Sometimes tattoos just don't turn out well. It could be because the artist is incompetent, it could be a bad design, it could be that you fell off your skateboard onto your fresh tattoo a day after getting it. In any case, you may find yourself with a tattoo that does not live up to your expectations.
At this point you have a few options:
- Tattoo removal - Expensive, painful, and not 100% effective.
- Touch-up - Can fix minor problems in healing, but that's about it.
- Cover-up - Limited by the underlying design, and the cover-up tattoo could in theory be worse, making the problem bigger.
There is one way and one effective way only to minimize this risk: Go to the best tattoo artist you can find. Visit every tattoo artist in your area. Look at the online portfolios of artists you might travel to. Work with a good artist to get a custom piece that suits you. Don't skimp - if you can't afford the tattoo, get it later.