Different Tattoo Styles

Different Tattoo Styles

Tattoos come in all varieties. Big, small, color, black & grey, etc. That is part of what makes tattoos so awesome. Tattoos are unique as the people have them. From what they get tattooed, to the the style they get it tattooed.

But what exactly is a “tattoo style” ?

A tattoo style is the general look of the tattoo not the image that is being depicted in the tattoo. Just like the different conventional art styles , modern, classical, impressionist,  and so on. There are many different styles of tattoo.

Simply put there are many ways to tattoo a cat.

What are the different tattoo styles you may ask? Well my friend, tattoo styles are many, but we have put a list together of some of the most popular tattoo styles, as well a little info about what makes them each so uniquely beautiful.


Traditional tattoo style:

Traditional tattoos are what you think of when you think of classic American tattoos. It is the style your Grandpa got when he was in the Navy. Bold black lines and bright colors are the trademarks of this tattoo style.

Traditional Eagle by Eddie

Neo Traditional tattoo style:

As the name implies Neo Traditional tattoos take a lot of inspiration from the Traditional tattoo style. However, Neo Traditional tattoos have a twist, finer lines mixed with bold, more nontraditional colors, and more true to life illustrated qualities create tattoos that have the classic feel with a taste of the new.

Neo-Traditional Apple by Tom Doyle

Tribal tattoo Style:

Tribal tattoos have been around since the beginning of tattoos, with each culture offering their own unique style. Popular tribal tattoo styles include: Polynesian, Native American, and more. They usually involve elaborate patterns and can range in size from small to entire body tattoos.

Tribal arm piece by Eddie

Watercolor tattoo Style:

The Watercolor tattoo style has gained a lot of popularity recently, this makes sense with more and more women getting tattoos. Watercolor tattoos are very delicate and beautiful looking. With minimal to no outline the colors flow over the skin.

Splashes of Watercolor by Ryan

Blackwork tattoo Style:

The Blackwork tattoo style is just what it sounds like, tattoos with no color they only use black ink. Blackwork tattoos can range from very simple tattoos to something very complex. Blackwork is a great style if you want a tattoo that will stand out

Blackwork Snake and Skull by Sarah

Realism tattoo style:

The Realism tattoo style is just what it sounds like… realistic tattoos. These tattoos look true to life and be in color or black and grey. Realism tattoos on the perfect tattoo when you want your tattoo to look exactly like its real life counterpart.

Realistic Beach Scene by Ryan

Japanese tattoo style:

The classic Japanese tattoo style has been a favorite for hundreds of years, and it is no surprise. These stylistic tattoos are great for telling stories in ink. They have a distinct look and use symbolism to show their meaning.

Japanese half sleeve by Eddie

Trash Polka tattoo style:

Trash Polka is a tattoo style that mixes blackwork, realism, and trash. This tattoo style is usually only black and red but can use other colors depending on the tattoo.  The Trash Polka tattoo style has gained more popularity recently for its ability to mix these elements and create amazing works of art.

Trash Polka Sleeve by Eddie

Geometric tattoo style:

The Geometric tattoo style focuses on lines and shapes. From simple shape to elaborate patterns, or turning everyday things geometric, this contemporary tattoo style is more versatile than it appears.

Geometric Penguins by Sarah


Black and Grey Tattoo Style

The black and grey tattoo style is one of the most common. You can do any other style of tattoo in the black and grey tattoo style. This style focuses on shading to make tattoos look great. And, is what some call the OG of tattoo styles

Black and Grey Rose by Ryan

There are a countless number of tattoo styles to choose from, but these few tattoo styles are a great starting point for you tattoo journey. Whatever tattoo style you decide on make sure you get it from the best tattoo artists at the best tattoo shop Mr. Inkwells Classy Tattoos. We have tattoo artists that can tattoo any style. So, call, book online or just come on down to the best tattoo shop in Orange County, Mr. Inkwells Classy Tattoos.

See you soon!



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