TATTOO STYLE

TRADITIONAL STYLE

Animals, landscapes, Military insignia, and shapes like stars and hearts all show up within many of the Traditional tattoo design portfolio and each has a specific meaning attached to it. While swallows might mean the distance a sailor has traveled, it may also signify the idea of returning.

This particular bird will always migrate back to its original home. Sharks, panthers, and snakes all have similar ideas based in strength and more, but it’s also a visual embodiment of the wearers personality. The dragon tattoo, first seen due to Sailor Jerry being the first Western tattooist to be in contact with Japanese tattooists, is not only a deep appreciation for Irezumi, but is also a nod to the power of the mythical beast. Another important icon of Traditional tattooing is the Rock of Ages, a cross made of stone within a woman clinging to its edifice, usually in the middle of crashing waves and an endless sea.
First seen in the 1860 paintings of Johannes Oertel, it is a religious image that many Americans, tattooists and clients included, resonated with. There are thousands of images that coincide with the Traditional tattooing style, each a symbol of something meaningful, that have been collected by studios, art books, and artists around the globe. As for the actual visual style of Traditional tattooing, the bold black lines and use of pigment all have rather rational uses.

The illustrative look may have originated with European designs, but the bold black lines were perhaps a technique taken from the tried and true methods of tribal tattooists, whether belonging to Polynesian or Native American peoples. For centuries, carbon based ink has proven to age incredibly well, not only holding its shape for ages, but also in aiding the clarity of a design. The vivid tones Traditional tattooists used were also tied, mainly, to what was available when pigments used for skin where not at their highest quality or technological advancement.

The tattoo ink was confined to those particular colors due to their lack of fading, but also due to the availability of inks at that time.

REALISM

This style requires a lot of work and a lot of preparation and skills from the specialist person. One of the main methods of creating Realistic style tattoos is the mapping of shades. Contour lines depicting shadow areas that reflect as a topographic map. It has to be said that different artists from different cultures make different interventions in this style based on what they have or are most fascinated with. Of course, their pieces are incredibly realistic, whether it's a fine reproduction of art, a photorealistic pet portrait, or beautiful botanical creation.

However, there is still a certain influence with watercolors. From pearls, to fruits, to portraits, and to tech-savvy pieces like airplanes, artists ’work has discovered a new way to become realistic in a delicate blend of styles. Artists like Chris Rigoni make a composition of styles; combining abstract art, illustrative, pop and realistic forms he creates work unlike anyone else. Freddy Negrete, Chuey Quintanar, Fred Thomas, Inal Bersekov and Ralf Nonnweiler make almost exclusively black and gray realism. Whereas Phil Garcia, Steve Butcher, Antonina Troshina, Dave Corden, and Liz Venom are known for their Realism tattoos in very saturated colors. (highly saturated color) Due to the nature of the tattoo of realism, many different styles, models and concepts exist within the genre.

Dark art, horror, surrealism, celebrity portraits and more ... is what can be seen with the naked eye, and limiting the imagination to building artwork.

Most tattoos, and artists in general, show that their style, their work, is inspired by the world around them. bota përreth tyre.

WATERCOLOR

Watercolor tattoo paintings come from antiquity, where different organic materials were used for different colors including terrestrial substances, such as plants, minerals, animals, etc. Tattoos are often made with watercolor as well as gouache, a darker form of paint we mention.

Due to the progress and work of the artists of the past, the softness, fast dry clarity, ease of use and brightness of the pigments give extremely good tattoo art. The watercolor tattoos we see today are, thankfully, created with more than traditional red, blue, yellow and green dyes, but by the time flash and modern tattoos were taking its foundations, they were not only changing pigments on paper but also on skin. This style gained momentum in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A distinctive feature of this style of tattooing is the widespread use of botanical elements. Different flowers. Watercolor tattoos have less black use, although the colors used in the watercolor tattoo style tend to fade and dissipate faster.

