Tricep tattoos are interesting tats because this part of the body has an odd shape compared to the other very common spots for tattoos. However, these days tattoo artists have the skills to make some designs look absolutely amazing on the triceps. Really, you can get just about any type of design in this area, but most people choose designs that fit perfectly around the backs of their arms. On this page we will take a look at some cool tricep tattoo ideas and some other info on these types of tats.
Similar to bicep tattoos, many people assume that you need to have a toned muscle in order to get a tricep tattoo. The truth is that most designs are made to conform to your body structure, so it really doesn’t matter how big or small your arms are. A cool tattoo is a cool tattoo, so if you come up with a nice design that you know will look good in the tricep area, don’t hesitate to get it just because you don’t have a large muscle back there.
Now, with that being said, some tricep tattoos do look a lot better when the triceps muscle is a bit more toned. It makes the design jut out a bit, which is the look that a lot of people are going for these days. The downside of getting a tattoo designed on a larger muscle is that the muscle will someday shrink down and potentially make the image look a bit distorted.
You could say that the triceps area is one of the most underutilized body parts for inking considering that it seems to be the perfect spot for some types of designs. Yes, it is a bit more hidden away than the forearm and bicep, but it’s still more visible than many other parts of the body.
Tribal tattoos have long been known as some of the best options for tricep tattoos and they’re usually the first ideas people think of when they are considering getting inked on that part of their body. Those thick lines and symbols just seem to look great on the triceps, whether they are flat on the muscle or wrapped around the arm. Don’t just get a tribal tattoo because it looks cool, though, be sure to know all of the meanings attached to the design you’re interested in so you can be sure it’s a tattoo you’ll want to have for the rest of your life.
Certain animal tattoos also work quite well as tricep tattoos, though the shape should work in that area so the image doesn’t look distorted when you move your arm. In most cases you will want to stick with the animal’s face rather than getting a full-bodied animal. However, in some cases, as with the snake or other long-tailed animals, you can wrap part of the image around your arm, which is a pretty cool effect in some tattoos.
One of the newer trends in tattooing is to get text tattoos as tricep tats. If you have a short word or phrase you’ve had in mind for a tattoo, definitely consider the tricep area. These are text tattoos that are generally designed vertically up and down the muscle, though they can sometimes work as horizontal tats, especially when it is a very short word or phrase.
Another cool tricep tattoo idea is to get a set of symbols designed vertically down your tricep muscle. This is probably the best idea for someone who wants to pack a lot of meaning into a single tricep design. There are millions of symbols that all have their own meanings, so you can get four or five completely unrelated symbols that work in a single design.
Sometimes the shape of the tattoo design itself will tell you if it is a good fit as a tricep tattoo. Anything that is oval or circular can work in this area, as well as thin, band-like designs that wrap around the arm. These days people like to get very creative with their tricep tattoos and they will take an image that you wouldn’t think would work and they tweak it a bit to fit perfectly.
Some people will wonder if tricep tattoos hurt and, if they do, how much pain they can expect to feel during the tattooing process. This isn’t a fatty part of the body, so there will be a bit more pain than on, say, your thigh. But you’re also not dealing with a bony area, so the pain should never reach a high level like some get with rib tattoos.
If you do decide to get a tricep tattoo, be sure to have multiple designs drawn up for you so you can have more options. Too many people make the mistake of just going with the first design they see because they think it looks cool. It’s better to have more options to you can get a good, long look at what those tricep tattoo will look like on your arm, and then you can make a more informed decision.
As with any other type of tattoo, you should have a seasoned pro work on your tricep tattoo for you. You’ll have your arm twisted a bit during the inking process, so you want an artist who has experience with people twitching and who has the patience to work with you to make sure the job is done perfectly. Your best option is to check out different artists’ books to see how they have done on other people’s tricep tattoos.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why people choose to get tricep tattoos and a ton of design options to choose from. This isn’t the area most people think of first when they are planning on getting a tat, but the fact is that there are a lot of designs that simply look better on the tricep than anywhere else on the body. We expect that tricep tattoos are going to continue to gain in popularity in the coming years.