist. good luck!

Mark V  on May 3rd, 2013

I’ve done a lot of Internet research on getting a tattoo over scar tissue. I believe it is defiantly possible but you should find an artist who is experienced with scar tissue.

Cara  on May 3rd, 2013

as long as the scars have healed (takes about a year, sometimes more) it should be fine. You have a greater chance of getting an ink blowout. Check with your tattoo artist to be sure that the scarring isn’t too extensive.

Blood of Jesus Saves  on May 3rd, 2013

I believe that they can. I know people who have gotten tattoos over things that they wanted to cover. Your best bet is to talk to a tattoo artist and explain what it is that you want and what you want it to cover.

imperfec  on May 3rd, 2013

yes it is possible most artist know how to do it but it really depends on how bad the scarring is if it is raised off the skin it could be a problem but if it is just discoloured area then it will be easy but might cost more due to the fact it will suck up ink like no tomarrow and you’ll have to get touch ups, it won’t affect the look of it too much as long as the skin is not raised, well good luck

nympheta  on May 4th, 2013

I think it is possible

?so flyy  on May 4th, 2013

It’s possible, my sister got her fisrt tattoo to cover a scar on her back…
as for it effecting the way the tat will look…that definantly depends…
how much detail will be in the tat?, how big is the scar?, how raised is it?…ect.
You best bet will be asking a few artists about it, see what they can do…go to a few dif shops and ask what they all think and see if they have any opinions about it…
Hope this helps GOOD LUCK!!!

fuller_0  on May 4th, 2013

it might look like garbage though, depending on the scar, consult with the one u might want to do the tat, see if they will.

alex  on May 4th, 2013

Yes, it is possible, but you need to find a talented artist. The only problem with scar tissue is it’s thicker and not as porous as regular skin, so the ink might not be absorbed as well. If that’s the case, no worries, you’ll just need a couple touch-up sessions. Tattooing on scar tissue can also be a little more painful, but it’s worth it.

KaylaByr  on May 4th, 2013

I don’t think they can tatoo over scar tissue.

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