Tattoos for Men: Top 10 Tattoo Designs

Tattoos are the most fascinating fashion statement of modern times! But the history of tattoos has its root in the history of human civilization. It is found in history that tattoos and other body arts were very popular among ancient human beings.

For today’s men, tattoos are symbols of expression of various feelings like love, pride, joy, sorrow, winning or losing! Tattoo selection and its proper placement is the most difficult decision men have to make.


Tattoo Placements for Men

Chest: Chest is an area that can be shown off easily by men. You can ink a small tattoo at the upper part of your chest. A nautical star, a bluebird or a Celtic knot or cross would be very attractive! You can print a larger chest piece also which can be shown off during summer. Any large tribal pattern would just be a perfect fit.

Back: If you want to ink a large tattoo, your back is the area you should select. Back is the largest canvas on the human body. A Phoenix printed on the back is an excellent idea! A back-piece done on a grand scale is an expression of aristocracy.

Lower Back: Lower back area for placing tatts is considered sexy! If a dragon is inked on the lower back or even more lower like on your buttock, you partner will love it. Wear a low-waist jeans with a short t-shirt for a macho look!

Arm: Tattoos placed on arms are easily displayable. That's why most men choose arms for placing their tatts. You can choose any design from skull, anchor, cross or pinup girl to ink on your arm. You can easily hide an arm tattoo even by a short-sleeve shirt.

For some men, tattoo placement doesn't really bother them. They have their tatts inked anywhere on their bodies. What they emphasize on is selecting the right design for them!


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The Phoenix TattooThe Cross TattooThe Tribal TattooThe Pinup Girl TattooThe Dragon TattooThe Anchor TattooThe Skull TattooThe Nautical Star TattooThe Bluebirds TattooThe Celtic Knot Tattoo
The Phoenix Tattoo
The Phoenix Tattoo
The Cross Tattoo
The Cross Tattoo
The Tribal Tattoo
The Tribal Tattoo
The Pinup Girl Tattoo
The Pinup Girl Tattoo
The Dragon Tattoo
The Dragon Tattoo
The Anchor Tattoo
The Anchor Tattoo
The Skull Tattoo
The Skull Tattoo
The Nautical Star Tattoo
The Nautical Star Tattoo
The Bluebirds Tattoo
The Bluebirds Tattoo
The Celtic Knot Tattoo
The Celtic Knot Tattoo

Top 10 Tattoo Designs for Men

Selecting a tattoo design is as important as selecting a place on your body! And don’t forget that a design should be given some thought before deciding to get it tattooed. Tattoos should have a meaning or a symbolic representation of something special.

I’ve prepared a list of top 10 exclusive tattoo designs for men that are not only unique but would be quite appealing as well to the people around you!


# 1: Phoenix

The specialty of Phoenix is that it’s a mythical bird that rises from its ashes! Therefore Phoenix symbolizes immortality. You can print such a design on your back as shown in the image. It would be really cool!


# 2: Cross

The cross generally refers to the wooden cross on which Jesus was crucified. But there are many other variations of a cross from complex interweaving Celtic cross to Maltese cross, and Iron cross. A cross on your chest area is an incredible idea!


#3: Tribal Pattern

Tribal patterns are popular for complex and colorful large designs. Tribal designs are great for locations like chest but many tatts of tribal patterns are printed on other areas of the body too. For more information read Top 10 Tribal Tattoo Designs for Men.


#4: Pinup Girl

The hallmark of a pinup girl is her sex appeal. But it’s a sex appeal that is completely lacking any sense of pleasure or demand! Beautiful girls never go out of style, do they? You can ink a pinup girl tattoo on your upper arm to express your playboy image!


#5: Dragon

Dragons are symbols of great power and mystery. This tattoo design can be the latest fashion statement, especially if done on a grand scale. You can place a dragon on your lower or upper back, in the middle or at a side.


#6: Anchor

An anchor symbolizes strength and stability. In a chaotic world an anchor is an expression of safety and hope. If you’re a person with a stable mind who is dependable and caring, printing an anchor design on your arm would be an awesome idea!


#7: Skull

The skull is unique among all the other parts of the skeleton. In tattoos also the skull design is a recurrent symbol due to its unique appearance. Skulls can take different forms as tattoo designs depending on the creativity of the tattoo artist. A skull on your arm could be scary to others!


#8: Nautical Star

In ancient times the North Star helped people in navigation just like a compass! In modern times of today a Nautical Star symbolizes the search for shelter and peace. A large bicolor Nautical Star on your forearm could surely be an intellectual fashion statement!


#9: Bluebird

When a sailor in the medieval era traveled 5,000 miles at sea, a bluebird used to appear on his chest as an accolade of pride! For the next 5,000 mile it was another bluebird at the opposite side of the chest. This tattoo design is an epitome of pride. Ink one on the upper part of your chest and you’ll feel like a winner!


#10: Celtic Knot

A Celtic knot represents the eternal and complex nature of the human mind. This tattoo design is usually worn as an armband. This is a symbol that expresses your rich cultural background!


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

My adult son is very into tattoos. It's good to see famous people with them as well. He loves his tattoos and I do think they are trying to express themselves. Good hub, thanks.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks tebo for stopping by and leaving a nice comment! - Andy


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Matt in Jax 5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

I have an anchor and a phoenix myself. Great Hub!


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks Matt in Jax and enjoy your tattoos! - Andy


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KK Trainor 5 years ago from Texas

Nice hub! Great info and well written. My husband and I both have tattoos, although I had a few before we met. Mine are mostly Christian, and he does have one that matches mine - a Chi Rho on our forearms. His other two he designed himself. He has a USMC on his calf with his unit#; on the other calf he has a skull - very popular as you said - which he designed to look like Eddie from Iron Maiden. Run to the Hills....etc. He gets a lot of compliments and his calves are big enough that they look very cool. He wants arms next, so we'll see....as a cop he would have to wear long sleeves so that might not be fun.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks KK Trainor for stopping by! My best wishes for you and your husband! It seems you're very compatible to each other, that's great... continue to support and love each other. Enjoy life! - Andy


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mohd faraaz ahmed 5 years ago from india

good hub hope some one likes mine also


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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! Good Hub! I like the tattoos. Angie


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks mohd faraaz ahmed & angie ashbourne for stopping by! Your comments are much appreciated! - Andy

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