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Overview of tattoo styles-which tattoo style suits me?

The art of tattooing has been taking a permanent place in different cultures around the world for thousands of years. In Germany, tattoo art has been growing growing since the 1980s - now about one fifth German tattooed. In view of the growing acceptance of tattoos in society, more and more talented artists specialize in the stitch shop and can live from tattooing. No wonder that many trendsetters stand out from the others. The times of "Knast-Tattoos" and unit tribals are long gone-what aesthetic currents there are within the tattoo scene and how to select the right style for your body art, you can find out in our detailed overview. A short Multiple choice test One of the most popular tattoostyles serves as a small decision -making aid if you still file a concept for your body art.

Traditional and modern tattoo styles in the 21st century

In the past few decades the tattoo industry has changed significantly: More and more people want a tattoo and there are more and more artists who want to make a name for themselves with innovative styles. Also the materials Change - which had to be stung by hand with thick needles 100 years ago, tattoo artists today with precise devices that can get up to 5000 times a minute. Colors appear more radiant and last longer, at the same time they hardly contain crude oil or other harmful substances. First this Innovations made today's colorful and striking tattoo styles possible.

Classic tattoo styles for orientation for undecided

Some tattoo trends come and go, others are considered timeless classics. Not every tattoo also fits every type - individuality is the focus of the motive finding despite certain existing currents. Tattoo artists rarely stab the same motif twice. They are much more oriented to a certain style and bring motifs with personal connection. A list of tattoo styles that you currently find at trade fairs and in leading studios helps with orientation:

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Which tattoo style suits you best?

1. Stick and Poke Tattoos

Stick and poke tattoos are simple, mostly monochrome black tattoos without shades. Large colored areas are also stung with individual contour needles and thus get an interesting structure. The tattoos in the DIY style look high quality and stylish, provided they come from a professional hand-sweet girlie motifs with strong contours and fine, dotted patterns are most frequently chosen. If you want to hold a memory or wear a friendship tattoo at an inconspicuous place, this style may be the right one for you.

What makes sticks and poke styles?

  • Single -color black tattoos, look particularly beautiful on light skin.
  • Clear lines and points instead of shades.
  • Suitable for small, symbolic motifs.


2. Blackwork

Blackwork Tattoos represent a further development of classic tribals. Geometric motifs and mandalas serve as the basics for the development of complex motifs. The tattoos only work on a certain area - if you plan a sleeve or a large tattoo on the back or on the chest, blackwork motifs look symmetrical and clean. In addition to traditional motifs from the Asian region, Blackworks can also consist of modern, clear patterns and shapes. With this tattoostyle, it is particularly important that the tattoo artist works cleanly and the healing runs without problems-even with small blackwork motif requests, you should therefore go to a specialist for the elaborate technology.

Different blackwork styles for different tattoo types

  • Mandala motifs look feminine and tender.
  • Symmetrical patterns can also serve as a background for small tattoos (refill smaller motifs for complete sleeves).
  • Only suitable for sleeves and large areas.


3. Black and gray

Black tattoo paint can be brightened up by adding water similar to ink or pencil drades. Many tattoo artists use this effect to create realistic black and white motifs, which are supposed to look as detailed and brilliantly as possible. Almost every motif can be stung in Black and Gray Style. Many fans of the style remain loyal to the Black and Gray Style, since the motifs are difficult to combine with other styles.

What should be considered in Black and Gray tattoos?

  • Fits meaningful motifs.
  • Suitable for dark and for light skin types.
  • Difficult to combine with other styles.
  • Medium -sized and large motifs without a background are best suited for the technology.


4. Trash polka

Trash Polka Tattoos are a relatively new trend and come from the creative hand of the tattoo team in the Buena Vista Tattoo Club in Würzburg. The tattoostyle is now known worldwide-international tattoo sizes copy the collagen-like style and thus contribute to the awareness of the Trash Polka Styles. The large -scale motifs consist of various realistic elements such as writing, color splashes, photographs and naturalistic motifs. Every motif revolves around an individual topic. The coloring is also striking: for Trash Polka Tattoos, artists only use black, white and red tattoo paint.

