Perhaps no piece of body art draws the eye the way a blackout sleeve tattoo does. This unique aesthetic choice is like a black hole, but not in the pejorative sense of “black hole,” mind you. Much like nothing escapes a black hole, we just cannot take our eyes off of these sleeves.
What would possess a person to tattoo their whole arm black? The correct answer is “who cares?” These sleeves look awesome enough on their own. We don’t need a back story, though we should point out that blackout sleeves are often used as a great method of cover-up.
A blackout sleeve is the kind of commitment we admire. You can’t just walk into a shop and walk out with one a few hours later. They take a good deal of hours of work, spread out over multiple sessions with your tattoo artist. There’s absolutely nothing casual about a blackout sleeve. You’re going to spend the rest of your life with one of your extremities completely saturated with dark ink. And we think that’s awesome.
Another great feature of a blackout sleeve is that, if so desired, amazing design work can be done with negative space. If executed properly, this type of negative space blackout work can produce some of the most breathtaking designs in modern tattooing.
We’ve hand-picked some pictures of really awesome blackout sleeve tattoos for you to rest your peepers on. Just sit back and let the darkness draw your eyes in. Just as nothing can escape the pull of a black hole, your line of sight is bound to be trained on these until you can generate the proper amount of ocular escape velocity.
We can’t help but think of the “none more black” bit from Spinal Tap when looking at these sleeves. If you’re as impressionable as we are, you’re now considering what your life would be like with a blackout sleeve tattoo. You could always grab the nearest sharpie and try it out for a couple days. Or you could just take the plunge. We’ll leave that decision entirely up to you.