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Electric Underground Tattoo: Different styles in modern tattoo art

Electric Underground Tattoo: Different styles in modern tattoo art

Pigmented skin marks have been a part of history for centuries now. Ancient human civilizations have been using skin markings to identify their own kind, and others become tattooed with signs to identify them as criminals and slaves. 

You would probably notice that these same classifications are still commonly practised in prison, where gangs have a group badge on their skin with some elaborate design and others get branded with awful tattoo art for bad behaviour. 

But modern tattoo styles are not about that anymore and you may want to try out one of Electric Underground’s popular tattoo artworks. If you are looking for some inspiration, here’s a list of tattoo styles you can explore.

  1. Old school and traditional

This classic skin tattoo features bright colours, bold lines and iconic designs like anchors, hearts and roses or pretty lady faces. 

  1. Realistic

These tattoos can be anything from portraits or designs that look so real they look like they can jump out of your skin.

  1. Watercolour 

Tattoos in watercolour style are electrically rendered with a brush to create the aesthetics of dabbles of pastels. This is a complicated skin art procedure that is not like working with watercolours on canvas but is extremely high in demand with millennials.

  1. Tribal 

Indigenous body art or tribal tattoo is the world’s oldest tattoo style that native communities around the world use. Every design is unique to each indigenous group. Aboriginal tattoo art is different from the Polynesian tattoo, for example. Their tattoos have meaning to their community and usually document events in their community and personal lives.

  1. New school 

New school tattoos take inspiration from 80s style animation and usually feature an animated character or animated design of a popular icon or object.

  1. Neo-traditional 

This is an improvement on traditional tattoos, although it still has distinct line work like in the traditional skin artwork. A neo-traditional tattoo is more illustrative and reflects the artist’s Art Deco influences.

  1. Japanese

Japanese tattoos called ‘irezumi’ were hugely popular with the merchants during the Edo period. Their body art uses their country’s age-old folklore on mythical creatures like dragons, kirins and phoenixes. 

  1. Blackwork

This style applies to body art created using only black ink, although it doesn’t mean that it’s boring. Blackwork tattoos are striking artworks with all kinds of design from ancient geometry to modern abstract to highly detailed illustrations.

  1. Illustrative

This tattoo style is versatile and takes inspiration from engravings, abstract expressionism and even calligraphy.

  1.  Chicano

This is a cultural style that has influenced other cultural skin art. Chicano tattoos came out from prison showing designs about the Mexican Revolution, religious icons and Mexican gang warlords.

The different tattoo styles can help inspire your skin art preference, but ultimately you will decide what you want to have on your skin. Electric Ground Tattoo artists can help narrow down your options and explain tattoo art procedure based on skin area and your style choice.

Tattoo thoughts

Tattoo thoughts

 Tattoo thoughts

If you ever decide on getting a tattoo, your first one will be one of the most monumental moments in your life. Some people don’t think much about it. But some don’t simply think of it as a leap of faith. 

Think you belong to the latter group? don’t worry! Electric Underground Tattoos has your back! We have been in the tattoo world for over several years. Here are what we think are some usual thoughts of first-timers. 

The pain

There are some factors to consider to answer this question. The first one is your pain tolerance. Some can tolerate pain better than others. The second is the location of the tattoo. There are spots in the body that will be more painful to tattoo than others. 

Specifically, bony parts like your feet or around your ribs can hurt the most. A common safe spot for beginners would be at the fleshier parts like your forearm. 

Another factor to take into consideration is the size of the piece you’re getting. The bigger the tattoo, the longer you would have to endure the pain. Also, the longer the needle stays on the same area the more painful it gets. 

The consequences

Getting a tattoo is irreversible. That’s why a lot of people are hesitant about getting one because they know that it will be in their skin forever. Some people are afraid that they might regret the idea of the tattoo in the future, or maybe it won’t turn out as they pictured it in their head.

Those are some of the things that cause people to be unsure of getting a tattoo. Now that you got that off your chest here are some things that you should remember.

The price

Getting a tattoo isn’t cheap. Be prepared to break your wallets on this one. Also, don’t settle for less. It’s better to pay more for a high-quality tattoo than to pay less for a bad tattoo. Remember it’s going to be embedded in your skin forever so choose wisely.

The artist and the place

Find the perfect parlour and artist that you think would be best for you. Make sure that the parlour that you would go to has the professional equipment and that they are very sanitary. If you see an unhygienic parlour that’s an immediate red flag. 

The aftercare

It’s not a one and done process. But don’t worry if you’ve gotten this far, you’ve already passed the hard part. The aftercare mostly consists of you washing it gently and regularly as you wait for it to fully heal. 

