Neo traditional is a blending of old school traditionals and romantic realism, with a wink to the macabre and a hint of nostalgia. It is an illustrative form of tattooing, often with thinner lines and more detail than old school. Also, a wider color palette is used and the tattoos are semi-realistic.
Over the years there was a new line of artists in the tattoo world that brought new life into the old designs. The power of a timeless oldschool design is complemented with illustrative skill of a (often artistically schooled) tattoo artist who puts his own personal trademark in the design.
The style lends itself well to tattoos from palm size and can be used to make excellent sleeves or back pieces.