Here at Chapel Tattoo we are first and foremost are Tattoo Artists, and if there’s a design you want, then we’ll be happy to do it. But each of our dozen artists specialise in their own style of tattooing. Tattoos come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and each style is completely different. From photo-realistic to modern traditional, each style has its own distinct features and traditions.
Traditional tattoos are the oldest “modern” tattoo styles. Obviously, they’re not the oldest types of tattoos, but in the modern era, these are the ones that started it all. Made popular by sailors, this style- also known as American traditional- first began around the end of the 19th Century, and is linked to the invention of the first tattoo machine by Sam O’Reilly. This style is noticeable by its solid black outlines, bold colours and classical images such as hearts, tigers, anchors, skulls, daggers and roses.
Japanese tattoos are some of the oldest known, with evidence of tattooing in Japan dating back 5,000 years. This style follows a very strict code- using imagery, colour, direction and symbolism. Japanese tattoos will have images such as dragons, koi, cherry blossoms and lotus flowers.
Tribal tattoos are the oldest form of tattoos known, dating back over 7,000 years. Polynesian tattoos typically had thick black lines, which over time, became more intricate and symbolic. Often using symmetry and geometrical design, tribal tattoos can be very complex, and can often tell a story.