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Old School King of Tattoo

Old School King of Tattoo: What Defines It? Where Does It Originate? What Were “Freak Show” Performances? Today, we want to delve into the captivating world of traditional tattooing in the Western realm, shedding light on the distinctions between male and female tattoos. What intriguing history lies behind “Freak Show” performances?

❤️‍🔥 What characterizes old school tattoos?

Old school style found its roots in portside alleys, rowdy taverns, and barber shops. Its hallmark lies in simplicity of form, minimal shading, and the use of a few basic colors with high contrasts. Thick outlines and iconic designs like eagles, anchors, daggers, or roses adorn bodies as mementos of adventures or symbols of courage and self-assurance. These features render old school tattoos not only timeless but also instantly recognizable.

❤️‍🔥 Where does it originate and why has it become a coveted tattoo style?

The popularity of tattoos among men and women in the Western world traces back to the 18th century when sailors and soldiers began adorning their bodies permanently. However, it was James Cook and his crew who contributed to spreading this art form. Figures like Sailor Jerry, Maud Wagner, or Samuel O’Reilly were among the pioneers who shaped this style and introduced it to the masses.

❤️‍🔥 Male vs. female tattoos – what are the differences in old school king of tattoo?

In the old school tattoo world, male tattoos often focus on motifs associated with strength, bravery, and tradition. On the other hand, female tattoos may feature more delicate motifs such as flowers, butterflies, or vintage patterns. However, there are no strict boundaries – it’s all about individual preferences and tastes.

❤️‍🔥 What were “Freak Show” performances and why were they exciting?

Freak shows presented various circus performances involving people with unusual anatomical features. Alongside bearded women, giants, or dwarfs, individuals with tattooed bodies also graced the stage. It was here that one could witness the original old school designs that are now classics.

❤️‍🔥 If this timeless tattoo style has intrigued you and you’re keen on something special. Be sure to visit our tattoo studio! Our artist Wiktoria specializes in both male and female tattoos and will gladly create something unique for you. She simply knows her craft.

Lastly, we invite you to the international tattoo festival in Krakow. Held annually, we are proud co-organizers of this event. Especially at Sztorm Tattoo Studio, we oversee the old school zone with around 50 selected artists working in this style. See you at the Old Port zone at the Tattoofest tattoo convention! Ahoy!

Feel free to reach out to us if you’re interested in any tattoos. We’re happy to answer any questions. CONTACT US.