Tattoos for men is a huge umbrella that covers all sorts of designs from small to big, black to color, serious to humorous, traditional to contemporary, and beautiful to scary. Further, any tattoo can be a tattoo for men. It’s totally up to you to decide the right fit for you. Because this is such a big category, we will kick the list off with general tattoos for men before zeroing in on some of the most popular subject matter and placement for men.
We turned to social media to find the most liked tattoos for men that are really moving the needle today. We have designs for every taste with various subject matter that we find endlessly inspiring. If you are considering getting a tattoo, scroll through our greatest hits list for some genuinely unique and impressive ideas.
Discover the Best Tattoos for Men Below
Placement of Tattoos for Men
You can tattoo virtually anywhere you want to on your body but some places are more popular than others for tattoos for men. The upper arm and bicep are some of the most popular locations as these tattoos can be easily concealed or shown off!
Another Arm Piece
Here’s another, larger arm tattoo that practically constitutes a half sleeve. If you’ve been lifting weights and want to show off all the hard work you put into arm day, this placement will be a perfect option for you!
Classic designs like this one are timeless. They are typically done with colorful ink and look distinguished.
About the Inner Bicep
Inner bicep tattoos for men look great, but a word of caution: they really hurt. Tattoos on the tender skin of the inner arm are significantly more painful than those done on the outer bicep. For this example, the fish’s tail fin probably stung the worst as you have more nerve endings near your armpit. But, it will look great if you can muscle through it.
Moving on to Forearms
Another extremely popular place for tattoos for men is the forearm. It’s one of the least painful spots to be tattooed as well. Here we find a cool geometric pattern that’s understated but still fun.
Another exciting trend with tattoos for men today are these big blocks with intricate fill. Again, we find an abstract, geometric designs inside each block of black ink. If you want to start a full or half sleeve tattoo this is a great way to get the ball rolling.
Express Your Interests
Your tattoo should absolutely be meaningful to you. So, if you are a motor head like this person, something similar will look excellent on your forearm. It shows the world who you are.
Black & Grey
While we wrap up these forearm tattoos for men, let’s take a second to discuss color. For men (and overall), black ink is the color of choice. Here’s an awesome black and grey tattoo for you to see just how effective these types of tattoo can be. But, if color is the way you want to go, be bold!
In tattoo parlance, a large tattoo across the chest is called a chest piece. They are very popular with men and women, especially for those who already have inked up arms. Here’s a handsome one that features sharp lines and expert shading.
A Smaller Chest Piece
A chest piece that’s smaller and scale, sitting just beneath the collar bones results in a cool look. A word of caution: getting a tattoo near or over any bone hurts like a mother, so be prepared for some additional sting once the artist tattoos near your collar bones.
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You don’t have to go covering your entire chest in a single tattoo. Instead, you might want something situated on the pec like this snake. A watercolor effect has been applied here to add color and movement. It’s a huge trend at the moment.
Back Tattoos for Men
Let’s talk about back tattoos for men. Your back is a huge part of your body and presents your tattoo artist with a big, blank canvas to work with. You can get something epic or choose just one part, like the upper back which has been done here very well. Notice how the shapes accentuate the shoulder blades and neck? That’s money.
Epic Back Tattoos for Men
If you want to commit a lot and time and money, you can go all-out with a giant back tattoo like this one. It incorporates traditional and neo-traditional styles to great effect.
Thigh Tattoos for Men
Thigh tattoos for men are far less popular for men than women. That’s not to say they’re not uncommon! Here’s a great example with inspiration taken from Star Wars.
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Pop Culture Tattoos for Men
Pop culture tattoos for men are big! Here’s a super fun and colorful one inspired by A Goofy Movie. If you love a film, piece of art, or even meme, consider it for your tattoo. After all, you know what you like.
Calf Tattoos for Men
Here’s another pop culture tattoo. This one’s inspired by Breaking Bad‘s Walter White. Calf tattoos are very very popular with men. You’ll mostly see abstract shapes in these tattoos for men but not always.
