Brisbane Traditional Tattoos

CB Ink has some of Brisbane’s most talented traditional tattoo artists specialising in this specific style of tattooing. Check out some of their incredible work below!

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Brisbane Traditional Tattoo Artists

CB Ink is home to several of Brisbane’s most accomplished traditional tattoo artists, many of whom are in extremely high demand for the exceptional quality of work they produce.

Feel free to browse through our traditional specialists below, and if anyone catches your eye, check out their profile to see more of their work!

Learn More About Traditional Tattoos

Traditional tattoos are a timeless art form that pays homage to the roots of tattooing, featuring bold lines, solid colours, and iconic imagery.

What Are Traditional Tattoos?

Traditional tattoos, also known as old school or American traditional, are characterised by their bold lines, vibrant colours, and iconic imagery. These tattoos have a timeless appeal, often featuring classic motifs such as anchors, roses, and pin-up girls. They embody the rich history and enduring spirit of tattoo culture.

American Traditional Tattoos

American traditional tattoos are the cornerstone of the traditional tattoo style. They are known for their simple designs, thick black outlines, and a limited yet bold colour palette.

Nicolas Tattoo Artist Animal Realism Eagle Forearm Tattoo

Common themes include nautical symbols, daggers, eagles, and patriotic motifs, each carrying a sense of nostalgia and tradition.

Neo Traditional Tattoos

Neo traditional tattoos are a modern evolution of the classic traditional style. While they retain the bold lines and vibrant colours, they incorporate more intricate details and a broader colour spectrum.

Michael Tattoo Artist Neo Traditional Skull Astronaut Roses Arm Tattoo

This style often features contemporary takes on traditional themes, blending the old with the new for a unique and striking look.

Japanese Traditional Tattoos

Japanese traditional tattoos, or Irezumi, are renowned for their rich symbolism and elaborate designs. They typically cover large areas of the body and include motifs such as koi fish, dragons, samurai, and cherry blossoms.

Rhys Tattoo Artist Japanese Samurai God Forearm Tattoo

These tattoos are steeped in cultural significance and are crafted with meticulous detail and artistry.

Traditional Black & Grey Tattoos

Traditional black and grey tattoos offer a monochromatic twist on the traditional style. Using varying shades of black and grey, these tattoos achieve depth and contrast without the use of colour.

Michael Tattoo Artist Traditional Tiger Forearm Tattoo

They are perfect for those who appreciate the classic aesthetics of traditional tattoos but prefer a more subdued look.

Traditional Floral Tattoos

Traditional floral tattoos bring the timeless beauty of nature to life with bold, vivid colours and striking outlines. Popular choices include roses, lotuses, and peonies, each symbolising different meanings and emotions.

Michael Tattoo Artist Traditional Colour Floral Rose With Heart Script Forearm Tattoo

These tattoos are a testament to the enduring appeal of floral designs in tattoo art.

Traditional Animal Tattoos

Traditional animal tattoos feature iconic creatures like swallows, panthers, and tigers. Each animal carries its symbolism, from strength and courage to freedom and loyalty.

Michael Tattoo Artist Traditional Swallows Heart Stomach Tattoo

These tattoos are rendered in the bold, graphic style characteristic of traditional tattooing, making them powerful and eye-catching.

Traditional Sleeve Tattoos

Traditional sleeve tattoos transform an entire arm or leg into a vivid tapestry of classic tattoo imagery.

Italo Tattoo Artist Traditional Flower Sleeve Floral Tattoo

These sleeves often combine multiple traditional elements—such as nautical themes, floral patterns, and animal motifs—into a cohesive and visually striking narrative that spans the entire limb.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Traditional Tattoos?

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Why are traditional tattoos iconic?

Traditional tattoos are iconic because of their bold lines, vibrant colours, and timeless imagery. They are deeply rooted in the history of tattooing and often feature classic designs such as anchors, roses, and pin-up girls. These elements make traditional tattoos easily recognisable and enduringly popular.

How long does a traditional tattoo session last?

The duration of a traditional tattoo session depends on the size and complexity of the design. Smaller tattoos can take a couple of hours, while larger pieces, such as sleeves or back pieces, might require multiple sessions to complete.

Are traditional tattoos more painful than other styles?

The pain level of getting a traditional tattoo is comparable to other styles and largely depends on the tattoo’s placement on the body and the individual’s pain tolerance. Traditional tattoos often involve bold lines and solid fills, which might cause discomfort, especially in sensitive areas.

How do I care for my traditional tattoo during healing?

Proper aftercare is crucial for ensuring your traditional tattoo heals well and maintains its vibrant colours. This includes keeping the tattoo clean, applying a recommended moisturizer, avoiding sun exposure, and following the specific aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist.

Can traditional tattoos fade over time?

Yes, traditional tattoos can fade over time, especially if exposed to excessive sunlight or not cared for properly. To maintain their bold colours and sharp lines, it’s essential to use sunscreen on the tattooed area and keep the skin moisturized.

How much do traditional tattoos cost?

The cost of traditional tattoos varies based on the size and complexity of the design, as well as the artist’s experience and reputation. Smaller tattoos might be relatively affordable, while larger, intricate pieces can be more expensive. For more information, check out our helpful tattoo prices guide.

What are some common themes in traditional tattoos?

Common themes in traditional tattoos include nautical elements (like anchors and ships), animals (such as swallows and panthers), floral designs (roses and lotuses), and iconic figures (pin-up girls and sailors). These themes carry various symbolic meanings and contribute to the timeless appeal of traditional tattoos.

Can traditional tattoos be customized?

Yes, traditional tattoos can be customized to reflect personal meanings and preferences. While they often adhere to certain stylistic conventions, your tattoo artist can work with you to create a unique design that incorporates traditional elements while adding your personal touch.

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