American Traditional tattoos, also known as “Old-School” tattoos, are known for their timeless and iconic designs. Many of which pay homage to the classic Sailor Jerry and Bert Grimm styles. These tattoos typically feature bold, black outlines, a limited colour palette, and a focus on straightforward, instantly recognizable imagery like anchors, swallows, roses, and pin-up girls. The history of American Traditional tattoos can be traced back to the early 20th century when they were popularized by sailors, soldiers, and tattoo legends like Norman Collins (Sailor Jerry) and Bert Grimm. These tattoos are well loved for their enduring appeal and the rich history they represent. Whether you’re into the traditional Sailor styles or something with a neo-traditional twist, Third Son Tattoo is here to work with you to create a badass piece of ink!
Dave has a deep love for this style! When he first started on his apprenticeship, American Traditional tattoos were a kinda niche choice. Meaning he often had to convince clients to even consider them. Today, they’re the cornerstone of modern tattooing, and their popularity can even be seen in Kelowna, BC.
Below are a few examples of Dave American Traditional and neo-traditional tattoo work.