No matter how different the Neo Traditional name is, it complies with the technical rules of the American traditional tattoo style. Although the line thickness varies compared to traditional tattoo, black outlines are widely in the foreground. The most important feature of Neo Traditional style tattoos is the use of vibrant colors and the softness of the transition between colors. The reason for this is that tattoo artists with neo traditional style were influenced by past art movements.

The first historical art movement seen in Neo Traditional style is Art Nouveau. In 1603, Japan closed its doors to the world to protect its cultural and artistic wealth. Then, in 1862, it opened its doors again to establish healthy trade relations with Europe. This development resulted in the discovery of Japanese art by Europe. Craftsmanship and artistic aesthetics in Japanese goods have greatly influenced European countries. In the late 1880s, Japanese artworks greatly influenced the work of Monet, Degas and Van Gogh.

Art Nouveau, inspired and evolved from Japanese art in the 1890s, led to the formation of the Neo Traditional tattoo style that has survived to the present day.