30+ Neo-traditional Tattoos Ideas

By Jason Hamilton / April 20, 2018
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Something that is old and irrelevant cannot be modernized right? Wrong! Old designs can still come to life because of artists and enthusiasts that gives out passionate efforts to modernize things that are considered old. Look at vintage cars and objects for example, yes they are old but they can be considered “rad” or cool when given proper care. This is also the same case with tattoo designs that are considered as classics. Most millennials would think that having classic tattoo designs makes them feel old. This is the reason why neo-traditional tattoo designs were born. Artists and enthusiasts alike would like to revitalize the classic designs so that they will still have a foothold in an industry that is completely changing with the times. They want these classic designs to also change with the times and have a new face, a new breath of life, a new demographic. These neo-traditional tattoos hope to be the successor of the big classic designs of the old days and bring a new era to the said classic designs.

In this article, we will shed new light on neo-traditional tattoo designs by giving you a background of it. We will be sharing with you the meaning and common design elements of neo-traditional tattoos and alongside these, we will also give you the best body placement for this tattoo design.

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What Is The Meaning of Neo-traditional Tattoo Designs?

Despite the change in detail and physical appearance over the years, the meaning of each tattoo design that was given a new breath of life is still the same. Skulls still hold the same meaning, wolves also. American imagery, which is commonly used in this approach of tattoo design, still holds the same meaning as its classic tattoo counterpart.

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Like we have said, this tattoo design is still the classic tattoos you have loved way back before but they still have the same meaning.

The best thing about this new school tattoo is that you do not necessarily have to give yours a meaning or even know what it represents as it is no longer considered important. In this day and age, most people consider the appearance of a tattoo more important than the meaning behind the design and this belief is reflected on to neo-traditional tattoo designs we see today.

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Where To Place My Neo-traditional Tattoo?

The body placement suggestions for neo-traditional tattoo designs are still the same with its classic design counterparts. The common body parts that enthusiasts will use to host this tattoo design, however, are the limbs (sleeves, arms, legs, and thighs), chest, and back areas of the body.

You may also think of other body placement for this tattoo since this design breathes a new life into the once old and classic tattoo designs of the past.

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What Are The Usual Design Elements of Neo-traditional Tattoos?

What truly makes a tattoo design be classified as a neo-traditional tattoo is its bold choice of colors. Most often, neo-traditional tattoos will have eye-popping colors be mixed with other eye-popping colors to make the tattoo stand out from the crowd. Another element that we commonly see in neo-traditional tattoos are the bold outlines of the objects of the tattoo. These bold outlines also help to make the tattoo design pop out and make it easier to mix different colors since there is this somewhat sufficient boundary to each color.

Do not know what we are talking about? Here are some neo-traditional tattoo ideas we have seen on the web to help you.

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  1. A colored neo-traditional sleeve tattoo of a wold with flower and leaves as additional detail.

2. A monochromatic neo-traditional arm tattoo of a skull.

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3. A neo-traditional colored neck tattoo of an owl with a flower.

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4. A large and highly detailed neo-traditional full back tattoo of an owl with other intricate detailed elements to form one beautiful tattoo.

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5. A colorful neo-traditional leg tattoo of an Oni mask.

6. A large and colorful neo-traditional leg tattoo of an evil woman with yellow blank eyes and other evil details.

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7. A beautiful and colorful neo-traditional elbow tattoos of a pair of mandalas.

8. A large colorful and slightly cartoonish, yet highly detailed, neo-traditional full back tattoo of the Kraken cutting a modern ship in half while in stormy seas.

9. A large neo-traditional thigh tattoo of a lion trying to free itself from the chains that surround it.

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10. A highly colorful and detailed neo-traditional sleeve tattoo of a Native American girl with an elaborate feathery headdress and red face paint.

11. An intricate and colorful neo-traditional leg tattoo of the all-seeing eye surrounded by heraldic details used in royal coat of arms.

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12. A colorful neo-traditional chest tattoo of two sparrow birds flying.

13. A colorful street style neo-traditional arm tattoo of a tattoed hand holding a red bottle with purple flowers as the background of the overall tattoo.

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14. A medium-sized neo-traditional chest tattoo of a woman with steampunk details and a picture of a skull on the head.

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15.A colorful neo-traditional chest tattoo of a red hand holding a burning match with a yellow triangle as the background.

16. A medium-sized neo-traditional leg tattoo of a female aviator.

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17. A colorful highly intricate neo-traditional sleeves tattoo of a woman that is inspired by Dia De Los Muertos or known as Day of the Dead with roses and a feather headdress as detailing.

18. A colorful and playful neo-traditional thigh tattoo of Deadpool with hearts and a purple rose underneath.

19. A colorful and highly detailed thigh tattoo of two hummingbirds inside a flower patch.

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20. A colorful neo-traditional arm tattoo of a red and green crocodile in a marshy environment.

21. A colorful highly intricate neo-traditional tattoo of a compass with a bottled message and flowers in a tropical-like theme.

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22. An intricate neo-traditional leg tattoo of a crown with red eyes and a yellow-orange sun in the background while it is giving fire.

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23. A colored neoclassical leg tattoo of a red-faced cat.

24. A colored neo-traditional thigh tattoo of a bearded man with intricate details.

25. A large neo-traditional tattoo design of a bear with leaves as embellishment.


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Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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