1. Blackout tattoos involve tattooing large areas of the body in ~solid~ black ink. oddtattooer; Oracle Tattoo / Via instagram.com "It takes a lot of patience and technical skills to pack solid black," Chester Lee, a 29-year-old tattoo artist at Oracle Tattoo in Singapore, told BuzzFeed. The scalloped chest piece above took Lee roughly 20 hours to complete. 2. The look is inspired by neo-tribal tattoos, which evolved from ancient sacred tribal markings, according to Lee. oddtattooer; Oracle Tattoo / Via instagram.com Over time, a lot of these tattoos borrow from the past to create new, trendier styles, Lee explained. 3. "People usually get blackout tattoos as cover-ups," Lee said. Alex Santaloci; Tattoo Bill's / Via instagram.com Look at that transformation. 4. If you want to cover up some tattoos and not others, you can just add blackout ink around your fave piece. Terry James / Via instagram.com Look at those flowers basking in a ray of light. 5. But some people LOVE blackout tats for their striking, graphic ~lewks~. kylebigwood / Via Instagram: @kylebigwood BAM. 6. Look at that textural black limb. maxrathbone_tattooer; Second City Tattoo Club / Via instagram.com Just WHOA. 7. And this strong ink that gently fades into the elbow and wrist. Bryce Garnham; Rough Diamond Tattoo / Via instagram.com Plus the tiny dots that compose the chevron cuff at the bottom. 8. Look at that bold leg. oddtattooer / Oracle Tattoo / Via instagram.com So architectural. 9. Or this memorable back. adyfarrians; Benih Bumi Tattoo / Via instagram.com That spine really does stand out. 10. What about this inky arm that ends in a bloom? oddtattooer; Oracle Tattoo / Via instagram.com So dark and romantic. 11. And then there's this HONEYCOMB BACK. Neo Tattoos / Via instagram.com Scintillating. 12. And this striated arm situation. Roxx; 2 Spirit Tattoo / Via instagram.com A nipple never did look better. 13. Let's not forget these blackout cuffs. Sasha Masiuk / Via instagram.com You don't have to go big to go home. 14. Or just go for it with these dimensional blackout sleeves. nathanmouldtattoo / Via instagram.com Damn. 15. Better yet, just commit already and cover your entire body. Gakkin and Kenji Alucky / Via instagram.com And become a beautiful mythical creature of your own doing.