However, tattoos of this style divide themselves into two categories: Watercolor tattoos without a black base are usually completely devoid of dark line work. (Which is not to say that another color can't replace black instead.) The lack of black gives the paintings a very distinct look. Colors can look like they fade to the edges. These types of watercolor tattoos are often accented with graceful shades that make their edges almost impossible to discern.

And the second category, watercolor tattoos with a black base. This implies that an element of linear form or basic shade has been cast. What matters is that there is something that can be called a black skeleton or sketch underneath.

TRIBAL

Tribal tattoos have been found all over the globe thousands of years ago. It can be said to be one of the most widespread and widely used tattoos by the upper classes of society at the time. As is the artwork found on the skin of the Princess of Ukok. 

Which is believed to have died about 500 years before our era in what is now called Southwestern Siberia. Her tattoos depict mythological creatures, and are extremely ornate. Tribal style tattoos consist of black lines, dots, and abstract shapes as artists continue to push boundaries. The formation of new symbols and the fusion of their personal style with those of ancient tribal tattoos has many different ways. Tribal tattoos cover many cultures and histories, and there are many different styles that have emerged, and many different artists who continue this ancient tradition. They look like nonsense, but they are tattoos that express tribal connections and mythology.

What sets Tribal style apart from any other style of tattoo is that it has the only unique color of its style, the black color and the meanings they have are and date back to ancient times. Where and most of them are as abstract.

NEW SCHOOL

The true beginnings of New School tattoos have been lost over time due to the influx of customer demands, changes in the industry and the generally closed and exclusive tattoo community space.

Some people argue that the New School style originated in the 1970s, while others see the 1990s as the true style show we know now. This style of tattoos has its foundation from the traditional American style of tattoos. Bold black lines help keep color from spreading, large shapes and patterns help with the ability to easily form highly readable tattoos. This style is largely influenced by pop culture ... There has often been a split between traditional American artists and New School artists.

The rules, techniques and tools of tattooists are usually closely guarded. Information shared only by dedicated artists and students. New School tattoos are known through gaming culture, comic books, and mostly anime and manga as well. In simple words it can be said that this style draws inspiration from Disney. His films are the main line of New School tattoo portfolios. Many parts of this style are based on nostalgia or children's fascination.

Comic book heroes, animated characters, these are probably the most common concepts in style. New School tattooists have used bright colors, falling shadows and nice lines. 

NEO TRADITIONAL

Brilliant and dramatic colors, often in Victorian velvet-reminiscent tones or East Coast hues of October fall leaves, mingled with delightful details like pearls and fine lace: this is often what comes to mind when one thinks of for Neo Traditional tattoos.

Perhaps the most lush and extravagant aesthetic in the tattoo community, this particular style combines traditional American tattooing techniques with a rich art history.
Although it can sometimes seem a far cry from traditional American style. Despite its name, Traditional Neo actually continues to comply with many of the technical rules of traditional tattoos.

Line widths may vary, but black sketches are common such as larger patterns that are well understood from a distance. Composition clarity, the importance of a black color barrier to color, and common themes are some of the commonalities.

Where Neo Traditional tattoos tend to change is their interest in lush details and gorgeous colors. Part of this is due to stylistic influences from past art movements that have inspired many tattooists working in this particular field. 

JAPANESE

This style has an ancient tradition in human history and are some of the most respected works of art within the tattoo community. These tattoos were seen as a way of distinguishing social status and age. They were also deeply sacred and religious. It was said that demons and diseases would be kept away because of the ritual.

The line of Japanese tattoos may have existed almost 5000 years ago on primitive clay figures, who were decorated with tattoos and found in archaic tombs within the continent. There are also some ancient Chinese texts, the first from around 297 AD called Wei Chih, that talk about the Japanese tradition of tattooing, and mentioned that men of all ages would have designs on all parts of the body, including face. Although this seemed to be a popular expression art, tattoos were soon perceived as a negative practice.

Criminals, instead of being sentenced to death or receiving long sentences, were branded with tattoos. These were often bands, symbols, Japanese characters or dots on the side or forehead. Dragons that often bring out flames, light pink flowers, geisha smile ... these are Japanese tattoo icons.

