Examples of some of the latest in Western style tribal design, both on the tattoo artist and the client. A bold simple outline can require 50 hours or more just to fill in all the black solidly. The artist at work is Nalla, then working in San Francisco, now working in New York City. Nalla worked on this guy for six hours straight, and just filled in the one shape he was working on.

copyright 1994 Rae Schwarz
Tribal style tattooing is heavily drawn from art forms created by the Borneon Dyak people, and was first popularized by LA tattooist Leo Zuluetta, whose work began to utilize their images beginning in the early 80s when he was designing flyers in the punk scene.
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all images in this presentation are © 1994 Rachel Schwarz.
all images shown in this section were taken at the 1994 NTA
convention held in South San Francisco, CA, USA
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