6. Neo-Traditional

Popular Artist: Kristi Walls; New York City

This tattoo trend is a twist on an old classic. The style takes elements from American tradition tattoos, including simple designs and solid color, but gives it a modern update. Neo-traditional generally include a wider range of colors and subject matter than their traditional counterparts.

7. Fandom

Popular Artist: Jumilla Olivares; Spain

From the Deathly Hallows to Daenerys Targaryen, fan tattoos are more popular than ever. Black and gray portrait artist Jumilla Olivares has earned a reputation for creating amazing black and gray character portraits.

8. Mandala


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Popular Artist: Thomas Hooper; Austin, Texas

Geometric tattoos such as mandalas have gained a lot of popularity in 2016 thanks to their beauty and spiritual meaning. While mandalas have different meanings across the world, they generally represent wholeness and balance. These extremely intricate designs require a skilled artist to complete.

9. Cubism


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Popular Artist: Expanded Eye; London, England

The cubism style has grown tremendously in 2016. Cubism was most notably popularized by Pablo Picasso in the early 20th century, but it’s making a comeback. These unique tattoos borrow from this distinct style to create truly eye-catching pieces.

10. Surrealism


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Popular Artist: Pietro Sedda; Milan, Italy

These dreamlike tattoos will make you do a double take. From melting faces to creepy clowns, this trippy style combines the everyday with the abnormal. Inspired by artists such as Salvador Dali and his famous melting clocks, this trend is certainly unique.