When you’re in a relationship, it probably feels like you guys are destined for each other, and will be together forever. But what do you do when love ends? Easy, you each just take your stuff and go your separate ways. There are some cases, however, where getting rid of a pesky ex isn’t so easy – when they’re etched onto your skin forever. And that’s precisely what coverups are for.
If at first you don’t succeed
We like this tattoo because it embodies the “never say die” attitude of the person sporting it. Sure, it didn’t work with Anna, Rosalie or any of the other girls who came after her… but it’s gotta work with Laura, right? Laura’s definitely the one.
It’s also pretty clever, in a self-deprecating sort of way, to show the world just how unlucky you’ve been with love. Not too many bells and whistles – just crossed out names. Here’s hoping this guy finds Mrs. Right before he runs out of arm space.
This lucky lady truly believed Nathan was the one. She got a prominent tattoo of his name on her back along with a long-stemmed red rose. It’s actually quite beautiful and poetic. Of course, when it didn’t quite work out with Nathan, she had a problem. Many people choose to cover up the names of their former loves with some kind of elaborate art – a drawing to make that offensive name disappear forever.
This young woman must have been feeling extra spiteful, because she left the name intact and just added “is nothing on Ryan Wilson” just below it. That is a solid burn, but here’s hoping things do work out with Ryan or she’ll be in a real bind.
It’s a lovely city
This tattoo is a combination of creativity, laziness, and a sense of humor, all rolled into one. When things didn’t work out with Francesca (chic name, girl!), we bet the guy who got this tattoo opened Wikipedia, typed “Franc” and just started scrolling. When he reached the article about San Francisco, he said, “Yeah, that’ll work.”
Why he loves the City by the Bay so much is anyone’s guess, but he’ll have its name tattooed on him forever now. There were other ways to play this, though. Easiest would have been to just leave “France” on there and maybe add a baguette. Thinking outside the box, he could’ve even changed it to “Frank Sinatra.” Ol’ Blue Eyes would be pleased.
Stick Man to the rescue
We love this tattoo because of the low-fi, devil may care vibe it broadcasts to the world. It works so well because the original ink was this over the top job, with “Summer” sitting atop a pair of scissors for some reason. Maybe Summer is a hair stylist?
At any rate, it was a classy job, which makes the tattoo covering it up that much more effective. It’s literally just a stick figure moving a paint roller over the girl’s name. “I don’t like you anymore, Summer,” he’s trying to tell her. “But I’m not about to invest that much effort in covering up your name either.” It’s trying hard, without seeming to try at all. Bravo, sir.
Oops, he did it again
Oh, Meghan, the love you shared with the owner of this body ink will last forever. Oh, did he say Megan? Oops, he totally meant Hollie. It’s a pretty smooth, humorous save for someone who thought getting his significant other’s name tattooed on his body was a good idea.
Here it is again, once and for all – don’t get your boyfriend or girlfriend’s named tattooed on you, no matter how much you think they’re your soulmate. No matter where you get it, or how small it is, it’s a bad idea. And, well, if you feel you absolutely have to… leave enough room to add something like this guy did so you can look back on it and laugh.
The Dark Knight
There’s really something to be said for the philosophy of “Go big or go home.” On paper (or on bicep, as the case may be), this was a small and uncomplicated tattoo. It would have been fairly easy to get rid of it by covering it with a small piece of art.
Not this guy, though. This dude may not have Jesse anymore, but he certainly has Batman to watch over him now. We like to imagine Jesse hated Batman for some reason, and this was his way of getting back at her one last time.
Into the woods
This used to be a pretty cute tattoo. “Coralie” is a French name meaning “coral.” Even the I is dotted with a precious little heart. But when things didn’t quite pan out, the owner if this tat decided to do a complete 180.
Instead of making it a joke, he had Coralie’s name covered up with a beautiful, moody forest of cedar or pine trees. Even though it’s completely monochromatic, playing off of shades of black, it feels like it’s almost alive.
