Cover ups – a customer perspective


Know the feeling? 19 years old loving life and getting a tattoo that you thought was the nuts, for ten minutes any way! It’s amazing when you grow up how much you change just as you where told.

I can hear my mother’s voice now in my head “You should think about that more, it’s on there for life”

Sadly, 98 percent of the time they are right. Being a father myself now I understand that. Having had lots of old sketchy tattoos that look like I did them myself or by a child is not great for ones confidence especially when training high flying clients and having my arms and legs on show constantly.

I went to a tattoo convention and was amazed by the quality of all the art work and in some way, jealous that I had mere scribble on my arms and I could of had some pukka artwork. I wanted to find out about getting them covered over and saw a few artists but they put in more ink into the body but did not seem to cover or do the job correctly.

I was about to give up on the idea of tattoos. Laser removal was not an option I even considered getting black arms! This was when I met Gayle from Steel Point through a local boxing gym.Gayle said she specialised in cover over tattoos. I was very sceptical at first but she obviously knew what she was talking about and by her portfolio I knew I was in luck.

When Ross first came in

I had explained about the hate I had for the work on my arms and how it affected my confidence, don’t get me wrong I am a confident person but having anything negative on your body is a pullback in my eyes and never allows me to feel complete and at peace with myself.

Work in progress

I realised it was going to be a lot of work but decided a few hours of pain for a life time of good ink was a minor sacrifice and to be honest Gayle is such a good tattoo artist the work is very soft considering you’re getting ink injected via needles!
I opted for a Japanese theme on my left arm with two Koi, a dragon and a samurai helmet. I researched exactly what I wanted and Gayle drew it and planned how to place and size it for it to cover all the old work like magic. It is a long process as I am having all the line work and shading put in for the whole arm. Also areas had to be lightened with a white ink for the cover to take better. But each sitting I am elated by the progress and can’t wait for the end product.
Overall I am already made up with the sleeve and can see where it is going and can’t believe I am actually going to have a top quality sleeve over the top of the dodgy tattoos.

I am so happy in fact we have already planned the other cover sleeve and are discussing my full back cover over too.
Having top quality art work is very important to me and I am very happy I have found Steel Point Tattoos and recommend them to anybody.

If you have a tattoo that you are unhappy with and feel it is beyond help, I bet Gayle can fix you up.

Ross Dimmock Advanced Personal Trainer
2nd Degree Muay Thai Instructor


Ross Dimmock

After leaving the Armed Forces Ross tried several styles of physical training. Through this process he discovered a passion for Muay Thai boxing. After qualifying as a Personal Trainer Ross gained invaluable experience working at several of London’s premiere gyms, martial arts dojo’s and Britain’s largest outdoor training provider. He has trained everyone from children to office workers and elite athletes.

All the things!

I had a week off. Never doing that again. Came back to find the supply order of gloves and other important things was being used to prop up the printer…:-)

But the guys have a newly built space to work in and they’re happy about that. Looks great too! And I have an office, kind of. That’s right! We’re expanding! I can finally share the news! With brand new treatment rooms, separate piercing room and new reception area, actually, that’s still kinda being built…we are working on it though! So even though it looks like we are not open from the front, I assure you we are!

And we have a new piercer joining us soon, and he’s going to teach me to pierce! Me! I’m so happy.

HI THIS IS Nadz, i wanted to take a moment to talk about all the awesome things going on here at Steelpoint! First of all yes we are open as usual with new treatment rooms! I know people fear change but it’s only cosmetic; nothing has changed with the artists or how we do things.

Secondly we are attending the Croydon Tattoo Art Show! Basically it is a collective of local artists putting our fine works on sale, it is to raise funds for the Sir Philip Greame Youth Club. It’s free entry so no excuses, there will be live music and an opening night bar! Opening night 9th November doors open 6:30pm and it covers the 10th and 11th 10am-4pm so make you way down and tell your friends and family and come and support your local artists.

Also your brave artists at Steelpoint will be taking part in a sponsored skydive for charity so keep them eyes peeled for more information and if you want to see grown men scream and cry whilst hurtling towards the earth then get involved!

And if that isn’t enough Steelpoint is going to be attending the East Coast Tattoo Expo November 17th and 18th Highfields Park, Clacton, Essex! Gayle will be tattooing at the show and there may be some spots available but you must call or email NOW to get in with a chance. It’s a two day expo with live bands bars hogroasts! I mean how nifty does it sound people! Fuck Christmas it’s every year – get yourself down to one or both of these events and show us your support!

It’s all happening!