Tattoos; Lets Talk The Styles of 2018

Tattoo styles are changing as fast as the world is. As I take this journey through life, I always like to stop and take a look at how much the world is growing at such a rapid rate.

I’m one who tries to keep up with the changes and not get left behind. It seems as if every time you go out to purchase the hottest new product, a more advanced one is being put on the shelf before you even leave the store.

 

The Tattoo business is no different, in the aspect that artists are always coming up with new, cutting-edge styles before the ink has dried on your new tattoo. I sometimes think this can make it so much harder to decide what you want, due to the fact that there is such a huge variety in selections.

After my first ink, I then started getting words and a couple of sayings done on me. Afterwards, I’ll never forget how my artist said to me; “OK, David it’s time we start doing some pictures.” So yea, we started working on pictures next and I love them!

Not everyone’s ink tells a story, as some get them because they marvel at modern fads and want to go with something that they think rocks. Some will go with whatever is in style at that moment (yes, there are styles in tattoos that become the in thing).

When acquaintances are deciding on their next tattoo, they often ask me what they should get. My answer is always; “Well, If I pick it out, you may not like it. It is up to you to decide what works for you. Remember, you’re the one who has to wear it.”

So, Today I thought I would go over some of the different styles of tattoos, and with that maybe you can decide on the one that’s right for you. So grab a beverage and a chair, and let’s rock some styles.

Traditional

Traditional tattoos started in the 1700s. Sailors who casted anchor with Captain James Cook came about communities that wore ink on their bodies. The sailors became very fond of the styles and started wearing tattoos that told tales of their journeys

The 19th century was when outlines started getting colors which came into play by a man called Sailor Jerry who set up a shop in Hawaii. He had become one of the biggest tattoo artists in history, passing away in 1973 at age 62. Considered a western style, the Traditional Tattoo will have a bold black or blue outline, shaded in with traditional colors of blue, red, black, purple, yellow, and green.

Tribal

Dating back thousands of years, the Tribal Tattoo is the oldest known tattoo, also known as Indigenous Body Art. With a mix of Maori, Samoan, and Polynesian, these inks were used to identify certain tribe members.

These bad boy inks had a huge run starting back in 1980, and seemed to get a bad reputation becoming as it became popular with Generation X. This was due to their clothing styles and body modifications, such as piercings. Tribal tattoos are done in black ink with complex patterns.

Watercolor

This inking is very popular today, as made popular by Millennials. This style of ink is just like watercolor paintings and is a bit more difficult for the artist to create.

To design this type of work, it has to be done lightly, and not like a regular tattoo. It must be done in layers to give it a brushed-on effect. Do keep in mind that these cool inks tend to fade a lot quicker than your regular inks due to the ink not being as solid. These inks need to be touched up more often.

Scripted

These are letters, words, or a phrase done in any style of font you like, and in any language you choose. People mostly get this done in black ink, but keep in mind it can be done in any color.

A tip on this style is to always check the spelling before the work is started. People may laugh at this, but misspellings do happen.

Also, note that if you have a phrase done, you will need to be prepared for a long session because it must be done in one sitting. Just like taking a break when writing on paper, the writing will look slightly different when picking up where you left off.

Japanese

Japanese style has been around a long time and is still very popular today. It originated during the Edo period from 1603 to 1868.

This body art features heroes from Suikoden with creatures such as kirins, dragons and phoenixes. Japanese tattoos are usually are called Irezumi Tattoos, and each one tells a story.

Most of these seem to be done in large pieces and carry a lot of detail, so one should keep in mind it may take a few sessions to complete.

3D

I must say this one has really taken off, and carries a real WOW effect. The artist can create the 3D effect by adding shadows, highlights, and shading.

The artist will create an image that will make it seem as if it’s a part of the client’s body, not like a regular style that simply lies on the skin. This is one that will need to be freshened up from time to time to keep its effect.

Black Light

Still very new in the ink world, clients are asking for this innovative idea. This style of ink glows in the dark and under black lights.

Some are invisible during the day, similar to being Bruce Wayne by day and coming to life in the dark, like Batman the Dark Knight. Keep in mind this could be a longer session, as the artist will have to do this under a black light.

