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Neo-traditional tattoos are a modern spin on the classic traditional style.
  • Versatile colour palette
  • Flexible line widths
  • Deep shading and contrast
  • Iconic tattoo imagery

Still incorporating all of the things which define traditional tattoos such as solid outlines and iconic imagery, neo-traditional adds an extra layer of jazz and flavour.

As opposed to flat, 2D designs which classical traditional is known for, neo-traditional includes deep shading, heavy contrast and versatile colors to add layers of depth, dimension, and a touch of realism to the proceedings.

Whilst always maintaining its roots, neo-traditional allows for more creative freedom than its traditional counterpart, thanks to its broader color palette and more flexible line width. While neo-traditional often gets thrown in with the new school style, it’s important to know there are vast differences between the two.

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We are devoted to everyone having a great tattoo experience. Visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Tattoo or our Style Guide for more information on different styles. It all starts with a good idea and the right artists. If you have an idea but not sure on how to make it a reality, please let us know and we’ll do our best to hook you up with the right artist in your area.

How does it work


Browse and discover shops and artists in your area, look through their portfolio, check the reviews, make sure you pick the right place for your next tattoo. Good research is where it all starts, and Inkably makes it so easy!


With a little help from our guided contact form, reach out to desired shops. Upload design references and ideas, personalize the request… On Inkably it’s really simple to communicate with multiple shops from one place. Super convenient!

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After sending your request, you’ll hear back from the shop of your choice to arrange a consultation and soon you are on your way to get a new tattoo. It is that easy!

Make sure you read our Guide to getting a tattoo.

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