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Traditional American Tattoos

Traditional tattoos are also referred to as Western, American or Old School. They are mainly characterized by vivid colors, black outlines and minimal shading. The traditional tattoo has an iconic style brought out by its characteristics, making it iconic and bold. Most traditional tattoos often illustrate roses, women, skulls, daggers, wolves, or ships.

The traditional tattoo style first entered American culture in the 1930s. They were used as a symbol representing rebellion against the “mainstream society” box. Sailor Jerry, whose official name was Norman Collins, was the pioneer of this tattoo style in Hawaii during World War II… read more >

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