Seen today as an acceptable form of self-expression, the practice of tattooing wasn’t always as widely accepted and openly practiced as an art form. The first professional tattoo artist to set up shop in the United States was Martin Hildebrandt. opening his doors during the mid-19th century in New York City.

At the time, his clientele was comprised of Civil War soldiers getting tattoos for the purpose of identification should something go wrong in battle.

A study conducted by the Pew Research center found that as many as 40% of Americans today have a tattoo of some form on their body. With popular televisions shows like Ink Master and Bad Ink, they are becoming more of a mainstream fixture as people begin to let go of the previous negative stigma surrounding body art.

For many, these are artistic representations of who you are, how you feel or what speaks to you at the moment. As a friend of mine once explained, some people hang their art on their walls, others wear it on their body. With a surprisingly high number of styles and types of tattooing, the hardest part of getting a tattoo is often settling on what you actually want to get!

Have you ever considered getting a tattoo but aren’t sure where to start? Using the personality traits associated with each sign, here is a suggestion of which tattoo style would best fit you according to your zodiac sign. Would you ever consider following through on your suggested style? Do you already have a tattoo that matches your recommendation?

What Style of Tattoo Should You Get According to Your Zodiac Sign:

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19): Irezumi

A traditional Japanese style of tattooing, Irezumi tattoos represent the combination of Japanese tradition with modern trends and styles. This couldn’t be a better fit for the Aries, who is also a unique blend of these two sides of life. You highly value the traditions that you were raised with, however, as a bold and driven individual you mix the traditions you hold dear with your very modern and progressive way of life.  The marrying of the past and present is the cornerstone of who you are as a person.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20): Tribal

Stubborn and loyal to a fault, Taurus is fiercely protective of the people that they hold dear to their heart. This protective nature can be compared to the undying loyalty and courage of a warrior. If you are a Taurus, then the tattoo style that fits you best is bold, traditional tribal work. Whether you are sticking with a solid black or working some fun color into your design, a tribal tattoo will show the world that you are a warrior and not someone to be crossed.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20): Old School

When a Gemini walks into the room everyone notices because their bright, positive and outgoing personality shines through above all else. They don’t feel the need to put on a mask or pretend to be anything that they aren’t. Instead, they allow their true beauty, stemming back to the basics, to shine through. This love of the basics is the root of old-school tattooing, stripping away the flash and the hype and allowing these traditional images to shine through.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22): Neo-Traditional

Cancer, your whole life revolves around your emotions. From the way you see the world to how you act, the people you connect with to the careers you feel drawn to pursue, your emotions drive every thought and action. By embracing the emotional side of life, you are able to see the truth of the world around you, including the beautiful new twists that are introduced each and every day. The best style to depict this is neo-traditional. These tattoos embrace the basics, but with a fun, new and beautiful twist to each design.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22): New School

Bold, proud and confident, you refuse to play by anyone else’s rules. Instead, you carve out your own path in life, and you make it look effortless. Leo’s are natural born leaders and rebels, refusing to allow the confines of the world we live in to hold them back from reaching their goals and dreams. The same could be said for new school tattoos. Moving away from the accepted rules of old-school tattooing, new school tattoos create their own, unique niche.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22): Realistic

Calm, cool and focused on the details and facts of life, you pride yourself on being authentic and true I all that you do. This means sharing only the truth and doing so as perfectly as humanly possible. In fact, you often walk the fine line between pushing yourself in a healthy way and crossing into the territory of being a full-blown perfectionist. This attention to detail and the truth couldn’t be portrayed better in the world of tattooing than through realistic tattoos. Aimed at painting a detail-rich picture of real life, these tattoos can portray any subject in a way that brings art to real life.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22): Geometric

Rational and logical people who spend their lives establishing balance, order, and harmony in the world, Libras are always seeking some explanation or understanding for everything around them. This desire for order and organization can sometimes come across as cold or unfeeling. This mentality is best represented by the clean and methodical style in geometric tattoos. Based on mathematical concepts, and the laws of nature, these images depict a sense of order that will bring satisfaction and calm to every Libra.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Dotwork

Those born under the sign of Scorpio are passionate and dedicated. When you set your mind on something in life there is nothing that is going to stop you from reaching it. Whether you are looking at an ideal relationship with the perfect person in mind, dedicating yourself to your career or feeling called to pursue a specific hobby, you give your heart 110% to everything that you do. When an artist is creating a dotwork style tattoo there is an incredible amount of hard work and dedication that will go into putting each individual dot in place, however, the end result is a beautiful piece of art.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21): Watercolor

The life of a Sagittarius is exciting, beautiful and captivating. You are always seeking new adventures, meeting new people and exploring all that life has to offer. There is no other tattoo that captures the beauty and wonder of a Sagittarius the way that a watercolor tattoo will. These tattoos are relatively simple, can cover any subject and yet they are such a unique and eye-catching approach.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19): Sketch

Intelligent and detail focused, those born under Capricorn bring a level of intellect and attention to detail to everything that they do. They are the masters of logic and data, actively seeing the world for the facts as opposed to being caught up in the more ‘frivolous’ things like emotions and feelings. Their view on life is best depicted through the clean lines and incredible attention to detail used to create sketch style tattoos. These amazing works of art are highly creative, but in a way that appears both simple and complex all at the same time.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18): Biomechanical

Incredibly unique, Aquarius refuses to give up their view of the world and where they believe they should be going in life simply to fit into society’s expectations. They aren’t afraid to have others look at them as ‘different’ so long as they are able to continue following their own goals, dreams, and desires. This incredible focus on their end goal can sometimes be seen as robotic, and for that reason the tattoo style that best fits an Aquarius is biomechanical. After all, there are many who believe there really is something that’s more than your ‘average human being’ going on here!

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20): Trash Polka

Pisces refuses to give up on their dream of what the world could be, spending much of their lives caught up in their head, daydreaming about the possibilities. Highly romantic and idealistic, you genuinely believe that you can change the world for the better which is an admirable goal. The unique and bold mix of style and design seen in a trash polka tattoo is by far the closest style to matching your incredible personality. They hold so many details and secrets that you see something new every time you look.

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