+10 tattoo styles today
Description of the main tattoo styles in the current scene.
There are many styles of tattooing nowadays, and that is why we are going to explain the ones that we at the Vtattoo studio consider the main ones. Tattoos, like everything in life, have evolved over time. Little by little, new styles and new techniques have emerged to do what we tattoo lovers like so much. Below, we will briefly describe some of these tattoo styles:
-Realism: Realistic tattooing is the type of tattoos performed in our tattoo studio Vtattoo, with our tattooist Miguel Bohigues. Realistic tattoos are usually the most difficult ones because the artist represents real life with maximum precision and detail. The realistic style is carried out by playing with the shadows and lights, giving the tattoo the necessary depth. It has usually been done in black and white, although nowadays artists are adding to make realistic color tattoos.
-Old school: As its name indicates it is one of the first tattooing styles they suggested. Its origin takes us back to the 13th century, especially to sailors and soldiers, along with the wealthier classes of the time. This style has been evolving enormously, due to technological changes in great part, but its roots are intact. When we talk about old school tattoos, we mean tattoos with thick lines, well-defined aspects, simple and with a range of flat colors.
-New school: Its origin points to California, developing between the 70's and 90's, due to cultural advances in society, among other factors. This style of tattoo can be adapted to most of the proposals by the clients. The new school tattoos stand out for being modern, with an attractive and brilliant coloring that reminds of a graffiti drawing. A great variety of colors is used, fusing shades and gradients, along with well-defined black lines.
-Japanese: This is a centuries-old style of tattooing. In the past, tattoos in Japan were considered bad because they were used to mark criminals, members of the Mafia and marginal people. In Japanese tattoos natural elements usually predominate, as well as masks, temples or animals. These tattoos are characterized by being large tattoos with infinite detail, incorporating color into the tattoo on numerous occasions.
-Lettering: In a nutshell, the lettering tattoo style focuses on conveying messages with a personalized typography. These messages are usually names or phrases with a lot of value for the person who decides to get tattooed, so they contain a great personal meaning for the person in question.
-Minimalist: The motto of this tattooing style can be: "More is not always better". This style of tattooing stands out for its great simplicity, since they are usually fine lines imitating the stroke of a pencil, they are small and delicate tattoos.
-Puntillismo: It is a style of tattoos where the star element is the points. They are tattoos made completely of dots, leaving aside the lines and shadows, simulating as a whole the shape and figure desired by the tattooist. The tattoos that are most repeated with this style of tattooing are mandalas and geometric figures.
-Chicano: Also known as Mexican style, it has its origin in the poorest neighborhoods of the United States with numerous Latin American immigrants. Chicano tattoos go beyond the tattoo itself; they are a sign of identity for the Latin American population living in the United States. They are tattoos in which black and white predominate, with an old school touch and few details. The elements that are most repeated in this style of tattooing are the portraits of virgins, christs and beautiful women caricatured as clowns.
-Maori: Coming from Eastern Polynesia, they had a great importance in the ancient tribes. Many people think that the origin of the word tattoo comes from 'tau-tau', the name by which the tattoo was known in those days in the tribes. This type of tattoo in which the use of lines and dots stands out was used to distinguish the ranks of the members of a tribe, being many the types of tattoo within this category. A couple of years ago, this style of tattooing became fashionable with the well-known Maori tribals and bracelets.
-Tattoo: One of the latest styles to appear on the tattoo scene. Referring to its name, watercolor-style tattoos represent the body as a canvas and attempts to create watercolor drawings on it. It is an artistic, colorful and abstract style of tattooing, where tattooists use thinners to simulate watercolors with their inks.
-Neotraditional: This neotraditional tattoo style results from combining the new school style with the old school style. It combines the themes and representations of the old school with a more focused representation of the new school. The characteristics that stand out in this style are the combination of thick and thin lines along with a palette of primary colors, trying to give volume to the tattoo.
These are some of the best known and performed tattoo styles today. In our tattoo studio we are specialized in realistic tattoos, by the hand of our artist Miguel Bohigues, one of the most outstanding tattooists in his style. We hope you have learned a little about the different styles of tattooing.
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