Tattoo Styles & The Associated Differences

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
traditional boxer pinup girl
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.

Realistic
realistic eye tattoo
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.

Tribal
tribal back tattoo
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.

New School
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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.

Neo Traditional
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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.


What Should You Expect When You Walk Into Your First Tattoo Shop

Tattoos and piercings are becoming increasingly popular and with that increasing popularity comes more social acceptance of what was once seen as a shady form of adornment. While those in truly serious professional lines of work may wish to keep their tattoos under their clothing, the fact is more and more people are getting tattoos. If you are considering getting inked up, there are far more concerns than just what you want to get tattooed on your body. What to expect when walking in to your first tattoo shop is something that everybody wishing to get tattooed should likely prepare for as a matter of precaution and good sense.

The first thing one should do before stepping into a tattoo parlor is to ensure that it is a reputable tattoo parlor. Most tattoo parlors do try to give an appearance of professionalism by keeping the shop clean and sterile as if it were a medical setting. An unclean shop should likely be avoided. It can also help to talk to your tattooed friends to get the name of a tattoo shop with skilled artists. Tattoos don’t come off easily and knowing that the artist putting it on your skin is good at their job is an important thing to know before hand. It is inadvisable to take chances with a tattoo parlor that does inconsistent work.

When you arrive at the shop, it should be while stone cold sober. No reputable tattoo parlor run by level headed owners will give so much as a simple piercing to someone who is clearly drunk or otherwise intoxicated. This is because giving tattoos and piercings to somebody who is not entirely in their right mind (and thus unable to properly legally consent to the work) opens the shop to lawsuits that are not easily fended off. Even a single beer to muster some courage is actually a bad idea as it opens the shop to legal problems if you decide you were too drunk to consent to the tattoo. Sobriety when getting tattooed is of the utmost importance.

It is also advisable to bathe before getting a tattoo. While some tattoo parlors require clients to be clean as a matter of hygiene, all tattoo artists appreciate clean canvases to work on. Depending on what you want, you may want to look at some of the designs, or bring a design for the tattoo artist to base your ink on with you. Just describing the tattoo in words is likely a bad idea as it will oftentimes be a matter of the artist’s interpretation that will likely not match yourself.

Tattoo artists will go out of their way to be hygienic, and it is a bad idea to get a tattoo while sick. Because of the nature of the trade, many precautions must be taken to prevent infection during the process of tattooing. When the work is done, the tattoo artist will give you instructions for aftercare of the area that was tattooed. One should follow these instructions explicitly for both the appearance of their tattoo and their own health.


Preparing For a New Tattoo

tatoo stencilPreparing yourself for a tattoo appointment is very important as it will help you heal faster. Before you go for a new tattoo, ensure that you do your own research. Find a tattooist with a professional affiliation whom you can trust to carry out safe tattooing.

Book an appointment with the tattoo artist at the tattoo studio before you get your new tattoo. This will help you check how the studio looks like in order to learn how the procedure will be performed and the infection control procedures.

This is also the time to ask any question about the entire procedure. If you want a drawn tattoo, you will have to give the tattooist ample time so that they can become creative.

When preparing for your new tattoo, know the amount of non-prescription medications you need to take. Most of the pain relievers and aspirins usually thin blood leading to more bleeding during the tattooing process. This will prolong the healing process and even lead to loss of tattoo color.

Avoid any topical numbing creams as it may lead to a slick skin. You should also avoid drinking too much alcohol the night before the tattoo session. Alcohol could thin your blood and make you bleed during the tattooing procedure.

The area that is going to be tattooed should not have any form of trauma such as scrapes, sunburn, excessive dryness, fresh scars or open wounds. If your skin is usually dry, it may be a good idea to apply moisturizer lotion to the area which will be tattooed. It is wise to do this one week before going for your new tattoo.

If there is a lot of hair in the area that will be tattooed, trim it as close as possible but do not shave it clean. Even though tattooist are usually prepared to do this, it may save time if you do it by yourself so that the tattooing will take a shorter time.

Ensure that you rest enough. The less stressed you are during the process, the easier the procedure will be. If you get plenty of rest, you will be able to sit calmly during the tattoo appointment.

Never go for a tattoo if you are under preexisting medical duress. This is because it may take long to heal if you are pregnant, suffering from any illness or if you have a broken bone.

It is very important to eat well when preparing for a tattoo session. Make sure that you eat a well-balanced meal about 1 or 2 hours before your tattoo appointment. Take a lot of water to ensure that you are properly hydrated. Proper nutrition will help your body regenerate the things used by the body to cope with the tattoo process.

Do not expose yourself to sun and heat for longer periods moments before having a tattoo since it may reduce your energy. Avoid overworking yourself and save the energy for your tattoo appointment. The more the energy you have, the better.