Realism

This ink work has been around since the renaissance and started gaining popularity in the 20th century. Most are done in black ink, but color work is sometimes done.

Almost anything can be done with this such as sports stars, celebrities, or passed loved ones. Let your imagination run wild on this one!

New School

Don’t let the name kid you, this has been around since the 80s. This crazy/wacky style portrays a cartoonish caricature style. If your in to the Ed, Edd, and Eddy or Cat-Dog toons, this is right up your alley.

This one is done with using thick and thin lines to create depth. This takes a lot of skill from the artist, and most of these have to be drawn from scratch. You must really do your homework on this one to finding the right artist.

Black and Grey

Now this is the style I wear, and I love it. This style is done in black ink, but it’s called black and gray. This kind of inking has a lot of detail and lasts longer with less fading because other colors aren’t involved.

A lot less skin trauma is also prevented, aiding in a long-lasting piece of work. These masterpieces take much skill and the artist needs to be good at his/her lining and shading.

Believe it or not, these are just some of the many styles that are out there. There are so many ways to approach ink these days. Some go with one style, as some will mix it up with various styles.

It’s your body, so let your imagination run wild. I cannot stress enough how each style has it’s own way of being done, and you must do your homework to find an artist who specialize in that area. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little walk-through of some of the ink world that I really have enjoyed sharing with you today.

If you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to leave one.

Rock your Journey,

David

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58 Replies to “Tattoos; Lets Talk The Styles of 2018”

  1. David, I never really thought about how many different styles of tattoos were out there. I love the 3-D tattoos! I think they’re just unbelievable!

    1. Hello Lynne. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. There are many styles and I didn’t even name them all. The 3D tattoos are definitely a hit. Again thank for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  2. Hey David! This is a nice summary of the styles I’ve seen out there. In Austin, the big trend seemed to be mostly around traditional and Japanese. Any of the really good artists tended to do those styles.

    Funny enough I had a hard time finding an artist with a more “Celtic” or Viking style (tribal). Now I’m living in Portland and I’m seeing that everywhere. You are making me jones for another tat!

    Good pictures too by the way! I swear I used to work with the ‘stache.’

    Tina

    1. Hello Tina. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I’m happy you enjoyed reading about the different styles. It’s funny how how some city will adapt to certain styles. again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  3. Excellent post, as usual. You always have such awesome images in your posts.

    I was just watching a doc on George Romero who said that some fans of his movies have the entire casts from those movies as full upper body tattoos. That is some dedication!

    I would love something for black light…

    1. Hello Irma. Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m really happy you enjoy them. Yes there are many people who get full pieces done of favorite movies one man I saw has all the horror movie characters like Freddy, Chucky And Jason. Black light is really cool but don’t think I see that in my style. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return again for more articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  4. I always love reading your articles! They’re so beautiful and informative. I have a question for you though. Does a tattoo have to be Mauri or Polynesian style to technically be tribal? I have a tribal looking tattoo, but it’s Norse in origin. Does it count as a tribal tattoo?

    1. Hello Khiori. Thank you you for reading my article and I’m so happy you enjoy reading my articles. Yes your Norse is considered tribal so you have no worries. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best wishes,
      David

  5. Although I Don’t have tattoos I always love to see the art in them.I never knew of some of these styles. My kids all have tattoos. Those 3d ones kind of freak me out but are at the same time really cool. I especially like the black light ones.

    1. Hello William. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes there are a lot of styles today. The 3D is a big hit today and the black light is something in itself. Again thank you for Visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  6. Beautiful artwork. It’s amazing what tattoos can end up looking like. It truly is a form of art. I have been planning on getting one, but have not really decided on the design. But this will definitely help a lot!

    1. Hello Andrew. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. It is amazing what the artists are able to create with Ink today. I’m truly happy my article is helping you to decide on a design and would love to see it after your done. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  7. David, Fascinating that you point out that tattoos have styles just like fashion. It is a permanent fashion after all. I had never really considered there being different types. The black light style seems like it could be ideal for those concerned about being judged when applying for a job during working hours. I didn’t even know it was possible. very cool.

    1. Hello Maryann.Thank you for reading my article. Tattoos are fashion totally agree. The black light ink is very cool yes would help with a job as long as you don’t have a night job. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  8. I agree with you, everything is changing so fast.

