8 Traditional American tattoos that prove oldies can be goodies

Bold, bright tattoos that have stood the test of time.

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American traditional tattoos date back almost 200 years, and yet it remains one of the most popular styles today. Back then, of course, tattooing was for the eccentric, the outcasts, and the art for was widely disregarded by anybody who saw themselves as upper class.

Although tattooing had, of course, been around for centuries before that in Eastern, Polynesian and South American cultures, the West was first exposed to the art form when sailors got tattoos as a souvenirs from their travels. Bringing these designs back to America, the style evolved from artists sharing and borrowing techniques from each other. So what makes a traditional American tattoo traditional? Bold, thick, black lines; bright colours and themes of patriotism, strength and love prevail.

So if you're looking to get a tattoo that is timeless, here is a gallery of the 8 best traditional American tattoos to inspire you. Start the gallery on the next page!