In the long history of tattoos, men and women alike have been participants in this ritual. During ancient times tattoos were worn as amulets for protection, marks of high status or strength, and as signs of religious or cultural beliefs. In the beginning of the modern century, tattoos were looked down upon as a stigma, calling out scoundrels and criminals. Over the past half century tattoos have become more and more socially acceptable and are more often worn as a form of self expression.
The evolution of design for men’s tattoos has gone from one end of the spectrum to the other. In the past men received tattoos as a show of status, whether a king or a slave. Nowadays men are wearing tattoos of all shapes and styles. Here are some of the current trends.
Tattoo Trends for Men
Compass Tattoo on the Neck
A compass tattoo is often regarded as a sign of a traveler, but could also symbolize someone who has found their way in life. Neck tattoos are visible for men with short hair and offer a subtle way to show of your ink, depending on the size.
Gray Rose Tattoo on the Hand
A tattoo on the hand is a bold statement that only a pair of gloves can cover up. Something like a classic rose tattoo can symbolize a number of thing depending on the color or number of roses. Often thought of as feminine, rose tattoos have been a popular choice for men for a long time.
Tiny Doves on the Fingers
Doves are a universal sign of peace and are an ever popular tattoo design. These tiny tattoos have been growing more and more popular for those who may want to conceal their tattoos, or those who prefer to make a subtle statement. A tattoo on the finger, on the other hand, is just the opposite. The tiny designs fit perfectly on this much smaller canvas and nearly impossible to hide.
Bow and Arrow on the Tricep
This bow and arrow tattoo below is a mixture of a couple very popular trends. Arrows are a simple and refined design, something anyone could wear. And the structure of the design, a combination of fine lines and dots create a detailed piece. The inner part of the tricep creates a more discrete area for tattoos to be worn, but still allows for moments of flaunting.
Asian Inspired Dragon and Warrior on the Calf
Dragons have long been admired for their mysterious nature, strength, wisdom and power, and have naturally been one of most popular tattoo designs for ages. The combination of the warrior and dragon on this tattoo symbolizes control over the dragon, conveying a great strength and fearsome like qualities. Tattoos on the calf are intended for display, so a tattoo showing such strength is perfect for this spot.
Grove of Trees on the Bicep
A group of pine trees in a peek-a-boo spot on the bicep is a fun and fashionable call-out for a love of nature. For the avid hiker or adventurer, tattoos inspired by nature are growing in popularity. The position of the tattoo, a little high on the bicep, creates a conceal or reveal ability with the movement of the sleeve.
Planets Down the Spine
For the ultimate dreamer, a planet tattoo is a great expression of the desire to explore the unknown. Beautiful line art with intricate features creates a unique look. The back is another place to conceal a tattoo from the working world, but easily revealed when wanted.
No matter the design you choose, be sure that the art speaks to you. Luckily, all the tattoos featured in the pictures above are available as temporary tattoos. Utilize options like this to temporarily express your personality or test out a look that you are considering. You can even create your own custom tattoo if you want to preview a specific design!