Traditional Tattoos

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South Korean
Jo Inkdone
room Seoul South Korean
19
Tattoos
12
likes
9
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Traditional
Engravings
+4

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Anemdone
room Montreal
48
Tattoos
53
likes
25
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Traditional

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French
Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire French
10
Tattoos
1
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1
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Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

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Turkish
Ali Güzeldone
room Istanbul Turkish
23
Tattoos
19
likes
13
followers
Illustrative
Dotwork
+5

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Italian
Heinzdone
room Rome Italian
0
Tattoos
0
likes
4
followers
Traditional
Neotraditional

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Spanish
Mar Pérez · Marrotodone
room Valencia Spanish
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
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Illustrative
New School
+2

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Spanish
Raul Jimenezdone
room Leioa Spanish
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
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Cartoon
Neotraditional
+1

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Argentinian
Seba Martinezdone
room Belén de Escobar Argentinian
0
Tattoos
0
likes
1
follower
Traditional

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American
Jared Scottdone
room Cambridge American
0
Tattoos
0
likes
0
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Blackwork
Line Art
+2

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American
Austin Hansendone
room Haltom City American
15
Tattoos
0
likes
0
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Traditional

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Italian
Mattia Mambodone
room Meda Italian
232
Tattoos
133
likes
74
followers
Traditional
Contemporary
+1

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American
Amanda Bonhommedone
room Las Vegas American
55
Tattoos
6
likes
6
followers
Traditional

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American
Chad Koeplingerdone
room Nashville American
65
Tattoos
9
likes
7
followers
Traditional

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American
“Shanghai” Kate Hellenbranddone
room Austin American
28
Tattoos
2
likes
0
followers
Traditional

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Dutch
Kim-Anh Nguyendone
room Eindhoven Dutch
81
Tattoos
51
likes
29
followers
Traditional

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Australian
Luke Cormierdone
room Sydney Australian
50
Tattoos
3
likes
1
follower
Contemporary
Pop Art
+3

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Spanish
Diego Radio Tattoodone
room Alcalá de Henares Spanish
25
Tattoos
2
likes
0
followers
Traditional

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Spanish
Rarodone
room Madrid Spanish
90
Tattoos
68
likes
16
followers
Traditional
Contemporary

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Traditional tattoos, also called "Old School" or "Classic", is a reference to a Western or traditional American tattoo style and are characterized by bold black lines, a simple color palette, and flat 2D perspective. According to tattooers specializing in this style, people should be able to see a traditional tattoo from across the street and know what it is.

With the invention of electric tattoo machines in the late 19th century, tattooing proliferated rapidly throughout America and Europe. The designs were kept relatively simple out of necessity, as the machines and inks were not yet refined, and most western tattooers were brand new to the trade.

While not strictly relegated to members of the Armed Forces, many Traditional motifs have strong cultural ties to the U.S. military, especially the Navy. First with the Spanish-American war, but more significantly during World Wars I and II, western sailors and soldiers had the opportunity to observe en masse the tattoo practices of Japan and Polynesia, and take that inspiration back home. As such, Traditional work ironically embodies a mix of western nationalist pride with an appreciation for the beauty of foreign cultures.

Norman Keith Collins, also known as Sailor Jerry, (1911–1973) is one of the most well known old school tattoo artists.

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