Trends often come back into style after a few years, as anyone who's witnessed the recent fanny pack revival knows. So why not look to the (relatively recent) past for inspiration with your next tattoo? There are so many old-fashioned tattoos we should totally bring back. The symbols and styles that once fell out of fashion are retro-cool now.
For the most part, tattoos are more popular than ever in recent years. Although the exact numbers may be tricky to pin down, around 40 percent of people born after 1980 appear to have a tattoo, according to the Pew Research Center. Now that it's more mainstream than ever, why not get a design from a time when tattoos were still considered edgy or even risque? Consider a design that speaks to the long history of tattooing as an art form, or even just a fad from decades past.
Just be warned: this list may make you want to pull out the sketchbook of tattoo designs you made back in middle school. Maybe the time has come to get a permanent memorial to that stylized S everyone used to doodle. Read on for more inspiration from the best tattoo designs of the past.