Traditional Tattoos

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Tattoo artists

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

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Anemdone
room Montreal
25
followers
48
Tattoos
48
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Traditional

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French
Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire French
0
followers
10
Tattoos
1
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Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

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Turkish
Ali Güzeldone
room Istanbul Turkish
12
followers
23
Tattoos
19
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Illustrative
Dotwork
+5

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

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Spanish
Mar Pérez · Marrotodone
room Valencia Spanish
0
followers
0
Tattoos
0
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Illustrative
New School
+2

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

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Argentinian
Seba Martinezdone
room Belén de Escobar Argentinian
0
followers
0
Tattoos
0
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Traditional

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Italian
Mattia Mambodone
room Meda Italian
65
followers
172
Tattoos
113
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Traditional
Contemporary
+1

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British
Craigy Leedone
room Wellington New Zealander
16
followers
55
Tattoos
59
likes
Blackwork
Illustrative
+1

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Dutch
Kim-Anh Nguyendone
room Eindhoven Dutch
29
followers
79
Tattoos
50
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Traditional

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British
Matt Webbdone
room Stoke-on-Trent British · Hull British
31
followers
35
Tattoos
37
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Neotraditional
Traditional

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British
Adam Sagedone
room Brighton British · London British
35
followers
57
Tattoos
37
likes
Hand Poked
Dotwork
+2

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Polish
Patryk Hiltondone
room Bydgoszcz Polish
35
followers
68
Tattoos
109
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Illustrative
Contemporary
+2

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American
Kayla Newelldone
room Portland American
11
followers
24
Tattoos
31
likes
Contemporary
Traditional

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Spanish
Rarodone
room Madrid Spanish
14
followers
68
Tattoos
59
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Traditional
Contemporary

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Italian
Pablo Dedone
room Livorno Italian
5
followers
20
Tattoos
19
likes
Traditional

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Spanish
Diego Radiotattooerdone
room Alcalá de Henares Spanish
0
followers
16
Tattoos
2
likes
Traditional

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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.

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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