The Rise Of The Blackout Sleeve Tattoo

The black sleeve tattoo is becoming a more frequent - here's what I love about this bold tattoo statement.

A blackout tattoo sleeve can be created by an artist to either cover an unwanted previous design, or add a new bold statement to this prominent area of your body. Often the whole arm is tattooed in black, or white can be added to create a delicate design as part of the tattoo sleeve. If not a cover-up, negative space can be left to create an unique tattoo design. A blackout sleeve won't happen overnight - many sittings are involved in this slow process, as well as the obvious pain before and in healing. A tattoo sleeve isn't a quick fix but rather a tattoo decision that requires 100% commitment.

Blackout sleeve tattoo by Jasn Basn. Photo: Instagram. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
White on blackout tattoo sleeve, by Nathan Mould. Photo: Instagram. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
Model Lucky Hell with blackout tattoo sleeve, by Clayton Addison, photo from Facebook. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
This black sleeve tattoo is in progress, by Sam Rivers, UK. Photo: Instagram. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
Model Lucky Hell with black tattoo sleeve, by Clayton Addison, photo from Facebook. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
Model Monami Frost also has a blackout sleeve tattoo. Photo: Instagram. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
Artist unknown, all black tattoo sleeve, photo from Instagram @backer_6. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
Blackout sleeve tattoo in progress! Photo from Instagram @xgothhippiex. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
Black sleeve tattoo on Sven Signe den Hartogh, photo from Sven's Instagram. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend
Black sleeve tattoo by Diamante Murru. Photo: Instagram. #sleeve #blackout #allblack #trend