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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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,