This New Tattoo Trend Looks Cool—but It Could Really Mess with Your Health

Tattoos can be beautiful and empowering (and hey, new research even suggests that a couple of tats could boost immunity). But there’s a new trend in body art that’s sparking a debate on social media about its safety: The Internet is freaking out about «blackout» tats, which completely cover entire areas of your body in solid, black ink. Unlike the teensy finger tattoos that have been popular of late, or even a good ol’ lower-back tramp stamp, this artwork covers major skin real estate. We’re talking whole arms and legs, the entire back, the bulk of your décolletage—that kind of thing. Take a look:


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