so I had to jump in here,jail house tattoos rarely have color in them and they are rarely "american traditional",
whether you like it or not,a well applied "american traditional" tattoo will outlast pretty much ANY other style around.
and second,that reference of tribal you posted was not a quality tattoo at all IMO,it's a mess IMO,there is no good color saturation,not a good design, and the middle band is scratcher shit for sure, and yes,it's outdated trendy crap IMO.
it doesn't make me "low class" or a snob to critique a tattoo,no matter what style it is,it's just my opinion.
Once again just to further my point on the above. What we have here is a tribal freehand custom tattoo. It has made its way on to this topic of worst tattoos due to someone disliking the style .... It has however been executed professionally. I find that irritating, we all have our own personal tastes, I for example hate American traditional, even though I think they look like jail house convict tattoos if one was done well I wouldn't describe it as shit. Tattoo snobbery is low class. Tribal gets a bad rep but people fail to realise that 20 years ago they were bad ass. Guys, your cool tatts that you have today are going to look shite in 20 years time. Just like this tribal they all have an expiry date were they become outdated, and you'll have guys twenty years younger shaking their heads and smirking at your crap work (in their opinion). But if the tattoo is done well then it will be their just their cocky young minds getting the best of them. Peace out....but hey it's only skin at the end of the day.