Bold that Holds is our series where we examine the meaning behind traditional tattoo motifs. Be sure to check out some of our other installments, such as this piece about artful daggers.
Traditional style phonographs are a classic motif — coupled with skulls, text, flowers, they shout music aficionado and vinyl nerd, but the image is also just an archetypal traditional tattoo. The flared horn leaves a lot of room for artistic interpretation, and the shape of the phonograph leaves a lot of room for playful angles and witty additions. If you’re a fan of traditional tattoos, of the famous phonograph, or art in general, swing by the artists’ Instagrams for more. You can also admire some great traditional work by the likes of Rob Banks, who also lets you walk right in on the weekends. Jacob Rivera in Denver brings a traditional twist, while Valerie Vargas brings her own sense of character.