    I love your pics and you have my girl posted too. Kat!

    My youngest daughter is considering getting a tat, I forwarded your site to her. I think the useful information will help her decide. She wants to get elephants, 3–represents her and her 2 sisters, but her sisters keep coming up with excuses.

    So now she wants to get a wild cat tattoo to match the one I have on my back of 3 baby tigers–representing them, for when they were little. Anyways, hopefully, after seeing your site, she’ll decide on one she’s been wanting to get for herself.

    Great info, thanks,
    Laura

    1. Hello Laura. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I’m happy you enjoyed the images and yes Kat wears ink nicely. Thank you on forwarding my link to your daughter. Whatever she decides on I’m sure it will be amazing. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  9. Awesome article, but it’s going to get me in trouble. Now I’m wanting some more ink and my wife would kill me if I spent money on that right now! lol

    The ones I have right now are all of the more traditional style, but I do like most of them.

    1. Hello Eric. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Ya that happens with me and my wife she even has tats but the one I want next is pricey so I have to wait. Traditional style is still very cool today and people still get them. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

    1. Hello Diane. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Today there are many styles and I didn’t list them all. The 3D is mind blowing I do agree. thank you that you found my site informative and do hope you will return for future articles. Again thank you for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  10. See David, now I have to head back to my ink doctor to get a 3d tattoo! That effect is sick! Love the water color tattoos too. You posted some great graphics too. Love the header pic…maybe she can be my new tattoo 😉

    1. Hello Tina. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes seems you do need to get back to your ink Dr. I’m glad you enjoyed the images. Yes she would make a great realism tattoo. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  11. I didn’t realize there was such a thing as a tattoo fad but I definitely learned something today. I have been contemplating getting a tattoo for years but never decided on what it would be. My wife has a few but I always said that if I get one, it would truly mean something. One of these days I’ll pull the trigger and get inked.

    1. Hell Brett Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes tattoos have their fad seasons but the style never really dies out. As you should wait till something strikes you and would have meaning for you a lot of people like to have their ink to have a purpose. Again thank you for taking the time to read my article and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

    1. Hello Mitala. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. The black light tattoos are neat make sure if you are to get one you find an artist who specializes in that style. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  12. Great article about tattoos.
    I had only known Watercolor type tattoo as most people I know have this type.
    I knew there were other styles like the 3D. I certainly would choose the 3D if I were to get one.

    Very educational article for me.

    1. Hello Thabo. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes watercolor is very popular today as also the 3D. I’m happy you found my article educational and do hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  13. Who said that tattooing is not an art form? These tattoos are awesome. Whilst I don’t really think I’ll ever get a tattoo myself, I have a friend who does face and body painting which look like some of these tattoos. She tries to do different things so I’ve sent her your link as I know she’ll love these too.
    What I admire about them all is the artistry in all of them. Obviously here paints wash off but to me, they’re all part of art, whether permanent or not.
    I come from a theatrical background so I love stage and film make-up too.
    “Each to their own” I say.
    I really, really love the 3D images though – I can’t stop staring at it trying to work it out!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hello Gail. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Funny you say that, my sister in law does the same thing with face paintings and comes up with all these cool new ideas. There is a lot of art in tattoos today and it just gets better. A lot of people do love the 3D tattoos and like you can stare at them for hrs. Thank you so much for passing my link to your friend and sure she will enjoy the art. Again thank you for visiting my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  14. I think in recent times, only through the Internet and TV as tattooing become as popular as it is today, and I must admit the talent that you can find amongst this breed of artist just blows my mind away.

    It fascinates me to watch someone having a portrait done because this is where the real talent lies. No room for error at all!

    Something I haven’t come across and that’s the 3D tattoo, all can say is WOW!

    Great article and thank you for sharing.

    1. Hello Mick. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Shows like Miami Ink helped move tattooing to a whole new level. Your so true It takes a lot of talent and there is no room for error. The 3D tattoo yes is a big hit in the ink world. Again thank you for taking the time to read my article and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  15. What a great read, Strong use of visuals very helpful to get a visual of the type of tattoo that you were referring too. Personally I have always been afraid of someone poking me,don’t like needles nor pain LOL
    However my brother loves them and is covered in them. For him most of his tell a story,which I admire.
    Again great read.

