December 27, 2015

Realism is a style that tries to recreate images as they would appear in real life.  Realism typically lacks the bold outlines found in more traditional forms of tattooing and instead uses shading and color contrasts to render the image.

Realistic tattoos most commonly...

December 27, 2015

Illustrative styles combine techniques from both traditional styles of tattooing and realism.  Typically they feature bold outlines with intense color saturation paired with realistic shading techniques in order to create a tattoo that looks more like an illustration t...

December 27, 2015

If you’re looking for a tattoo with shock value, then why not consider a horror themed design? Many people are fans of horror movies, and the villains and monsters they portray is a great way to get a scary tattoo and showing your love for the genre at the same time. H...

December 27, 2015

Geometric tattoos are done typically using only lines and geometric shapes.  Sacred geometry and ornamental color design work all rely heavily on basic geometric conventions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 27, 2015

This style is heavily influenced by Salvador Dali and consists of exaggerated, imaginary images, mashed up styles, and fantastical creations that couldn’t actually exist in nature, but look like they could. The surrealism movement came after the realism movement wherei...

December 27, 2015

Portraiture is a style typically done in realism in which a portrait of someone is recreated as a tattoo.  Realism portraits can be found in color or black and grey and usually are created by making a stencil over a pre-existing photograph or image in order to get an e...

December 27, 2015

Some of the most inventive and creative tattoos being done these days are inspired by watercolor paintings. Many of the tattoos included in this gallery look as if they were just done on a canvas, it’s hard to believe that these are actually tattoos. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 27, 2015

 

 

Black and grey typically goes hand-in-hand with realism tattooing, however instead of using color, traditionally black and grey tattooing only uses black ink and water.  Tattooists will water down the black ink to make it softer and more grey in order to create shade...

December 27, 2015

Sketch work tattoos imitate the rough image aesthetic found in an artist’s sketchbook and depict what appear like unfinished images or designs. They typically feature semi-colored in areas and unclear outlines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 27, 2015

Zodiac tattoos: aka astrological tattoos or horoscope tattoos.

The word zodiac comes from the Latin word zodiacus, meaning "circle of animals". The human race has always been fascinated by stars, it's no wonder that zodiac tattoos are so popular. These tattoos are perso...

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