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Abstract

This is a modern style of art and usually doesn’t have any type of outline. It breaks away from the traditional representation of animals, people, and the world around us.

Abstract Colorful Lion Tattoo by Lacey

Abstract Colorful Lion Tattoo by Lacey

Fine Line

Fine Line Tattooing is one of the newer styles you’ll find in tattoo shops and has been achievable because of the improvements made with tattoo machines, inks, and needles. Artists today are able to add more detail and special effects to their artwork. Fine line is often used in portrait tattoos or to achieve a delicate look.

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Using a Busker’s business card, Eldrick was able to recreate his design in tattoo form for him.

Haida

This is a design of the Eskimo and the Native Americans.  Tribal pieces of animal, birds, and totems are popular subjects.  We always recommend researching your choice to ensure it’s meaning is right for you, every symbol / design has a meaning.

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Haida Whale Tattoo by Eldrick

Memorial

Memorial tattoos can be images representing a person’s life in some way. It may be a religious image, crosses, banners, praying hands, poems, flowers, or sometimes a portrait. Most want to incorporate items that had meaning or significance to the  deceased and or their family. Often this type of tattoo is accompanied by lettering with the person’s name and dates of their birth and their death.

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Memorial Praying Hand Tattoo by Eldrick

Stonework Style

This style of tattooing is using shades of  black and greys, colors can be used as well, to produce the cracked stone like quality throughout the tattoo. These tattoos tend to be more detailed and can really give a tattoo  a very old and rustic feel. Stonework is usually produced with a finer line to really show off every little crack and chip in the tattoo

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Stonework Medical Symbol Tattoo by Eldrick

Portraits

A tattoo artist has to be extremely skilled in his field to be able to convey a person’s likeness onto another person skin. Some are meant to show love, admiration, loss or birth. Portraits are often created using fine line tattoo style. Choose your artist carefully, a photo realistic tattoo takes a high level of skill and talent you won’t find an artist to do one at just any studio – be picky.

Potrait Tattoo by Kyle at Sin on Skin Tattoo Studio

Greyscale/Black Portrait Tattoo by Kyle

Surrealist / Horror

This style covers everything from Salvador Dali to Fantasy monsters and incoherent nightmares. Full of symbolic scenes, strange dream-like scenarios, humor (sometimes the humor is gleeful, impish or sometimes it can have a sarcastic or cruel twist). Using bizarre creatures and people to create continuity between the images, some are single images used to shock or catch your attention. It can also be known as “Lowbrow art” or “Pop Surrealism.”

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Surreal Horror Tattoo by Eldrick

Stippling

Stippling is creation of a pattern with varying solidity or shading using small dots or specks,
rather then using lines or solid areas.

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This Mandala was done by Eldrick using a stippling effect.

Graffiti

This style represents a radical contemporary art style, it mimics the street style art you see all around you. You see it as letters, numbers or incredible works of art on sidewalks, walls, vehicles, etc.. Now you see it as a style for the skin.

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Graffiti style snake wrapped around a cross.

Asian / Oriental / Yakuza

Asian themed tattoos frequently using Koi fish, cherry blossoms,Buddha, lotus, dragon’s, war dogs, samurai’s or geisha’s.  Many of these are used in combination to tell a story as well as create a piece of timeless art. This type of tattoo is usually very detailed. This is basically a tattoo that will cover the whole body. The work is carefully planned out ahead of time before the work on any part of the body begins.  This style seems to be more  2 dimensional or flat, almost like print on fabric.

Oriental Tattoo Sleeve with Koi by Kyle

Oriental Tattoo Sleeve with Koi by Kyle

Celtic

These designs are made up of intricate knots. Celtic comes in many forms; knots, crosses, spirals, trinity knots, tree of life, and animal forms. This style of art represents the people from Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton folklore.

Celtic Black and White Tattoo Dog Knots

Celtic Knots and Hound Tattoo by Kyle

Religious Tattoos

The link between tattooing in religion goes back to the Egyptians. They would tattoo the dead so that they would have relative information when they passed to the other side. The Christians would tattoo a cross under the hand on the wrist to identify themselves to be devout Christian and a true believer as opposed to Roman spies.

Religious Tattoo of Jesus by Kyle

Religious Tattoo of Jesus by Kyle

Tribal Tattoos

This type of work was handed down from multiple cultures including Native American, Micronesia, and Polynesian. In ancient times, they would be represent  one as an accessory to a certain tribe, also express puberty, a milestone in life or marriage. American Indians form of tribal tattoo was meant to represent culture, ritual beliefs, spirits or  nature.  Hawaiian tribes carried tattoos as a form of identification, protection or mourning expressions. Many tribes used tattoos to show bravery. Tribal tattoos are usually black in color and are composed of solid geometric designs. Can also be done in a “stonework  effect” or in color but black is the most common.

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Tribal inspired Tattoo on Lower Back by Kyle at Sin on Skin

Realistic

Usually represented by portraits or true to life scenes/landscapes that showcase the fine line detail of a photograph or painting.

