Traditional Tattoos

Traditional tattoos that you can filter by style, body part and size, and order by date or score. read more

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Sweetstattoodone
room Donostia - San Sebasti谩n
20
Tattoos
11
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Minimalist
+2

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

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Benny Tattooerdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
6
likes
3
followers
Neo Japanese
Japanese 路 Irezumi
+13

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

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Jo Inkdone
room Seoul
20
Tattoos
15
likes
11
followers
Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Anemdone
room Montreal
48
Tattoos
56
likes
29
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 G眉zeldone
room Istanbul 馃嚬馃嚪
23
Tattoos
20
likes
13
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+5

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Heinzdone
room Rome
0
Tattoos
0
likes
5
followers
Traditional
Neotraditional

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Mar P茅rez 路 Marrotodone
room Valencia
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Illustrative
New School
+2

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Seba Martinezdone
room Bel茅n 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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Ayelo Padalinodone
room Santo Andr茅 馃嚙馃嚪
0
Tattoos
0
likes
0
followers
Traditional
Blackwork

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Lucas Soaresdone
room Fort Lauderdale
72
Tattoos
14
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Fine Line
+3

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Gil Taimana 路 Tahiti Gildone
room San Diego
72
Tattoos
9
likes
9
followers
Traditional

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Mattia Mambodone
room Meda 馃嚠馃嚬
320
Tattoos
166
likes
86
followers
Traditional
Contemporary
+1

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Harry Harveydone
room London
40
Tattoos
14
likes
12
followers
Traditional

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Rarodone
room Madrid 馃嚜馃嚫
91
Tattoos
74
likes
18
followers
Traditional
Contemporary

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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鈥1973) is one of the most well known old school tattoo artists.

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