The different tattoo styles you'll find at Sunset

At Sunset Studio you'll find experience, professional Tattoo Artists, and if there’s a specific design you would like, then we’ll be happy help. But each of our artists specialise in our their style of tattooing.

Tattoos come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and each style is completely different. From photo-realistic to Anime, each style has its own distinct features and traditions.


Traditional tattoos are the oldest “modern” tattoo styles. Obviously they’re not the oldest types of tattoos, but in the modern era, these are the ones that started it all. Made popular by sailors, this style- also known as American traditional- first began around the end of the 19th Century, and is linked to the invention of the first tattoo machine by Sam O’Reilly.  This style is noticeable by its solid black outlines, bold colours and classical images such as hearts, tigers, anchors, skulls, daggers and roses.


If you’re interested in a traditional tattoo, call Fabian.


Japanese tattoos are some of the oldest known, with evidence of tattooing in Japan dating back 5,000 years. This style follows a very strict code- using imagery, colour, direction and symbolism. Japanese tattoos will have images such as dragons, koi, cherry blossoms and lotus flowers.


If you would like to know more about Japanese Tattoos, speak to Tom.


Tribal tattoos are the oldest form of tattoos known, dating back over 7,000 years. Polynesian tattoos typically had thick black lines, which over time, became more intricate and symbolic. Often using symmetry and geometrical design, tribal tattoos can be very complex, and can often tell a story. Maori tattoos are now popular the world over, and many backpackers come to New Zealand and leave with ink as a reminder of their wonderful experience.


If you would like a tribal tattoo, call Sunset and ask for Tristan