Tattoo Categories

Tattoo Filter’s categorization is the product of an ongoing tattoo art-historical study, undertaken by a team of contributors with art-historical backgrounds. Tattoo categories include art styles, technical styles, and characteristics.

Art Styles

Broad aesthetic forms, themes and cultural movements represented in a tattoo.

Technical Styles

Broad technical processes, specialized tools and color palettes used to execute a tattoo.

Characteristics

Characteristics that connect artists and tattoos. There are currently over 1,000 characteristics in Tattoo Filter, including art historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities.

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