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Tattoos in a neotraditional style or incorporating a neotraditional tattoo style

Roller Derby

If you dig Roller Derby you will probably like this one. I totally loved the thinking behind this tattoo.
The girl is involved in derby, is into tattoos, and goes by “Pistol.” Take one neo-traditional tattoo styled pistol and stick it in a drawing of her very own skate and we have exactly what she is when skating. A pistol in a skate! I know I am a dork for finding the play on words so fun, but hey… it pulled the theme of this together in my mind so well I can’t help but dig it big time.
roller derby tattoo port angeles


Mermaid – from the Old English mere (sea), and maid (a girl or young woman). The equivalent term in Old English was merewif. This particular mermaid tattoo is done in a style I would roughly consider Neotraditional American with slightly thinner lines than usual to add a bit more femininity and give room for more detail in the scales.. The art is a re-draw of a client supplied image. The location is on the outer thigh just behind (to the side) of the knee. As a mermaid fun fact I give you this… In 1493 the famed explorer Christopher Columbus reported seeing three “female forms” which “rose high out of the sea.” He noted that the mermaids were not as lovely as represented in fables and art.
Mermaid tattoo in neotraditional traditional tattoo style

True Blue

“True Blue”
This is a kinda traditional / neotraditional piece. The client had a line sketch style pin-up drawing which he supplied for the basic idea. He also sent me a few pics of his gal so I could fiddle with it and make it resemble her more. The rest of the stuff I drew in as to his subject matter preferences, but with free reign as his description was “just make it look cool.” Overall I really liked the layout and look of this finished piece. It fits within the boundaries of traditional Americana tattoo themes, but possesses originality.

true blue pinup tattoo done in neotraditional tattoo style

Pocket compass and roses

A small pocket compass and roses tattoo done in a predominantly blue theme on the inside of a girls forearm.
blues pocket compass tattoo

Though this is in a semi traditional tattoo style, I kept with a much thinner and lighter line for the outer edge, used almost no line inside the tattoo, and didn’t use any blacks for shading. The result is a traditional look, but with a softer/prettier appearance than normally seen in such a style.

This tattoo was from my Port Angeles Tattooing The Blues tattoo project.