How to Cover Up Tattoos for Dance (and Cheer)

How to Cover Up Tattoos for Dance (and Cheer)

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Tattoos have become a lot more popular in the past few years- especially among older teens and college students. A lot of dancers either put off getting a tattoo or go to great lengths to apply cover up between each and every performance. There aren’t too many options for dancers who need 100% coverup, but luckily we’ve discovered a hack that might change that!

Currently, some of the more common options that most dancers and cheerleaders do are:

The Sleeve – 5/10

The Sleeve is okay for wrist/arm tattoos, but you can certainly tell you’re wearing it. For some low-key performances, this is more than acceptable, but for others, it will be distracting.

Makeup – 4/10

Makeup can also be a decent option, but there are a few downsides. Firstly, if your tattoo is large, you’re going to be spending a lot of time and makeup to make it look natural. Secondly, if you’re wearing a light-colored costume, you could stain and ruin it.

Now for a super-unique option that works better than a sleeve or makeup.

Latex Spray Paint – 9/10

This one is the winner. This sounds a bit crazy, but I got this tip from a NCA Cheer Master who swears by it. He grabs a few colors (tans, pinks, browns, olives) of matte latex spray paint and carefully covers the tattooed area. The important things to note are:

  1. It needs to be latex paint. Others will be more permanent.
  2. Some people are allergic to latex. If unsure, test a tiny area and wait for the go-ahead.

This solution will blend in better, can be sprayed on any body part, and won’t rub off on costumes. After the performance is completed, simply take a Goo Gone Paint Clean-up Wipe, rub and throw away.

Test out some of these options before your first performance to see which you like best. If tattoos are properly covered up, there is no reason to not get one, so if you’ve been on the fence about your first ink, know that you have options for covering it up.


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