There are several key trends in arm tattoos for men that are big news in the tattooing industry at present which are a far cry from the crude indigo designs that were all that was available several decades past. With tattooing having become so mainstream now, there are an abundance of differing designs to suit all tastes and preferences that can be scaled to suit a variety of different body parts and skin surfaces. These include the ever popular tribal artwork designs as well as half or full sleeve tattoos and the latest in text tattoos where traditional picture images are replaced with written words instead.
The most popular style of tribal arm tattoos for men include the artwork of ancient civilizations such as the Celts, Aztecs and Mayans as well as an abundance of designs emulating the style of Polynesian island tribes. However, perhaps the most favored of all are the swirling spiral patterns of the New Zealand Maori tribe although Hawaiian designs have also seen a rise in demand in recent years. These come in a variety of different shapes and patterns from geometrical and symmetrical imagery to more abstract designs depicting images from the natural world such as animals, plants and flowers for a contemporary take on the more traditional versions. The larger designs of this nature are popular for placement on the upper arm and bicep area – which is very much in demand for tribal armband designs – whereas smaller, stand alone images are more popular for the lower arm. Written designs featuring words or letters, often in a foreign language or script are also popular for lateral placement on the inside of the arm between the wrist and elbow. From Italians and Spanish to French or Latin, as well as more exotic lettering like Japanese kanji and Chinese characters, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Arabic or Hebrew, all make a stunning visual impact when inked on any part of the body, but on a prominent area like the arm this particular designs will be sure to attract attention for all the right reasons.
There has also been a surge in demand for sleeve designs which are increasingly popular for arm tattoos for men, as they cover the skin surface of the arm almost entirely in ink. These are incredibly detailed and the different images used in conjunction with each other are often selected to follow a specific theme however they are not for the faint hearted because, as the name suggest, they do cover most of the arm in a similar manner to a sleeve. Many guys start with a half sleeve from the elbow to the wrist or from the shoulder down to the wrist and then have it extended into a full sleeve at a later date. These is an immense amount of time and work involved in this particular style of men’s tattoos so these can be more expensive than traditional arm tattoos and due to the time involved in this process, several sessions are required before the end result is complete. There are designs of this kind in multi-colored in versions as well as plainer colored varieties in a single monochrome ink color or shades of black, white and grey.