Day of The Dead Tattoos

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. During which time, people will decorate their faces with skeleton – like decorative makeup.

The tattoo industry has adapted the holiday into a genre of tattoos.

Tattoos of this genre often depict young ladies with the skeleton – like decorative makeup, skulls with decorative markings, and Mariachi skeletons.



Art Nouveau Tattoos

An advertisement for cigarettes by Alphonse Mucha

Art Nouveau (also known as Belle Epoque) was an art movement (including architecture, applied art, and decorative arts) that began in France in 1870. This movement was heavily influenced by popular fine art movements before it’s time. Artists of Art Nouveau would often create images of women that would have been scandulus for their time. Curves and motifs of nature (such as floral swirls) were also very popular for this movement of art.

Art Nouveau is seen as the golden era amongst art and design professionals and is now being adapted to the tattoo industry.

This style is not to be confused with Art Deco.

Geometric Tattoos

Geometric style tattoos implement lines, circles and other geometric shapes. These tattoos often use sharp line work. Images are often symmetrical as well.

Depending on the design to be tattooed, many tattoos in this style can be time consuming.

Dot Work Tattoos

Dot work tattoo style is a style of tattoo that consists entirely of dots. This is a very time consuming process to the tattoo artist as the dots must be precisely placed.

Dot work tattoos can look extremely effective and can be made to look 3D with clever dot placement.

This style is often seen accompanied by Geometric style tattoos.

Bio-Mechanical Tattoos

Bio-Mechanical tattoos were very popular in the 1990s. Still seen sported by some today, this style often includes realism techniques to make the body parts appear bio-mechanic or robot-like (often with the appearance that the skin is open and the metal construction of the body is exposed).

Polynesian Tattoos

Polynesian tattoos derive from cultural traditions of tribal people of the Polynesian area, such as the Maori or the Samoans. The figures are taken from tribal symbolism and are specifically created for the person receiving the tattoo.

Tribal Tattoos

Artist: unknown

Tribal tattoos are not to be confused with Polynesian tattoos. Tribal was popular in Western society in the mid 1990s mostly but are still sort after by some people.

Tribal tattoos were inspired by tribal tattoos in history. These days these tattoos are used in Western culture as aesthetic pieces rather than cultural meaning.

They consist of solid, black shapes that contour the body.