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.