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Failproof Traditional by Tommy Doom

Failproof Traditional by Tommy Doom
Tattoo Artists1 min Read

Classic body art with a fine-lined touch.

On Trailer Park Tattoo's website, Tommy Doom's work is described as "clean and traditional." His body art is a wonderful mixture of fine lines, carefully dispersed negative space, and bright contrasting coloration. He expounds on timeless motifs to make them stand out as his own in intriguing ways. Now, get ready to take in his kick-ass traditional tattoos of classic iconography, such as lady heads, snakes, tigers, and more.

A badass snake entwined around a rose by Tommy Doom (IG—tommydoom). #TommyDoom #rose #snake #traditional
A killer tiger tattoo with floral accents via Tommy Doom (IG—tommydoom). #tiger #TommyDoom #traditional
A pair of awesome traditional tattoos from Tommy Doom's portfolio (IG—tommydoom). #eagle #mandala #TommyDoom #traditional
An eagle in deadly combat with a snake by Tommy Doom (IG—tommydoom). #eagle #snake #TommyDoom #traditional
An intense head tattoo of a scorpion by Tommy Doom (IG—tommydoom). #scorpion #TommyDoom #traditional

For working so devotedly in the traditional style, Doom's take on the genre employs surprisingly fine lines. Through using delicate linework, he is able to embellish conventional motifs with an incredible amount of detail. Take the checkerboard pattern on which the flower pot sits in one of these eagle tattoos for instance. Without the use of a smaller single needle, he would not be able to render such exquisite technicalities in his work. In addition, it also is what enables his use of such rich color palettes. Because the lines are so narrow, it opens up plenty of space with which to go crazy with chroma. This effect is particularly astounding in pieces like his floral mandalas. 

A wonderful floral mandala from Tommy Doom's body of work (IG—tommydoom). #floral #mandala #TommyDoom #traditional
An exquisite disembodied hand with a rose and spider via Tommy Doom (IG—tommydoom). #hand #rose #spider #TommyDoom #traditional
Christ crucified from Tommy Doom's traditional portfolio (IG—tommydoom). #Christ #TommyDoom #traditional
A lady head with one of Tommy Doom's signature scorpions (IG—tommydoom). #ladyhead #scorpion #TommyDoom #traditional

Though Doom is a master of all traditional iconography, he has a few motifs that stand out more than others. His scorpions are probably the best example of this. The way he stylizes them, using a pronounced color sequence to bring out the individual segments of their bodies, is killer. Their appendages are slightly reminiscent of a coral snake's pattern, highlighting their venomous thematic. If you take the time to appreciate his other creatures' stylistic departures from the usual conventions, their individuality becomes apparent. The rich texturing of his tattoos' wings, be them eagles or butterflies, are exemplary of his unique artistic sensibilities come through in incredibly striking ways throughout all of his work. 

A deathly moth tattoo via Tommy Doom (IG—tommydoom). #moth #skull #TommyDoom #traditional

A deathly moth tattoo via Tommy Doom (IG—tommydoom). #moth #skull #TommyDoom #traditional

If you want to see more of Doom's stylized traditional work, check out his Instagram. Should you want some of it for your very own, the shop he works at is in Brisbane, Australia, and he can be reached at to schedule a consultation.

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