    1. Hello Cathy. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Lots of people don’t like needles and choose not to get tattoos but still like to admire the work on others. That’s neat about your brother having many and yes a lot of peoples ink tells a story. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  16. I would love to get a 3D mechanical heart opening or something like that on my chest think that would be awesome. Thanks for explaining all the different types of styles David.

    1. Hello Wesson. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. The 3D tattoo is a big hit today. When you do get yours make sure the artist specializes in that. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  17. Hello David, amazing article on tattoo styles. I always wanted to get a scripted tattoo for the longest. I would like to get a tattoo that would describe me in words. I just need to find the best tattoo artist there is. It is best to get the tattoo that best fits you. Thanks Again.

    1. Hello Ahmad. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Scripted tattoos are very popular I have a few myself. You will find the right tattoo that fits you don’t rush it remember you will be wearing it and you want it just right. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  18. Love the description of each style. I got a tattoo a couple years ago after saying I would never get one……never say never haha. People are so creative and I love seeing all of the different tattoos!

    1. Hello Shelby. Thank you for taking the time to read by article. Yes never say never know many people who said they wouldn’t get a tattoo and they have one now and love it. The artists have become very creative and I’m glad you love seeing all the great art they put out. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  19. I had no idea there were black light tattoos. They are really neat looking. The 3-d art tattoo is really amazing too. I wonder how people decide what they want.

    1. Hello Wendy. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. The back light tattoos are pretty neat. The 3D art is really amazing how the artist can make it look as if it’s a part of your body. It does get harder for people to decide on what they want with all the styles out today. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  20. Great read! Although I don’t personally have any tattoos, my husband has many and plans to get more. I’m a huge fan of the 3D tatts, as well as the glowing effects. My biggest concern, with any tattoo, is health and safety. I’m a label reader. I need to know everything that goes into my body. That’s why, if I ever do get one, it’ll be 100% organic. But that’s just me.

    1. Hello Freya. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. safety and health should always be taken into consideration when getting a tattoo as far as 100% organic I don’t know if I can say that will be happening anytime soon. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

    1. Hello Juan. Thank you for taking the time for reading my article. No I don’t believe cities have a preferred style but some countries may be adapted to the style that originated from them. That’s awesome Berlin really love ink. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  21. My goodness ! This is some major beautiful work!
    Every image I came too was more striking than the last!
    You should be very proud !
    Your writing style and explanation ability is great !
    I’ve been thinking for years about a personal design and have actually made it as far as getting an appointment that I subsequently canceled.
    I need to revisit the idea again!

    Mike

    P.S. That first image on your post is still stuck in my mind ! 🙂

    1. Hello Mike. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. well hopefully you will get one and yes the traditional style one you spoke of is a classic. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

    1. Hello Che Dau. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes I to love scripted and have a few myself. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  22. First of all, I would like to say that the tattoo photos are simply amazing. This is art, and it’s lovely. I love how you gave a history on when tattoos started out, and I love how you showed the different styles. This is a really good job.

    1. Hello Chizoba. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Thank you so much I’m really happy you enjoyed the photos tattoos are art.I’m also happy you enjoyed some of the history behind the styles. Again thank you for visiting my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  23. I personally wouldn’t get a tattoo but I do enjoy looking at the great artwork other people get! I actually have a really bad habit of writing reminders to myself all over my arms, so I guess that’s not too far off! What is your favorite style aside from the black and grey?

    1. Hello Benji. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. A lot of people don’t want them but do enjoy the art. And no that’s not that far off writing on your arms but it’s not permanent. My favorite next to black and grey is realism it’s amazing how real it looks when it’s finished. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

  24. I didn’t realize how many different styles of tattoos there are. My father had three traditional tattoos, one on his back, and one on each shoulder. He was very proud of them, and I am glad that I took some pictures of them to preserve his memory. Take care.

    1. Hello Joseph. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. There are many other styles that I hadn’t even covered the tattoo world has exploded. That’s awesome you have pictures of your dads tattoos in memory. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website and hope you will return for future articles.
      Best Wishes,
      David

    1. Hello Piseth. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I’m happy you enjoyed it. Again thank you for taking the time to visit my website.
      Best Wishes,
      David

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