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Tattooists Milan: all styles

In the heart of Milan, Ligera Ink has built a team of artists, selected from among the best Milan tattoo artists. The team is varied in terms of taste and training, covering all the schools and trends of the moment, without underestimating more sophisticated themes and styles.

Our studio is the place where your stories come to life.

Our tattooists


 Realistic Tattoos



Tattoo Blackwork



Japanese Tattoos



Watercolor Tattoo Machine



Graphic Tattoos Blackwork



Realistic Tattoos



Blackwork Tattoos



Fineline Tattoos



Traditional Tattoos



Maori Tattoos



Lettering Tattoos



Old School Tattoos



Traditional Tattoos – Guest resident


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Via Jacopo Palma, 5 – 20146 Milano Gambara

Via Secchi, 2 – 20129 Milano P.ta Venezia

Via Abramo Lincoln, 129 – 20092 Cinisello Balsamo (Mi)

Tattoo Styles

Traditional Tattoo and Old School

The main architect of the development of what are now called Old School tattoos was undoubtedly Norman Collins, better known as ‘Sailor Jerry’, a true legend in the tattoo world. A unique style that was completely new for the time, made of black borders, intense colours, marked strokes, which reproduced the classic themes of American nautical folklore.

To this day, this style remains a milestone in the field of tattooing thanks to images of timeless charm that recall adventurous and valiant lives. The most common traditional and old school tattoo themes are:

  • Swallows symbolising a happy return
  • The anchor a kind of talisman
  • The wind rose as a symbol of good luck

Of clear maritime origin these are just some of the themes dealt with in the world of traditional tattooing.

Realistic Tattoos

As you can easily guess, they are characterised by a drawing style that tends to faithfully reproduce reality. It is a genre that has become very popular in recent years, thanks to the advent of new generation machines and needles. Many of the country’s best tattoo artists have embraced this style, considered by many to be the highest level of expression in modern tattooing.

Watercolor Tattoos

The watercolour technique, characterised by soft, contourless shades, is revived in watercolour Milan tattoos.

In Italy, it is still difficult to find tattooists practising this technique, precisely because of the difficulty of its realisation.

Just think of a popular theme such as the hot air balloon, which in the watercolour style takes on a completely different representation. The black lines, which clearly circumscribe the main subject, are few while it is mainly the colours that shape the design. And it is here that the watercolour style explodes in its splendour, there is no clearly defined perimeter, the tattoo begins and ends where the splashes of colour end, giving life to almost dreamlike subjects.

Japanese Tattoos

Tattoos, in Japanese are defined by two terms: irezumi and horimono. The former is a noun composed of the verb ireru – to insert – and the noun sumi meaning ink, and the latter of the verb horu – to inscribe- and the noun mono: something. Tattoos spread in Japan, during the Edo period coinciding with the Tokugawa dynasty, and have as their main characteristic, that of covering a large part of the body.

The practice of tattooing was purely widespread to distinguish criminals, who were branded on the face. Each line corresponded to a crime, and to part of the ideogram: “dog” that towered over the faces of hardened criminals. Later, the practice of tattoos spread among representatives of the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza.

The iconography of Japanese tattoos is ancient and easily distinguishable from other genres, as it is often summarized in the traditional images of Shinto symbolism: the wave, the carp, the waterfall, cherry blossoms, etc.

But also typical subjects belonging to ancient Japanese culture and always closely connected with deep symbolism; among them the Samurai and Geisha.

Today Japanese tattoos are very popular all over the world and are certainly among the most sought-after and meaningful because they tell a story, through the union of several subjects, and their symbolism.

Blackwork Tattoos

Blackwork tattoos are characterised by the total absence of colour, in this style of tattooing only and exclusively the colour black is used. Blackwork tattoos are a style of tattooing that has only developed in recent years, thanks to improvements in tattoo machines, inks and needles.

Blackwork tattoo artists in Milan today are able to add more details and effects to their artwork.

The fine lines of blackwork tattoos are often used in modern tattoos to achieve an ethereal and delicate look.

Maori Tattoos

Maori tattoos have recently received a lot of media coverage, yet these tattoos date back thousands of years. They are closed geometric shapes, filled completely with black. This tradition was inaugurated by ancient Polynesian tribes who used this form of decoration as a symbol of religious and community affiliation.

Leo Zulueta is one of the pioneers of blackwork and tribal tattoos, and with his style has helped make this technique mainstream.

If you are intrigued and would like to learn more about one of these schools, rely on Ligera Ink. This tattoo studio is at the forefront of tattoo parlours in Milan: each client is unique, which is why the team works daily to create original and exclusive subjects.

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