Abstract Calf Tattoos
Here’s another calf tattoo, as promised, this one is abstract in nature. Take a look at all of those clean lines and beautiful fill.
Full Leg Sleeves for Men
We share this image with you to show you just how distinct these abstract designs can become and because you might be ambitious. Are you looking for a scheme for full leg sleeve tattoos? Something similar to this would look fantastic.
Foot Tattoos for Men
Foot tattoos for men are far less common than you might think. Most of them are funny, goofy tattoos or abstract. Here’s an example of the latter.
Funny Tattoos for Men
Here’s a tattoo that’s located just under this dude’s ankle. The foot is a great place to put a tattoo if you don’t take yourself too seriously.
Hand Tattoos for Men
Tattoos on the hands and face were once considered too taboo. But today, opinions are changing. If you’re bold and brave, go ahead and get your hand tattooed. Here’s an awesome black, grey, and white ink option.
Colorful Hand Tattoos for Men
As you can see, colorful ink on the hands really does make a huge impact. These are two traditional designs that have been looked at from a fresh perspective.
Neck Tattoos for Men
You need to have nerves of steel to get your neck tattooed but plenty of people do! Here’s an interesting tattoo that lands right on the Adam’s apple (shudder).
More Neck Tattoos for Men
The most popular area of the neck for tattooing is the side, like this one. Classic designs like swallows and roses are never going out of style.
Small Tattoos for Men
We’ve shown you a whole lot of rather large tattoos for men so we thought we’d also share some smaller ones as well. Here’s a small tattoo inspired by Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.
More Small Tattoos for Men
Initials, words, and just a letter all make for evocative, mysterious tattoos. The person who shared this image wrote that he got the tattoo in Cyprus to commemorate time spent there.
Here’s an interesting design that highlights the importance of working with a tattoo artist who can help execute your vision. You can enjoy a tattoo that’s wholly original that way.
Sport Tattoos for Men
We could not complete a list of tattoos for men without tattoos inspired by sports. Here’s a fun basketball tattoo that’s been completed with thousands of tiny little dots.
Sport tattoos are extremely popular and for good reason. They’re what we play and what we enjoy being spectators for. These boxing gloves look classy.
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We leave you with this tattoo of a mountain landscape to encourage you to get tattoos that express the things you enjoy most. If you love spending time outdoors hiking, climbing, kayaking, etc. go ahead and get yourself a tattoo that showcases your passion for the great outdoors.
Rose Tattoos for Men
In a Sleeve
Let’s kick this list of rose tattoos for men off with a maximalist design that goes all-in. We find a sleeve tattoo with a skull wrapped around a rose and a snake below for good measure. If your motto is “go big or go home,” this approach could be right for you. You could do a full arm of roses or incorporate the flower into something larger for something that offers narrative.
On a Hand
Hand rose tattoos for men are extremely popular today. We find a cool black and grey one in the above example. It’s another tattoo that is not going to be for everyone but if you’re not afraid to get your hands inked, it could be the right direction to go in for you.
Rose tattoos have been around for a very, very long time. They are hallmarks of traditional tattooing. In the above example, we find a very traditional take that harkens back to the likes of Sailor Jerry and Ed Hardy. If you want to celebrate the history of tattooing, go for a traditional or neo-traditional design.
On the other end of the spectrum, you could go in a more realistic style that looks more like an actual rose. Some artists are more skilled than others when it comes to this approach so make sure to do your homework to find an artist who is seasoned in realistic designs.
With a Dagger
The more traditional dagger and rose pairing finds the dagger piercing the rose (put a pin in that) but we liked this X-shape pairing that marries hard and soft, straight and organic.
With a Snake
Make your rose tattoo more evocative with the addition of a creature of some sort. This one finds a snake tangled up in the rose to great effect.
As Part of Something Larger
Finally, some color! Rose tattoos for men can put the focus on the bloom itself or act in concert with other design elements. As we mentioned in the intro, black is the color to beat when it comes to rose tattoos for men. But, colorful ink has its virtues.
