There are a wide, complicated range of tattoo styles available to those who wish to get ink and while not all tattoo artists work in the same styles, a person wishing to decorate their body does have a dizzying array of options open to them. Whether they wish for something simple to mark a momentous occasion such as surviving cancer or something more whimsical just because they want it, a tattoo is a reflection of its owner as readily as its maker. Still, with the wide array of styles, it can be hard choose. Here some differences between tattoo styles that many would be body art wearers might wish to be aware of.
Traditional tattoos are a fairly uncomplicated matter and is among the oldest styles of tattooing, predated only by the truly ancient tribal styles. These tattoos are marked by solid black outlines, a relatively small color palette, limited details and the kind of intense precision that takes years to master on the part of the artist. When modern popular culture thinks of tattoos, these are generally what comes to mind.
These are perhaps the most intricate tattoos and are marked by a level of realism in the image that matches that of a serious artist trying to replicate a photograph. These tattoos use a wide range of colors, shading to add a sense of depths and very few black outlines. Customers are advised to get good reference photos and hire a very skill tattoo artist for these tattoos, as putting any less effort into commissioning these works of art generally results in a weak piece of body art.
Something of a complex terminology, the main unifying factor between tribal tattoos is their near exclusive use of black ink to create designs that are not terribly realistic and instead tend to rely on attractive geometrical designs and pleasing symmetry to create images. Sometimes these images are basically abstractions, while others use the geometrical styles of tribal tattoos to create images. The best of these tattoos are done with careful detailing and precision, ideally in ways that complement the flow and movement of the part of the body they’re being tattooed on.
Another style of tattooing quite different from the last two is the new school designs. These tattoos draw heavily from the cartoon like styles of graffiti artists and hip hop artistic styles to create a wide range of bright colors, clearly exaggerated proportions and features to create emphasis and designs resembling bubbles are the main markers of this style. Any realism in this style is generally exaggerated as well to create a greater visual impact on the viewer.
In some ways an evolution of the traditional tattoos, these tattoos use the bold black outlines and precision shading techniques of the tradition style, but also draw on a wider color palette, have a wider range of detailing done, create a greater sense of depth and are often brighter as well. However, these tattoos are also quite heavily inspired by the techniques and imagery of traditional tattooing.