Let’s be real. Blackout tattoos look awesome. This tattoo trend consists of solid ink tattoos that cover large areas of the body like the back, chest, legs or arms. There are a few reasons for the surge in popularity of this tattoo trend: they can cover up old tattoos (like a big black marker), they are edgy and unique and can be found all over social media.
So what are the risks with this tattoo trend?
A blackout tattoo contains a lot of ink, which is very concerning. Tattoo inks can contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals and adding a very large amount to your system may carry with it an increased risk for cancer in the future. The risk is also greater for severe allergic reactions and inflammation simply because of the amount of tattoo ink.
Skin cancer is a fairly common type of cancer and having large areas of black ink can make it difficult for a dermatologist to diagnose skin cancer. Dermatologists need to be able to observe moles and spots on the skin and having a blackout tattoo may hinder their ability to do so.
Black ink is one of the easiest colors of ink to remove, but the ink density in blackout tattoos pose a special challenge for laser tattoo removal. Look at pictures of tattoo removal in progress and you will notice that the outline is usually the last part to fade. This has to do with ink density. The more ink there is in an area, the longer it will take to remove. Black out tattoos have a LOT of ink density!
Thinking about getting a blackout ink tattoo? Our recommendation is don’t do it. It poses some potential serious health risks and will be quite difficult and expensive to remove.
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