Cover-Up Tattoos

Debby Ryan


Debby Ryan got a hand-poked tattoo of a dagger on her left wrist during a late night tattoo session in January 2017. This designs sits on top of the old alien on her wrist, which was already very faded since stick-and-pokes don’t usually last as long as machine tattoos. Her tattooer Julia Laufer aka know_dice describes it as a “semi-cover up.”

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    Hayley Williams


    Hayley Williams announced her divorce from longtime partner Chad Gilbert in July 2017, leaving her with a regrettable tattoo of his initials “CEG” across three of her fingers. She covered them up with three black squares in February 2018. The boxes mean that she no longer has to see his initials, but going for such a dark cover-up makes it much more difficult if she ever wants to have laser removal.

    This tattoo is something that Hayley doesn’t want to talk about for obvious reasons. When asked about her latest tattoo in an interview, she joked “how deep do we want to go?” and then proceeded to talk about her second most recent.

    The troubles in their relationship are apparent throughout the lyrics of Paramore’s 2017 album After Laughter. Writing those songs actually made Hayley realize that their marriage was beyond saving. In an essay for Nylon, she wrote:

    Writing kept me alive. Forced me to be honest….It helped me realize that I shouldn’t have ever married my ex and that love is not something we can just extract from one other.

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    Iggy Azalea


    Iggy Azalea has gone through a lot of trouble to remove her ex A$AP Rocky’s name from her left pinkie finger. She initially tattooed an “X” through it because her hectic touring schedule didn’t give her enough time for laser removal. She finally had a lull in her career in 2015 which gave her time for frequent laser sessions. Her engagement to NBA player Nick Young also gave her a sense of urgency. “I don’t want to wear a wedding ring with tattoos about my ex under it. It’s being lasered and has been for months,” she tweeted.

    Her A$AP tribute spanned three fingers, with the words “Live” “Love” and “A$AP” each on their own.  Iggy had all three lasered, but the removal was trickiest on her pinkie.  She tattooed a black box over the whole name which may have helped give an even result but it also made it more difficult.  Its location on the outside of her hand also meant that this tattoo wasn’t subject to the same amount of friction as the ones between her fingers.  She manged to get her middle and ring fingers light enough for a new “Digital Distortion” tattoo but continued with laser sessions on her pinkie.  In 2016 she told Music Choice:

    I’ve actually just spent the last eight months going through a very painful laser tattoo removal process….Be very careful with what you get. And do not get your ex-boyfriend’s name or you might end up with a really long and really expensive painful trip to the dermatologist.

    By 2017 she was finally able to cover the spot with a new tattoo that’s the same size as the previous one. It appears to be a number “7” for her June 7th birthday.

    Iggy Azalea


    Iggy Azalea’s right arm half-sleeve includes this classical bust statue.  The dark blurry lines on the left side serve the practical purpose of covering up her old “Trust Your Struggle” tattoo but it also symbolizes the concept of Digital Distortion.

    This is the second tattoo that she got representing her album Digital Distortion, which would have been her sophomore studio album but never ended up getting released. She also has the album title on her fingers.

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      Danielle Bregoli


      Danielle Bregoli got a trio of lily flowers on her right foot to cover up her old “Loyalty” tattoo.  While the sentiment of the original tattoo was nice, the execution was a bit sloppy.  She was way underage when she got the “Loyalty” tattoo at only 12 years old and it was probably not done by a professional.  She is still too young to be legally tattooed in her home state of Florida or in California where she now lives.  However Danielle and her mom have been travelling around the country for her Bhanned in the USA Tour and visiting states where she can get inked in a licensed tattoo parlor with her mom’s permission. The floral cover-up is a definite upgrade in quality.

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