TATTOOING ON SCARS ★ TATTOO ADVICE ★ by Tattoo Artist Electric Linda

TATTOOING ON SCARS ★ TATTOO ADVICE ★ by Tattoo Artist Electric Linda


Can you tattoo on a scar? What scar can be covered in tattoos and how does that work? I’m gonna tell you and I’m gonna
talk a little bit about tattooing on scars – coming up! In this video I would
like to talk a little bit about scars. Can you tattoo on top of scars?
How can you tattoo on a scar? What will work? What will don’t work? What kind of scar can be covered with tattoos and yeah I think that’s what I’m gonna talk
about. Tattooing on scars is possible yes. I do have one requirement before I
tattoo on top of a scar and that is: the older a scar is the better, but if you
have a scar, if it is less than three years old, I would not recommend
tattooing on top of it unless: it’s covered in a solid field of one color.
Because. You have a scar. Here. Let’s say you have a scar, like this size, and on top of this we tattoo a straight black simple line. We tattoo a line,
it goes over this scar, okay? If this scar is less than two years old, it has not set yet. That is that the scar tissue in here, the skin inside of this scar, is kind of moving around and twisting and it will take about three years before this skin has found its place so if you tattoo a straight line on top of a scar that is not set yet that is less than three years old, the straight line will maybe
be shaped as an S or a C, or some shaped form
inside of this scar and then straight again on the sides. So if a scar is less than three years old but healed enough to tattoo on top of it, you can tattoo a solid color just to cover the whole scar with one color then that doesn’t matter. You know what I mean? When you do some kind of details and straight lines or something inside a scar, it can twist and it can change, but that doesn’t matter if it’s a big, solid, just a splat of colors, if this is the big chunk of colors, and in this size, the color will move around, that doesn’t matter, because you won’t see that, because it’s all the same color, so at least have your scar be a couple of months old before you cover it up in ink whatsoever, because it needs to be healed, the skin needs to be not like an open wound anymore it needs to be healed skin. Even though the scar tissue hasn’t set yet, you can cover it up with ink, but as I said, if you want details and crisp lines and it’s a big scar that you just you can’t cover the whole scar with one chunk of flat ink then you have to wait until it is like three years old. Another question that people often ask when it comes to scars is: Will it be gone? Will you still see my scar? Can you cover it up? Can it just vanish? The scar is gonna be it there always. But if it is very bumpy like
it goes up or down from the skin, in a certain kind of light you will get a
shade, so if a bump is going up like this, and you have light coming from one side, you will get a shadow from the other side. So what you can try is to put makeup on, use an eyeliner or something, you can use makeup or you can use pro markers or something, just not those typical permanent markers, but use some markers or makeup markers in some way, and just draw something, doodle something on your scar, cover it up and fill it. if you fill up a big circle of just blue paint, you can use paint as well, just like water paint or something, and you paint the skin around your scar
you will see that the scar is still visible. If you just put a big blue circle on it. But as soon as you take out that eyeliner or some tight fine black
marker and you do some details, as soon as you do that, that scar is not that visible anymore because you focus on the pattern and stuff and details that are
going on and they are kind of camouflaging the scar so you don’t see
that anymore, but as I said, the more details you put
on there, the more focus you will get on the tattoo and not on the details and
you won’t even realize that there was a scar under there, but that’s the artist’s
responsibility go to an artist that knows what they’re doing, that you know that they have tattooed scars before, they may have done some
cover-ups, so they have experienced with this. Make sure that their quality
is good in their portfolio, that you like their art which is one of the most important things and that it is a hygienic studio that does all of these
important hygienic routines and cleaning and the needles and you know what I’m saying, so tattooing scars is very very possible
and it’s all about; how old is the scar, the older the better,
and if it’s a very bumpy scar it can be camouflaged with details so you make
the eye want to focus on some other things going on here instead of the scar
that is over here, you know what I’m saying? Yes. I think you do, that was it, I
tried to answer the question: What about scars? If you liked this video, please, you
know what to do, the little thumbs up button down there, yes, thank you and subscribe to my channel that’ll be super awesome. I will do these videos like…
I’m trying for two videos a week, but I’m gonna give you at least
once, so I will see you in the next video, and all the links below for my
blog, Instagram, snapchat, if you’re into that. and yeah, I’ll see you later then. Bye bye.

