Traditional Tattoos

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Jo Inkdone
room Seoul
34
Tattoos
20
likes
13
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Sweetstattoodone
room Donostia - San Sebastián
34
Tattoos
20
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Minimalist
+2

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Lillian "Honeybadger" Chendone
room Hillsborough
21
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Line Art
+60

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Baran Yilmazdone
room Istanbul
15
Tattoos
0
likes
0
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Black and grey
Realism
+4

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Benny Tattooerdone
room Barcelona 🇪🇸
4
Tattoos
6
likes
3
followers
Neo Japanese
Japanese · Irezumi
+13

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Nattachai Watondone
room Chonburi
8
Tattoos
0
likes
0
followers
Blackwork
New School
+3

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Anemdone
room Montreal
48
Tattoos
56
likes
30
followers
Traditional

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Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire
10
Tattoos
12
likes
2
followers
Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

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Ali Güzeldone
room Istanbul 🇹🇷
23
Tattoos
20
likes
13
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+5

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Mar Pérez · Marrotodone
room Valencia
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Illustrative
Neotraditional
+2

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Seba Martinezdone
room Belén de Escobar
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Traditional

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Jared Scottdone
room Cambridge
0
Tattoos
0
likes
0
followers
Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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Heinzdone
room Rome
0
Tattoos
0
likes
5
followers
Traditional
Neotraditional

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Ayelo Padalinodone
room Santo André 🇧🇷
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Traditional
Blackwork

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Mattia Mambodone
room Meda 🇮🇹
433
Tattoos
235
likes
92
followers
Traditional
Contemporary
+1

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Rarodone
room Madrid
275
Tattoos
80
likes
21
followers
Traditional
Contemporary

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Lucas Soaresdone
room Fort Lauderdale
85
Tattoos
33
likes
4
followers
Line Art
Fine Line
+3

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Craigy Leedone
room Wellington
56
Tattoos
65
likes
16
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

Contact

description

Traditional tattoos, also called "Old School" or "Classic", is a reference to a Western or traditional American tattoo style and are characterized by bold black lines, a simple color palette, and flat 2D perspective. According to tattooers specializing in this style, people should be able to see a traditional tattoo from across the street and know what it is.

With the invention of electric tattoo machines in the late 19th century, tattooing proliferated rapidly throughout America and Europe. The designs were kept relatively simple out of necessity, as the machines and inks were not yet refined, and most western tattooers were brand new to the trade.

While not strictly relegated to members of the Armed Forces, many Traditional motifs have strong cultural ties to the U.S. military, especially the Navy. First with the Spanish-American war, but more significantly during World Wars I and II, western sailors and soldiers had the opportunity to observe en masse the tattoo practices of Japan and Polynesia, and take that inspiration back home. As such, Traditional work ironically embodies a mix of western nationalist pride with an appreciation for the beauty of foreign cultures.

Norman Keith Collins, also known as Sailor Jerry, (1911–1973) is one of the most well known old school tattoo artists.

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