Types of Tattoo

If you are thinking about collecting tattoo art it is worth knowing there are many different types to select from. It is important, if you’re not sure where to start, to view as much styles as you possibly can and see what piques your interest before seriously planning another steps.
The list is comprehensive, but listed below are the main ones.
1. Old school tattoos
There is a huge body of work available in this style. In the days when tattoo fans consisted mainly of outlaw bike gangs and travelling sailors, typical designs were anchors, boats, motorbikes, pin-up girls, swallows, daggers, hearts etc. Many of these designs would also incorporate some form of scrolling with script inside, usually as a sign of allegiance to a gang, relative or military unit.
Whilst definitely old-fashioned in look and body placement this style has get back to the forefront recently and become popular again.
2. Tribal tattoos
Many say this can be a origin of tattooing. Ancient tribes tattooed their tribal members with various types of crude imagery using basic tattoo equipment harvested from the environment. Images are usually bold with thick line work harking back to a time when up to date needle technology simply wasn’t available. Colours are limited, black is most predominant. The designs can either be stand-alone pieces, bands that wrap around your limbs, or complex patterns that can spread all over the body.
3. Japanese tattoos
Like their vibrant culture, Japanese tattoos are symbolic with colour, fine intricate work and mythical creatures. Dragons are a favourite, as are fish and flowers. These kinds of tattoo are very heavy on the attention with a lot going on in the detail. Suffice to state, they lend themselves well to larger designs, specifically full back pieces and sleeves.
4. Tattoos with meaning
Many types of tattoo now are manufactured with a message within them. Some want their children’s names tattooed to remind them everyday of their loved ones, others want their mothers portrait to remember them if they have passed on. Regardless of the meaning of the tattoo, the beauty is that any style can be incorporated to represent it, be it an old school tattoo, a tribal motif or a Japanese symbol.
5. Biomechanical tattoos
If you are not sure what these kind of tattoo are, consider what it would look like if someone ripped a few of your skin layer off to reveal your insides. We call them “biomechanical” tattoos because so many collectors would rather have their insides rendered as robotic machinery, Terminator style! These designs work very well as large pieces, such as sleeves, to be able to compliment to accuracy and detail required in the artwork.
Biomechanical tattoo designs
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