Three different tattoo styles you can find here

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.

Japanese tattoos


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.

Traditional tattoos


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 with its solid black outlines, bold colours and classical images such as hearts, tigers, anchors, skulls, daggers, and roses.

Tribal tattoos


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.

If you are looking for inspiration, why not drop in at Chapel Tattoo? Our artists will be happy to discuss your tattoo ideas with you. They can design a tattoo from scratch and give you honest advice, answering any questions you may have. Simply give us a call, or drop by our studio in the heart of Melbourne. We’re always happy to help.