Traditional Tattoos

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South Korean
Jo Inkdone
room Seoul South Korean
19
Tattoos
9
likes
8
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Anemdone
room Montreal
48
Tattoos
48
likes
25
followers
Traditional

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French
Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire French
10
Tattoos
1
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1
follower
Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

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Turkish
Ali Güzeldone
room Istanbul Turkish
23
Tattoos
19
likes
13
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+5

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Italian
Heinzdone
room Rome Italian
0
Tattoos
0
likes
4
followers
Traditional
Neotraditional

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

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Spanish
Raul Jimenezdone
room Leioa Spanish
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Cartoon
Neotraditional
+1

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

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

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American
Chad Koeplingerdone
room Nashville American
39
Tattoos
3
likes
5
followers
Traditional

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American
“Shanghai” Kate Hellenbranddone
room Austin American
13
Tattoos
0
likes
0
followers
Traditional

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Spanish
Rarodone
room Madrid Spanish
85
Tattoos
60
likes
14
followers
Traditional
Contemporary

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South Korean
Happy Tattooerdone
room Seoul South Korean
22
Tattoos
42
likes
9
followers
Traditional

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American
Kayla Newelldone
room Portland American
26
Tattoos
32
likes
12
followers
Contemporary
Traditional

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Italian
Mattia Mambodone
room Meda Italian
187
Tattoos
124
likes
69
followers
Traditional
Contemporary
+1

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Ukrainian
Rom Tattoodone
room Odessa Ukrainian
11
Tattoos
0
likes
4
followers
Traditional

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British
Craigy Leedone
room Wellington New Zealander
55
Tattoos
60
likes
16
followers
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Dutch
Kim-Anh Nguyendone
room Eindhoven Dutch
79
Tattoos
50
likes
29
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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