Blackout tattoos have people covering their bodies in solid black ink.
You will surely enjoy the messages that these amazing tattoos convey if you are a tattoo lover.
There’s nothing more intense or difficult to do in Singapore than the blackout tattoo. A tattoo is made from the white space left after a body part has been tattooed completely black.
Negative spaces, in other words, create a cool effect for anyone interested in getting a tattoo and wants something a bit different.
Recently, blackout tattoos have become increasingly popular due to social media aesthetics and a trend toward darker blackwork tattoos. Additionally, this type of tattoo ink is used by many people to conceal an older, outdated, or dislikable tattoo.
Blackout tattoos are trendy, but are they safe for you? Are they culturally appropriating in any way? Here are the thoughts of a tattoo artist.
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What Is a Blackout Tattoo?
It is a type of tattoo in which a large area (usually arms or legs) is covered completely in black ink. Basically, black ink is used to fill in a vast body area, like colouring the entire page in black. In addition to covering up older tattoos, blackout tattoos have also gained popularity as first-pass tattoos.
The process of getting a blackout tattoo is, of course, difficult and time-consuming due to the nature of these tattoos. The larger your desired area indeed is, the more needles your artist will need to use, as well as the more sittings your artist will need. This makes the process more painful.
Since blackout tattoos are designed to be solid, your tattoo artist will need to go over certain spots multiple times to ensure an even saturated pigment distribution.
Check out these couple tattoos.
Even the slightest bit of transparent or blank skin will ruin the appearance.
Blackout Tattoo Sleeves – Negative Space
Sleeves with simple blackout tattoos
Blackout tattoo sleeves with a mosaic design.
Cost & Healing Time
The price of blackout tattoos varies greatly due to the different sizes and efforts required. Blackout tattoos tend to be more expensive per piece than per hour, as they require more time to complete, including overtime. In general, you can expect to pay between $100 and $300 per hour for a blackout tattoo from a reputable, experienced tattoo artist (you should do that! )–even more (though you should ask your artist to determine the overall estimated cost first).
For a small area of your skin to be blacked out, you should expect to spend at least $200 plus tip.
Dangers & Downsides of Blackout Tattoos
Blackout tattoos have a few drawbacks in addition to the pain factor. If you blast black ink over a large area of skin, you can’t see the natural skin underneath. Melanoma and other skin conditions are hard to diagnose because of this. If you are concerned about the health of your skin, or if you have a family history of skin problems, it may be best to avoid blackout tattoos.
Removing Blackout Tattoos
The same as you may believe the healing process would be more complicated with a blackout tattoo than with a traditional tattoo, you may also assume that blackout tattoos are more difficult to remove. Despite this, it’s the same process as any other tattoo-it’ll just take longer.
Unlike typical tattoos, blackout tattoos could require as many as 15 sessions with a laser technician to completely fade. You can also expect to pay double or triple the cost of removing a blackout tattoo compared to a smaller ink piece.
Geometric Blackout Sleeve Tattoos