26 Retro and Old School Tattoos For 2013

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Tattoos with a vintage theme or symbolism belong to the old school.Old School Tattoos showcase a slice of history, telling us about the designs and styles that were common in older times. You often find nautical themes in these tattoos, as sailors were one of the earliest groups to take up tattoo art, years ago in America and Europe. Ships and anchors are a popular theme in old nautical theme tattoos. A ship inked on the side of the body, creates an interesting vertical design tattoo.

Text often adds to the impact of an old style tattoo. For example, a giant ship sprawled over the back is framed by the text, ‘Journey’, creating a meaningful tattoo design. A flying swallow tattoo with the text, ‘Live Your Life’, celebrates the theme of freedom. Background patterns with swirls and stars, give a rich look to an anchor foot tattoo on the foot. Old tattoo designs often draw on traditional symbolic meanings for inspiration. A swallow is an age-old symbol of fortune. You often see curvy swallow tattoos, inked in colorful or monochromatic patterns. A pair of symmetrical bird tattoos below the collar bones is a popular romantic tattoo idea. Here are some tattoo pictures.

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Happy Journey Old School

A giant ship spreads across the back. The word ‘Journey’ with two roses, frames the ship.

Happy Journey Old School

Happy Journey Old School

Devil Decorations Old School

Solid colored inkwork decorates the upper chest and arms. A red devil looks on from the upper arm tattoo design.

Devil Decorations Old School

Devil Decorations Old School

Flying Swallow Design Old School

A colorful swallow spreads its wings. The hand tattoo with fine borders looks neat.

Flying Swallow Design Old School

Flying Swallow Design Old School

Skull Dressy Old School

A skull sits on the side of her neck. A large red rose frames the skull. A necklace of pearls sits at the base of the design.

Skull Dressy Old School

Skull Dressy Old School

Old School Swallows Symmetry

The swallows look elegant, framing the collar bones. A colorful symmetrical tattoos idea.

Old School Swallows Symmetry

Old School Swallows Symmetry

Old School Birds Monochrome

The curves give the bird tattoos a stylized look. The birds are softly shaded in monochrome.

Old School Birds Monochrome

Old School Birds Monochrome

Against Violence Arm Tattoo

The shading in monochrome, gives a realistic look to the pistol. An old fashioned anti-violence tattoo.

Against Violence Arm Tattoo

Against Violence Arm Tattoo

Vintage Camera Celebration

The camera is lightly curved, giving it an artistic look. Leafy patterns frame the vintage camera.

Vintage Camera Celebration

Vintage Camera Celebration

Wanderlust Old School

A colorful swallow flies on the foot. A curvy text banner saying ‘Wanderlust’, frames the design.

Wanderlust Old School

Wanderlust Old School

Deep Hued Bird Old School

The deep shading gives a rich look to the swallow tattoo. Swirly clouds and stems with flowers, pattern the backdrop.

Deep Hued Bird Old School

Deep Hued Bird Old School

Curvy Bird Old School

The curve adds an artistic feel to the dark shaded swallow. The vertical design tattoo looks elegant.

Curvy Bird Old School

Curvy Bird Old School

Finger Stickers Old School

The fingers show off cool stick-on tattoos with skulls, stars and other symbols. Colorful and arty.

Finger Stickers Old School

Finger Stickers Old School

American Eagle Old School

The straight-edged wings give a powerful look to the American eagle. A flower frames one side of the back tattoo.

American Eagle Old School

American Eagle Old School

Swallow Colorful Old School

The combination of blue and red looks cute. Highlights add an arty touch to the swallow tattoo.

Swallow Colorful Old School

Swallow Colorful Old School

Nautical Theme Old School

Three large roses sit on the anchor, in this nautical theme tattoo. The sun rises behind the anchor.

Nautical Theme Old School

Nautical Theme Old School

Lovebirds Old School

A pair of lovebirds flies among flowers. The design with vintage color tones looks pretty on the back.

Lovebirds Old School

Lovebirds Old School

Old School Swallow With Key

A curvy bird flies with a key in its mouth, in this leg tattoo. The red, orange, and black combination is striking.

Old School Swallow With Key

Old School Swallow With Key

Old School Two Birds

The fat little birds with curvy bodies look colorful, in this chest tattoos design. Each bird holds a text banner in its mouth.

Old School Two Birds

Old School Two Birds

Old School Bird Dancing

The flowy curves make the lines dance, in this bird tattoo. The blue and pink hues make a sweet contrast.

Old School Bird Dancing

Old School Bird Dancing

Old School Roses N Skulls Tattoos

A red rose on one foot, contrasts with a blue rose on the other foot. Skulls sit at the center of the roses.

Old School Roses N Skulls Tattoos

Old School Roses N Skulls Tattoos

Old School Foot Anchor Tattoo

A colorful anchor sits on the foot. Tiny stars form the backdrop of the design.

Old School Foot Anchor Tattoo

Old School Foot Anchor Tattoo

Old School Sailing Ship

A golden ship with an eye in front, is inked on one side of the body. Fiery waves lap around the ship.

Old School Sailing Ship

Old School Sailing Ship

Victory Eagle Old School

An eagle flies above the globe with a long text banner surrounding the design. The flowy inkwork looks stylish.

Victory Eagle Old School

Victory Eagle Old School

Live The Old School Life

The blue and gold hued swallow flies with a text banner in its mouth. The words read, ‘Live Your life’.

Live The Old School Life

Live The Old School Life

Old School Swallow For Fortune

A swallow is cradled within a horseshoe, framed by roses and dices. The deep red and black combination is rich.

Old School Swallow For Fortune

Old School Swallow For Fortune

Old Ship Blue Balloon

The tall ship with a blue balloon on one side looks stylish. Text banners frame the ship on either side.

Old Ship Blue Balloon

Old Ship Blue Balloon

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