Old School or American traditional Tattoo

Traditional Tattoos: The Very First Tattoo Style

Old school or American Traditional Tattoos are timeless tattoos coming from rich heritage and tradition. Known worldwide as the first and most popular western ink they are now one of the most popular styles in Ireland. This art form was used at first 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 also demanding if you wish to learn its history. For instance, the legend says that Norman Collins, (aka Sailor Jerry), was used to intentionally let drawing incoherences in his designs to trick any tempted copycat. 

In Ireland, the very first tattooist was Jonny Eagle with his own shop opened 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. 

Traditional Tattoos: Bold and Strong 

This classic traditional style relied on bold, heavy, black outlines, a minimal shading, intense colors such as green, red, yellow, sometimes blue or brown. They built to last, the firm outlines and color blocks stand out well. The design remains relatively simple, most popular subjects were army or navy tattoo 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.

How To Pick Your Next Traditional Tattoo Design? 

Old school tattoos are not only for men anymore. There is a lot of creativity and talented tattoo artists in our field. They produce modern flash or custom design 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 mixing in 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 studio in Dublin that are skilled in Old School Tattoo; the choice is all yours. You should find the right artist for you that is passionate for this long tradition. In The Black Hat Tattoo, we have artists skilled in traditional, one of them is specialized only in this style and cannot stop creating new stunning, amazing pieces of art. Book your next Tattoo with our Team.