Beginners Guide

Find and learn about your new tattoo with this free tool for beginners by picktheink.com

 

A BEGINNERS GUIDE

A TOOL DESIGNED TO HELP BEGINNERS FIND THE RIGHT TATTOO

PICKTHEINK IS COMMITTED TO HELPING NEWCOMERS LEARN ABOUT TATTOOS. WHEN SELECTING YOUR NEW TATTOO, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHOTOREALISM AND BLACKWORK

PLEASE SELECT FROM THE FOLLOWING STYLES 👇


 

PHOTOREALISM

Photorealistic dog-fight tattoo by  Scoot Ink
Photorealistic Pennywise the Clown tattoo by  Danielle Bar
Photorealistic tiger tattoo by  Scoot Ink

Realism in the arts is the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality. Realism tattoos involve turning photographs and images into exact copies on the skin with needle and ink. This technique of tattooing is extremely complex and takes years of practice to master. Artists may use numerous sources for images and will combine photos to create unique pieces of art which can be tattooed.

 

TRADITIONAL

Traditional bear tattoo by  German
Traditional castle tattoo by  Sofia
Traditional woman tattoo by  German
Traditional lion tattoo by  Sofia

Traditional tattoo designs, represent American patriotism dating back to the 19th century. Traditional tattoos make no attempt to be photo realistic. Tradition tattoos have been used to portray a time of war, the style truly solidified and found its voice during WWII. The designs were big, bold, simple, and dominated by red, white, blue, black, green, and gold.

 

SCRIPT

Script tattoo by ACME
Script tattoo by  Sofia
Script tattoo by ACME

Any font can be used to create a tattoo. An artist can create custom lettering rather than just tracing a font found on the internet. Having custom lettering allows for an artist to use their artistic ability to create a beautiful one of a kind masterpiece.

 

WATERCOLOUR

Watercolour fox tattoo by  Ink Canon
Watercolour flamingo tattoo by  CT
Watercolour cartoon tattoo by  Ink Canon

Watercolour tattoos replicate streaks or spots of color, like splashing paint on a canvas. Each Watercolour tattoo has the main image or line work as the centerpiece including a watercolour effect added.

 

ASIAN

Asian style koi fish tattoo by  Master Shark
Asian style phoenix tattoo by Winson Tsai
Asian style tattoo by  Master Shark

The most well-known style of Asian style tattooing is the Japanese style. The Japanese style reflects mainly the beliefs and superstitions of the Japanese people, with each symbol within the tattoo having a deeper meaning to it. Japanese tattoo meanings are tied to the various creatures, plants, and people depicted in the tattoo. These images are used to convey a person’s beliefs, aspirations, or character traits. You can learn more about symbols used in Asian style tattoos here.

 

BLACKWORK

Blackwork portrait tattoo by  Katt
Blackwork reaper tattoo by  Alveno Tattoo
Blackwork bear tattoo by  Katt

Blackwork tattoo style is dedicated to the singular use of black ink, Whilst ‘black and grey’ tattoos use watered-down black ink to create texture and depth. Blackwork style tattoos use Often bold, block shapes, or fine-line minimalistic designs; black-work tattoos can come in many different forms.