Colorful Ink Rocks
Here’s a rose grouping done in a neo-traditional style. The artist has done an impeccable job with the shading here. Notice how offbeat these color choices are? We find golden orange and even blue in the leaves, for example. Experiment and play around until you find the right color combo for your design.
Really, It’s Fantastic
Color meets realism in this, dare we say, romantic tattoo. The buttery look of the texture on the petals is just remarkable. There is no denying this artist’s talent.
And, we’re back to black. In this design, we find a moody take with very bright brights and the darkest of blacks. They create a thrilling contrast that reads as ethereal and even haunting.
Crisp and Green
With rose tattoos for men, so many folks are rigid in their scope. But, there is so much you and an artist can cook up for your design. For instance, you could go with a radical color like this neon green and gold rose. Don’t forget that you make the rules.
Warm It Up
Most rose tattoos for men forgo ornamental elements and instead come off as straightforward. However, in the above example, we find some ornamentation at the wrist with an abstract shape that forms a V. Above it, we have the star of the show, the rose, which is magically engulfed in flames. What a winner!
3D tattoos like this are a mildly popular trend today. We think it’s a really fresh effect that we would like to see more of among rose tattoos for men.
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The Shadow of the Rose
Here is one of the coolest rose tattoos for men we found. It takes the shape of a rose but is filled with a completely different scene. We find the features of a face inside, like a cutout of another world. We have never seen anything like it which means that it’s as fresh as it gets.
We have seen a lot of big, bold rose tattoos for men so far but that’s not a rule. If you want something small, remember that sometimes the small things make the biggest impact. This tiny rose behind the ear looks fantastic.
It’s Not a Bad Deal
If you’re looking for small rose tattoos for men, consider something like this with bold, thick lines. It’s straightforward with no frills. This placement on the hand looks great but it could work just about anywhere. Might we suggest the neck?
Go Your Own Way
This rose tattoo looks both familiar and completely foreign. The shape of the bloom is off, and we mean that in a good way, as well as the shapes of the leaves which look rather spiky. You’re the master of your own tattoo destiny!
Blades ‘n Roses
Here’s another one of the offbeat rose tattoos for men. Instead of thorns, knives, cleavers, and all manner of blades have been swapped in. Often, the weirder the tattoo, the better. We’ll let you be the judge of that in this case.
Create Some Art
Wow! Here is one of the rose tattoos for men that is singular in its style. There’s some really delicate linework on display as well as masterful shading. We get texture, drama, and so much depth from this design.
Dark and Twisty
No one said the rose must be alive! We find one losing a petal as it sits in a bottle. This rather poetic design is the only one like it that we saw. We find it to be a refreshing idea and it looks really cool.
On the Knee
If you know what sort of rose tattoo you want but are unsure of placement, might we suggest your knee? Any subject matter that seems to radiate out in a circular fashion looks fantastic on the knees. That means that there are plenty of rose tattoos for men on plenty of knees out there.
With a Fade
Yes, we realize that a tattoo on the head is not going to be for everyone. But, we loved this one so much that we just had to share it with you. The cool green found in the stem and leaves is the perfect color to dramatically contrast the orange and red blossom. Notice that cool color fade? That’s money.
Mash ’em Up
A cool idea tattoo artists have been exploring in recent years is combining two traditional tattoo elements into one design. The classic scorpion tattoo meets a traditional rose in this macabre marriage. You could have a spider rose; a snake rose, or anything your heart desires.
Here is one of the rose tattoos for men that has a sense of humor. “I’m not alright,” it says over a black blossom with a smiley face inside. We don’t know what’s going on and we don’t care. You get to decide the tone and style of your tattoo so that it best reflects your personal style.
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Bold Will Hold
We did not forget about that dagger piercing a rose that we promised way at the start of this list. We find it in the boldest black here with sharp, crisp, clean lines helping to really make it shine. For some, a time-tested design like this one will be best. Enjoy!