Getting a tattoo is a commitment, make sure that you’re ready before getting one. It’s okay if you’re not 100% sure of it. You don’t have to rush it. After all, it’s your body and you’re the one in charge of the decision.

Electric Underground: Tattoo care tips you should know

Electric Underground: Tattoo care tips you should know

Getting a new tattoo is a big deal—and so is knowing how to take care of it afterwards. Whether you spent tons of time carefully deciding what to get or took a spontaneous leap of faith, we’re willing to bet that you want to keep your new ink looking as good as possible for a long time.

Aside from the looks, it’s also important to make sure you avoid infection when getting a tattoo since it is technically a wound marked on your body.

Having a new tattoo is nice, but its long-term quality is determined by the aftercare.

Worry not, here at Electric Underground, we will provide you with helpful tips to keep your skin healthy and your ink bold:

Aftercare for a new tattoo

Leave your bandage/wrap on until told by the artist

While some artists may ask you to leave your bandage on for only an hour, others may ask you to keep it on for a whole day. Your tattoo artist knows which length of time is best for you and your ink, so ensure you listen to their advice.

Wash your tattoo well after removing the bandage/wrap 

Wash your tattoo thoroughly using warm water and an unscented, alcohol-free soap to remove any excess dried blood and plasma.

Pat your tattoo dry after cleaning it 

Use a clean paper towel to dry your tattoo by gently patting the area. Do not rub.

Apply a thin layer of lotion 

After cleaning your tattoo, ensure the area is completely dry before applying a very thin layer of your chosen tattoo aftercare lotion to help moisturize and nourish the area.

Repeat the cleaning process until the tattoo is fully healed 

Remember that your tattoo isn’t completely safe from germs and bacteria until it has completely finished scabbing and peeling. Continue to wash the tattoo until this point (usually 2-4 weeks).

Don’t pick and pull at the flaking/scabbing skin 

Picking away at your healing tattoo can delay healing, cause fading, and increase the chances of infection.

Stay away from the sun 

Don’t expose your new tattoo to intense sunlight and don’t apply any sun lotion to the area until it has fully healed. It will irritate your tattoo and delay your healing process

Stay away from water 

All bodies of water can contain nasty bacteria that can ruin a new tattoo if you’re not careful. Stick to short showers until your skin has fully healed, and don’t go swimming.

Continue to look after your tattoo 

Once healed, keep your tattoo well protected from the sun and ensure you continue to moisturize the area regularly. Healthy skin means a healthy-looking tattoo.

Electric Underground: How to choose the perfect tattoo

Electric Underground: How to choose the perfect tattoo

Getting a tattoo for the first time is a pretty big deal. You see people doing it all the time, and it’s understandable to be nervous about it. It’s also important to remember that this piece of art is going to stay on your body for the rest of your life, so take as much time as you need to think about it. 

On the other hand, if you already have some tattoos and want some help in choosing your next one, you can count on us at Electric Underground to help you. Finding a unique and meaningful design can come easy, but others can still find it difficult. 

Here at Electric Underground, we want to become an avenue for our clients to express themselves and feel happier with the tattoos they choose. To help you take the next step, here are some tips on how to choose the perfect tattoo: 

  1. Do your research
    The first and most important thing you need to do is research. If this is your first time getting a tattoo, it’s essential that you do your homework and read about it. Remember that getting a tattoo is permanent and it can be painful and very expensive to remove. Before deciding on anything, try reading articles online, watching videos, or talking to your friends and family members who have tattoos of their own. 
  2. Ask yourself if you’re ready for a tattoo
    Another important thing you need to remember is to reflect on your decision. Before making a design or going to a tattoo shop, ask yourself some important questions. Why do you want the tattoo and what does it mean to you? Are you prepared to have it inked on your skin for the rest of your life? If all signs point to yes, then it’s time to go to the parlour. However, if you have even a shred of doubt, don’t go through with it. 
  3. Don’t make impulsive decisions
    Some people take a long time to decide whether or not they want to get a tattoo. You may already have an idea of what design you want to get, but the thinking process can take a while, and that’s completely normal. Thinking things through and not making rash decisions is the way to go.
  4. Draft some ideas and settle on a design
    When you’ve decided that you’re going to push through with getting a tattoo, try to draft some ideas and make some drawings yourself. It may not be as artistic as you want it to be yet, but you can ask your tattoo artist to make changes or tell them how to improve it. 
  5. Look for a good parlour and artist
    Another important thing you need to remember is finding a good parlour and artist. Depending on the size and location of your tattoo, things can get expensive. You may want to visit a cheaper tattoo shop, which is a huge no-no. When getting a tattoo, it’s very important to prioritize quality over the price. When you get there, make sure to communicate clearly with the artist on what you want. 
Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare

Your Guide: Tattoo Aftercare

The excitement you feel after getting a tattoo is undeniably priceless especially if you are planning it for a while now. Getting a tattoo is not as simple as getting a haircut. This is because it involves needles on your skin. You need to make sure that it heals well. To make it easier for you, here are some of the tips you should know: 

Follow the Advice

No matter what happens, it is highly recommended to follow the advice of your tattoo artist. Keep in mind that aftercare advice varies from studio to studio. In most cases, artists have different ideas of what heals best. 

