When it comes to body art, the location of the tattoo is now as important as the design chosen for placement and there are a variety of factors that have to be taken into consideration when making this decision as some areas are more prominent than others. If working in a professional environment where tattoos are prohibited to be displayed in the workplace, you will want their body art placed on a more discrete area where it can be concealed with clothing when necessary but still put on display when desired too. That is why shoulder tattoos for men are one of the most popular placement areas for male tattoo enthusiasts as they look very sexy and masculine without being overly obvious either.
This is also a good sized surface of skin for the tattooist to work in so there are a multitude of designs in many different shapes and sizes to suit all or part of this area. While some may want a simple symbol or small design placed in a central part of the shoulder area others may want the whole area inked in a more elaborate style but this is also a good area for a first tattoo as it can be extended or added to at a later date. In fact many shoulder tattoos for men start as a more simplistic design around the top of the arm but are later transformed into larger more ostentatious creations. These can extend onto the back or chest, as well as down the arms or up onto the neck and make a bold and stunning impact that oozes masculinity as well as sex appeal. Animal images are popular for this style of tattoo in particular dragons, snakes and big cats where the head and can appear to be resting on the shoulder while the animal’s neck and body wrap around an alternative body part. These look absolutely wonderful however there is a great deal of work involved in these designs so they do not come cheap plus the time required to complete them may need multiple sessions with your tattooist.
There are many popular designs for shoulder tattoos for men including those that feature tribal artwork which has been a huge favourite with so many tattoo enthusiasts – both men and women – over the past decade. However, while women opt for masculine tribal designs, more and more men are also choosing more traditionally feminine images such as flowers. These floral designs are usually large, bold and colourful images often of exotic flowers like the orchid or hibiscus as well as oriental themed lotus, carnations and cherry blossoms. It is worth pointing out though that there is absolutely nothing girly about such designs when inked on a well defined and muscular male shoulder whether they are used on their own or in conjunction with more traditionally masculine images. Other widely requested images and symbols chosen by men for this particular body part include zodiac signs, half-sleeve designs, angels and other religious themed artwork such as crosses, rosary beads and praying hands.