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Life and Death
Let’s kick things off with two contrasting hand tattoos for men. On the left, you see a vibrant, red rose. On the right, you will find something much more morbid in a skull. Going with a different theme for each hand is a popular option.
If a figurative tattoo is not for you, think outside the box for an abstract design that fits your style. Greyish blue and black look great swirling together in the above example.
It Keeps Going
We find a gentle reminder for this hand tattoo. It says, “life goes on.” Choose a dramatic font like for a tattoo that really makes a statement.
Dog and Cat
For these hand tattoos for men we find a cat and dog, both surrounded by florals. There’s also a funny message that reads “plan ahea…” across the fingers. Bravo!
Micro tattoos are a huge trend today and we find a few of them on this hand. In the center is a gorgeous portrait of a face.
Blue and Red
If you’re not afraid of color, consider contrasting colors for your hand tattoos for men. One blue and one red rose look glorious next to each other.
Snake, Swallow, and Bands
There doesn’t need to be much rhyme or reason if that’s not your thing. A snake, some thick bands of black, and a small swallow all look great as hand tattoos for men.
Here’s another one of the birth hand tattoos for men on this list. Get an animal tattoo to celebrate a love of nature.
Here are some pretty singular hand tattoos for men. We found a Buddha design on the left and a decorative one on the right with plenty of dots and dashes across the fingers.
An eye in a raincloud sits over the word “blessed” in this very fresh design. This is a very tidy and clean tattoo with tons of remarkable tiny details.
“In his 60’s and still getting rad tattoos!” the person who shared this image wrote. We must agree that this tiger tattoo looks fierce.
Three beautiful swords, cross, and a bird compose this hand tattoo. There’s a bit of mystery about this one that we really like.
Three Swords Part II
We guess three swords are popular among hand tattoos for men. Here’s another example with a face and lines that radiate from it.
Bones or skeleton hand tattoos are a mildly popular trend today among hand tattoos for men. If you’d like something that’s dark and twisty, something similar could be perfect for you.
Heart in Hand
Palm tattoos look cool but we must warn you that they fade over time. In fact, after just a couple of months, you might find the majority of the design erased.
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Skulls are hugely popular among hand tattoos for men. Here’s a big one with thorns and other botanical elements. Such drama!
Blackout tattoos are an emerging trend and it’s not for the faint of heart. The tips of these fingers have been “blacked out” and tattooed to look as if they’ve been dipped in ink.
Okay! Here’s a fun one that is barber-themed. If you’d like to celebrate your line of work, something that signifies your talents could be a wise choice.
Two large mandala-inspired tattoos rest on the top of the hands while abstract lines fall over the fingers. The designs read as meditative and calming.
Here’s the only Lord of the Rings tattoo we saw while researching hand tattoos for men. We find the entrance to Bilbo’s home which is a whimsical and fun design.
An umbrella sits on the top of the hand while its handle and some lightning bolts extend down to the fingers. It’s a very creative use of the natural shape of the hand.
Old Meets New
The subject of this tattoo looks like a statue from antiquity but there’s a modern feature, a barcode on the figure’s cheek. Its inclusion makes this design all the more visually interesting and conceptually daring.
Tattoo artists are experimenting with white ink more than ever before. It’s been used as a highlight for this black and grey scorpion. It really makes the whole tattoo pop.
‘Don’t Fear, Face Them’
“Don’t Fear, Face Them,” these hand tattoos for men say. The font is totally original and looks, forgive us, “metal.”
Eye Radiating Fine Lines
Eye hand tattoos for men are popular and you’ve seen a couple already on this list. We were attracted to this one because of the ultra-fine lines that radiate from the eye. Those meet a bolder frame for the entire piece. Fantastic!
If you have a passion for old-school, traditional, American tattooing, you might want to turn to the past to inform your design. Artists who specialize in tradition and neo-traditional tattoos can help you realize your vision.
You can decorate those thumbs with something that appeals to you. For this person, they chose some tools of their trade. Celebrate what you love doing most with your hand tattoos.
Here’s a skeletal snake that looks so evocative and creepy in all the right ways. Take a look at the scales of this tattoo that contain so much texture thanks to the technique the artist used to apply it.
