TATTOO STYLE GUIDE

 

If you are thinking about getting a tattoo with us but are not sure what style to get here is a short guide on some of the most popular tattoos styles today. With tattoos now being more mainstream and sociably acceptable the world of tattoos has an endless option of styles to fit your need and we are here to make sure you get that custom piece that you have always wanted.

 

 

FINE-LINE BLACK AND GRAY

 

A black and gray tattoo stays within the grayscale color palette. By differing needle sizes that artist can vary contrasting colors and shadows to perfect a black and gray piece. Black and gray is traditionally used for portraits due to the smooth appearance that gives the piece an antique look.

This piece pictured here is by our artist Justin Rule and was a cover up for one of our customers. Notice that the use of the fine line and grayscale was an excellent choice for this piece as there is no trace of the old tattoo left as it is hidden within the shadows of the new piece.

 

 

 

 

TRIBAL

 

Tribal is one of the most common designs since its inception. With black intricate line work with varying connected patterns the tribal piece finds its roots thousands of years in history. In fact, Otzi or the Ice Man was discovered in 1991 in the Otzal Alps between Austria and Italy and is the oldest known mummy with tattoos dating back to 3300 BCE! Tribal is found in cultures from around the world including African, Polynesian, Maori, Incan, Egyptian, etc. Perhaps the most famous of all the tribal tattoos currently could be the tribal piece that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sports on his left arm which is a Polynesian piece memorializing his heritage.

 

 

 

 

BIOMECHANICAL

 

This unique style incorporates robotic parts, gears and 3d illusions and combines it with human features. This creates a style that uses mechanical type tubing or hose work that connect with arteries or hydraulics and engines, racks, pins, gears, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAPANESE/ASIAN

 

The Japanese Asian style incorporates traditional artwork within the Asian culture like Koi fish, cherry blossom and Dragons. Each of these figures has different meanings that have a deep history. The designs are two dimensional like textile and can be done in full color or black and gray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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