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New school tattoos don’t follow any rigid structure, but they’re easy to identify. Most designs flaunt a 3D element along with a graffiti-like composition.
  • Thick black outlines
  • Cartoonish, animated subjects
  • Element of surrealism
  • Subjects include animals and fantastical creatures
  • Vivid colours

New school is a modern favourite style due to its endless possibilities. Unlike traditional tattoo style, new school incorporates vivid, saturated colors, thick black outlines and playful, cartoony designs.

New school tattoos don’t follow any rigid structure, but they’re easy to identify when you see one. There’s an element of surrealism about new school tattoos, and the most designs flaunt a 3D element along with an almost graffiti-like composition.

New school can involve any subject, although many involve colorful characters with overblown proportions. This style allows artists to take tattooing to the next level as there are no limits to how bold, abstract or stylistic a new school design can be. It’s different, it’s unique and it forces artists and canvases to think outside of the box.

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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.

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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!

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