Old-school or American Traditional Tattoos are timeless tattoos with a rich heritage and tradition. Known worldwide as the first and most popular western inks, they are now one of the most popular styles in Ireland. This art form was first used in the early 1900-1950s with a limited selection of colors available.
With a massive legacy from American artists like Sailor Jerry, a prominent tattooist resident in Hawai, this style is demanding if you wish to learn its history. For instance, legend has it that Norman Collins, (aka Sailor Jerry), was used to intentionally let drawing incoherencies in his designs to trick any tempted copycat.
In Ireland, the very first tattooist was Jonny Eagle who opened his own shop in the early 1960s on Capel Street in Dublin. Pioneer in Ireland, he contributes a lot to the development and recognition of the industry in the so-called Emerald Island.
This classic traditional style relies on bold, heavy, black outlines, a minimal shading, intense colors such as green, red, yellow, sometimes blue or brown. They are build to last, the firm outlines and color blocks stand out well. The design remains relatively simple, most popular subjects were army or navy tattoos for sailors or soldiers, pin-up girls, eagles, snake, heart and dagger, swallow, roses with banners and simple lettering. Due to the period, mostly men were inked.
Old-school tattoos are not only for men anymore. There are many creative and talented tattoo artists in our field. They produce modern flash or custom designs that follow the strict rules of traditional tattoos for both men and women. You can stick with conventional designs or go for a modern ink idea mixed with a classic tattoo style; the possibilities are endless. Why not try an old-school butterfly or a massive Celtic cross with bold lines and intense colors in the strict tattoo tradition?
There is a wide range of tattoo artists and tattoo studios in Dublin that are skilled in Old-School Tattoos; the choice is yours. You should find the right artist for you that is passionate about this long tradition. At The Black Hat Tattoo, we have artists skilled in tradition. One of them specializes only in this style and cannot stop creating new stunning, amazing pieces of art.
Old-School or American traditional Tattoo