There were already minimalist tattoos, small, with complicated or realistic designs, large tattoos, whole sleeves covered with designs and now there are entirely black tattoos.
This trend, known as blackout tattoos comes from Singapore and consists of tattooing large parts of the body without any specific design except black, as if it were a uniform backdrop.
Having these black tattoos requires great resistance to pain and great technical experience on the part of the tattoo artist. Both must be patient enough to support the process.
This type of tattoo is quite common on the skin of gurus from the world of body art, but other people feel attracted to these very special tattoos.
What does a blackout tattoo mean?
In general, these tattoos have no meanings for two main reasons:
- The first is that they are often chosen to cover old tattoos that no longer please
- The second is that they are more of a fashion phenomenon
However, some people manage to give meaning to these black works because of the previous reasons. For example, if the tattoo is made to cover an old design, the symbolism to give to the blackout tattoo will be a new beginning and going beyond the past.
Black is also a neutral color which represents the mystery and what is enigmatic, characteristics which correspond well to those who have this tattoo done.
How to get a black tattoo?
If what the person is looking for is covering old tattoos, the total black tattoo should be large enough to hide any previous traces of the design.
But if what we are looking for is to eliminate the previous tattoos while leaving the focus on the others, the blackout tattoos can be placed around the tattoos that we want to keep to create an illusion of emphasis and highlight them.
Another way to create a black tattoo is to choose a part of the body and cover it entirely with black ink. It can simply be an aesthetic act but this tattoo can also serve as a base layer for a drawing in white ink and allow to create a strong impression of contrast.
One of the best ways to make one of these tattoos is to choose large parts of the body but to cover only limited portions. For example a "thick bracelet" entirely black or in gradation until reaching the color of the skin, even a "tortoise neck" going simply from the neck to the chest, without touching other parts of the body.