Current Tattoo Trends
Detailed, elaborate and vividly coloured scenes featuring warriors, waves, koi fish, geishas, dragons, cherry blossoms and Kanji characters (Japanese lettering) are the mainstay of this genre. Donâ€™t worry, theyâ€™re a world away from the once-beloved Chinese symbols, speculated by many to be the tattoo artistsâ€™ joke at the expense of clueless punters, and all secretly reading â€˜chicken fried riceâ€™.
Mermaids, ships, anchors, roses, swallows, pin-ups, flags and scrolls. Images are boldly outlined and almost cartoon-esque in their simplicity. This old-school style is called after legendary tattoo artist Norman â€˜Sailor Jerryâ€™ Collins, exposed to traditional Asian tattoo imagery while sailing with the US Navy. He made his name, and the style named after him, inking sailors on shore leave in Honolulu. And yes, the rumâ€™s his too.
This style has grown in popularity in recent years due to advancements in tattoo technology. Designs are usually exact copies of photographs and done in black and white â€“ or a heavily detailed reproduction of a work of art.
Lush reds, deep greens, glossy yellows â€“ tattoos have come along way from murky blue-green scribbles. Instead try butterflies, peacocks and lighthouses with colours you can almost dive into.
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