How can trash polka tattoos be recognized?

  • Collages with different realistic elements.
  • Color: black and white with red highlights.
  • Elements are often used from the printing industry: newspaper clippings, handwritten messages, photos and ink stains are common.


5. Classic Americana / Old School

The classic-American tattoostyle was developed by Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins in the 1930s and is still very popular. Indian and sailor motifs, tools, weapons, women's portraits and pin ups are among the standard motifs of this style. The harder, the better - this tattoostyle is something for self -confident wearers who want to symbolically capture their personality.

Characteristics by Old School Tattoos at a glance

  • Clear lines, pure colors, no or hardly any shades.
  • The motifs can be a little exaggerated.
  • The style is suitable for small and medium -sized motifs.


6. Portraits

You should only let an absolute professional to a portrait tattoo. A portrait is an artistic homage to famous personalities, friends or family members. The realistic portraits and busts can be stung in black and white or in the style of an oil painting-the best tattoo artist cannot produce portraits in photo quality.

You can see this a good portrait tattoo

  • Not only shades, but also white highlights were worked out cleanly.
  • Black and white portraits act such as pencil drawings, colorful portraits such as high-quality oil paintings.
  • A good portrait needs space and should not be engraved too small.


7. Surrealistic tattoos

Regardless of whether your tattoo artist designs your own creative motif, or whether you choose a surrealistic motif of artists such as Salvadore Dalí or Jean Cocteau: a surrealistic tattoo makes interesting and viewer can hardly look away. Surrealism fully depends on the motif and the message - dreamlike motifs are implemented by different means and give your carrier a special aura. If you want to wear part of your personality with a tattoo, this tattoostyle is the right choice.

So you will find an artistic surrealistic motive for your skin

  • The surrealism of the 1930s has produced many aesthetic motifs that are suitable as tattoo homes.
  • Surrealistic tattoos show what it looks like inside your wearer: Are you a colorful or a gray guy?
  • Dream motifs often indicate fears, virtues and passions. What makes you?


8. Biomechanical tattoos

Biomechanical tattoos usually cover entire parts of the body and give the impression that something else is under your skin. The tattoos are not prescribed, but are shown directly on the skin and for larger projects with a watered black color pre -scratched. Classic biomechanicals show an android -like physique that comes into its own in well -trained people.

How can biomechanical tattoos be designed?

  • Representation of futuristic technology, sci-fi elements.
  • Black and white steel-Optics or colorful hydraulic and light elements.
  • Alternatives: Realistic representation of muscle strands on the skin, skeleton forms and organs on corresponding parts of the body.



Irezumi Is the Japanese word for tattooing and describes the traditional Japanese tattoo art, which has been cultivated and perfected for centuries. The colorful motifs with subtle colors had to earn Japanese honorary men and women originally earned within the society in which they were running. It was not the carrier that chose the motif, but was assigned a work of art according to his personality and deeds. Today, many western tattoo artists bring new elements and ideas into the style and you don't have to fear the hatred of the Yakuza if you wear an irezumi.


  • Fine lines and elaborately elaborately elaborated backgrounds with many details.
  • Very colorful motifs with mol or pastel tones, rarely bright colors.
  • Typical Japanese motifs and symbols: Geishas, ​​samurais, animals, flowers, waves.
  • IREZUMIS are traditionally very large and are mostly worn as sleeves or as back pieces.


10. New School

New School Tattoos are colorful, tall and full of crazy ideas: Whole fantasy ponds with comic figures or animals are often focused on. Well -known figures from games, comics, series and films are also used as motifs and sometimes completely reinvented. Since bright tattoo colors contain industrial colors and other questionable fabrics than dark colors, you should find out about the colors used before tattooing and only let a reputable tattoo artist with a good call to the motif.

What distinguishes New School tattoos?

  • High quality, comic motifs with imaginative figures and backgrounds.
  • Bright colors and complete elaboration.
  • Suitable for medium -sized and large motifs with a background.