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Tattoo Ideas For Men-Perfect Tattoos For Men-Popular Tattoos For Men

Updated on June 25, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


When it comes to choosing the perfect tattoo, you can never have enough ideas. There are thousands of tattoo symbols, designs, and styles to choose from. Coming up with just one tattoo symbol or tattoo design can be a tough decision. There are a variety of things that you may want to consider when trying to find the right tattoo for you. Tattoo ideas can come from anywhere. When I try to come up with a new tattoo idea, I simply pay attention to my surroundings. I look at other tattoo designs and I look through photos. These are just a few of the many ways to come up with your own tattoo ideas.

In this article, we will take the time to review popular tattoo symbols for men and popular tattoo designs. Also, we will discuss popular tattoo styles and tattoo meanings for men. In the end, we hope that you are able to leave with ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.

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Since you are trying to come up with the perfect tattoo, you need to explore exactly what your looking for. Since I don't know the answer, you need to see which route you want to take. Nearly every tattoo symbol holds meanings, as well as tattoo designs. However, despite their meanings, some men would rather choose a tattoo design that fits their personality or style. Either way, there is no right or wrong choice. Even so, you still want to be aware of what your tattoo represents.

If your looking for a tattoo design that has meaning, you need to research which tattoo symbols represent what you are looking for. If your looking for a tattoo design that represent strength, you may consider a bull tattoo or bear tattoo. If your looking for a tattoo that symbolizes family, you may go with the wolf tattoo. Animal tattoo designs are always popular among men. Each animal tattoo represents traits and attributes of the animal being portrayed. For example, if your looking for the meaning behind the lion tattoo, it would represent family, loyalty, strength, and courage. Many men try to find a tattoo that represents them in some way or form. It just depends on what attributes your looking for.

If you don't care what your tattoo represents, then you are going to want to choose a tattoo that you really like or one that fits your style. If your a biker, you may want to consider a Harley Davidson tattoo design or a grim reaper tattoo design. Either tattoo would be associated to the biker theme. One popular tattoo style that men often choose is tribal art. Although traditional tribal tattoo designs held deep meaning, today, they are mainly worn as a decorative tattoo. Most men choose this tattoo design for looks rather then meaning.

None the less, you need to consider which route you want to go. Most men choose a tattoo that does hold meaning to them. They want to get a tattoo that represents them. If your a proud father, you may consider getting your child's names tattooed. However, if your not into the meaning, you may want to choose a tattoo design that carries little or no meaning.


There are hundreds of tattoo symbols and tattoo designs that are perfect tattoos for men. These tattoos are usually associated to a man's ego, personality, or attributes. This is one reason why men often choose animal tattoos. Sense men represent strength, there are several animal tattoos that share that tattoo meaning. Animal tattoos have been a popular choice among men for many years. If you go back to traditional tribal tattoos, animal tattoos have been used by men for thousands of years. You know you have the choice to choose any tattoo that you wish. However, if your still trying to figure it all out, below are some of the most popular animal tattoos among men.

  • Bald Eagle
  • Bear
  • Bull
  • Cougar
  • Dragon
  • Eagle
  • Hawk
  • Koi
  • Lizard
  • Panther
  • Pit Bull
  • Phoenix
  • Raven
  • Rhino
  • Shark
  • Snake
  • Tiger
  • Turtle
  • Wolf

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Tribal tattoos have been worn by men for centuries. Traditional tribal tattoos were worn by men to represent their rank, associations, and accomplishments. Today, tribal tattoo designs are highly desired by men. Tribal tattoo designs are usually done in solid black ink, however, they can be found in other colors. You often see tribal tattoo designs on men with a build. This has in a sense, become a fashion for weight lifters or big men in general. Don't let it deter you though, if you want a tribal tattoo design, make sure that you get it.

Cross tattoos are another perfect tattoo choice for men. Cross tattoo designs can be designed and altered in several different ways. You may consider getting a traditional cross, a cross tattoo design that has little "flair." Even so, you can choose a cross tattoo that is decorated with jewels. I always prefer going to tattoo artist that designs on the fly. This means, I bring him or her and idea, then they design the tattoo. Not all tattoo artist have this gift. This is another reason to research your tattoo artist.

If your life tribal tattoos and cross tattoos, some tattoo designs include both. Usually, the cross tattoo is portrayed front center while the tribal work is in the background. It can work the other way, but it looks better when the tribal art is in the back. Cross tattoos can be designed with several different appropriate symbols or any symbol that you wish. If your trying to stay within the theme, cross tattoos can be designed with angels, cherubs, doves, rosary beads, or praying hands. Cross tattoos are mainly worn to represent their faith or represent the lost of loved one.

More popular tattoos that men often consider is the sun tattoos, dragon tattoos, Celtic tattoos, sacred heart tattoos, phoenix tattoos, and grim reaper tattoos. Each one of these would be a perfect tattoo for any man. The sun tattoo and dragon tattoo both represent masculinity. The sun tattoo can represent life, just as the grim reaper tattoo. Even though most people think that the grim reaper represents death, it can also represent life. This is creative thinking, possibly inspiring a sun/grim reaper tattoo design. Many tattoo symbols share similar meanings, therefore, they can be appropriately combined. The sun and phoenix tattoo are both related also. Both tattoo symbols consist of fire and can represent life.

Flame and fire tattoos are always popular among men. Flames and fire can be added to nearly any tattoo symbol. Fire and flames can also be designed alone. You may want to consider getting flames on your wrist or flames around your neck. Personally, I think traditional colors look the best in any setting, but I have seen blue and black flames that looked good. I like the combination of flames within tribal tattoo designs. The black, red, orange, and yellow look good together.

Have you ever seen an eight ball tattoo surrounded by flames? I have seen this tattoo design a hundred times. You will also see flames on heart tattoos, most commonly the sacred heart tattoo. I think the sacred heart is a perfect tattoo for men. Men are often programed to succeed, win at any cost, a desire to win. The sacred heart is associated to Christianity, but also represents passion and desire. When done correctly, sacred heart tattoos are eye catchers and stunners.

Overall, there are many tattoo symbols that are perfect for men. Popular tattoo symbols for men include anchor tattoos, angel tattoos, crown tattoos, nautical star tattoos, rose tattoos, and skull tattoos. There are plenty of choices and options for you to choose the perfect tattoo for you. My suggestion, make sure you choose a tattoo that is meaningful. You want your tattoo to represent something meaningful, represent you in a sense. If you don't, that is your choice. Remember though, tattoos are meant to be for life. Better choose a tattoo that you won't mind wearing for the next few decades!


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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      The star tattoo looks cool. I like the tiger as well since it represents courage.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great tattoo hub and fill with all great tattoo photos. Awesome !

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      yea the lyricwriter some of these are down right perfect for guys like me... :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, that tiger tattoo looks so real and vivid! Very interesting as always, with great detail in the tattoos.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Ruby Jean Richert 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The tattoo with the shoes and hat of a fallen service person was a touching reminder that we are still at war. All of the tattoos are very colorful and beautiful. Thank you for sharing..