Types of Tattoo

If you are considering collecting tattoo art it is worth knowing there are many different types to pick from. It is important, if you are not sure where to start, to view as many styles as possible and see what piques your interest before seriously planning the next steps.
The list is comprehensive, but here are the main ones.
1. Old school tattoos
You will find 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. A lot of these designs would also incorporate some type of scrolling with script inside, usually as an indicator of allegiance to a gang, family member or military unit.
Whilst definitely old-fashioned in look and body placement this style has get back to the forefront in recent years and become popular again.
2. Tribal tattoos
Many say here is the origin of tattooing. Ancient tribes tattooed their tribal members with various forms 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 updated 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 around the body.
3. Japanese tattoos
Biomech Tattoo
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 types of tattoo are very heavy on the eye 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 created with a note within them. Some want their children’s names tattooed to remind them everyday of their family members, others want their mothers portrait to keep in mind them if they have offered. Whatever the meaning of the tattoo, the beauty is that any style could be incorporated to represent it, be it an old school tattoo, a tribal motif or a Japanese symbol.
5. Biomechanical tattoos
If you are uncertain what these types of tattoo are, think about what it would appear to be if someone ripped some of your skin layer off to reveal your insides. We call them “biomechanical” tattoos because so many collectors prefer to have their insides rendered as robotic machinery, Terminator style! These designs work very well as large pieces, such as for example sleeves, so as to compliment to accuracy and detail required in the artwork.
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