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Tattoo in the style of the old school (old school) + photo and meaning of tattoos

Tattoo in the style of the old school (old school) + photo and meaning of tattoos

In tattoo culture, the old-school style appeared more than 100 years ago, but at the same time it does not lose its position. On the contrary, every year the style improves and becomes more popular. This type of tattoo was used by sailors, but now it is in demand among modern girls and men all over the planet.

Appearance history

The history of the style begins in the 20s of the XIX century, then many sailors got old-school tattoos. These were bright tattoos that had a certain meaning. Sailors were very suspicious, they constantly needed amulets and protection, but their profession did not always allow them to wear pendants, rings, etc. That is why men got tattoos to symbolize something.

The most popular tattoos were anchors, roses, swallows and hearts. Because sailors were rarely home, they used portraits of their wives for tattoos, enriching them with flowers and other symbols.

hourglass with flowers

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The style is characterized by thick black outlines and colors simple. The color scheme includes black, red, green and blue tones. As for the drawings, they are laconic and do not contain unnecessary details.

To be sure, the old school at this time differs from the first works that were made several years ago, but the style retained the main characteristics. The style is characterized by volumetric drawings and marine themes.

In addition to the drawings, inscriptions can be used. Most of the time they are associated with the names of loved ones. Sailors used them so that a part of their family was always there.

Masters are known to love to fill in voluminous tattoos, play with flowers and add new elements, but not in this style. Often times, old school tattoos are not bulky and appear flat.

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Popular figures and their meanings

V In the modern world, many do not attach importance to tattoos, they serve as a kind of decoration on the human body. But each of the drawings has a certain meaning. We suggest that you consider the most common tattoos and find out their designations.


For sailors their ship was a second home and their crew was a family. Therefore, in your body Ships could be seen, denoting hope, freedom, and forward movement.

Nowadays, not only those people are putting the boat in the old school. that are associated with the sea, but also those that honor traditions and history. Throughout the time, drawing has absorbed the experience of generations.

The owner of such a drawing says that he is ready for any circumstance that life throws at him and trusts the world.

ship on neck


The meaning of the swallow often testifies to motherhood. This symbol was the sign of the ancient Greek goddess, who was the patron saint of all purlins youths. But what does this mean for sailors?

In addition to motherhood, Isis dominated the wind and the sky, so the sailors used this drawing. For some, this tattoo indicated a desire to return home. For others, it was a symbol of love.

Therefore, if you decide to get a swallow pattern tattoo, you can choose the value that suits you best.

swallow on the chest


For sailors, skull It was a symbol of overcoming difficult situations. Among the builders of pirate ships, the drawing spoke of cruelty and bravery.

Today, these drawings can be seen on the bodies of male rockers or musicians. For them, the skull is a kind of amulet. With the help of a drawing, they want to show that they are not afraid of difficulties and that they are willing to fight against them.

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skull on woman's leg


A dagger or knife indicates that a person is ready to fight to the end and preserve his honor. The symbol is metaphorical, as it speaks of the struggle not with enemies, but with the difficulties of life encountered on the human path.

dagger in the heart


El anchor of sea was stuffed by the sailors who first crossed the Atlantic. It signifies protection against the difficulties in life and the forces of witchcraft encountered in the lives of sailors.

Now the meaning of the tattoo of the anchor has not changed, the masters only allow to embellish the drawings and add an additional ornament to them.

anchor on leg


This figure has many meanings. The symbol can indicate the presence of a loved one, strength, honor, or nobility. The heart is filled in anywhere on the body and is depicted not only, but with the addition of other attributes. The drawing can be supplemented with swords, crosses, shields or birds, which indicate freedom.

heart in chest

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As you know, tattoos can be applied to any part of the body you want. But before there were certain parts of the body where old school tattoos were placed.


El forearm It is one of the least painful areas for a tattoo, so you can often find drawings on this particular part of the body. In men, tattoos, as a rule, occupy all the space in the arm, without leaving free space.

For women, the forearm is a place to apply inscriptions and names that motivate them and remind them of the presence. close people.

in the image of the forearm


El shoulder it is a part of the body on which the drawing is a complete composition, since it is possible to extend it further. Therefore, the symbol on the shoulder can be updated again and again and add new colors to it.

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a woman is drawn on the shoulder


Most of the time men allow themselves to get tattoos on their chest, girls decorate their breasts much less often. When choosing a tattoo on the chest, you should be aware of the fact that it may look vulgar.

full chest beacon


La back it is exactly the part of the body where a huge pattern can be placed. But keep in mind that getting a tattoo on the back is not easy, since the spine is the most painful place in the human body.

musical tattoo


Girls get tattoos on their thighs as they can give sexuality and attract male attention. Also, with the correct choice of pattern, women can visually reduce their volumes.

a boat on the thigh


Men's tattoos often symbolize masculinity, strength, and the ability to endure all of life's troubles.

That is why in the list of drawings you can find anchors, images of birds, ships and lighthouses.

boys toys
male sketches

sharp razor and flower

Female sketches

Unlike male symbols, female tattoos have a different meaning. They are directed to the personal qualities of the woman. Initially, the old school tattoos were filled in by girls who were in the harbor area. With this symbol, sailors could identify a lady who is ready to take a sip and give them affection.

Now the weaker sex can easily fill an old school tattoo on their body, as the original meaning faded into the background.

drawing under the skirt

family symbol
beautiful hammered legs


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