Everything you need to know about classic ink!
Popularized by tattooist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins in the 1930s, this style is based on bold, clean black outlines and a minimal, well-saturated color palette, consisting mainly of primary colors.
Traditional imagery typically consists of skulls, roses, and daggers.
Traditional Japanese (Irezumi)
Inspired by the ancient Japanese tebori (hand carved) tattooing techniques, this traditional Japanese style was popularized in Japan by the Yakuza, the Japanese criminal underworld.
Like American traditional, it is based on bold black outlines and minimal shading. It typically features images inspired by traditional Japanese art and nature, as well as creatures and characters from Japanese folklore.
Traditional Japanese imagery typically consists of lotus flowers, koi fish, tigers, warriors, and waves.
Realism is a style that tries to recreate images as they would appear in real life. Realism typically lacks the bold outlines found in more traditional forms of tattooing; it instead uses shading and color contrasts to render the image.
If you’re in the market for some new ink, this guide will help you pick a style!