Black and red inks look excellent together. If you are considering black hand tattoos for men, try incorporating a little red for contrast and depth.
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We leave you with a planchette that’s done with very thick, black lines. It’s such a bold design that it eclipses so many of the designs like it that we’ve seen in the past. Don’t be afraid to go big and bold to make an impact.
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Bold & Black
If you decide to go with just black ink you can really lean into it for a moody and dramatic outcome. This classic heart and dagger design truly delivers.
Front & Center
Placement on the sides of the neck is most popular among neck tattoos for men but you can always go with ink at the very center. This person has chosen their birth year and you might like something similar on the spot.
Colorful ink is less popular than black with neck tattoos for men. But, we will share with you some examples for you to see how it can really pop. This flaming mask wouldn’t be as exciting without the colorful flames.
On the Back
Tattoos on the back of the neck are less popular for men than they are for women. But, that doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. The back of the neck is one of the least painful spots on your neck to have tattooed.
Bird neck tattoos for men are fairly popular and we will share with you a few more examples on this list. We love the movement in this particular design that adds to its visual interest.
Feel the Sting
Here’s a smoky scorpion that extends from behind the ear all the way to the base of the neck. It’s one of the larger neck tattoos for men on this list. If you’d like to take up some considerable real estate on the neck, try going oversized with your design.
Eye of Providence
The Eye of Providence symbol crops up in all sorts of places. It’s an especially popular choice for tattoos. If you’d like an eye on the back of your head, you should think of doing something similar.
Abstract designs can also be winners as neck tattoos for men. Here’s a singular line that looks like a brushstroke that extends all the way up the neck. Think outside the box and you could walk away with a tattoo that truly grabs attention.
Here’s another one of the bird neck tattoos for men. Owls are popular choices and this one happened to be the best one we stumbled across. For the sides of the neck, consider getting the characters tattooed in profile as opposed to straight on for a cool effect.
Big cats make for enticing tattoo subject matter. A handsome panther is a great option but any cat will do. Notice how the cat’s face has been tattooed in profile. It’s a common feature for neck tattoos with this placement.
Lady’s faces have been part of the tattoo artist’s visual vocabulary for centuries. Here’s a gorgeous example of a woman who seems to be blooming from inside a peony flower. Blue and orange inks look fantastic paired together in this way.
Here’s one of the more intriguing neck tattoos we encountered. It finds a safety pin piercing a heart. Take a look at how clean and crisp the lines are. It’s also been expertly shaded to have a cool texture. Find an artist with a point of view and you could walk away with a stunner like this piece.
Micro tattoos are a huge trend today. The more photorealistic the better as far as we’re concerned. The above tattoo looks like an actual rose has been shrunken down. If you’re not going big, you can still make a huge statement.
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Or Go Bold
On the other hand, you can choose to go big and bold with your design. We find merits in both styles and you get to decide what’s going to be right for your own neck.
A Sacred Heart
We found a number of Sacred Heart tattoos when we were researching this list. This one has a cool drip effect and wings that extend to the sides of the neck. Something similar in shape will be perfect centered at the back of your neck.
Go Abstract With it
These abstract lines were inspired by chrysanthemum flowers, the artist shared. Can you see it? By going more abstract and less figurative, you can have an impactful design that offers a touch of mystery and plenty of intrigue.
The Creation of Adam can be found as subject matter for many tattoos. We liked this one because it accentuates the natural shape of the neck. Those are some mighty fine lines that are truly remarkable!
This graphic neck tattoo almost looks like an optical illusion. Abstract pieces are so handsome on the neck and this one in grey and red really catches the eye.
Similar to the brushstroke tattoo we viewed earlier, this circular design looks as if it’s been painted on rather than tattooed. It’s a cool effect that’s similar to a watercolor tattoo.
A Marvelous Mandala
Mandala-inspired designs are very popular neck tattoos for men. This one is worked into the hairline which looks interesting. Notice how each shape contains a cool dot-work texture.
