The Old School Tattoo style or Traditional is characterized by bold lines and bright colors in a limited color range like red, yellow, green, blue and black. Because of the bold lines and colors, this style of tattooing age almost perfectly.

Some of the designs that describe this style are Roses, patriotic symbols like eagles or the American flag, anchors, swallows, mermaids, boats, pin up, gypsies,  and normally these tattoos had meaning. The only people who used to have contact with tattooed people were sailors. That is why most old school tattoos are nautical.  For them, tattoos had meaning and were useful to protect them against the dangers of the sea.


Here are some old school designs (none of these are my work):

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