“Blackout” tattoos seem to be a rather radical type of body art at first glance, but there’s more to them than meets the eye: these eye-catching patterns are covering over past undesired tattoos.
Chester Lee, a tattoo artist from Singapore’s Oracle Tattoo shop, recently uploaded some of his work online, and it quickly went viral. Rather than erasing the existing tattoos, he covers them with new ink in a time-consuming and delicate process: “that specific piece I [had] been at it for a couple of months, probably 20 odd hours,” Lee explains.
The opposing lines from ancient tattoos may still be seen through the blackouts. This gives them a distinct feel and assures that no two Blackout tattoos will ever be the same.