100 Comments

  • 7mrugo says:

    What about tattooing on top of a partially lasered tattoo? Do you have to walk around with a shapeless blob for three years before incorporating it into a new tattoo? Or are scars from laser removal not that deep?

  • Nina says:

    How about stretch marks?

  • Riley B. says:

    I just watched your entire playlist of tattoo advice and this is the biggest question I have, since one of the tattoos I want to get is to cover up a scar on my shoulder that holds really painful memories for me. Thank you so much for your videos, you have a new sub! 🙂

  • Sharifa Nakawooya says:

    Can you tattoo on stretch marks?

  • Randal Savage says:

    Linda should be a model too! Just part time of course because don't rob the world of your ink skills. What a stunning woman. Talented too. A keeper.

  • Shorty says:

    I used to be a severe self harmer and I’d love to put tattoos over them on my arms

  • Maya Brown says:

    Very informative. I didn't know about the 3 year rule.

  • Brandy M says:

    Very useful info. I have large scar on my leg I'm glad to know is possible to get tattooed over. Thanks for doing this video.

  • Laura Rebekah says:

    what about acne scars? i have a whole bunch of dots on my chest that i hate and that i'd love to cover with some sort of mandala like chest piece. Any advice?

  • Davo Larranga says:

    You are gorgeous…so attractive…

  • I AM TIITO says:

    hey Linda got a question, and ill be so glad if you answered it, i got some pimple scars , not to many and to deep, but i don't like how they look,I'm thinking of covering with a Mandela style black and grey, do u think is still gonna be visible?

  • Dahlia Legacy says:

    So in 2 more years I should know if I want my appendectomy scars covered or not. XD

  • Dnation Apocalypse says:

    I'm subbing, not only are you gorgeous and tatted but you're also very knowledgeable #InkLife!

  • Desoxyribonucleïnezuur says:

    Hi Linda! I really enjoy your videos, they're very clear and well executed. I wondered if I could ask you some advise, or if you might consider making a video about a certain topic.

    A few months ago, I got a tattoo. Very nice design by a very talented lady. Now I found that, probably due to my sensitive skin and because of the placement (the inside of my lower arm), during the healing process of the tattoo, some scar tissue appeared. I read online that this could happen when the needle hits your skin too deep during the proces of getting the tattoo (also from picking scabs etc, but I don't think that this was the cause here). Now, the artist that got me my tattoo, noticed that my skin is very sensitive, and so she tried her best to avoid scarring or blowout, but it didn't work out completely.
    The scars are subtle, but you can definitely feel them when you run your finger across the tattoo and the black ink is also slightly lighter in these places. Also, I feel that the tattoo still hasn't settled 100% yet.

    I wondered what the best way is to deal with a situation like this as in: what are the best ways to avoid scars or blowout(probably placement of the needle and/or good aftercare, but maybe there are some ways I don't know about?), which locations of the body have more risks to scar/blow out, how to heal it properly to minimize the scars, even after the normal 6 weeks healing process of tattoos, if they can be touched-up and/or how to deal with blowouts. I don't think that you covered this subject in one of your videos yet, but I might be mistaken, so if you did, I apologize and I'll be glad to watch that video!

    From this video I guess the scars have to be a certain "age", or at least at a certain state, before they can be touched-up, but any advice to heal them better so they "stay subtle" or don't get worse, would be welcome. Is there something I could do at this point, except from continuing to moisturize the skin and protect it from sun exposure?

    Thank you very much for sharing your expertise! Also, I hope I don't come of as rude or anything, or that my English isn't too bad, it's not my native language.

  • Logan W says:

    I recently had over half of my collar bone taken out due to cancer. In a few short months I should be deemed cancer free! If everything goes to plan I would really like to get a tattoo underneath my scar. I don’t want to hide it, because it’s part of my story. Part of a huge event that took place in my life, and helped shape me into the person I am now. I do however want to get a tattoo underneath it. I’m not 100% sure what I want yet, but something to make the area look less harsh, and more beautiful. When I had surgery it kinda messed up some of the nerves so in some spots it’s more sensitive and In some spots is completely numb. Am I still able to tattoo over that. I know some spots will be more painful, but I’m wondering if it will mess up the tattoo in anyway. (Might be a stupid question but I want to be as informed as possible!)

