I like the new styles of tattooing; dotwork, watercolor and sketch-styles that look like they’ve been drawn onto the skin rather indelibly than inked into it, but sometimes… Sometimes I hanker after something a little more old school, more traditional. Well. Lucky me, because along came Kalaka with a whole new take on both old and new styles; he’s gone ahead and merged them into one.
Rodrigo Kalaka’s neo-traditional tattoos feature the strong outlines and bold gradients that are the hallmarks of traditional tattoo designs, but his subject matter is a combination of traditional themes and subjects that are currently popular. So his repertoire is pretty mixed, consisting of dinosaurs, dentures (WAHAHA!), tigers, sewing machines, wolves and hairless cats.
While this style is not entirely uncommon, what makes Kalaka’s tattoos special is the quality. His line work is clean, his delineation between areas of color is crisp and his use of contrast gives his tattoos a sharpness which means that even from a distance, the designs won’t become a mush of color.