8 Awesome Tattoo Styles To Try This Year

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

Check out some of the tattoo styles we're hoping would make it big this year. There's definitely one for everyone!

Set aside watercolor, pointillism, and whatever tattoo style we were completely taken with last year and check out these styles you might want to try out for your next tattoo for 2016! Or you can get out of your comfort zone and give something that's not trads a try.

1. Ignorance

by seanfromtexas
by seanfromtexas

Like what the style's name suggests, ignorance style tattoos does not require painstaking details and perfect color blending. That's because simple blackwork and dark humor are usually all it needs to get an ignorance style done. It's not something for everyone nor something just about anyone can do. Tattoo artists Seanfromtexas and Fuzi are one of my best picks on igorance style tattooers.

2. Mash-up

by Yogi Barrett
by Yogi Barrett

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You can never really get enough tattoos in one lifetime. And things just got a whole lot better when tattoo artists started throwing in several tattoo styles in one piece resulting into one wonderful mess. Tattoo artists like Yogi Barrett and Varo are the ones you totally should check out if you think mash up tattoos are for you.

3. Sketch

by Nomi Chi
by Nomi Chi

Think about all the rough drafts and sketches of your tattoo artist before coming up with your final design. Now think about the most decent rough sketches you settled on before he came up with a stencil. In sketch style tattoos, the rough draft is exactly what you're aiming to get. All the outlines, guide marks, and overall raw quality.

4. Brushstroke

by Lee Stewart
by Lee Stewart

Brushstroke tattoo is yet another style which challenges the potential of other traditional art forms to be incorporated into tattoos. Brushstroke tattoos generally resemble Asian calligraphy style with it's heavy ink style. There's more gorgeous brushstroke style tattoos here.

5. Handpoked blackwork

by Blame Max Tattoo
by Blame Max Tattoo

It's a tattoo Renaissance in the handpoke tattoo community as we're seeing a rise of several talented handpoke tattooers in the scene recently, giving “stick and poke” tattoos a new look and definition. And hand poke tattoo artists like Blame Max create crisp blackwork pieces that will definitely give those tattoo machines a run for their rotaries. For more hand poke tattoo artists, read more here.

6. Single-needle

by soltattoo
by soltattoo

This style is pretty massive around South Korea. It consists of basically fine, single-needle linework, borderline minimalist designs, and a lovely color palette that's often used with watercolor effect. It's for anybody looking subtle-looking tattoos that aren't too bland or pretentious. Read more about this style here.

7. Kawaiicore

by Sam Whitehead
by Sam Whitehead

Kawaii or cute tattoos are perfect for little girls at heart and for basically anybody who's into anything aggresively adorable. So far, it's looking great in both traditional American style (a la Alex Strangler) and in Neo traditional style.

8. Blast over

Courtesy of Smolll Tattoo
Courtesy of Smolll Tattoo

Blast over tattoos are just tattoos worked over existing tattoos. Just layering. It's a means of acquiring a new piece when you've ran out of space and you don't feel like re-working your old tattoo. Blast over tattoos are often done in solid blackwork to make the new piece stand out on the faded layer of tattoos. For more blast over tattoos, blast away here.

Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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