  • Es3iya says:

    I believe it similarly works on stretch marks ?

  • Stroke talk with Tim says:

    I have gone to 5 tattoo places here in Ottawa, Ontario Canada and nobody would do my scar. It is 6 years old… Love to have you tattoo over my chest scar.

  • jill peterson says:

    Im a recovering addict (I.v. drug user) & have a lot of old track mark scars I really want to cover. I hope I will be able to. I won't even wear short sleeves in the summer I hate me arms.

  • Ashish Chamel says:

    Thanks

  • Anthony Johnson says:

    Hey Linda. I have three thin hyopigmentated white scars on my forehead. One is very long. I wanted to camouflage with permanent make up tattooing. The scars are not keloid scars. I tried three times with permanent make up, once in 1999, again in 2000, and a third time in 2001. Each procedure failed. The color was gone in about a week to 10 days each time. They are just as visible as ever. I might try again, but it's disheartening when you pay the money and get nothing out of it. I see people with tattoos over the whole bodies, yet when I just want a thin little thing covered up, I get no results.

  • Prints214/Krys Ruiz says:

    What about self harm scars? Like tons of lines down the arm

  • Ofek Ezra says:

    can you pleas make video on tattoo on birthmarks

  • Stacey Young says:

    Hi Linda,

    Can you recommend any artists in Europe that specialize or are experienced in tattooing on top of scars?

  • Renee Chen says:

    Omg u so pretty

  • Christy Naji says:

    Can i please have your phone number

  • Manda C says:

    Super cool video. Thanks for the info 💖

  • Gulcin says:

    This vid is so informative thanks <3

  • Koivu nen says:

    I had a small scar, it wasn't even that visible to others but it bothered me immensely so I had it hidden with a tattoo. There's no sign of the scar anymore and I'm a lot happier with it not staring at me.

  • William Halliday says:

    What about the scars on my broken heart ?🤔

  • Dee Jay says:

    I had a lot of huge scars from an accident that I got covered. I had to wait 5yrs before I could have them tattooed. So over the next 5yr (after the initial 5yrs) I got 30 tattoos. Each tattoo colouring was dictated by the scar. I worked closely with my artists and I listened to their advice. Best thing I ever did. Yes if I slide my hand over the scars of course I can feel them. But unless you know the scar is there (and you have to really look closely) can't see the scars at all. So happy and grateful dor the artists amazing work.

  • Torie Harris says:

    I wish I knew tattoo artists in Atlanta that specialized in scars

  • Stjepan Kralj says:

    YOU ARE AWSOME! I tattoo my self, started 7 years ago, and your advices are so helpfull 😀 Luv ya lot… 😀

  • Eduard G4m31ng says:

    What if the scar is just a straight line and it's 2 years old? Can i get a tatto on it?

  • Shevon Mcqueen says:

    Hi Linda, I have a big scar on my upper leg resulting from a burn that I got about 7 years ago…it is both bumpy and flat and some parts look a lil white….am considering using a tattoo to cove it up….but wondering if that's possible…also where am from am not sure if there's tattoo artist here that can do such….do u have any advise that u can give to me?

  • Gabrielle Regina says:

    I saw you have posted in a while
    Please come back
    I love you and your videos

  • You Me says:

    How about hair transplant scar?

  • 808Fee says:

    very informative video, thanks a lot!

  • Matt Sessions says:

    Very pretty Linda

  • Jeremy Paul says:

    so I've been getting alot f request lately to cover stretch marks.. but i cant seem to find the correct inks, what would be a good one t use?

  • Sharman Nobody says:

    Hi, what about varicose veins? Lower leg, shin. Any problems with going over that? Thank you pretty one.

  • Ethan H says:

    amazing video …extremely helpful!

  • Jessie Dahl says:

    soooo no. bummer 🙁

  • fabrozor says:

    Thank you for the information

  • D LOCO says:

    I dont how I found you but I love you, great video

  • 369 says:

    I never wanted a tattoo but I want at least 1 and a snake on top of the scar would be so dipe

  • S Boo says:

    I used to self harm and I recently got one of my forearms tattooed. Being right handed, my left arm is the worst and I was told it would be difficult to get a tattoo there, even though my last scars are 9 years old. My right arm is not as badly scarred, I got a tattoo there and boy did it hurt. Even worse than my ribs. I don't know if it's because of the scars or what but it was so bad. I don't want to cover my other arm though for some reason… I've learned to live with my scars.

