Arm tattoos

Nowadays the arm tattoos tendency has remained, as the arm is the most moving body part with many bends. Usually artists divide a hand into several parts: shoulder, elbow area, forearm, wrist, hand, palm, and fingers. Tattoos can be put on one or several body parts.

Usually, each of the above listed areas contains special pictures. Most often, some letters, figures, or small inscriptions are drawn on the fingers. Lately, it's become fashionable to picture moustache, or other original sketches. The wrists often contain names or stars. Some individual inscriptions and pictures are usually made over palms - the most visible body part.


The single tattoos are rare in the elbow area. More often, the elbow part is connected to another tattoo, on the forearm, for example. The images of fire, flame, flowers, or small animals are perfect for the forearm. Almost anything can be pictured over the shoulder. Tattoo artists often call this place universal.

It is worth noting that the inscriptions are still the most popular arm tattoos. There is a great variety of fonts and sizes to choose a special one and draw it in a tattoo saloon. Both the request of the client and the aesthetic tattoo value are considered here.

Apart from the independent arm tattoos there is a sleeve tattoo. It is single drawing that covers all over the hand. This tattoo kind is popular with both men and women, as it is a good way to accent their personality, and a perfect mean to stand out from the crowd. According to its format, the sleeve can be divided into two categories:

  • The full sleeve - when the whole picture is drawn from the shoulder blade to the wrist.
  • The half-sleeve tattoo - from the shoulder to the elbow, or from the elbow to the wrist.

Most often, the sleeve tattoo depicts an unusual tracery that can be added with significant inscriptions, or pictures on client’s request.

Women tattoos are often put either on the wrist, or the forearm. Their subject and format are individual, yet in most cases, that's something beautiful and unusual. Men arm tattoos, as well as other parts tattoos contain images of wild animals, important dates and words. Fire flames are also popular.

It's worth saying that the tattoo procedure is not that pleasant, yet it's not much painful on the arms. That's why both men and women make the arm tattoo. The pain can be valued as 4 out of 10.

Arm tattoos were always connected with strength of spirit and accented the originality.


See the video how the tattoo-artist covers his clients old arm tattoo. As a result, they have got a full sleeve tattoo.

Following are the various arm tattoo photos created by different artists.

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