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31 Japanese Warrior Tattoo Ideas The Japanese style of tattoo is world famous — and for good reason. With a rich history, powerful images of both the mythical and the mundane, and intricate stories behind each part of the design, Japanese imagery makes for a powerful tattoo. One particular type of Japanese tattoo — the…

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The Birth of the Traditional Tattoo Style Image source: Traditional Snake Tattoo – by Luke Jinks @ Cloak & Dagger The traditional tattoo style as we know it today first started to take shape on the bodies of sailors in the 18th-20th centuries. During this period, it spread all around the globe, becoming one of…

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01 Machiya In Nihonbashi In Edo Period 599W

Ukiyo-e & Kabuki: Origins of the Irezumi Japanese Tattoo Style Image source: Machiya in Nihonbashi in Edo period – via via Wikimedia Commons The Japanese tattoo style, commonly referred to as Irezumi, is a worldwide phenomenon today, but it arose during the Edo period (1603-1868) – a time when its homeland was undergoing a renaissance…

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Tattoo Cream Alex 02

Scientists Have Discovered a Cream That Fades Tattoo Ink Image source: Canada Journal Faster tattoo cover-ups are on their way! Want to turn an old tattoo into something bigger, bolder and more beautiful? If your existing tattoo is large or colourful, covering it up can get complicated. Sometimes, it’s easier to get it removed and…

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Legends of the Traditional Tattoo Image source: Larry Mora – Fine Arts America – Bert Grimm When most people think about tattoos, the style that comes to mind is the traditional one. Thought of as “tattoos that look like tattoos,” this old-school style boasts bold, clean lines and vibrant, classic colours which draw in many…

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Iconic Ink: The Influence of Sailor Jerry Image source: SailorJerry.com Hailed as the father of the old-school tattoo style, Sailor Jerry lived a life defined by his art and his strong personal beliefs. His iconic designs have become famous worldwide and continue to inspire and influence the tattoo culture to this day. A Mulish Teen?…

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Iconic Ink: The Reign of George Burchett Known as the “King of Tattooists,” George Burchett was arguably the most famous tattoo artist of his time. Tattooing in London throughout the first part of the 20th century, he catered to both the social elite and the working class, as well as members of the Royal family.…

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Ed Hardy 800

Iconic Ink: Ed Hardy Don Ed Hardy and Dave Yurkew at the 2nd World Tattoo Convention in Reno Nevada, 1977 Image source: via Wikimedia Commons Ed Hardy has become one of the most iconic names in both the tattoo and fashion worlds, with many of his tattoos appearing on people around the world, as well…

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Iconic Ink: Lyle Tuttle By Squish E (http://www.flickr.com/photos/squish_e/1313272098/) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Known as the “father of modern tattooing,” Lyle Tuttle is one of the most revolutionary figures of the tattoo world, with stories of his life and work covering the globe in many mediums. He was the first tattoo artist of the…

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Tattoo Trends Ron Ackers

Tattoo Trends Through the Decades Image source: 1000 Tattoos – Taschen Tattoos have long fascinated both advocates and opponents of the art. There have been tattoos for almost as long as mankind has been gathering together and forming societies. The ancient Egyptians had tattoos, as did many natives of far-flung exotic lands and it has…

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