  • MarLo Abdul says:

    She's fine asf 😍😍😍😍 I'll watch her talk about just anything 😂

  • Alex Smileツ says:

    What program do you use to edit your videos? I really enjoy watching them. Content as well 👍🏼👏🏼✌🏼

  • Angel Munguia says:

    I LOVE those ○ shapes with your hands hmhm.. with those blue eyes.. OMG I jus shot behind my zipper.😳

  • Angel Munguia says:

    Will u fly me over there n I'll take you to a dimmu borgir concert 🤘

  • Aries Adventures says:

    I have a 20 year old scar and it still feels sensitive to touch, I can only imagine the pain

  • IAm Andrea Gotti says:

    Your neck tatt looks so sicc😍😍😍😍Over all your so beautiful and I love all your tatts

  • Kestan Devil says:

    I have strech marks can i tatoo on it

  • Melissa Chamblee says:

    What if it's a scar that's like 20 years old but you've had laser treatments on it in the past year?

  • Naturally Toy says:

    This video was very helpful

  • Erdbär Bambusbjörn says:

    I self harm and I have scars on the inside of my underarm. You can’t feel it, it’s just VERY superficial, light and I didn’t loose the ability to feel. Also other people don’t really notice it (bc it’s invisible on the first view) but it still bothers me.
    When can I start covering up?

  • Savannah Autumn says:

    can you make a video about being scared to get a tattoo? I have a specific tattoo in mind. I've been drawing it on myself everyday for the past 5 years, but for some reason I still have anxiety about actually getting it tattooed. any advice?

  • Sue says:

    This video was really helpful and your voice is so comforting! 🙂

  • Drew Logan says:

    Does this apply to skin graft scars as well?

  • Michele Holcomb says:

    You look drop dead gorgeous in this video! Also loved the information as I got one of mine to go over some scars that were self inflicted in my youth. I’d rather have something beautiful and meaningful to look at instead of a past I don’t always want to remember.
    This video definitely made me rethink covering over my surgical scars though because they are fully healed, but very ugly and didn’t heal very flat. I can’t imagine any design would look good after hearing your points!

  • Nemo Nobody says:

    How can I tatoo on the scar she left in my heart?

  • Lyllies says:

    I needed to come here, had a lipoma removed with an asshole for a doctor that never stitched me properly, lasted 28 days trying to close it and I´m scared of getting a tattoo on it, but i really want to cover it. THANK YOU for the advice!!!!

  • NikkieH14 says:

    If you have a small cut but its one week old…can you get tattooed?

  • Kryztyna Williams says:

    Acne scars, stretch marks.. I think that’s the idea that people had questions for. Not so much a huge circle scar.

  • Totally Nameless says:

    I love your voice; it's so soothing.

  • Niki KnightBG says:

    thank you for that amazing video again!Your always clear and really have a magical way to explain everything!Can't wait till the next one! <3

  • Kerri❤🐼 says:

    I'm glad this video popped up.
    I have a 5 inch surgery scar on my leg and I got surgery when I was 15. I'm now 21 so it's definitely healed.
    I had seen ashamed of my scar for years and finally have come to terms with it which is why I want a tattoo to cover it with a design that makes me want to feel proud of it rather than hide it.

  • Lindsey Nikki says:

    Love your videos! What about stretch marks?!

  • Cobrah Queen says:

    yaayyy i love your videos thank you 🙂

  • 3X0 World says:

    I am removing Tattoo on my ribs with laser. I can see the scar because he went too deep with the needles.

  • Kindly Jessica says:

    I don't even have my ears pierced what am I doing at this channel

  • Olivia says:

    I am so happy to hear that I can get a tattoo over my scar.

    I have a huge scar on my thigh from childhood abuse. It is so hard to look at, so I am very happy to hear that I can cover it up. I just don't have the money for it and idk who is good enough to cover it up.

  • Angel Keys says:

    Her voice is so kind I feel like I’m being talked to my high school guidance counselor

  • PapaGeorg10 says:

    You must be Italian because you talk with your hands a lot

  • TK The Hun says:

    How to find a affordable amazing artist to do this?

