Tattoo Styles

American Traditional

 

Chris particularly reveres the work of Cap and his contemporaries, and continues to use a basic palette of three colours in his traditional tattooing in homage to Cap’s work.

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American Traditional Tattooing

After the electric tattoo machine was invented in the 1890s, lines in Western tattoos became thicker, blocks of colour became more solid, and shading became more refined. Though drawing on classic motifs of life, love and voyage which are found both on bodies and personal artefacts back into the Middle Ages – including the iconic pierced hearts, swallows, daggers, skulls, roses, and “pin-ups” – the Western styles of the machine age were a leap forward, particularly in America. These martial motifs are what many people still immediately think of when they think of tattoos, and for good reason: artists such as Cap Coleman in Norfolk, Virginia realised that these simple, strong designs looked good in the skin for entire lifetimes, improving with age as the bold lines and heavy shading got stronger and starker with time – Bold, as the old adage goes, will hold.

“House Style”

Chris particularly reveres the work of Cap and his contemporaries, and continues to use a basic palette of three colours in his traditional tattooing in homage to Cap’s work. Western traditional is something of the “house style”, and as he is able to draw on extensive collections and knowledges of antique flash, customers are assured an authentic tattoo with modern tools.

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