Tattoo Style – Neo-Traditional
The Neo-Traditional tattoo style is characterized by its use of bold colours, thick black outlines, and a mix of traditional and modern elements. This style is a departure from the strict adherence to traditional Americana tattooing, but still maintains many of the key features and motifs.
One of the key features of Neo-Traditional tattoos is the use of bright, vibrant colours. Unlike traditional Americana tattoos which often use a limited palette of colours (usually red, blue, and green), Neo-Traditional tattoos make use of a wider range of colours to create more eye-catching and striking designs.
The style also often features thick black outlines, which serve to define the image and create a sense of depth. The black outline is also considered a feature that helps the image stand the test of time, colours tend to fade over the years but the black lines help the image maintain its shape and definition.
The designs themselves often feature traditional imagery such as anchors, hearts, roses, and skulls, but with a modern twist. This can take the form of bolder, more stylized designs, or the incorporation of new imagery and elements, such as abstract shapes or surrealist imagery.
The style is versatile and can be done in a variety of sizes and can be placed on any area of the body. It’s common to find it as a chest piece, sleeves, or back piece. It’s also often used to cover up old tattoos, and it’s a good choice for people who wants a traditional look with a modern twist.
It is considered a combination of traditional and modern tattooing, it maintains the essence of traditional tattoos, but it allows the artist to express themselves in a more creative and free way.