It seems like everything old is new again in just about every part of life. Tattoo design is no different. Many of the old school tattoos are showing back up in ink on people everywhere. Some of the old school tattoo designs that you see around are more like an homage to the original design, reminiscent of the first designs. But other tattoos are very faithful to the original design. One of the most common old school tattoo designs showing up is that of a pinup girl. They were supposed to remind the soldiers who they were fighting for.
the tattoo became quite popular during World War II. Returning soldiers and sailors wanted souvenirs to show off their worldly exploits to their family and friends. Popular designs include Navy and other armed forces symbols, anchors, daggers, pin up girls, mermaids, roses, hearts, and swallow and sparrow tattoos. These Western traditional design style tattoos, or old school tattoos feature bright red and green colors with little or no shading. Yellow, blue, purple and brown colors were rarely used in the designs. Each design had symbolism behind it.
Old School Tattoos are enjoying a worldwide resurgence of popularity. Historical evidence shows us that elements of old school tattoos have been in existence throughout most of the world’s history. The timeless designs and patterns of the Old School Tattoos have been around since prehistoric times and remain attractive to us even today.