50+ Amazing Blackout Tattoo Ideas You Could Rock On

By Jason Hamilton / October 21, 2019
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Getting a tattoo for the first time is a fun and exciting experience, but it requires a careful understanding of what to get. One popular new type of tattoo that has caught the eye of many people getting their first is the blackout tattoo. Are these right for you or should you consider another approach?

One of the latest fashions in tattooing is the blackout tattoo. This involves large areas of skin inked completely black and should be considered by anyone who believes in the words of Mick Jagger: “I want to see the sun blotted out in the sky.”

There are some among us who were simply born nocturnal.

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We don’t understand society’s fixation on the purity of white, the sterilized white cubes of offices and museums, or the joy people feel in the morning. We keep the shades drawn and wait until at least 5:00 pm to set foot outdoors. To suit our behaviors, we prefer blackout tattoos.

Many get blackout tattoos to cover up the drunken mistakes they made in college, but many more just love the look. The style is credited to Singapore tattoo artist Chester Lee, a guy who made news in 2015 for getting the first known eye tattoo.

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“Tattoos can sometimes be irrational decisions,” Lee says, “and people end up regretting them. Blackout tattoos are a convenient way to cover them up.”

Traditional tattoos have remained stagnant for decades. The blackout tattoo, however, makes use of negative space to add a completely new dimension to body art.

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If you are still not that sure about this tattoo, we are here to help you decide what is best for you! In this article, we will discuss things about Blackout tattoo designs. We will share with you the designs we think will suit best with this kind of tattoo and also our richly curated gallery of blackout tattoo designs.

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What is a Blackout Tattoo?

Only the elite dare to go dark with an all blackout tattoo. Patience, strength, and passion combine the old and the new to create these tattoos.

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All blackout tattoos are inspired by neo-tribal tattoos, with their sacred tribal markings. Robust charcoal ink is used to create these intrepid masterpieces for the valiant man who is willing to endure the sitting.

A perfect full sleeve blackout tattoo with a face element.

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A charming forearm blackout Mandala tattoo design.

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An alluring half-sleeve blackout tattoo with an animal element.

An appealing blackout tattoo inked on the sleeve with an element of a tribal tattoo.

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A radiant full sleeve blackout tattoo with a flower element.

Innovative and inspired from the ancient tribal predecessors, today’s warrior soldiers on with this bold ink choice. When people see these brazen pieces on a man, they know that this man means business. Many choose to use all black tattoos as a contemporary cover-up; unleashing another memoir to be told by the wearer.

Others opt to showcase intricate designs to offer a contrast that enlightens the senses. Some all back tattoos cover an entire area of the body before tapering off into a beautiful rose in bloom or a geometric pattern that is transcendental. There is a lot of diversity in this swarthy ink. Dive as deep as a raven and embrace the chance to transform your soul as you provoke your senses with this controversial ink.

Designs You Can Do With A Blackout Tattoo

Despite being black, you can still do some amazing designs with a blackout tattoo. It can exhibit how the artist can incorporate some graphic design elements to the tattoo like negative space and it can be a real challenge for the tattoo artist to think of a design that can go with this kind of tattoo.

Here are some of the best blackout tattoo designs we can think of.

Geometric Tattoo

Geometry is a branch of mathematics that is concerned with questions of shape, size, the relative position of figures, and the properties of space.  This branch of mathematics, and in extension, science, is mostly considered as a graphic, logical, and numerical form of thinking. It is filled with figures, lines, and measurements which makes it a very interesting field of mathematics.

We are pretty sure, however, that the reason why geometric tattoo designs were inspired by geometry was not that of the measurements but rather the figures in this intellectual field. Geometric tattoos explore the idea of using numerous lines to form a unique shape and figure which can accentuate a simple tattoo.

Since its introduction in the body art industry a few years ago, a lot of designs were made that can be classified under the geometric tattoo design category. Most of these designs are modern and artsy and here are some of the designs which feature geometric themes:

An alluring full sleeve blackout tattoo with a geometric element.

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The fascinating geometric blackout tattoo inked on the whole sleeve.

A radiant blackout tattoo with a geometric element perfectly inked on the sleeve.

A flawless fusion of blackout and mandala tattoos effortlessly inked on the forearm with a geometric line element in the end.

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A glorious blend of geometric and full blackout tattoo on the forearm.

A very intricate and full torso and sleeve blackout tattoo with geometric and tribal detailing.

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A powerful full sleeve blackout tattoo with a geometric and tribal element at both ends.

An appealing and very intricate blackout with geometric and tribal details inked on the upper sleeves and forearm. blackout tattoo 45

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A highly intricate geometric blackout tattoo inked on the full length of the arm.

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A full sleeve full chest and neck tattoo of a geometric black tattoo.

Tribal Tattoo

Tribal motifs dominated arts and culture for centuries, if not millennia. Not long after, they have also dominated the skins of powerful men to signify their status, power, and influence within the community. Their interweaving and interlocking designs made tribal tattoos even more daunting and thus also made the wearer be feared and honored in their society. In other cultures, having a tribal tattoo signifies a boy has turned into a full-fledged man. It is an initiation right that all boys must face when they are coming of age. The pain of having a large tribal tattoo be inked on your body must be felt by all boys in some cultures. This is the reason as to why tribal tattoo design still has a significant foothold from then until now. It has been deeply ingrained in our united culture as a human race that it would be foolish to not have it as an option for a tattoo design.

