Rockabilly Tattoos - Then
In the 40s and 50s,
tattoos were basically done with black ink, no shading, and faded over
time. Some rockabilly tattoos keep this concept, but most use the
new colors, shading techniques, and permanent dyes that are available.
Motifs of Rockabilly
The pinup girl is a
traditional rockabilly tattoo, and many have updated it with colors,
shading, and adding other elements (see the other motifs below)
Cards (usually Aces)
Pool balls (usually the
Other more unusual
motifs are barbershop poles, combs, boots, high heels, fishnets, silk
stockings with garters, hairstyles (both the men's pompadour and
women's rockabilly hairstyles), hula skirts, hoops, and coconut bras,
men's and women's sunglasses, cowboys and cowgirls, guitars, upright
string basses, microphones, bowling pins, balls, and shoes, bicycles,
lipsticks, and phones.
Rockabilly girls often
have swallows, nautical stars or cherries.