We’re not quite sure what this coverup was going for, so let’s try to break it down. It was originally a person’s name, obviously, but we can’t make it out because it was covered by those scribbles. And by the way, we know it hurt putting them in!
Then, they added a playful “Your name” and an arrow pointing up. Whether this is an invitation, telling potential suitors that their name could go there instead, or just telling the ex that THEIR name used to be there, we don’t know.
The Prince and the Frog
In some cases, we’re just left speechless. We have no idea how we got from the tattoo seen on the left to the one on the right, but here we are. The original was just a name – “Gene” – with a pretty weird green-yellow color scheme.
It might have been exactly that color scheme that caused the lightbulb to go off – why not just turn that ex prince into the frog he always was underneath? The coverup is pretty amazing, too, as the name has completely disappeared.
Okay, this is just plain hurtful. The owner of this tattoo started out with a portrait of his loved one. It was fairly well done, all things considered. When things went south quickly, however, they knew nothing but the most clear gesture could convey their emotions regarding the relationship.
And… Well, you can see for yourself. On a savagery scale of one to ten, turning that tattoo of your ex into a big hairy gorilla ranks a solid 15, at least.
Just a Frasier fan
This is honestly one of the funniest things we’ve ever seen. Where this guy used to have a tattoo of his girlfriend Kelsey’s name, he now has a tattoo of Kelsey Grammer’s name. That’s right, it’s Dr. Frasier Crane himself, from Cheers and Frasier.
It’s as funny a coverup as we’re ever likely to see, considering the subtext. The real Mr. Grammer, you see, has been married four times himself, which makes getting a tattoo of his name to cover up a failed relationship that much funnier.
We don’t mean to judge or anything, but Kim doesn’t look so good in that tattoo on the left. And in the tattoo on the right, you can’t see her at all! From a combo of her name and her somewhat weathered-looking portrait, this person got a tattoo of Medusa, the famous monster from Greek mythology.
It’s a little on the nose, we’ll admit. Medusa, whose hair was actual live snakes, had a gaze that would turn men to stone. We read you loud and clear, buddy – we’ll swipe left if we see her.
The original tattoo was… not great, if you’ll allow us an understatement. It said “Chris” in the simplest, most basic font, and underneath was a… basketball? Honestly, we’re not even sure. What we are sure of, however, is that covering it up was done pretty amazingly.
Clearly football is more of the sport of choice for the owner of this tattoo, as they got an Oregon Ducks helmet to make them forget Chris ever existed. Now that’s school pride right there. Go Ducks!
Make him go away
Some coverups are about cracking a joke at your past failures, while others are about trying to forget an unpleasant moment in your past by covering it with something better. Some coverups, though? They’re simply about sending a message.
And the message sent by this woman to whoever that guy is simply says, “I would put myself through sheer agony if it meant you’d disappear.” Even if you don’t have tattoos, we assume you can imagine how badly it hurt to get that huge, all-black box tattooed on her back. She hated him that much.
The Dark Knight Returns
This coverup is about making the best out of a bad situation, both figuratively and literally. The original “Kayleigh” tattoo is just so big and so intricate that making it completely disappear was all but impossible. Nevertheless, a bigger tattoo was needed to even make a dent.
And so, once again, Batman came to the rescue. This particular image is associated with the Batman Arkham series of video games. It’s pretty cool, but if you look a little closer you’ll see even Batman couldn’t make Kayleigh totally disappear.
Usually, we would be inclined to say that getting corporate logos tattooed on your body is just kind of silly, especially if you’re not getting paid for it. In this case, however, we’ll make an exception.
If we had an ex-girlfriend named Lauren, and we happened to get her name tattooed on our arm, we can only pray we had a sense of humor like this guy. Say goodbye to Lauren, then, and say hello to Polo Ralph Lauren and their inimitable logo! It was almost worth the heartache, just for that gag.
