8 Tattoo Styles to Consider For Your Next Tattoo

Japanese Black and Grey Realism Back Tattoo

8 Tattoo Styles to Consider For Your Next Tattoo

Black and grey? Coloured? Full back piece? Small butterfly? Tattoos come in all shapes, forms, and sizes. Each tattoo is custom made by your artist to fit you perfectly—so what’s not to like about them? Well, the pain of getting one maybe. But for a lifetime of wearing art as a form of self expression, it’s so worth it. Many tattoo artists specialize in certain styles as well, so it’s always good to do your research before booking in!

What are tattoo styles, you ask? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s discuss some common tattoo styles that you’ll find in the world.

Traditional/Old School

If you’re thinking classic then this is the style for you. More often than not, you’ll see this style listed as American Traditional. Bright colors with bold, black lines is a trademark of this style.

Neo Traditional

Believe it or not, there is a difference between traditional tattoos and neo traditional tattoos. The lines are finer, while still black. More colors are thrown in to the mix, and these tattoos provide more of a “true to life” quality to them.


You can’t sit here and tell me you haven’t seen at least one tribal tattoo in your life. This style was popular in the early 2000’s, however it has been around since the beginning of tattoos. Many cultures offer their own variety of it including Polynesian and Native American. These tattoos typically consist of elaborate patterns and range in sizes.


Within the past 5 years, watercolor tattoos have gained traction and popularity. Most watercolor tattoos have delicate lines (if any), and let the color “spill out” across the skin.


Realism tattoos are… well, realistic. They draw in the essence of whatever the subject is. You want a realistic tiger? That tiger will look like it’s going to pop off your skin. If you’re looking for a tattoo of an animal companion, this would be a good way to go!


This style is the chef’s kiss of the tattoo world. The classic Japanese tattoo has been around for hundreds of years and it’s always gorgeous! This style has a very distinct look and often uses symbolism to show meaning or tell stories.

Trash Polka

Before you judge too fast based on the name, Trash Polka is a mix of blackwork, realism, and… well, trash. Typically this style is only black and red. It’s gained popularity recently for it’s ability to mix the three elements and create amazing, elaborate works of art.


Think lines and shapes put together. That’s what makes geometric tattoos so special. Typically, the designs are quite simple, but can come together to be elaborate pieces or form integral parts of tattoo sleeves..

These are only a small sample of tattoo styles! Before you book your next tattoo, do your research and select something that you like or that best fits your design idea.

At DH Tattooing, we provide you with the best tattoo experience you could ask for. Whether you’re in the market for realism tattoos, Japanese tattoos, or American Traditional tattoos, our team of talented tattoo artists specializes in various custom tattoo designs and styles. Call us at (925) 784-8730 or book a consultation to get started!




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