I am not opposed to freehand custom tribal - at all. I mean, look at Sef Kavafornia's work. Actually, compare his work to the photo above. Post review, IMO, there *is* no comparison. It's not snobbery to know the difference between a good tattoo, a mediocre tattoo and a bad tattoo. Of course, criticism needs to be fair and not personal.
All good if you don't like traditional tattoos but to Dan's point, traditional tattoos are not the same as jailhouse tattoos. There may be an overlap is some imagery but they are vastly different things (do some research on the history of both American traditional, jailhouse, Chicano, and Russian tattoos).
As far as today's tattoos looking like shite in 20 years, I have this to offer - everything has a "date" associated with it. Clothes, hair, cars - whatever. Just because it is from a different decade doesn't mean that it's shite. Maybe less fashionable, but quality is quality.