Old School Tattoo
Old School (Old School or American Traditional) tattoos are usually images that are two-dimensional and low intricacy/detail. Popular in the 1800's and are also referred to as nautical tattoos. These include mermaids, ships, anchors, pin ups, banners and sparrows. They consisted of bold, blue-black outlines, usually filled with solid red and green with rare additions of blue, yellow, brown and purple; with little or no shading. Norman Keith Collins, also known as “Sailor Jerry" is one of the most well-known traditional tattoo artists. Thicker lines are used and the inspiration is typically nautical and military in theme, using Eagles, anchors, swallows, ships, hearts and banners.