Sailor Jerry and Design Float are two websites that provide users with examples of old-school style tattoos. Common themes in these old-school tattoos include elements such as anchors, swallows and roses. Nautical themes are prevalent in these types of tattoos as well.
In addition to a few common themes, old school tattoos are recognizable based on their bold outlines and their relatively limited color palettes. Many of these tattoos feature primary colors as the defining palette choices. The anchor was a common theme because it was meant to convey staying true to yourself, and swallows were chosen as a way to convey luck and homecoming.