Blackout tattoos, a tattoo that fills in large portions of your body with black ink, are becoming an increasingly popular trend within the tattoo community nowadays. It’s almost a response to the increase in popularity of small, hide-able tattoos by tattoo newbies – some vets are upping their game with all-encompassing blackout tattoos that almost change their primary skin color.
They were popularized by Singaporean tattoo artist Chester Lee, whose pictures of his blackout tattoo work have gone viral within tattoo circles. People have begun using blackout tattoos and negative space to create designs that seem like they use a lot of ink but actually use a lot less than if the design were fully stylized in a more traditional manner.
There’s a lot of concern and controversy over whether or not blackout tattoos are healthy or not, but thus far there haven’t been reports of any adverse side effects and even doctors have been quoted noting that blackout tattoos are actually really easy to remove if you change your mind later on down the road.
To us, blackout tattoos are great options for covering up bad tattoos or cosmetic issues, and can you imagine what you could do if you paired the blackout tattoo style with the white ink tattoos we talked about in one of yesterday’s galleries?
We’re pretty sure blackout tattoos are here to stay, but even if they’re a fad this gallery will stay here forever to memorialize one of the most unique modern tattoo styles of 2016.
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