It is quite undeniable that tribal tattoo designs are considered one of the, if not, oldest tattoo design in existence. It has existed almost the same time when early human beings formed groups and tribes to live together and share their strife to survive on our once savage planet. Each group of people has their own design of tribal tattoos to signify their tribe of origin and to differentiate a friend from a foe. These designs would then morph to fit in our modern society; a society that aims to relinquish the idea of “friend or foe”.

Most tribal tattoo designs that dominate today’s body art industry came from, if not inspired by, traditional Polynesian tattoos. This tattoo design is classified by its highly intricate lines and imagery that is present in every tattoo. Here are some of the tribal tattoo designs we have seen on the internet.

A highly detailed and intricate half torso and full sleeve blackout tattoo.

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A fully detailed and intricately made half sleeve blackout tattoo with tribal tattoo detailing.

A highly detailed upper back tattoo of a tribal blackout tattoo with Polynesian tribal detailing.

A highly detailed and intricately made full sleeve blackout tattoo with tribal detailing.

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A highly detailed full sleeve circular themed tribal blackout tattoo.

A full sleeve blackout tattoo with geometric and tribal detailing.

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A full sleeve blackout tattoo with a geometric tribal detailing on the wrist area.

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A full sleeve intricately detailed tribal tattoo design in blackout tattoo style.

A highly detailed and intricate full sleeve blackout tattoo with a geometric and tribal tattoo design detail.

A half sleeve fully detailed and intricate geometric and tribal blackout tattoo design.

A highly detailed and intricately designed half sleeve blackout tattoo of a tribal tattoo detail.

A highly detailed and intricately made full sleeve and chest blackout tattoo of a tribal tattoo.

A full sleeve and intricately detailed full sleeve blackout tattoo with tribal tattoo.

A highly detailed and intricately made full sleeve geometric and tribal blackout tattoo.

A blackout sleeve tattoo with tribal and geometric detailing.

A highly detailed hand blackout tattoo with tribal details.

A highly detailed Polynesian forearm blackout tribal tattoo.

Another Polynesian tribal blackout tattoo on the forearm.

Blackout Tattoo Designs On Men

Although only new, there are a fair amount of tattoo designs out there that heavily features a blackout tattoo and of these tattoo designs, a good amount of it are on men. As this is considered as one of the hardest tattoo design a tattoo artist can do, it is often considered as their best work.

Here are some of the best blackout tattoo designs you can have for men:

An elegantly designed and intricate full sleeve and chest blackout tattoo with veiny detailing in the chest.

A large blackout back tattoo of angel wings extending to the upper sleeves.

A simple but elegant full sleeve blackout tattoo with the ambigram of earth, air, fire, and water, the four elements.

A full sleeve and highly detailed geometric blackout tattoo.

A simple but elegant full blackout tattoo on the entire length of the sleeves.

A full sleeve but simply detailed blackout tattoo with hexagons forming an armband pattern.

An elegantly designed and intricately made half sleeve and full chest blackout tattoo.

A sophisticated but simply designed full sleeve blackout tattoo with tribal detailing on the forearm.

A simply detailed but sophisticated looking half chest and full sleeve blackout tattoo with a spiral pattern originating from the chest.

A full torso and full sleeve intricately made blackout tattoo of a dragon.

A full torso and full sleeve simple but elegant blackout tattoo.

A highly detailed full sleeve blackout tattoo design with geometric detailing.

A highly detailed and intricately designed blackout geometric tattoo on the full length of the forearm.

A highly detailed full sleeve blackout tattoo with various tattoo detailing.

A simple but elegant full sleeve and chest blackout tattoo.

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A forearm blackout tattoo with wave and cloud detailing.

A fading geometric pattern blackout tattoo on the shoulder.

Blackout Tattoo Designs On Women

Like we have said above, although only new, there are a fair amount of tattoo designs out there that heavily features a blackout tattoo and of these tattoo designs, only a few designs are for women. Despite this, however, these few designs are just wonderful to the eye!

Here are some of the best blackout tattoo designs you can have for women:

A highly detailed leaves and flowers blackout tattoo on the full length of the sleeve with a large butterfly tattoo on the chest.

A floral-themed full sleeve blackout tattoo.

A half sleeve mandala blackout tattoo.

A highly detailed bird blackout full sleeve tattoo with cherry blossoms and a bird.

A large full back tattoo of a mandala with blackout tattoo details.

A large geometric blackout tattoo on the forearm.

A cherry blossom blackout tattoo on the full length of the arm.

A whole leg blackout tattoo with roses and other details.

A beautiful and intricate full sleeve and back tribal blackout tattoo design.

A blackout tattoo with a design element from Mandala and Geometric  tattoos

A magnificent bee and flower blackout tattoo.

An elegant full sleeve blackout flower tattoo.

A statuesque full back geometric blackout tattoo design.

The radiant forearm modern geometric tattoo design with line elements.

A glamorous full-back rose blackout tattoo design.

A stunning full neck blackout snake tattoo design with a pure blackout full sleeve tattoo.

A full body blackout tattoo with intricated design in the chest.

A beautiful full sleeve blackout tattoo with Indian inspired design.


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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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