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15 Striking Blackout Tattoos That Almost Look Unreal

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

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

The look is inspired by neo-tribal tattoos, which evolved from ancient sacred tribal markings, according to Lee.

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

“People usually get blackout tattoos as cover-ups,” Lee said.

"People usually get blackout tattoos as cover-ups," Lee said.

Look at that transformation.

Alex Santaloci; Tattoo Bill’s / Via instagram.com

If you want to cover up some tattoos and not others, you can just add blackout ink around your fave piece.

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.

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15 Striking Blackout Tattoos That Almost Look Unreal