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Hiding Tattoo For BBing Show


#1

Does anyone have suggestions for how to cover up a tattoo for a bodybuilding show. It wouldn't care, but I've got a tattoo on my back that is quite large and I think it would take away from the detail for judging. I was thinking a thick, perhaps latex-based makeup, but I wouldn't want it to hide detail. Any suggestions?


#2

judging by the size of the one on your back (i saw that other post) i would think it would be pretty hard. How would you possibly oil up enough while putting makeup on to hide it?


#3

Lee Priest has tats all over the place and once he applies that think tanning stuff its pretty hard to see them. Just a suggestion to try out the tanning goods and see if you even need anything else.


#4

Natedawg, I wondered about this. I figured any makeup that would hide it would not take well to the oil, and if it did that it would be too thick and would hide detail.

Crew, I wouldn't mind if it was a typical tattoo (like the one on my chest), but the one on my back is sort of a tribal-esqe tatoo, meaning it has thick, filled-in areas. Though you are right. Perhaps with a very dark fake-tan and some oil, mixed with the intense overhead lighting, it could hide it well enough to be okay. Preferably I'd like to come in with a lighter-than-black tan so I could show off more body detail. Then again maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about.


#5

Get a tat of your skin right over the tatoo...


#6

your dream tan should help a bit. at least it will not stand out as much.


#7

Haha you mentioned that your back tat is thick with filled in areas, but I was watching lee pose before and it was hard to see the one on his shoulder which was tattooed over as he wanted to remove his old one. So I figure if I would see the lines in his shoulder through 2 tattoos and a tan you should be alright. Who knows though, maybe he did put something on it.


#8


I dont mean this in a bad way, but I think it's time to just invest in the laser removal gig and start with a clean slate, so to speak...You can always get re-tatted after you quit doing comps, brudda', right?....


#9

  1. I don't want to get rid of the tattoo
  2. The tattoo is huge, and it would be too expensive
  3. I'm not to the point where competitions are a huge part of my life. I've actually never competed in bodybuilding, but am thinking about starting.

Bottom line... expensive.


#10

I was curious and just checked pricing online. It's about $50 per square inch, and I would likely need up to five treatments for most areas. That's a lot of money.


#11

I was curious about this as well. Contemplating doing my first show next year and have also be thinking about getting my first tattoo in the near future.Which will cover a large portion of my upper arm. Hopefully we get some more insight on this topic.


#12

I was thinking more along the lines of taking out the dark sections, which stand out more, rather than the entire tat, my Brotha' from anotha' motha'/:wink: That would cut costs and get the job done for what you expressed, I shoulda' been more specific. Good compromise, Nicht' Var?...


#13

I guess if I were serious about competing come a few years I could always get portions of it removed. Best of both worlds perhaps. We'll see.


#14

Didn't Yates used to have some big skin head tat on his forearm? Didn't stop him from his first Olympia, although I imagine he got it removed aftewards.

-S


#15

There are plenty of products to help with that. Here is one: http://www.tattoocamo.com/


#16

Also, some shows will have professionals who do airbrushing to cover them up, here is one example:

http://www.dexterjacksonclassic.com/AirBrushing.doc


#17

The $35 for the tattoocamo is much cheaper and easier than removal. Seems to work pretty good too.


#18

Very nice links. Thanks guys and gals.