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Sometimes referred to as “old school”, the traditional American style takes it back to where it all began.
  • Simplistic
  • Muted colour palette
  • Thick bold outlines
  • Heavy blacks
  • Classic imagery

Traditional tattoos favor simplicity over realism, incorporating a basic color palette, thick bold lines, a solid outline and a healthy dose of black to make the surrounding colors pop.

Stemming from its origins on the 18th Century high seas, traditional tattoos boast classic imagery such as eagles, roses, daggers, snakes and skulls. They’re the embodiment of the classic tattoo design; eye-catching, artistic, and easy to read. 

Even today, American traditional is still one of the most highly desired styles, and will likely still be around for centuries to come.

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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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