The Traditional tattoo style originated in America back in the 19th century, when the first electric tattoo machines began to appear in 1891. The style acquired its main development and the form familiar to us today during the Second World War. Detroit and New York served as the birthplaces of the style, but Honolulu became the place where the style was reborn. This happened because of the famous "Sailor Jerry", who began to tattoo soldiers and sailors after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The earliest examples of this style included patriotic motifs, such as: an American eagle spreading its wings wide behind a red, white and blue shield or Lady Liberty with an American flag and shield. Anchors, roses, ships and daggers are the most common symbols in tattoos of that era. The sketches were simple, large, with bold outlines, classic colors ( red, blue, green, yellow, white and black).
The most common tattoos in the Traditional style and their meaning