Gentle Wash 

The most common practice is covering your tattoo for the first two to five hours and gently removing it before washing. Use lukewarm water and mild soup. Apply a thin layer of unscented moisturizer recommended by your tattoo artist. You can either cover it once again using cling film or gauze. The cleaning process should be repeated three to five times a day.      

Keep it Clean and Dry  

It is highly recommended to keep your tattoo clean and dry. Avoid soaking it in water for a month. If your clothes are likely to rub on your tattoo, cover it with cling film or gauze. Keeping it dry is the most important thing you have to remember.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

As much as you can, avoid exposing your new tattoo to direct sunlight. Once healed, you should apply sunblock or sunscreen as it can fade in the sun. Choose those that have a high SPF number. 

Be Patient 

The healing time depends on how big your tattoo is. It can take a week or several months. Follow your aftercare routine religiously. You should also make sure that your tattoo is well moisturized and clean during the healing process.   

Note: Avoid abrasive skin products. 

Do Not Scratch 

As your tattoo heals, try your best not to scratch when it itches. It might also scab or flake slightly. Avoid picking as it might remove the ink which might lead to patches or fading. If it persists and bleeds, it is best to go back to your tattoo artist or seek medical advice. 

The Touch-Ups

If you see that the colours are fading during the healing process, you should go back to your tattoo artist for a retouch. You do not have to pay for anything because it is completely free. You can determine if you need touch-ups within six weeks.  

Avoid Strenuous Workouts 

If your tattoo covers a large surface or near your joints such as knees or elbows, avoid strenuous activities. This is because it might take longer to heal if your skin is forced to move around. The skin might crack or get irritated. 

It is highly recommended to take a day or two off at work so it has enough time to heal. If you want to get a tattoo, you should definitely book an appointment at Electric Underground Tattoos. 

The Most Popular Tattoo Styles You Need to Know

The Most Popular Tattoo Styles You Need to Know

The Most Popular Tattoo Styles You Need to Know

Deciding to get a tattoo is one tough choice to make. Choosing which image to permanently add to your body is a different dilemma altogether. Electric Underground Tattoos has some of the most comprehensive selections in the market and we’re proud of that but newcomers tend to feel overwhelmed. 

Here’s a tip: choosing a tattoo is all about expressing yourself aesthetically. You don’t need it to have a deep meaning. You just need to think it’s pretty to you or it represents who you are. Here are some tattoo styles that are popular in this era.

Portraiture

Portraiture is a timeless style. It is about engraving a permanent portrait of a person. It could be your lover, a family member, a friend, or even a celebrity whom you respect deeply. To some people, it serves as a permanent reminder of who they are and what they strive for.

Realism

Portraiture can fall into this style because both are about being as accurate to reality as possible. The main difference is that realism is not limited to a recognizable face. It simply needs to be rendered with an impressive amount of detail where the texture looks real. This style can be applied to a surreal imagery as long as it has detailed textures.  

New School 

The new school is a style that adds comic book imagery on your body. Most styles under this category are caricatures or stylized structures. This style is very similar to modern day’s digital art styles where artists embrace the 2-dimensional platform at the cost of realism.

Geometric

Triangles, squares, straight lines, and symmetry. The geometric style consists of carefully placed rigid shapes to form a seemingly chaotic arrangement. Their true beauty reveals itself when the artist starts adding shades and textures to show an image that could be mistaken for realism. It is rare for the process to be as fascinating to view as the end result, but the geometric style is mesmerizing to watch from start to finish.

Realistic Trash Polka

The realistic trash polka is perhaps one of the most comprehensive styles to execute on the skin. Essentially, it is a collage of seemingly random materials from photographs, magazine cutouts, hand-writing, and more. They are also stylized to be in black and white with the only exception of the colour red for a striking effect. This is a style that looks great on a music album. Imagine how it would look on your broad shoulders!

As mentioned, Electric Underground Tattoos has a large selection to choose from. The artists are also open for suggestions or requests. You can collaborate on an idea that will eventually result in a personal and meaningful imagery. If you don’t know what specific imagery to sport then you can simply mention one of these styles and let the artist pick the imagery for you.

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