Mandala Round II
Here’s another, very big, example of a Mandala neck tattoo. If you live your life by the mantra “go big or go home,” something similar could be suitable for your neck.
Be a Dragon
Neck tattoos for men with this shape are best at the front of the neck. The parallel nature of the design is similar to birds with their wings spread or a butterfly doing the same. All of those shapes look fantastic front and center.
This tattoo was applied freehand by the artist. Despite the overall business of the tattoo, the artist has still managed to strike balance. If you want to blast over your entire neck, and abstract design works wonders.
Here’s a fresh raven neck tattoo that seems to be about death. For those with morbid sensibilities, something similar can make a big statement on the neck.
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We have another big cat that looks ready to pounce. There’s plenty of action going on in the design to offer movement. Black and grey tattoos have their merits, but some neck tattoos for men look best in color!
Wow! This colorful neck tattoo sure does bring beauty. However, the placement on the neck gives it an edge. It’s one of our favorite tattoos for men on this list.
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Big cats are extremely popular subject matter for chest tattoos for men. If you want to go big and bold, a lion tattoo will suit you well. In this example, we find the cat is ready to attack.
We find life and death in this massive chest tattoo in the form of florals and a stag’s head. Any sort of design that radiates from the sternum is extremely popular. That’s why you will see plenty of creatures with wings on this list.
Red and black inks look terrific when paired together. In one of the most dramatic chest tattoos for men on this list, we find the colors employed to create a phoenix. It’s a beautiful symbol of resilience.
For lovers of the cosmos, we came across a number of chest tattoos for men inspired by the heavens. In this one, we find a cloudy sky with a big lunar eclipse happening in the center.
Mandala-inspired tattoos are a huge trend at the moment and we found many chest tattoos for men that feature familiar patterns. In this instance, geometric designs form a “V” shape down the chest. The shape accentuates the natural shape of the body which is a winning scheme.
We told you to expect a few winged creatures on this list and, as promised, here’s an owl with its wings spread, ready to attack. As we just mentioned, this sort of shape mimics the shape of the chest and torso to really make the most of the real estate.
Hannya masks are used in Japanese Noh theater to represent a female demon. We find a play on that theme in this tattoo that is heavily inspired by Japanese art and irezumi.
Big chest tattoos for men can feature an entire scene and that’s what we find in this tattoo that imagines a heavenly encounter. The person who shared the image remarked that it was a “religious” tattoo. We certainly get that impression!
All manner of skull is welcome for chest tattoos for men. Here’s a ram with lily flowers. Notice how the artist has applied many small lines and dots to mimic stippling. It offers tons of texture in tattoos.
Hound of Hades
In Greek mythology, Cerberus often referred to as “the hound of Hades,” is a three-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld so that the souls of the dead can’t escape. We find a stylish interpretation of Cerberus in this dramatic chest tattoo.
If you prefer something softer, you can still make it bold. Chest tattoos for men that feature black ink are the most popular and it’s because of the definition it offers. This butterfly tattoo looks fantastic in black.
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Small chest tattoos are also very popular and we’ve shown you many big ones on this list. Feast your eyes on these cute little angels that look as if they’re floating in the air.
Here’s an intimidating wolf that looks rather menacing. For bold chest tattoos, consider some fierce subject matter.
Like Hannya, Tengu masks are used for Noh stage plays and certain Shinto festivals. They are considered demi-gods who protect the mountains. We love this super stylish take that features think lines of ink.
A Whole Mood
There’s a lot to unpack here as this is one of the most intricate chest tattoos for men on this list. We find imagery inspired by statuary from Antiquity as well as more contemporary motifs. Work with a tattoo artist who can share your vision and you could walk away with something equally as breathtaking.
Judging from some of the comments on this tattoo, it appears that it was inspired by the video game Bloodborne. Wherever the inspiration was drawn, this is one of the best chest tattoos for men on this list. It is full of energy and movement with some stunning visuals.
