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A General Guide to Tattoo Art Styles

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Jesus over Rio de Janiero Tattoo by Dom Carter DomCarterTattoo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The first documented account of tattooing is believed to have been found in 3370 BC, well before any other art form was expressed on the body during these early time periods. Since 5,394 years have passed, tattooing has become increasingly diverse with different methods having emerged, alongside different styles. A tattoo style is how it is applied and the overall look of the tattoo, not the subject matter. Here is a curated list of the most popular tattoo styles in America and what makes them unique.

American Traditional Tattoos

Originating in America around the 1900s by sailors, this tattoo style was first used to defy societal norms through an act of “rebellion”. They are very simple illustrations as sailors only used homemade needles and ink. They are made up of thick bold outlines and a bright application of color. This style’s iconic imagery includes American eagles, roses, snakes, and skulls.

Japanese Traditional Tattoos

Originating in Japan as early as 5000 B.C., this tattooing style expresses Japanese culture through the various symbols and illustrations used with vivid colors and bold outlines. These include lions, Geishas, Koi Fish, dragons, and more. Before the tattoo machine existed, Japanese artists used Tabori, “hand tattooing” of sorts, where a bamboo needle met with a metal needle to pierce the skin one poke at a time.

Neo Traditional Tattoos

These tattoos take concepts from traditional styles of tattooing while adding a more diverse color palette, as well as adding a multitude of details to contrast the colors with the skin. They mix realism with illustrations to construct an elaborate image.

New School Tattoos

One of the most bright and vivid tattoo styles, New School tattoos are exaggerated depictions of normal subjects. They are cartoonish in nature with thick bold black outlines with bubbly, yet detailed drawings.

Tribal Tattoos

This style combines beautiful outlines with a culture’s unique style of art. They depict intricate patterns, with the most popular styles

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Smithsonian American Art Museum, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons (https://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=78738 )

including Native American, Polynesian, Samoan, and Hawaiian.

Realism Tattoos

These tattoos are photo-like in depiction. Either composed of color or black and gray ink. There is hardly any illustration used in these tattoos because they are, well, realistically tattooed on the skin.

Pointillism Tattoos

Like how the name alludes to the style, these tattoos utilize a fine-line applicator to apply an array of dots. This style blends all of the dots to create a unique illustration of art, being diverse in imagery.

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Jazzlyn Romero
Jazzlyn Romero, News Reporter
Jazzlyn (Mortal Kombat Character) Romero is deeply involved in her Agua Fria Community showcasing her commitment to leadership and service by holding promenade roles such as Agua Fria’s National Honors Society (NHS)  President, Link Crew Vice President, and Student Council representative. These roles consist of organizing NHS meetings and volunteering events with fellow board members, coordinating Link Crew events, and actively contributing to multiple Agua Fria activities like pep rallies, and school events, and supporting the many sports teams associated with Agua Fria.  Her engagement goes above academics as she actively participates in clubs and sports, making an impact in the Senior to Senior program, and is a member of Agua Fria’s Cross Country Team during her Junior year, followed by her involvement in the Track team during both her Junior and Senior years.  Beyond these achievements, Jazzlyn’s character is defined as caring and outgoing, making deep connections with her teammates, friends, and family. As the middle child with an older brother, younger sister, and good girl Athena, named after the famous Greek Goddess, Jazzlyn keeps family traditions by attending church together every Sunday. On the weekends she enjoys quality time with her friends through shared meals or simply appreciating each other's company at home. You can find her at Eos Fitness as she commits to building strength and endurance within herself.  Jazzlyn is a hectic bee being actively engaged in her academics and preparing for her future. She is currently enrolled in the ACE Program earning college credits. Taking a Philosophy class, she is almost done with completing one of her final requirements before graduating from Estrella Mountain Community College with an impressive 26 college credits, all while still completing her high school education.  Jazzlyns passion for History started under the guidance of many significant teachers such as Mr. Martin, Ms. Maurts, Mrs. Snell, and Mr. J  Collins. Their effect has fueled her love for the subject, as she plans to continue pursuing this passion in the future by Majoring in History. She shares a great adornment for their involvement in her life, and she wishes to have the same effect on other's lives.   Overall, Jazzlyn is excited about this new semester in Journalism and has many bright ideas for the Owl Feed news page. She is in the News category already writing topics about current news events, preparing herself for the numerous history and research articles she will be assigned in college. 

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