Awesome Tattoo Ideas For Men-Popular Tattoo Symbols For Men

FINDING THE RIGHT TATTOO


When it comes to popular tattoo symbols for men, there are a wide variety of them available. Finding the perfect tattoo to represent yourself and your personality can be a difficult process for one to take on. It is very important to remember to take your time and make sure you make the correct choice the first time around. This is why doing your own research is very important. You want to make sure that you fully understand what each tattoo represents and means. In this article, we will discuss five of the most popular tattoos available to men. They include skull tattoos, tribal tattoos, Celtic tattoos, dragon tattoos, and koi tattoos. You will be able to learn about these popular tattoos, learn their rich symbolic meanings, and you will have a chance to view a large variety of tattoo designs. Hopefully, you will be able to gain some great ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.

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SKULL TATTOOS


Skull tattoos have been a longtime favorite among men of all ages. The skull tattoo is fierce as tattoos can come. As far as skull tattoo designs go, you can do a lot with them. Skull tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways, such as a flaming skull tattoo or a crossbone skull tattoo. Most skull tattoos are designed with a fierce expression on their face, one that is meant to intimidate. Skull tattoos can also be designed with glasses, hats, bandannas, jewelry, or horns.

Skull tattoos do hold a high level of symbolic importance as a tattoo. In fact, there are several different meanings behind the skull tattoo. The skull tattoo can symbolize both life and death, one of the few tattoo symbols to represent both. Many people that have a near death experience choose to get a skull tattoo to represent their experience. This is a reminder to appreciate every second that we are given. Skull tattoos also represent the fearless.

The skull tattoo can be tattooed in various sizes, locations, and with other tattoo symbols. Skulls can be portrayed with flames, chains, barbed wire, bats, dragons, or Harley Davidson. Skull tattoos may be designed with only black ink or they can be colorful. There is a lot of variety when it comes to skull tattoos. The skull tattoo fits the personality of someone who is fearless and bad to the bone.

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TRIBAL TATTOOS


Tribal tattoos are one of the oldest known tattooing styles in the entire world. Today, tribal tattoos are considered to be one of the most popular tattoo styles among men. Tribal tattoos are usually done in inspiration of traditional tribal art. Tribal art consist of black continuous lines that may or may not form an artistic design. Although traditional tribal tattoos were made with black ink, they can be colored.

There are several different tattoo symbols that can be done in tribal art. Some of the more popular tattoos chosen are the tribal dragon, tribal sun, tribal cross, and the tribal eagle. Tribal tattooing is more of an tattoo style rather then a tattoo symbol. In early tribal tattooing, men and women would receive tribal tattoos to symbolize certain accomplishments, acts, and social order among the tribe.

Tribal art tattoos are usually chosen by men who have a strong build around the arms, sides, chest, neck, and back. This is not to say that you can't get one if you have a smaller frame. That is not the case at all. Professionally saying, they look much better on well built men. Tribal tattoos can be linked to Pacific, Maori, Hawaiian, and Polynesian tattoos. Tribal tattoos may or may not be symbolic. It all depends on what is being tattooed. In the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it too.

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CELTIC TATTOOS


Another popular tattoo style that men choose is Celtic art. Celtic tattoos are very popular and they are well known for their creative designs. Celtic tattoos were inspired by the Irish Illuminated Scripts and the Book of Kells. Celtic art includes knotwork, mazes, and spirals. These Celtic designs never intertwine and they have no ending or beginning. These Celtic tattoos represent the circle of life, the never-ending circle we all must face.

There are a variety of tattoo symbols that are from the Celtic traditions. These symbols include the Celtic cross, Celtic Shield, four leaf clover, shamrock, and the Celtic Tree of Life. These designs may or may not be done in Celtic art. If these symbols are not what you are looking for, then you can always go with a Celtic design.

Celtic tattoos are some of the most unique and creative tattoos on the market. Celtic tattoos can be used to symbolize the Celtic way of life. Celtic tattoos can represent ones Irish heritage or traditional Celt heritage. They are a great way to show your Irish decent or blood.

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DRAGON TATTOOS


Another popular tattoo symbol among men is the beautiful dragon tattoo. The dragon tattoo is one of the more detailed tattoos available to men. Dragon tattoos are very symbolic and their meanings usually depend on what dragon is being tattooed.

Two of the main dragons that are portrayed in dragon tattoos are the Chinese dragon and the Japanese dragon. The Chinese dragon usually has a large build. The Chinese dragon represents good luck, good will, and wisdom. The Japanese dragon symbolizes the perfect balance of life and is associated to the yin and yang.

Dragon meanings can completely differ from one culture to another. For example, the Eastern dragon was seen as a noble beast. However, the Western dragon was viewed as an evil and dangerous dragon. Dragons are still a very important character in Asian cultures. Although dragon tattoos are popular around the world, they are highly sought after in many Asian cultures.

