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Types of Tattoo Styles

Blackwork
Blackwork

Tattoo lovers are distinguishing two types of tattoos: colorful or black and grey. But the tribal roots of tattoos come in black ink. Therefore, a style of tattoos is standing out for years, widely called blackwork or neo-tribal, and gaining more and more popularity.

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Japanese
Japanese

Perhaps this is why water-related tattoos are so common in Japanese culture. Anyway, these tattoos represent life and provision, but the waves can also be dangerous. When you have such a tattoo, it could mean either of those things, life and death, and as a reminder of how life changes like the waves of the sea.

Neo Traditional
Neo Traditional

Neo-traditional, as the name implies, is an evolution of the traditional style. It features the core properties of its predecessor, like pronounced linework and extremely vibrant colors but it also has a illustrative quality to it.

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New School
New School

New School Tattoo Style. New school is one of those tattoo styles that have had a huge surge in popularity in the latest years, especially thanks to the progresses in the tattooing industry. New school tattoos most prominent feature is the use of very bright colors: this has only been possible thanks to technology that made the use of colors almost limitless to artists.

Realism
Realism

Though classic realism has been a part of the fine art since as far back as the Renaissance, it only found its way to the world of tattoos recently, cropping up around the latter half of the 20th century.

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Traditional
Traditional

The traditional style was born on the high seas during the 1700s, after sailors like those who sailed with Capitan James Cook first encountered indigenous communities with tattoos and, becoming inspired by their bodily markings, decided to start collecting body art as mementos of their long voyages.

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Tribal
Tribal

4. Tribal Tribal tattoos — i.e. indigenous body art — are the oldest in the world, dating back thousands of years. This style should actually be thought of as multiple styles or more so different traditions of tattooing from aboriginal communities all around the globe.

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Watercolor
Watercolor

But is there a danger in the quick spread of new styles? One particular trend has taken off in the last five years: "watercolor" tattoos. This aesthetically-pleasing body art greatly resembles free form watercolor paintings, with bright colors and abstract inspirations.