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Amazing Tattoo Designs and Tattoo Ideas With Pictures

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As a tattoo commentator and writer, I rely on my personal experience and time working in a tattoo studio.

Currently tattoos are having a huge resurrection in popularity. It is not unusual to see all sexes, ages and walks of life with tattoos walking down the street or sitting next to you on the bus. They're everywhere and experiencing a new found acceptance into everyday society.

The quality of artwork in tattoos has a very broad. So is the ability and talent of tattoo artists around the world. Walk into any group of tattooed people and you will find tattoos that are misspelt, oddly shaped and wonky as well as amazing pieces of art, worthy of exhibition in any art show.

Tattoo artists often charge relative to their skill, talent and reputation. To get a beautiful tattoo you and you're willing to pay for the right artist, then there is there is no excuse to get a bad tattoo. Research into your tattoo artist is just as important as finding the perfect tattoo design for you.

What type of tattoo you decide on will come down what you like. Most artists like to add their own style to their tattoos and are reluctant to tattoo exact replicas of pictures you bring them. Bring your tattoo artist a picture or two of a reference, they will make the design work for you.

As the tattoo design you choose will be with you for the rest of your life, consider whether you will still like your design in twenty to forty years. It's not especially young or silly is it?

Some Current Tattoo Styles


Artist uses current inks and modern techniques. Portraits, old photos and images that appear as phot-realism or an exact copy of the picture reference.


Artist excels at recreating images in their 3-D form. The image show more than one sides and appears to be on top of the skin rather than a flat picture. Insects and animals are the most common images used in this style.

Fine line black and gray or gray-wash

Employing the grayscale color palette and using a variety of needle sizes needed to create a detailed tattoo. Images such as photographs and portraits are done using this method.


Japan has a long history of tattoos. Japanese tattoos appear two dimensional, like a picture does on a canvas. Traditional Japanese designs of koi, dragons and cherry blossoms are wrapped in hidden meanings and steeped history.
Traditional or Old School

Once popular with American sailors, traditional or old school tattoos have many symbolic meanings within their designs. Tattoos that were done in the 1940s had thick, dark outlines as tattoo needle were not as fine. These older tattoos tended to age reasonably well.
Ancient or Tribal

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Thick, dark, flat line work and connecting patterns only done in black. Influences of tribal and ancient tattoos come from cultures such as the Maori, African and Polynesian cultures.


Mainly featuring mechanical engine parts such as gears and hydraulics, appearing underneath torn skin.


Similar to the art of the twentieth century, the surrealist style covers artist from Salvador Dali to monsters, fantasy and any other 'arty' designs.


Cartoon style can include caricatures as well as cartoons pictures.

Female tattoo on arm

Female tattoo on arm

Tattoo Facts & Aftercare

Whichever style you decide you want as a tattoo, make sure you take the time to educate yourself on both the tattoo artist you are going to for your tattoo, as well as how to look after your tattoo.

Tattooing is not an easy art to master. It takes time, practice, talent and a good teacher.

When choosing an artist look at their tattoo portfolio. See what other tattoo work they or have done, seeing a tattoo in real time tells you a lot more than a photo ever will. Listen to peoples recommendations and warnings of your local tattoo artists. Word of mouth and seeing it with your eyes are the best reference any tattoo artist can have.

Once you have been to the Tattoo Studio and sat for your tattoo, it is now just as important as going to a good artist and a clean studio, to give your tattoo good tattoo aftercare.

To ensure that your tattoo heals correctly, you need to wash it with anti-bacterial foam wash and apply sparingly your tattoo aftercare lotion. INK OIL is a 100% natural tattoo aftercare product set, that will assist in healing your new tattoo and smells great too!

Your new tattoo should not be too wet and not too dry, invest in a tattoo antibacterial skin film/bandage to protect your tattoo, Saoku makes an effective protective barrier tattoo film.Taking care of your tattoo is very important for the overall health and look of your tattoo.

Taking a few proactive steps will help you get a great tattoo.

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