Traditional Tattoos

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Jo Inkdone
room Seoul
20
Tattoos
14
likes
10
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Anemdone
room Montreal
48
Tattoos
55
likes
26
followers
Traditional

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Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire
10
Tattoos
11
likes
2
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Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

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

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Heinzdone
room Rome
0
Tattoos
0
likes
5
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Traditional
Neotraditional

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Mar Pérez · Marrotodone
room Valencia
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
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Illustrative
New School
+2

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

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

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Mattia Mambodone
room Meda 🇮🇹
287
Tattoos
154
likes
77
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Traditional
Contemporary
+1

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Kayla Newelldone
room Portland
36
Tattoos
38
likes
13
followers
Contemporary
Traditional

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Eazydone
room Seoul
32
Tattoos
4
likes
1
follower
Cartoon
Traditional

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Txisdone
room Donostia - San Sebastián
32
Tattoos
6
likes
7
followers
Traditional

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Amanda Bonhommedone
room Las Vegas
56
Tattoos
6
likes
6
followers
Traditional

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Caleb Qualesdone
room St. Louis
20
Tattoos
5
likes
8
followers
Traditional

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“Shanghai” Kate Hellenbranddone
room Austin
34
Tattoos
2
likes
0
followers
Traditional

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Diego Radio Tattoodone
room Alcalá de Henares
27
Tattoos
2
likes
0
followers
Traditional

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Pablo Dedone
room Livorno
24
Tattoos
21
likes
7
followers
Traditional

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Chad Koeplingerdone
room Nashville 🇺🇸
66
Tattoos
12
likes
8
followers
Traditional

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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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