  • Precious Art Creations says:

    I just got a tattoo recently and it’s over an area that I’ve had known eczema issues, it was a 10 hour session and it was by far the most painful tattoo I’ve ever had. I wanted to tap out so many times. I sat 2 months before that for a 14 hour session with almost no pain. I tried looking up eczema and tattoos but found nothing related on the subject. Could be a great video to make or get others input that have the skin issue. See if the skin on others makes tattooing that specific area generally more painful. Mine is in my Inner calf, my daughter gets it on her forearm. So it’s not in the same areas for everyone.

  • Storm T says:

    you are totally fascinating very good advice, do you know much about coldburn tattooing? the use of liquid hydrogen or dry ice to cold burn incredible body stencils (white stenciled burn Scarring) etc Be Amazing! i went searching on the net for this topic but nobody knows anything about it. it looks gorgeous on olive to dark skin ( but doesn't work on Asiatic or very pale skin i heard so a off white ink is used instead) i first heard about it from a prisoner in a courtroom who was covered in inkless cold burned tattoos! when i was a wild young lad another world or two ago lol

  • Giannis Angelidis says:

    If i tattoo my scar, will the ink or the tattoo machine's needle affect my scar so it creates dermatologic problems?

  • Aks Tolvan says:

    firstly- thank you so much for the video! I looked up "advice on tattooing over scars" yours was the first that. kind of just caught my eye 🙂 Love the tatts by the way!
    note: don't read if sensitive to topics of PTSD & self harm… Thank You. just looking for some honest advice on this one without putting pics on the web LoL ?



    so, brief intro before my question…I've been put through a lot physically to the point many people thought it was just extensive self harm until they saw the actual extent of where and how deep the tissue was damaged when I had enough one day and decided it's hot, I'm tired of long sleeves even on a hot day and threw caution to the wind sense I had finally accepted what happened and how i looked even healed up. Until my friend saw me walking and stopped just to say (not quite exact words as this is a public place haha ) "hey good to see you out and- wait, I thought you did those yourself.. but, just look at your back, chest, WTF did they do to you!? Sorry… I just figured you had some bad depression S— going all this time". it back-tracked me 3 years of working on my PTSD and transitioning back into society after what happened. From there you can likely picture the type of scars I'm talking about trying to go over… it's so uneven and covers about 65-70% of my back and 80% of my arms up to my shoulders even the rest is about as bad too.. just a lot of intersecting scars that ranged from "they healed over about same as my skin" to "they healed up INDENTED" and others "they healed up RAISED" in the SAME fn area… 🙁 it's been 2 yrs sense that mentioned backtrack- I've been home almost 5 years now.. Finally looping back around to getting ink done now that the scars are how they are, I've tried just about everything else while they were still too fresh to get tatts over anyways (and a few more methods even once they were cleared for inking per se), and it's what I originally wanted to do once the skin closed up and I could. haha… ANY ideas on coverage for this or even multiple tatts that just distract from the overall "walking carving board" look? if not it's okay. I know in my case it's more extensive than most could picture normally. I've done tatts on other people with some smaller more concentrated areas that seemed to heal up like mine but, yeah. 🙁 (took a bit for me to type this even but it's the e-net: you don't have to see me and those face to face know this stuff without having to know me just by seeing me… so.. if you read this Electric Linda- thank you! <3 & sorry for the long comment…new to how this works & wanted to be sure you had enough detail to understand why people are finding it difficult to work with. and to others who did- please, no judgey comments or jokes. we're adults here… i would hope… )

  • bellou72 says:

    Great video! Tattooing over scars won't be possible anymore in KY soon. They're trying to pass a law to prevent tattooing over scars, but don't state any further information, not even why. They're allowing people to make comments in May via email [[email protected]] though. I'm not sure if many people watching this video live in KY, but if you have a story or strong opinion about this new law, please help us Kentuckians by sending a brief email to them. 💌 If you don't feel comfortable though, I understand. 🤟

  • Inga Ju says:

    Very informative, thank you

  • The Greenman says:

    BTW – hair in that style looks 100x (IMO) then with the braids ♥😉

  • A. Voie says:

    This is for anyone with big, hard, dark scars: give it time!! Yes, even more time. I have a lot of self cutting scars, but a couple are just way bigger than the rest. They were huge, hard, raised, and red. Years passed, and they stayed that way even while my medium scars turned white and soft and my light scars faded. 10+ years on now, and my big huge scars are still big and huge, but they did eventually get light and soft.