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KOI TATTOOS


Koi tattoos are also a very highly sought after tattoo among men. The koi is a Japanese carp. The koi is highly valued in the Japanese culture. Although the koi is popular in Japan and other Aisan cultures, it is also popular all around the world. Koi fish are believed to have the ability to climb up waterfalls. They are often designed with water and the lotus flower.

Koi fish come in a variety of different colors as a tattoo. The orange koi is by far the most popular koi fish and the same can be said in the tattoo world. The koi fish symbolizes strength, power, masculinity, good luck, and courage. It is said that the koi is the bravest fish in the world. This meaning comes from the fact that the koi does not flinch when it is on the chopping block to be killed.

Koi fish can be tattooed nearly anywhere on the body as they can come in various sizes. Koi tattoo designs are usually very colorful and detailed. It makes for a beautiful tattoo. The symbolic meanings behind the koi fish make it a great tattoo for any male that has showed courage and bravery.

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Kyricus 4 years ago from Ohio

I'm surprised you list Koi tattoo's as being popular among men. Those I have seen wearing them, and most any type of fish tatt0o, have been women.

I'm not saying you are wrong, but the crowd I hang with, fish, if used at all, are more prevalent amongst females.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

If I were to get a tattoo, I'd get a tribal one because it harkens back to a day when these skin symbols had significant meaning. But I consider the dragon ones the most attractive. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Wow! I am amazed at these beautiful tattoos. People who do this for a living have to be really good artists. These are pretty expensive to have done, too, I'm sure.

I voted this UP because you did a lot of work and effort on it.

Goodnight.


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Johnathan L Groom 4 years ago from Bristol, CT

artistic pix


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Great thelric writer.. but Im confused popular tats for men? where are the naked chicks.. and I don't mean birds...:) awesome my friend even though.....


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Lyric - I'm partial to the tribal tattoo's. You created a fine addition to your tattoo series with this my friend.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

I like all the ideas above but my fave pics are the Celtic symbols. Great Hub - one of my favoritests so far.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Fabulos tattoo selection. I like the tribal tattoos but I think a person needs to understand what it stands for. My favorite are the celtic tattoos. I LOVE your hubs.


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

The dragons rule. Love the dragons. Awesome collection, cleverly done!


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freeTattoos 4 years ago from New York

Nice post. I'm a tattoo artist always looking for new ideas and inspiration for my designs. ;)

http://www.freetattoos.net/


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great job Ricky. Super tattoos.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Those Koi tats are something else; and that dragon one is jaw-dropping wicked. Like the Celtic armband too. Good one here Ricky


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

*Kyricus, thanks for taking the time to drop by. You bring up a good point. It truly depends on where you live. Koi tattoos are very popular in Asia, of course they are native there. In the U.S., not as much. There are pockets of popularity. I know a guy that does Koi tattoos here in West Virginia and he has probably did 100 or more in the past 2 years, mainly men. In reference to this article, I would consider them a top 100 tattoo in popularity, maybe closer to 75. It is really hard to determine, but I consider the top 100 all popular. I have an online friend in England that does tattoos. He also said Koi are highly sought there among men. You have a point and I respect that. To answer your question or point rather, just depends on where you live.

*Alocsin, the dragon is appealing. I guess it all depends on what you want, beauty or meaning. I like the meaning behind mine. But from the artist that I am friends with, it is a pretty equal split.

*Mary, you're such a sweetie:) Absolutely. Many look at tattoo artist in a wrong manner because they are truly gifted. A professional tattoo artist cares about their work and what it looks like.

*Johnathan, appreciate the visit. Thanks a million.

*Frank, I wanted my hub to be published of course:) Trust me, they are popular, but I can't show examples of them. I will have to email you that article!

*Ardie, thanks so much for dropping by. I agree, out of tattoo styles, Celtic is by far my favorite. I love all the symbols, plus the knotwork, spirals, ect. I agree 100%

*SGE, thanks again my friend for your time:) I appreciate everything. Glad you enjoy the series!

*Tammy, appreciate your time my dear. Well, you know I love Celtic art. I like tribal tattoos also. Most know I am becoming a tattoo artist and I have a vast knowledge of them for the past 5 years. I honestly like so many, it is very hard to make one single choice, very hard.

*Freetattoos, thanks for coming by. That is why I do what I do. As a fellow artist, you can understand why. We always try to help one another, a very strong community. I will be sure to check out your work.

*Gypsy, many many thanks in order for you. I am always very much appreciative.

*Alastar, always great to have my fellow historian drop by:) I truly like all 5 of them. I would like to get enough Celtic armband pics together to make an article on them, but I am needing 15 more pics at the least. But as always, thanks my friend and take care.


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PurpleHubs 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Good post. I am a tattoo designer often seeking fresh concepts and creativity for my designs and styles.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

PurpleHubs, thanks for dropping by. I hope you were able to find some ideas and inspiration.

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