What will it look like? Rollover statue to zoom Photorealist Thanks to modern inks and techniques, portraits and images get far closer to the ideal of realism" than one from decades past. Biomechanical Credit the "Allen" movies with inspiring this branch of surrealism, which depicts a combination of human and robot-like parts. Surrealist Just like the 20th century arts movement, this style covers everything from Salvador Dali to fantasy monsters and incoherent nightmares. Fine line black and gray This technique, pioneered in the mid-1970s in Los Angeles, involves subtly shaded, intricate designs and portraits rendered without color. Tribal A modern U.S. trend sprang up in the mid-1980s, imitating the bold, dark, geometric tattoos common in many ancient tribal cultures. Asian Large symbolic designs, particularly Japanese, are considered timeless. Japanese koi morphing into dragons are a popular theme for arm "sleeves." Traditional American Think Betty Boop, an anchor, or "Mom" in a heart. Before the 1970s,- this was the only true style in the United States, when people collected tattoos like stamps. Designs were usually small with crisp lines, few colors and litle subtlety. The style is enjoying a revival. Flash Not a style, but a name given to the printed designs on the walls of a. tattoo shop. Beware as flash designs are subject to trends. Remember Tasmanian Devils in the 1980s? Ancient This design was found on a 2,500-year-old mummy in Siberia. The oldest known tattoos were black tribal designs found on the "Iceman," a European mummy estimated to be 5,200 years old.


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This infographic describes different genres of tattoos. It shows what each genre looks like and gives a small history behind it.


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