The world of tattoos is directly related to creativity and personal expression. As tattoo trends evolve, other techniques are modernized and remain trendy today, such as blackout tattoos. In this article, we will explore this unique tattoo technique that has gained popularity in recent years.

What is a Blackout Tattoo?

As the name suggests, it involves covering a part of the body with solid black ink, creating a completely black area. This technique is often used to cover old tattoos that are no longer wanted or to completely transform them. However, it has also become a form of art in its own right, and many people choose this style as their favorite option.

*Photos by Fernando Duarte, a recurring artist at 90 Tattoo Studio

The Origin of Blackout Tattoos

It is believed that its roots go back to the 1980s when some tattoo artists began experimenting with the idea of covering unwanted tattoos with solid black ink. Over time, this technique evolved and perfected, giving rise to the blackout tattoo as we know it today.

Why Choose This Style?

1. Covering Old Tattoos

One of the most common reasons to opt for a blackout tattoo is the removal of old tattoos that are no longer desired. Although our studio also offers laser removal services, sometimes the tattoo to be covered is very large, and this alternative is preferred.

2. Expression and Style

The visual appearance of blackout tattoos is undeniably striking. The solidity and simplicity of solid black can create a stunning contrast with the skin. This makes it a more interesting choice for those seeking a distinctive tattoo style.

The Blackout Tattoo Process

The process of getting this style of tattoo is a significant commitment and requires planning. In our gallery, you can see who our regular guests are and their style. Consult their availability and/or upcoming visits so we can notify you.

Due to the style of blackout tattoos, it may require multiple sessions to complete. This is because solid black ink is applied in layers, allowing each layer to properly heal before applying the next one. The number of sessions will depend on the size and complexity of the design.

The design of the blackout tattoo can be completely customized. Some people opt for geometric patterns, while others may choose abstract shapes or even specific artistic representations. Others simply prefer to cover everything in black.

*Photos by Fernando Duarte, a recurring artist at 90 Tattoo Studio

After each session, it is crucial to follow the tattoo artist’s instructions for post-care. This includes keeping the area clean and applying scar healing cream if necessary.

Finally, remember that a blackout tattoo is a personal and long-lasting choice. Once it is completed, it is difficult to reverse. Therefore, it is essential to carefully consider the design and its meaning before embarking on this adventure. If you have any doubts, make your inquiry and schedule your appointment with us!