  • Miguel Loubriel Reyes says:

    thank you so much this hits so much to my personal side,im currently looking for information on this toppic.
    so thank you !

  • SUM1SLY83 says:

    Wouldn't want my scars to be tattooed over they are a reminder for me not to be so stupid.

  • Nicola SY says:

    Hi Electric Linda Thankyou very much for answering my question from a previous video I commented on . I'm sure many people would be thinking of the same question . Thank you so very much for answering that & taking the time to cover the topic . Thanks Linda xxx

  • Nicola SY says:

    Hi Electric Linda by the way I love , love , love all your amazing content it truly is so helpful .
    Bad ink ? Cheap ink ? Is there such a thing ? My son recently had a tattoo done & they asked him " Where did you have those tattoos done " ? My Son told them to which they responded , " Your tattoos are 2years old ?! To which my son confirms . Then he was told they have used the cheapest ink ! How will anyone know this ? Does cheap ink have an odd obvious odour to it ? Any other signs of cheap ink ? Thank you ,Electric Linda . Your awesome . Many thanks , Niki from the United Kingdom xx

  • Spoopy Goats says:

    In a couple days I'm turning 16 and getting my first professional tattoo. I've thought about it for almost a year now and it's going to be my great grandmothers signature since she pasted back in August. I used to self harm and I have a couple scars where I want the tattoo to be and I'm really hoping that part of the tattoo doesn't fade more than the other part over time because of the scar even thought it's already 2 or 3 years old.
    I'm also hoping to get a full forearm tattoo to cover the major self harm scars I have and by that time it would have been about 5 or 6 years old for when I want it (around 18) and since a lot are for deep I'm so scared that it'll be more visible than it is now

  • TRUE BEAUTY says:

    I have a scar on my eyebrow right on the arch i had an exident at the age of 3 and about 12 years ago wen i was 13 or 14 i got that arch tattooed cuz i was having problems at school a month later the tattoo was gone it didnt last i tock care of it but it didnt stay im 25 now nd dont think of getting tattoed again just curious of why dat happened do u know why that would have happened?

  • Heather Qualy says:

    I see someone else asked this, but I didn’t see a reply, and I have a similar question. 6 years ago I had a double mastectomy. The scar lines are very thin and close to my skin colour. I am not trying to cover them, I don’t mind them, the tattoo has nothing to do with my cancer. I wanted to put a tattoo there because it represents the people closest to my heart. But the scars made some areas dead, some more sensitive, and some areas which feel dead on the surface, but painful if you hit it hard. Will a tattoo hurt more if it goes here? Especially since I have no fat, no cushioning there now. It is flat to the bone.

  • Diana de Jong says:

    Thanks a lot for this video! I have a big scar on my arm and am planning to get a tattoo over and around it, it's nice to have some more information on the possibilities.

  • Kazareidka says:

    Thank you so much. This was super helpful 💕

  • dreyhawk says:

    I'm glad I found this. I have surgical scars on my hand/2 fingers that are thin lines. I was thinking of having them turned into a vining plant..or.. the x-ray of the 2 fingers showing the joint replacements.

  • WOLFIE & THE PACK ! says:

    I had knee reconstruction on both knees I was left with 2 very large long scars would absolutely love to get them covered looks like I have to wait 3 yrs

  • Geraldine Murray says:

    Does it cover birth marks.scratch marks.ty……

  • K. K says:

    Hello do you have done tatoo in burn scar ???i was burned when i was a kid 2 years old in harm and now 28…can i di tatto in burning scar??

  • NME10E says:

    So solid blackout is fine if it’s a year old?

  • beatrice Bernard says:

    Thank you

  • Ananya Chanda says:

    I really like you and how you explain every detail. Di, I have stitches on my hands and looking for appropriate designs to cover it. It is 2 years old and uneven. I would love to visit there at your tattoo parlour but I live far away in India. If you've any suggestion for me please tell me. I'm waiting.

  • Cole Ryerse says:

    What about stretch marks?

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