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15 Striking Blackout Tattoos That Almost Look Unreal

Inkredible.

1. Blackout tattoos involve tattooing large areas of the body in ~solid~ black ink.

"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.
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.

Over time, a lot of these tattoos borrow from the past to create new, trendier styles, Lee explained.
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.

Look at that transformation.
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.

Look at those flowers basking in a ray of light.
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~.

BAM.
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BAM.

6. Look at that textural black limb.

Just WHOA.
maxrathbone_tattooer; Second City Tattoo Club / Via instagram.com

Just WHOA.

7. And this strong ink that gently fades into the elbow and wrist.

Plus the tiny dots that compose the chevron cuff at the bottom.
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.

So architectural.
oddtattooer / Oracle Tattoo / Via instagram.com

So architectural.

9. Or this memorable back.

That spine really does stand out.
adyfarrians; Benih Bumi Tattoo / Via instagram.com

That spine really does stand out.

10. What about this inky arm that ends in a bloom?

So dark and romantic.
oddtattooer; Oracle Tattoo / Via instagram.com

So dark and romantic.

11. And then there's this HONEYCOMB BACK.

Scintillating.
Neo Tattoos / Via instagram.com

Scintillating.

12. And this striated arm situation.

A nipple never did look better.
Roxx; 2 Spirit Tattoo / Via instagram.com

A nipple never did look better.

13. Let's not forget these blackout cuffs.

You don't have to go big to go home.
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.

Damn.
nathanmouldtattoo / Via instagram.com

Damn.

15. Better yet, just commit already and cover your entire body.

And become a beautiful mythical creature of your own doing.
Gakkin and Kenji Alucky / Via instagram.com

And become a beautiful mythical creature of your own doing.

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