If you have been thinking about getting a tattoo, but weren’t sure where to start – the forearm might be a good place. Forearm tattoos are very popular, especially among men, and are more cost-effective and less time-consuming than having a full sleeve done. The forearm is a favorite location for tattoos because of the all the blank space it provides for creating. Also, because the forearm is such a prominent part of the body, any tattoo that you put there has maximum visibility.
Although forearm tattoos are usually associated with men, women are also jumping on the forearm tattoo bandwagon lately as well. Gone are the days when women sat meekly by, turning their noses up at tattooed men. These days, women are getting just as many tattoos as men and proudly showing them off! Not just on their forearms, but all over their bodies as well.
Today, forearm tattoos are a method of creative self-expression. People get all kinds of things tattooed on themselves that usually have some special meaning to the wearer. The names of loved ones, important dates in their lives and tributes to live and love are some of the things that people choose to immortalize in their ink art. However, this used to not be the case. Throughout history, forearm tattoos were used as affiliation markings or and brands of sorts – not just for creative self-expression. Some tribal people would get forearm tattoos to signify being a member of a certain social class or group while others were tattooed with their specific trade in life, like a baker or carpenter. Tattoos were an integral part of certain cultures and just about everyone had one.
The fact that you do not see too many older people with tattoos says a lot about how the tattooed lifestyle used to be portrayed by society. Many people in the early twentieth century believed that only the rough crowd got tattoos so if you had one, you must have been some sort of rebel or outcast because no decent person would get them. Well, there might be a bit of truth to that, seeing as how tattoos have always been popular with bikers, sailors and other traditionally (back then) “unsavory” types. It is possible that the same mindset still exists in some parts of society today, but it is also just as likely that less people care what other people think of them and choose to live their lives on their terms without conforming to socially acceptable norms.
What ever the case may be, forearm tattoos are still one of the most popular types of tattoos out there today and there are lots of reasons why. First, the forearm is a part of the body that is least likely to change as we age. This is partly because the skin in that area does not sag or stretch in a way that a tattoo would get distorted over time. The forearm is almost never exposed to direct sunlight, which helps to preserve the integrity of the tattoo as well.
Another reason that forearm tattoos are popular is because those who lift weights and body build like to draw attention to their efforts. Let’s face it. Guys (and girls) like to show off their muscles. What better way to do that than to slap some eye-catching ink art right on top of those ripped bodies? On the other hand, forearm tattoos can easily be covered up with long-sleeves, if the situation warrants. For instance, just because forearm tattoos are okay with the management where you work now doesn’t mean the boss you have five, ten years down the road is going to feel the same way. Tattoos are never going to be acceptable to some people so it is a good idea to have them in a place where you can conceal them when the need arises – if you care!
Here’s a look at some of the absolute BEST forearm tattoos for both men and women, along with a brief overview of their meanings. Check ’em out.