Cover up Tattoos

Cover ups are tattoos that go over another tattoo and hide the old tattoo.  There are a few ground rules for cover ups.

  • The only thing that completely covers black is black.
  • You can’t cover a darker color with a lighter color.
  • Cover ups need to be larger than the original tattoo.  Usually, significantly larger
  • Tattoos do not change the texture of the skin so if there are any scars they will still be there after the cover up is done.


Washington Department of Licensing Body Art & Tattoo licensing information

In Washington state each tattoo artist has to be licensed and the studio has to have a location license.  Anyone can check on someone’s licensing status by going to the Wa DOL website.  If you click the link there you can look information up by the UBI number, studio name, address or the artist’s name.  

You can also find general information about tattooing and body piercing here.  

Tattooing anyone under the age of 18 is illegal.  We can’t even tattoo minors if the parents give consent.     

The DOL recently sent out an information email for consumers.  I’ve included it below.  


Total Tattoo Preparation and Hygiene


Total tattoo preparation and hygiene is an example of many things you can do to prepare for your big tattoo day.  These are just suggestions and in no way are required.  They may help to make the day go more smoothly.  I’ll be writing in first person because, if you’re anything like me, you don’t like to be told what to do.  This is just what I do when I get tattooed. 


Please don’t get tattooed when you’re sick.

I know you’ve had your appointment for months and you feel better today but there are many reasons to not get tattooed when you’re sick. 

Let’s talk about you first because that’s what matters most right?  When you’re sick your body is trying to fight a virus and needs all hands on deck to attend to that.  Remember, people used to die from the common cold.  You need your body at it’s best to fight this off.  If it’s trying to heal a wound (your tattoo) at the same time then it’s going to take forever for you to heal your tattoo and to get better from your cold.  Your pain tolerance will also be shot as  your body is distracted by the cold or flu and already working to try to help you feel better so that great endorphin rush that we all wait for to bail us out of the tattoo pain has already been running for however long you’ve been sick, therefore it’s not going to kick in as usual.  Not to mention why would you want to do this to yourself?  Stay home, watch movies and nap.  That’s what we should all do when we’re sick.


Sunscreen for tattoos

Now that spring is here we’ll all be wearing less and less as it warms up.  But the sun will fade tattoos so don’t forget the sunscreen!

The sun will always fade tattoos even if they are healed or have been healed for years.  If you think of the ink as a layer of grapes laying under a layer of saran wrap then it’s easier to imagine.  They are all full of pretty colors like party balloons when they are first put in and they are dense so they look like a solid color.  Then we finally get a sun-break and want to soak up just a little bit of it.  The sun hits the grapes and they shrivel up just a tiny bit making small spaces in between them.  This is not too noticeable at first but over time they shrivel up just a tiny bit and then a tiny bit more and they become raisins with lots of space in between them.  This makes the color look very faded and much less vibrant.  Or this can happen with one really good burn or tan.  


Why I opened Damask Tattoo by Christy Lillian Opal


 I had been planning to open my own tattoo studio for years.  I had started outlining a business plan five years before I opened.  I would make notes in my business plan journal whenever something would occur to me.  Sometimes it was from talking with a client or watching a client talk to another artist at one of the street shops I was working at.  Sometimes it was from helping out with a small bit of admin work at a studio.  I started to formulate a plan for a tattoo studio where I would want to get tattooed.  A place where people were treated with respect and could feel comfortable.  Where they wouldn’t have to wait for an hour or more for their appointment to start or for their artist to even show up to work.  A place that provided things that seemed basic to me.  I wanted to create a clean and welcoming atmosphere that wasn’t intimidating, friendly people to welcome them and a pleasant experience receiving their tattoo.


Keep it clean!



I thought it would be a good idea to go over what we do to make sure your tattoo  process is clean and safe.  It is vitally important for us to be sure our tattoo areas are clean, that we set up properly and that we follow proper procedures when we do your tattoo.  We do this by following simple, tied and true methods.  


Damask Tattoo’s Blog!

We are so excited to announce our blog!  Our goal is to post information that will help answer questions and announce exciting happenings in our studio.  We hope you like it!  Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see covered in this section.  We are open to any and all ideas.  We’ll do our best to keep it interesting and informative.  Thanks for being a part of it!