Small chest tattoos for men are still great! We find this interesting triangle meeting a circular block of orange ink. The contrast is perfect and this is visually very interesting.
Crying eyes, a snake, and a heart are three chest tattoos for men that have landed on this body. The eyes are rather haunting and you would be wise to try something similar.
“Numb,” this chest tattoo reads. Who has ever been there? Tattoos are all about self-expression and you should feel emboldened to get write to the point as this person has done.
The artist who shared this image also provided the concept: “Greek Graffiti.” We find a tattoo that looks like a Greek bust that’s been improved by elements that look like they’ve been spraypainted on. It’s a cool old-meets-new concept that really delivers.
Florals are not as popular as you might expect with chest tattoos for men. However, we did find one winning example in this giant rose tattoo. It’s utterly beautiful.
We find a shape that references rose window panes in a cathedral here with a face that’s peering out from the black void. This is one truly inspired design.
Nature provides endless inspiration in these chest tattoos for men. We find some ink that’s smaller in scale this time that features two exquisitely tattooed birds.
You too can have a giant bat chest tattoo if your heart so desires. It appears that this is a cover-up tattoo. Just focus on the bat’s right wing. It’s a great effort and a rather bone-chilling design.
Big and bold does not necessarily mean the whole chest. These two stars created with super thick lines truly stand out.
We find a chest tattoo that is expressing decay in this design as it looks like we’ve peeled back the skin to discover a rotting corpse underneath. This is one of the wildest chest tattoos for men on this list.
So Many Eyes
Moth tattoos are very popular for the chest and we find one that’s captured some whimsy in the form of eyes in the creature’s wings. This creepy design has been applied with very crisp and neat lines. Bravo!
Red & Black
We’ve said it before and we’ll repeat it, black and red inks look phenomenal together. We found two skeletons dancing in a botanical motif with their arms outstretched to grab a bottle of poison. Offbeat and harkening to etching, this is one of our favorite chest tattoos for men on this list.
In tattoo parlance, a “blastover” is simply a tattoo that covers another but allows the original ink to remain visible. The ouija board imagery has been applied on top of an older heart tattoo and it looks pretty great.
If any of the chest tattoos for men on this list are likely to conjure nightmares, it’s probably this one. We find a skull seemingly escaping from this man’s torso. Okay!
For those of faith, chest tattoos offer you an opportunity to express it. These handsome praying hands are understated and very fresh-looking.
Hot & Cold
We find another chest tattoo that utilizes hands to tell its story with these warm and cold hands meeting each other. The artist captioned the image “the touch of love.” It’s definitely an homage to Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam.”
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This is an old-school, traditional-style design that you could probably find on a body 100 years ago. Each part of this design is referencing older tattoos with familiar elements like swallows and a rose. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get a marvelous chest tattoo.
Texture is the name of the game in this chest tattoo for men that really does cover a lot of real estate. A stippling technique has been used to create the appearance of thousands of little dots. You find more dots populated in the darker areas and fewer in the lighter ones. What a winner!
There you go! What did you think of all of these tattoos for men? We think we offered something for every type of taste and style. Now, go get that next great tattoo!
