When the people say they want an old school tattoo, what they usually mean is that they want a recognized tattoo design that you would expect see on certain type of person such as a sailor or a biker. So called old school tattoos are raising fast in popularity as many people like to dig into the stereotypical images of the past, such as skull and crossbone, and pin-up model tattoos that would normally only see on Sailors back in the day, for example, are now mainstream but are called old school tattoos.
The longevity of an old school tattoo has reached a climatic level and now many of these deigns are considered fashionable. Even though the designs have not changed much the meanings and the feelings around the images have. No longer are they only for tuff guys or used as symbols of rebellion, but now they are appreciated for their timeless allure.