Blackout tattooing has exploded in popularity in recent years. From hardcore collectors to tattoo newbies, blackout tattooing is garnering major appeal in this industry. Even Kat Von D has a blackout tattoo! One of the artists leading the charge is Hoode Tattoos, a Philadelphia-based artist who has perfected blackout tattooing. He provides his clients big, bold and, of course, black tattoos—often transforming existing work with blackout magic. We sat down with Hoode to learn how he got started doing blackouts and what clients should expect when they commit to one of his tattoos.