Chris to lily
Any person worth their salt in the tattoo business would tell you that getting ink anywhere on your fingers is pointless. It’s more or less like building a home on shifting sands.
Your fingers move all the time, bending and twisting, and anything you tattoo there is almost guaranteed to disappear by itself given enough time. So the person who got this tattoo could have waited for “Chris” to disappear – it looks like the process has already started, in fact. But they wanted to drive the message home with a tattoo of a lily.
Null and void
There’s putting the stamp on a failed relationship, and there’s putting a stamp on it. The owner of this ink decided to do just that, but in the most literal way possible. They and Tara Lynn were no longer an item, and they really needed the world to know that.
And so, a nice, big red stamp that says “VOID” was added onto their back, to mark the expiration of their love. It’s funny, and also has quite an eye for detail – notice the “void” is reversed, as it would be on an actual stamp.
We know two things about the bearer of this tattoo. First, they’re not in love with Wendy anymore. Secondly, they’re huge Game of Thrones fans. That three-headed dragon is the sigil of House Targaryen.
We’re sure Wendy was pretty great in her day, but she definitely had nothing on Queen Daenerys Stormborn. You know the one – Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, and all those other fancy pants titles. The blonde girl. Thank God they didn’t need to get all that in a tattoo!
Back to nature
The original was a fairly simple rendition of “Chloë” in a classy cursive script. We’re wondering if that distinctive spelling had anything to do with actresses Chloë Grace Moretz or Chloë Sevigny, but we’ll put a pin in that for now.
Regardless, it was time to make the original disappear, simple or not. To do that, the bearer of this tattoo had a thick forest tattooed along with a beautiful mountain. To cap it all off, a moon was added in silhouette. It’s a stark, beautiful image.
These three pictures show the transition from the original tattoo, which seems to have been quite a beautiful portrait of a girl, to the new one. The new image, seen completed on the right, is that of an oni – a well-known troll or demon figure used a stock villain in Japanese mythology.
Seeing it like that, however, makes it seem like we’re watching a transformation. As time went on, the girl went from her original self to the evil demon of Japanese folklore, and that’s a pretty strong message to send.
Quite the feather in their cap
We have a hunch the owner of this particular work of art, or at least their ex-boyfriend, was Brazilian. Gustavo Aramis Felipe Rojas is quite a mouthful of a name, and we’re not 100 percent sure they needed to get all of it tattooed on their arm.
It took so much real estate, in fact, that when it came time to remove it they needed something even bigger. Cue this feather, writing a new chapter in the life of the owner. Nice detail – even the little flower on the right was covered by an ink blotch.
There’s something about Mary
This guy used to love a girl named Mary, and we know because of the tattoo he got on his pec. He had two things going for him, and a great relationship clearly wasn’t one. The first was that it was relatively simple and straightforward to begin with.
The second was his sense of humor. Not a lot of people would want to carry a tattoo of Marge Simpson seductively mopping the floor for the rest of their lives, but most people aren’t this guy.
The Grim Reaper
This is an absolutely gorgeous tattoo, replaced by an even more gorgeous one. Starting out with the headshot of the ex-girlfriend, which we have to say is very lifelike and realistic, this person ended up with the visage of the Grim Reaper himself.
The details on the new tattoo are quite frankly incredible, and it would be a tattoo most people would be happy to have regardless of circumstance. So this ended up being something of a twofer – the new ink is balling, and they got to throw shade at their ex. Perfect!
You’re a diamond
It seems as though Isaac was once the diamond in this person’s life. That was until the relationship came to an end, and they were left with a permanent reminder of their former love instead.
Thankfully, it seems as though there was an easy answer to the issue. All they needed to do was tie their gem with a neat bow and voila! It’s almost as though Isaac was never there – and they have a shiny new diamond as a result.
