The American tradition of Old school tattoos feature distinct, simple lines and are predominantly black. The few other colours used are high impact, bold yet flat, without any shading or highlights.
The pioneers of this style were none other than sailors who learnt about the art of tattooing during their travels around the Far East. Getting a tattoo before going to sea became a good luck ritual for them.
Some of the most popular old school tattoo subjects are symbols of life at sea: ships, anchors, swallows, mermaids and nautical stars, as well as sacred hearts, cherries, dice and daggers.
You can find them in this issue!
Our “Tattoo Artist” special in this issue is dedicated to Marc, a young German tattoo artist whose dotwork includes bold splashes of colour.
Don’t miss the interview and poster of our American cover model Cara Mia, photographed by Travis Haight.