New school is a more modern style of tattoo art that utilizes bold colors, cartoonish figures and unique, original designs. New school tattoo designs use modern blending techniques to make the tattoo image bold and lively. Heavy outlining is also common in new school style tattoos. New school was made popular by the younger generation after the end of World War II. Many new school tattoos include cartoonish people and animals with large eyes and exaggerated dimensions. New school tattoos push the boundaries of tattoo art by requiring special skills from the tattoo artist. The colors and shading of new school tattoos can be so intense and bold that the images appear to have a three-dimensional quality and pop off of the skin. New school tattoos are notoriously bright and eye-catching and can feature any subject the artist can think of. Some new school tattoos are based in fantasy and include mythological creatures such as unicorns or centaurs. Other new school tattoos feature iconic cartoon characters such as Hello Kitty or Invader Zim.
Any subject imaginable can be tattooed in the new school style. Many new school tattoos feature the same emblems common in old school style, but updated with more vibrant colors and detailed shading. New school tattoos are becoming increasingly popular, especially with the post-1990 millennial generation. The new school tattoo style has been featured on tattoo shows such as "Ink Master" and "Tattoo Nightmares." According to artists on the TV show "Tattoo Nightmares," new school style tattoos are an excellent choice for cover-ups because of their bold lines and colors. Many tattoo artists specialize in the new school tattoo style:
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