Saturday, 19 August 2017

5 Tattoo Styles I Enjoy

tattoo styles I enjoy, neo-traditional tattoos, traditional tattoos, kawaii tattoos, watercolour tattoos, sketchwork tattoos, dotwork tattoos

IMO, tattoo art styles can be kinda confusing and overwhelming. In my years getting tattooed, I've had to often rely on Google to find out what's what, and even now I don't remember all the different kinds of tattoo styles and I can't always distinguish one piece's style right off the bat. But I'm getting there, and after a lot of thought I decided to share with you five of the tattoo styles that I personally enjoy the most - although I'm not tattooed in most of them! 


Easily the most recognisable of the lot, traditional tattooing has, as the name implies, been around for decades. Although there are aspects of this style I don't always like - animals and people can come across sometimes as looking a little creepy if you ask me -, on the whole I think it's a really awesome style of tattoo work. A number of my own pieces were inspired by traditional work, and I don't think you can ever go wrong with it. With bold lines and even bolder block colours, it consists of being very solid and stand-out in terms of its art. A prime example of an artist who does well in traditional work is Ruairidh Von Linden from Studio XIII, Edinburgh.


Probably my favourite of all time, neo-traditional work is very unique to me. As you'd figure from the name, it does share some similar qualities with traditional work, boasting bold lines with often block colours and plenty of shading to add depth, but they're generally brighter and more experimental, and have a big more dimension to them as you can see when comparing traditional art to neo-traditional art. Daryl Watson from Painted Lady Tattoo, Birmingham, does some incredible neo-traditional work, as does Olie Siiz, who's based in Warsaw, Poland.


Watercolour has been a long-standing favourite of mine, and although I think it's definitely risen in popularity over the last few years, it was still a style knocking about and one that was much admired before I even started getting tattooed. It was one that I even looked at getting myself, before deciding that colour work wasn't for me and I opted for the tough boldness of traditional over the dainty femininity of watercolour work. I do think it's a very feminine style as it's intense and pretty to look at, but that's not to undermine it. Splashes of colour and ink splatterings make up this stunning, unique style of tattooing, and is often mixed with other types. It often works well the most - in my opinion - with sketch work tattoo which is just as it sounds and involves several sketched lines like those you'd find in an artist's sketchbook. Noemi Sorrentino of Studio XIII, Edinburgh, is just one of the many amazingly talented artists who does both amazing watercolour work and sketch work.


Another style that I feel has recently increased in popularity - and with good reason - is dot work. It's a pretty self-explanatory style, and is one that must require a lot of patience from both the artist and the customer. It involves intricate designs where dots are placed instead of a block of colour, or instead of shading, with varying degrees of heaviness of the dot work itself in place of shading. I've never had it done so I don't know if it takes as long as I can imagine it would take, but the end result is 100% worth it from what I've seen of good dot work. It's another detailed and dainty kind of style that produces stunning work. Some artists whose dot work is worth mentioning include Marc Diamond of Studio XIII, Edinburgh, and Gracie Gosling of Modern Body Art, Birmingham. Gracie's Instagram profile boasts a whole heap of different styles - she's a truly versatile and multi-talented artist.


In all honesty, I don't know if kawaii tattoos are their own stand-alone thing, or if they fall under another, bigger category. I absolutely adore kawaii tattoos, and used to follow a countless number of artists on Instagram who specialised in this kind of tattooing. Although it's a style that I would never get myself, I'm someone who has always enjoyed sparkly, bright, cutesy kinds of things, hence why I'm still drawn to this style. It's bold, colourful and incredibly girly and cute - everything you'd expect to find of something deemed to be 'kawaii'. I enjoy drawing this kind of art from time to time, and take a lot of inspiration from kawaii tattoo artists. One artist I absolutely adore for this style (although I'm no longer following), is Sam Whitehead from Blind Eye Tattoo Company, Leeds.

What are your favourite styles of tattoo art?


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