Traditional Tattoos in Central Berlin

vintage woman with traditional tattoos

Traditional Tattoos in Central Berlin are done at the well known Good Old Times Tattoo studio. Classic motifs will last a lifetime and still look cool when you will have your Sunday afternoon walk with your granny team ­čśë

Eastern History

Tattoos exist since a long time. The oldest one is dated 5000 years ago.

In the Edo Period, Japanese workers and prostitutes started getting tattooed with a 30-40cm long bamboo stick. Needles were positioned at the bottom of the stick, through which ink spilled. They believed the power and spirit of the designs would have been transferred to the tattoo owner. Fireworkers got tattooed for protection against the fires, for example.

Western Traditional

In the Western World traditional tattooing starts more or less in 1877, the year during which Thomas A. Edison created the Engraving Machine, that is the predecessor of the Tattoo-Machine still used nowadays.

The New York tattooer Charlie Wagner invented the first Tattoo Machine in 1904. In Germany Christian Wahrlich was one of the first to work with an electric Coil-Machine. After their long trips sailors crowded the harbours to visit tattoo studios. Common tattoos were swallows, pin ups, light hoses, ropes and so on. These kind of designs stood for the miles sailed, for passing Cape Hoorn or reaching the Equator. Sailors and soldiers ÔÇ×earnedÔÇť them after finishing a task or upgrading the status quo on board. Like in Japan, there were protective tattoos such as the ÔÇ×Rock af AgesÔÇť. Classics non religious were feet tattoos like roosters and pigs, which protected from dying in the ocean.


Sideshows and circuses played a very big role in the traditional world.

At this time many people had their first experience with tattoos. Kids and adults got influenced by their magic and were to be the new generation of tattooed people.

Tattoos, as a beautiful mark on the skin, need different designs. Ladies had their legs full of peacocks, butterflies and roses; men’s chests and backs showed designs from the far east.

We would love to show you the world of traditional tattoos in central Berlin. Our resident artists and international guests update their big portfolios weekly. With always new tattoo flash we guarantee you a unique design and an unforgettable tattoo experience.

We upload all the stories behind traditional flash on the website. If you are hungry for more, stop by for coffee and a chat. If one of our artists has time you can directly get a Traditional Tattoo by Walk-In without needing to book an appointment.

See you soon for some Good Times.