Footing the consequences
While getting a tattoo on your foot might make it feel as though it’s out of sight and out of mind, we know that it’s there – and we want it gone. It appears as though they had enough of their ex still getting to decide what shoes they could wear.
Now, they can wear their open sandals with pride as the world gets to see their brand new feather instead. Thankfully, the new cover-up still matches their anklet. At least one thing gets to stay, right?
All in the detail
There is a good reason that many tattoo artists spend years learning how to perfect their creations. It’s an art form like no other. After all, all of those tattoos are permanent additions to our body, right? That’s what our parents want us to believe.
While this person might still have a tattoo on their wrist, they no longer have to look at the blue name that has been plaguing them for years. Instead, they get a pretty design to show off to the world.
Gone for good
What better way to show someone that you love them than by having their name tattooed over your entire forearm? While not everyone is heading to the tattoo parlor to show their love, it seems as though some of us can’t wait to get inked.
Sadly, this would take more than a small cover-up. This person needed to think up a way to make sure there was no sign of their former love. We just hope they never fall out with feathers or they might be a little stuck.
What is it with feathers and covering up tattoos? Whatever the case, it seems as though those simple feathers have more use than we ever thought. It first looked as though this person was going to be forever left with their ex’s name on their wrist.
That was until someone cleverly covered up their tattoo in the best way possible. Rather than a wing, they have been left with two fallen feathers that got left behind. It’s perfect.
Making the change
There is making a point that you are no longer with your ex, and then there’s finding a whole new way to show the world that you are done with your relationship. This person certainly took things to the next level.
We’re pretty sure they would have had to fork out a penny or two to have a custom portrait inked in the first place. There was no use letting all of that work go to waste. Instead, it just took a few more additions to have a custom devil as a replacement.
Tribal to the rescue
Thankfully, it seems as though tribal tattoos have always been and will always be in fashion. There’s something about the twisting artwork that has captured many of our imagination over the years as the designs can fit many of our styles.
Jane who? That’s what we thought. Someone arrived at the tattoo parlor with a mistake they needed gone. And the flaming heart was so precious. They might have said “goodbye” to their love, but they can now say “hello” to a trendy cover-up.
A simple fix
What do you do when you make a mistake in your writing? Some of us put a small line through the error while others want to make sure that no one can ever take a look at whatever it was we wrote.
This tattoo artist must have known that it needed to be gone. However, rather than waste time and money on an expensive design, they merely needed to practice their signature a few times over the top to turn their arm into a real-life piece of scrap paper.
A brand new face
Sometimes we need to cover up a tattoo for our ex as we want to forget that part of our lives and move on with the future. Other times? They need a new face as the one they already had was enough to give small children nightmares.
Amazingly, someone was able to put their skills to good use with a Mexican-inspired woman to help make sure Carrie never got to see the light of day ever again. It’s a shame, but some things just have to go.
Sure, most cover-ups are impressive, but others take their tattoo skills to a whole new level. Some decide to try and incorporate their former tattoo into the design as a way to mark something that has been with them for so long.
However, we get that someone probably wants to make sure that Stacy is gone for good. No matter how hard we look, we can’t see any of the name poking through. It goes to show how impressive some tattoos really can be.
Pete Davidson regrets tattoos and relationships
If you think it’s only us mortals who find themselves in desperate need of covering up a tattoo, you’re sorely mistaken. Take SNL cast member Pete Davidson, for instance, who’s had to cover up tattoos referencing two different relationships!
The crudely drawn tattoo of a woman seen here was of Davidson’s then-girlfriend Cazzie David. When they broke up and he started dating Ariana Grande, however, he covered it up with this striking moonlit forest scene. Davidson later also got – and then covered up – a different tattoo once his relationship with Grande also ended.
Amber Rose slashing her tattoo of Wiz
Model Amber Rose seems to have a thing for rappers. She dated Kanye West, before moving on to date and then marry Wiz Khalifa. Despite having a son together, it didn’t work out and the two divorced.