Perspectives on colorful, flattened miracles, graceful illustrative lines, and a unique use of negative space were all to inform not only European painters like Monet and Van Gogh, but also craft movements such as Art Nouveau, and even Irezumi, the Japanese tattoo. ..

BLACK WORK

The term "Blackwork" has been used in the past to describe other art forms beyond tribal tattoos. Although tribal tattoos make up a large part of the Blackwork style, more siles have also recently been added to the list.

Dark art, illustrative and graphic art, engraving style, and even literary or calligraphic writing are all considered to be within the Blackwork vein when using only black ink. Perhaps more closely related to its authentic origins, Blackwork may also include geometric work. Which is usually in the form of esoteric sacred geometry, as well as ornamental tattoos that usually originate from Henna inspired patterns or the like. The origin of the style lies within the ancient tribal style tattoos. Polynesian pieces, known for their often abstract patterns made of shapes and scrolls on a large piece of black paint, are a major influence on style.

Curved around the body's organic contours, these tattoos were usually based on the person's personality, with the tattoo using symbolism and iconography to illustrate their life story or legends. Often Polynesian tattoos embody a person's background, beliefs or connections. They were naturally protective and absolutely holy.

Polynesian tattooists were almost regarded as priests who held divine knowledge of the ritual of tattoos. It was these ancient aspects of culture that greatly influenced present-day Blackwork tattoos.

ILLUSTRATIVE

This style is very special as it pays a lot of attention to the line, as thin as the hairline. Some of the techniques we can mention are: Stipling, dotwork, linework, junction, engraving, abstract expressionism, German expressionism and more. 

Art movements are all extremely diverse, but Abstract Expression, Cubism, and Fauvism are closely linked to ideas about color, form, but each has had its effect on illustrative tattoos. The style of carving most commonly seen in Blackwork is essentially a part of illustrative tattoos.

Odd Tattooer, Aaron Aziel and Franco Maldonado are some of the artists who often use this style of grinding for their work. Inspired by the works of Goya, Gustave Dore or Albrecht Durer, this can have a very surreal or dark look depending on the personal tastes of the tattoos.

CHICANO STYLE

Lush roses, Virgin Mary and intricate roses may be the first things to come to mind when one thinks of Chicano tattoos. Soft tones of tears emphasize the illustrative approach to  much of the Chicano tattoo movement. Considering its roots in pencil and pen drawings, it is no wonder that stylistically artworks combine those techniques with an overly rich cultural background.

As with many art movements, aesthetics and techniques can be borrowed, but what is unique with this style of tattooing is the culture and the past behind it; Mexican artists have a strong philosophical and political heritage. With a history that includes radicals such as Francisco Madero and Emiliano Zapata, it is no wonder that since the Mexican Revolution in the Pachuco culture of the early 1940s, and beyond, it has had a profound impact on sociopolitical arts and action in modern Chicano tattoos.

Even earlier than the '40s, when Mexican American youth and other minority cultures were using Zoot suits to express their dissatisfaction with conventional American politics and policies, stylistic artistic expression was often used as an effective tool.

The difficulties of Chicano tattoo iconography are, in fact, so embedded in the history of ethnic turmoil and progressive independence that it can be difficult for others to understand. However, it is such an integral part of West Coast culture that many of the supportive aspects of aesthetics have been chosen by mainstream society making it more accessible and widely appreciated. Movies like Mi Vida Loca, and Zine Underground Teen Angels, embody the spirit of a style that may have been built from a violent past but was a pure product of love and passion.

Opening stores like Good Time Charlie's Tattooland, and artists like Freddy Negrete, the leading LA Chicano community network from the 1970s to today, have pushed aesthetics to the forefront of the tattoo community. Cholas, Payasas, Lowriders, letters of letters, tears signifying lost ones: all this and more was a lifestyle depicted in various art forms, including Chicano tattoos. These works of art resonate so deeply with the people of the community because it is directly inspired by their history, their history. One proof of the power of these images is that the reach and recognition of this genre continues to grow.