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Old Inside’s Kickass Retro Traditional Tattoos

Old Inside’s Kickass Retro Traditional Tattoos

Tattoo Artists2 min Read

This artist makes wild traditional tattoos of pop culture icons like ET, Freddy Krueger, Gandhi, Sub-Zero, and more.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Gandhi was the proud owner of a pitbull or what Pinhead from Hellraiser enjoys doing when he’s not busy torturing the damned? These are the sort of thoughts that run through Old Inside’s mind when he’s creating custom tattoo designs. He makes traditional body art inspired by pop culture from the ‘80s and ‘90s that even Bill and Ted would proclaim as excellent before shredding some gnarly air-guitar. 

Through his work, one can see Old Inside’s passion for both the traditional style and the entertainment that captured his imagination as a child. He channels the spirit of those colorful years through his highly animated spin on traditional tattoos. His work is incredibly bold and vibrant, and it emulates all of the weirdness that made pop culture so enjoyable in those days. 

Old Inside doesn’t just do tattoos of celebrated characters like ET and obscure ones like Big Slammu from Street Sharks. He illustrates them in playful ways, having them beat up bad guys, commit acts of vandalism, skateboard in empty pools, and even rip out the Queen of England’s spine, as seen in his homage to Sub-Zero from the original Mortal Kombat

To check out more of Old Inside’s retro tattoos, hit up his Instagram. If you want a radical tribute to your favorite game, movie, cartoon, or whatever else your nerdy heart desires, he works at Ink ‘n’ Roll Tattoo in Genoa, Italy and can be reached at for booking.

Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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