Rose, known for wearing her heart on her sleeve in the form of countless tattoos, got Wiz’s face inked on her arm. Once it was over, though, she replaced it with a bunch of roses, and ended up covering it altogether with the image of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. That had to hurt (both of them!).
Kylie loves Tyga– we mean L.A.
For a fleeting three years, Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga were the hottest thing going in Hollywood. Sadly, the power couple called things off eventually, and Kylie was left with a tattoo of a lowercase “t” (for Tyga, obviously) on her ankle.
Jenner is now the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, and she flexed those brain muscles by transforming that “t” into “la.” She’s now in a relationship with another rapper, Travis Scott, and they got matching butterfly tattoos together. Hey, it’s not a name – she’s learning!
Angelina Jolie knows where love is
Younger people may not remember this, but Angelina Jolie wasn’t always the icon of grace and motherhood that she is today. There was a time, in fact – let’s call it the 1990s – when she was one of Hollywood’s biggest bad girls.
During that time period, she covered her body in tattoos. Perhaps most noteworthy was the one that said “Billy Bob,” signifying then-husband Billy Bob Thornton, who was 20 years her senior. Years later, long after the two were divorced, Jolie replaced the tat with the coordinates of the birthplaces of her six children (and Brad Pitt). Aww!
Judging by the name of the lady in question, Damla, this guy is probably Turkish. It’s a pretty name, actually, meaning “drop” – as in a drop of water or rain. What wasn’t pretty, more than likely, was the couple’s breakup, leading this guy to be in dire need of some new ink.
The solution? Simple – just cover Damla’s new with a souped-up American-style muscle car. He might not have a girlfriend anymore, but now he has a tattoo of a ride so sweet Steve McQueen would’ve happily jumped into it.
More like won’t
The original tattoo was pretty faded by the time this lady and Will broke up, so it was in pretty urgent need of a touch-up anyway. She did go in for that new ink, and as you can see the results were pretty spectacular.
Hats off all the way for the artist, who not only completely revamped the heart, which they allowed to stay, but also replaced Will’s name with a beautiful butterfly. The colors on it pop so much that we feel like it’s liable to just flutter away.
Make that two mistakes
We can’t quite make it what this guy’s girlfriend was named, but we can definitely see that he exed her name out and added “my big mistake” in big black letters. The girl, whatever her name was, may well have been a big mistake.
We weren’t there. What we are sure was a big mistake – a huge one, even – was compounding a neck tattoo with yet another neck tattoo. Take heed, children – only get neck tattoos if you never want to find a normal job again.
As far as tattoos go, the original was pretty simple – just the name “Laura” and a little star on top of it. After their breakup, the owner of this tattoo must not have been feeling too stellar, so they came in to have it covered up.
The end result is pretty striking, we have to say. It’s completely gone, name and star alike, and replaced with an owl that seems to shimmer with its gray highlights. Is it a coincidence that owls are an ancient sign of wisdom? Probably not.
Gotta have faith
This lady lost Frank, but she never lost her faith. The original tattoo, seen on the left here, was expertly covered up in a way that we just have to break down. Firstly, the uppercase F and lowercase R were connected to form one uppercase F.
Then, the N and the K were turned in a manner that’s no less than stunning into “ith.” The A was really the only part left completely untouched, as part of that first F was transformed into the sign of the cross. That’s pretty awesome work – even Frank might be impressed.
Kaley Cuoco’s marriage, tattoo go wrong
The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco began dating professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting in mid-2013, and the two were engaged three months later. Their marriage, unfortunately, lasted less than two years, but the relationship lasted long enough for Cuoco to have her wedding date tattooed on her back at the base of her neck.
There was little point in keeping the ink after the divorce, so Kaley covered it with some kind of winged insect. “Note to self – do not mark your body with any future wedding dates,” she poked fun at herself on social media.