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A Realistic Forest Scene Tattoo by Kyle

Cartoon Tattoos

The style everyone remembers from the 90’s  with it’s Tasmanian Devil inspired tattoos that too many people had. Now the cartoon inspired tattoo is making it’s comeback as clients look to relive their childhood.  Hello Kitty, Auto bots, Decepticons, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, The Last Unicorn, you name it we’ve done it. Bold bright colors, fun and whimsical, as a stand alone piece or as part of an entire sleeve.

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The Transformers – Autobots and Decepticons Tattoo by Lacey

Polynesian, Samoan, Maori, & Tahitian

Each Polynesian island has it’s own styles of tattooing making it a truly unique experience. Modern or traditional styles make up this style, using flowers, faces, figures, animals, and abstract shapes. Depending on style it may be bold, black abstract and figurative designs or fine line high detail , single needle outlines, designs that concentrates more on symbolism or overall design. Done by tattoo machine or by wooden sticks, which is a traditional hand tapped tattoo. This style is used by them to express identity, personality, one’s society status, hierarchy, and sexual maturity. Polynesian tribes tattoo style symbolized traditions, legends and religious beliefs.

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A Polynesian style ankle/foot tattoo by Eldrick.

Lettering & Ambigrams

 The use of lettering and fonts has always been a popular ink choice among clients. With so many different options out there, finding that perfect font is key.  Some are hard to read when written out, so keep that in mind when choosing a font. Use a site that allows you to see your word or quote in the chosen font style to see if it’s easily read and clear to the eye.
Also popular are Ambigrams. This is when you can incorporate two words together — a composite in one tattoo.  When read upright it will be 1 word, then when flipped upside down it will read another. Not all words can work with this process.

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Black and Gray

This is when shading is heavily utilized. Black and gray work is typically used to create some type of 3-D effect without using color.
Highlights are often added using white. White ink can also be used to smooth out sharp transitions between the different shades.

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A beautiful realistic black and grey Owl tattoo by Kyle LeBlanc at Sin on Skin Tattoo Studio.

Gray Wash

This is when the black ink is diluted to lighten up the tint. Usually the black ink is diluted at different degrees to have a wide range of shading densities.

Black and Gray Spherical Maze Tattoo by Kyle


Bio-mechanical

This is a machine like form of art that sometimes combines humans with machines.  If you are familiar with HR Geiger’s artwork then you’ll be familiar with bio-mechanical artwork.

Color

Colored tattoos an be vivid or subtle depending on the effect the tattoo artist is after.

Full Color Musical Rainbow Tattoo by Eldric

Lilly of the Valley Fairies Tattoo Back Piece by Kyle

Old School (American Traditional)

Old School (AKA. Old Skool or American Traditional) tattoos are usually images that are two-dimensional and low intricacy/detail. Popular in the 1800’s and are also referred to as nautical tattoos. These include mermaids, ships, anchors, pin ups, banners and sparrows.  They consisted of bold, blue-black outlines, usually filled with solid red and green with rare additions of blue, yellow, brown and purple; with little or no shading. Norman Keith Collins, also known as “Sailor Jerry” is one of the most well known traditional tattoo artists. Thicker lines are used and the inspiration is typically nautical and military in theme. Using Eagles, anchors, swallows,ships, hearts and banners.

Old School Classic Anchor Tattoo by Lacey

Old School Classic Swallow Tattoo by Lacey

Neo Traditional  or
Modern Traditional

Neo Traditional  – which mean traditional with newer element added to the design) tattoo style began in the 1980’s and refers to a tattoo style that is bold and bright, has two-dimensional imagery and lower  intricacy. Contemporary & fantastical designs, combining multiple styles of tattooing into one piece. It’s distinct from the old school style in that it contains more elaborate blending and shading gradations with a more extensive color palette.
With new school, it’s all about free-styling. New school steers away from traditionalism; it’s all unique patterns and custom ideas. It’s almost a combination of hip-hop and graffiti styles: jagged edges and bubbly lettering. With new techniques on the rise, modern equipment, and advances in the industry, the new school style is becoming more and more influential.

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New School Inspired “Girly” Anchor Tattoo by Lacey.

Cover Up or Re-working

Using color and technique to hide an old tattoo with a new tattoo or just having someone re line and Re color and old tattoo so that it looks as it should.  Many make the mistake of using the wrong cover design or wrong colors to cover – causing the old piece to resurface through the new one.  Make sure you have an experienced artist do this for you.

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Using bright colored flowers and a “splatter” pattern to add depth, this cover up by Lacey was perfectly placed and executed.

White Ink Tattoos

White ink leaves you with a tattoo that looks more like  a scar or skin discoloration.  Over time it can turn pink, yellow or beige.  It may also completely fade away within the healing phase or months after.  Many tattoo artists will advise their clients to add a pale blue, pale yellow or pale purple to add another pigment to which the white can grab hold.
White ink is great when used in small areas, like edging out a flower, highlight as an accent to the tattoo or to use for  reflection points on tattoos; meant to show a representation of reflections.   When used in larger areas, they tend to not hold up well and tend to fade out completely within a year or less depending on how much the tattoo is exposed to sun light.

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In this tattoo of a wine screw by Eldrick, you can see how white highlights really make this piece pop. As a highlight, white is amazing, on it’s own it tends to blend into your skin too much to be appreciated.