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Picturing Scars

Bali Tattoo Studios Now Offering Cover Up Tattoos to Conceal Scars

(2/23/2014) Bali’s large body modification industry is expanding into new market segments with a specialized type of tattoo service popping up in various parts of Kuta.

Customer are now coming to specialized shops offering scar camouflage in which tattoos are used to change the appearance of scars left by accident and surgery.

According to the State News Agency Antara one of the studios offering this service is Mad Ink on Jalan Poppies Lane II in Kuta.

David of Mad Ink said that concealing scars requires careful design and craftsmanship. Colors must be chosen that cover the scar. At the same time, covering scars, he said, is simpler than trying to modify existing tattoos, a service he also offers.

The new tattoo service is called a “cover up tattoo,” said David.

David is often asked to cover up old burn marks inflicted by motorbike exhaust pipes.

What about the cost? David replies: “Price is relative. For a cover up tattoo I need to employ technique, depending on compositions, textures and picture concept.”

Among the most expensive tattoos David has created is one for Rp. 38 million (US$3,200) that was in full-color and covered the entire back of a subject that involved modifying an existing tattoo.

When making a cover up tattoo David usually makes a sketch using colored felts pens over the scar area. This picture is developed using an ink pen before the final tattoo is applied.