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
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- 2.3 Epic Back Tattoos for Men
- 2.4 Thigh Tattoos for Men
- 2.5 Pop Culture Tattoos for Men
- 2.6 Calf Tattoos for Men
- 2.7 Abstract Calf Tattoos
- 2.8 Full Leg Sleeves for Men
- 2.9 Foot Tattoos for Men
- 2.10 Funny Tattoos for Men
- 2.11 Hand Tattoos for Men
- 2.12 Colorful Hand Tattoos for Men
- 2.13 Neck Tattoos for Men
- 2.14 More Neck Tattoos for Men
- 2.15 Small Tattoos for Men
- 2.16 More Small Tattoos for Men
- 2.17 Moody
- 2.18 Sport Tattoos for Men
- 2.19 A Knockout
- 2.20 Happy Place
- 3 Rose Tattoos for Men
- 3.1 In a Sleeve
- 3.2 On a Hand
- 3.3 Go Traditional
- 3.4 Hyperrealism
- 3.5 With a Dagger
- 3.6 With a Snake
- 3.7 As Part of Something Larger
- 3.8 Colorful Ink Rocks
- 3.9 Really, It’s Fantastic
- 3.10 Neo-Noir
- 3.11 Crisp and Green
- 3.12 Warm It Up
- 3.13 3D
- 3.14 The Shadow of the Rose
- 3.15 Go Small
- 3.16 It’s Not a Bad Deal
- 3.17 Go Your Own Way
- 3.18 Blades ‘n Roses
- 3.19 Create Some Art
- 3.20 Dark and Twisty
- 3.21 On the Knee
- 3.22 With a Fade
- 3.23 Mash ’em Up
- 3.24 Express Yourself
- 3.25 Bold Will Hold
- 4 Discover the Best Types of Hand Tattoos for Men Below
- 4.1 Life and Death
- 4.2 Abstract Swirl
- 4.3 It Keeps Going
- 4.4 Dog and Cat
- 4.5 Micro Portrait
- 4.6 Blue and Red
- 4.7 Snake, Swallow, and Bands
- 4.8 More Bird
- 4.9 Bold Lines
- 4.10 #Blessed
- 4.11 Tiger Time
- 4.12 Three Swords
- 4.13 Three Swords Part II
- 4.14 Bones
- 4.15 Heart in Hand
- 4.16 Thorny Skull
- 4.17 ‘Dipped’
- 4.18 The Barber
- 4.19 Mandala Moment
- 4.20 For Bilbo
- 4.21 Stormy
- 4.22 Old Meets New
- 4.23 It Stings
- 4.24 ‘Don’t Fear, Face Them’
- 4.25 Eye Radiating Fine Lines
- 4.26 Traditional Wolf
- 4.27 Handy
- 4.28 Creepy Snake
- 4.29 Red Moth
- 4.30 Planchette
- 5 Get Ideas for Your Own Ink with These Neck Tattoos for Men
- 5.1 Bold & Black
- 5.2 Front & Center
- 5.3 Expressive Color
- 5.4 On the Back
- 5.5 Take Flight
- 5.6 Feel the Sting
- 5.7 Eye of Providence
- 5.8 Painted On
- 5.9 Owl Pal
- 5.10 Cattoo
- 5.11 Peony Lady
- 5.12 Heart Piercer
- 5.13 Go Micro
- 5.14 Or Go Bold
- 5.15 A Sacred Heart
- 5.16 Go Abstract With it
- 5.17 Get Creative
- 5.18 Go Graphic
- 5.19 Wet Ink
- 5.20 A Marvelous Mandala
- 5.21 Mandala Round II
- 5.22 Be a Dragon
- 5.23 Controlled Chaos
- 5.24 The Raven
- 5.25 Fierce!
- 5.26 Floral Goodness
- 6 Get Inspired by These Thrilling Chest Tattoos for Men!
- 6.1 Roar!
- 6.2 The Stag
- 6.3 The Phoenix
- 6.4 Total Eclipse
- 6.5 Patterned
- 6.6 A Hoot
- 6.7 Hannya-Inspired
- 6.8 Heaven
- 6.9 The Ram
- 6.10 Hound of Hades
- 6.11 Butterfly
- 6.12 Cherubs
- 6.13 Woof!
- 6.14 Tengu Masks
- 6.15 A Whole Mood
- 6.16 Also Moody
- 6.17 Abstract
- 6.18 Sad Eyes
- 6.19 That Feeling
- 6.20 “Greek Graffiti”
- 6.21 Big Bud
- 6.22 Architectural
- 6.23 Birdies
- 6.24 Bat Boy
- 6.25 Seeing Stars
- 6.26 Skeletal
- 6.27 So Many Eyes
- 6.28 Red & Black
- 6.29 Ouija Blastover
- 6.30 Peekaboo!
- 6.31 Prayed For
- 6.32 Hot & Cold
- 6.33 Set Sail
- 6.34 Geometric Splendor
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