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Armband Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Popular Armband Tattoos And Ideas

Updated on July 10, 2012


Armband tattoos are one of the most popular tattoos among men and some women. As an armband tattoo, there are several different designs that can be used. Armband tattoos can be designed anywhere on the arm, eventually wrapping all the way around it. There are a lot of creative ideas when it comes to armband tattoos. In this article, we will discuss some of the most popular armband tattoos available and hopefully you will gain some ideas for your next tattoo.

When it comes to armband tattoos, there are hundreds of designs to choose from. It just all depends on what you are looking for. Truth be told, nearly any symbol can be designed as an armband tattoo. For example, music notes, hearts, and clovers could all be designed into an armband tattoo. Sunflowers, roses, the sun, or the moon could be designed also. If there is a symbol that you like or a symbol that holds symbolic value to you, chances are you can have it designed as an armband tattoo. If you like the armband tattoo style, you may want to have a symbolic symbol tattooed as an armband. Just food for thought.

Just like any other tattoo, there are styles that are more popular then others. One popular tattooing style that is often designed as armband tattoos is the style of tribal art. Tribal armband tattoos are very popular. Tribal art consist of continuous lines that may or may not form an artistic design. Most tribal tattoos are done in traditional black ink, but they can be colored.

Another popular tattoo style that is chosen for armband tattoos is the Celtic style. Celtic armband tattoos are also a common choice when it comes to armband tattoo designs. Celtic art consist of knotwork, spiral, and maze patterns that never cross or intertwine. Celtic art shows patterns that have no ending or no beginning. This is symbolic to the everlasting "circle of life". A Celtic armband tattoo could represent one's life or the cycle of life.

Tribal and Celtic armbands can come in a variety of different designs and sizes. If you are looking for a tribal or Celtic armband tattoo, make sure you take the time to look over as many tattoo designs as you can. This will give you an idea of what is available, plus you can gain some inspiration for your tattoo. Keep in mind, these armband tattoos can be done in a variety of different sizes. If you see a design that you would want done bigger or smaller, your tattoo artist should be able to help you. The same can be said for all armband tattoos. You may just want a one inch armband around your arm. Most women usually get a small armband tattoo. Men usually choose to get larger armband tattoos.



As you have read, there are a variety of styles and symbols that are popular as armband tattoos. The tattoo on the right is yet another example. The tattoo on the right is associated with tribal art. This is considered to be a large armband tattoo. Pacific, Hawaiian, Maori, and Polynesian designs are all popular choices for armband tattoos. All four of these are associated to the tribal art style of tattooing.

The tattoo on the right is a great example of how you can make your own creative armband tattoo. As you can see, this is a armband tattoo for a woman. This is a ladies skull tattoo done in feminine colors. The tattoo is expressed to be for a woman through the pink bow and colors. The tattoo artist has added flowers and stars for the armband. The shading on this armband tattoo really makes the tattoo stand out. This is creative, unique, and an interesting design

The tattoo on the right is another example of a skull armband tattoo. As you can easily see, this is a design for a man. This skull armband has barbed wire, which is a very popular choice when it comes to armband tattoos. Skull armbands can represent life, death, or someone that is fearless.

The tattoo on the right is an example of a Celtic armband tattoo. Celtic armband tattoos are very popular all around the world. It appears to be a mid-level armband, meaning that it is between the elbow and the shoulder. Celtic armband tattoos can represent someone that is Irish or from the Celtic community. Celtic art is one of the most unique tattooing styles.

Barbed wire armband tattoos are one of the top armband tattoos available. Barbed wire tattoos are often done as armband tattoos. The barbed wire armband tattoo can also hold symbolic value. The barbed wire armband tattoo can be wore to symbolize protection and security, as well as strength.

Remember, if you like a specific symbol or style, you can probably have it designed as an armband tattoo. Flowers make for a great armband tattoo for women, as well as stars, butterflies, or dragonflies. You can also choose a symbol and have it decorated with art to complete your armband, just like the skull armband above. You can really get creative with armband tattoos. Just make sure you take the time to view a variety of armband tattoo pictures. This will get your creative mind going. Take the time to research your tattoo. You should always make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo means and represents. If you feel that the armband tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, feel free to follow the links below to read more on tattoo symbols, styles, designs, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for your visit.



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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *Frank, ahh, a little inspiration perhaps? LOL I give those people credit cause neck tattoos hurt, especially collars. Appreciate the story Frank and thanks for dropping by.

      *Alocsin, always great to have you come by. Oh I agree. If you are looking for something small and still fashionable, armband tattoos are the way to go. You can always cover and show as you wish.

      *Tonja, thank you for the comment and your time. I am very thankful and appreciative. Take care.

      *Max, appreciate you always my friend. I really like the armband tattoo, have one myself done in Celtic art. Plus, there are many things that can be designed in a band, such as hearts, stars, flowers, skulls, ect.

      *AE, thanks again for taking the time to come by. Of course Ruby! Just like it, you have an eye for cool kick butt tattoos! LOL Very interesting to say the least. This artist was very creative. I am working on getting permission to put a name with some of the best tattoos that I find. These tattoo artist deserve some credit.

      *Gypsy, that is one way to say it. And for the ladies, you can go for a gold or silver bracelet tattoo. Always bling blinging!!

      *KJ, LOL. I know if there was, he or she would be rich:) To be honest, I believe full sleeves(tattoos of the entire arm) do make your arm look smaller. It can blend in with your clothes, which can make your arms look smaller.

      *Unknown, glad to hear from you:) Nothing wrong with that. If your not sure about a tattoo, I would advise wearing them. It gives you a great feel what a real one would be like.

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      I love armband tattoo, I used to buy many designs (just the fake tatoos only) hehehe.

      Great photos!

    • kj force profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      thelyricwriter...nice pics, informative.. These seem to be very popular lately....

      is there one that would make upper arms look thinner ? ( little humor)

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Sort of like permanent bracelets.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The one with the eye is awesome!!

    • BeyondMax profile image


      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Yep, I agree, armband makes you stand out without taking over the whole body =)

    • tonja niemi profile image

      Tonja Niemi 

      7 years ago from Eagan, MN USA

      Interesting and very artistic.

    • alocsin profile image

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think this is a way to get a tattoo without it taking over your entire body. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      yeah thelyricwriter up and awesome I saw a man with a tat.. and I only looked because of your hubs.. it was a neck band looks like he was either hung or he had a dog collar .. thought I'd share that with you my friend :)


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