You simply need more firm lines and some shading to sharpen it up. Send a snapshot of it to a few tattoo artists whose work you admire (search on Instagram) and see what they think or recommend. I had a tattoo with sections I didn't like, so I did this, and it's now corrected and I love it. The artist who did my correction tag shows other stuff too, but that's his specialty.
Shading in a tattoo is typically irreversible. Shading is a very tough item to try to modify in a tattoo; it is generally done in dark colored ink and is dispersed across a big portion of the tattoo, making it a difficult component to change once completed. However, there are techniques used by tattoo artists to adjust shading in their work.
The basic approach is to use white ink to add highlights or lift out dark areas of shading. Then go over the area with black ink to bring back in any colors that were highlighted too much. This process can be repeated as many times as needed until you get the result you're looking for. Of course, the more times you repeat this process the darker your tattoo will become.
However, if you're happy with the overall look of your tattoo but want to make some adjustments to the shading then you should know that this can be done quite easily. There are several products on the market today designed specifically for this purpose. Some come in the form of powders that can be applied with a brush while others are pastes that can be painted onto the skin with a brush or pen. Either way, these products allow you to lighten or darken specific areas of your tattoo without affecting the color underneath.
Some people may ask themselves why would you want to alter the shading in your tattoo. The answer is simple: aesthetics.
To aid in the healing of your tattoo, apply an ointment such as A+D Original Ointment, Aquaphor Healing Ointment, or the product advised by your tattoo artist during the first day or two. It is recommended to avoid products that are entirely petroleum-based, such as Vaseline. These products may cause your tattoo to peel off if you wash it away.
After the first few days, you can use a more moisturizing lotion or oil instead. Avoid using sunblock and other skin care products with chemicals that might burn or irritate your tattoo.
If you work with ink that has colors other than black and white, your tattoo artist will advise you on how to take care of it. They may suggest ointments or other products that will help the tattoo look better over time.
You might also try placing the tattoo on a flatter spot on your body. Take off the tattoo. When you're done with your temporary tattoo, you may wash it off with warm, soapy water, or you can "scrub" it off using a cotton pad dipped in oil. Purchase water slide paper. Place the wet paper on your skin and let it air-dry.
If you wear clothing that is not absorbent, such as tight jeans, then you will want to use something that will help get all of the ink out of your skin. Some people choose to peel off their temporary tattoos.
It's important to remember that you should never eat or drink anything while you are wearing a temporary tattoo. This includes chewing gum and candy. These items will stick to the tattoo and cause harm to your teeth or tongue if they are not removed immediately.
The best way to remove a temporary tattoo is with a gentle cleanser and soft cloth. Use caution not to rub too hard because this could cause pain or damage to the skin. If necessary, apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15 minutes several times a day until the mark goes away.
If you want to conduct any touch-ups in the future, use a fresh needle and ink saucer. Instead of using alcohol to clean a new tattoo, use soap and water. Wrap saran wrap around your fresh tattoo. Avoid using a cloth or band-aid since they can absorb part of the ink and cause it to fade faster. Use an old towel to soak up any excess ink after cleaning your skin.
The best way to care for your new tattoo is by washing it with soap and water daily. This will help prevent infection and keep your tattoo looking fresh and vibrant.
In addition, try not to go swimming right after getting a tattoo. This is because some people's bodies absorb the ink into their bloodstream through their skin. If you are going to swim in polluted waters or sit in hot cars then use caution to avoid this problem.
Finally, if you are unhappy with the color of your tattoo, there are many things you can do to change it. Including adding more dye or removing some of it with acid. However, these options are very risky practices that require expert advice. It is recommended that you only do these methods if you have lots of time and money to spend on them.