A few ideas for a male tattoo, what design to choose and what it means


Below you will find inspirations and tattoo designs for men.

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Witchers sword, Aard and Igni signs

If you are looking for a different design, check my portfolio or Instagram, you will find hundreds of inspirations there, I create new designs almost every day, there are also ideas for men’s tattoos.

If you hesitate, below I will try to describe the most common questions I have about tattoo designs for men, maybe it will help you choose something interesting for yourself.

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Men tattoo idea, rose of winds

Where do men get a tattoo most often?

If we ignore the cases when almost the entire body is tattooed, the most common questions I have about men’s tattoos in the following places:

  • on the forearm,
  • on the calf,
  • on arm,
  • on the back,
  • on chest.

What tattoo designs are most often chosen by men and what is their meaning?

Below you will find over a dozen tattoo designs made by me with a comment on what meaning is most often assigned to them.

Forest and trees as a male tattoo motif

For many societies, the tree is a symbol of strength and adaptation, they are considered long-lived and resistant to weather conditions.

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Drawing of a tree, design for a mens tattoo

The best evidence of longevity is the fact that in Sweden there is a spruce called “Old Tjikko”, which, according to scientists, is about 9.5 thousand years old.

A tattoo with a forest or tree motif has been popular in recent years, it offers many possibilities of expansion and enrichment, for example by adding an animal motif, such as a wolf, bear or a bird, or e.g. a moon disc.

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Wolf inspiration for a tattoo for men

The trees are most often made in a dark color palette – black and gray, sometimes with the addition of dark green or brown.

Animal motifs in male tattoos, their meaning

Animals are a frequent topic in inquiries, and there are many positive attributes attributed to them that men identify with, so it’s a popular theme.

The most popular animal themes are currently:

  • bird – has always meant independence and freedom,
  • wolf – an expression of wildness and animal strength,
  • deer – as a symbol of speed, wildness, beauty and elusiveness,
  • tiger – as a model of unpredictability and primal instincts.
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Inspiration for mens tattoo – tiger
zebra inspiration for men tattoo
Inspiration for mens tattoo – zebra
snake idea for mens tattoo
Inspiration for mens tattoo – snake
shark idea for mens tattoo
Inspiration for mens tattoo – shark
rhino inspiration for mens tattoo
Inspiration for mens tattoo – rhino
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Inspiration for mens tattoo – owl
linear bull idea for mens tattoo
Inspiration for mens tattoo – bull
insects idea for mens tattoo
Inspiration for mens tattoo – insects
howling wolf idea for mens tattoo
Inspiration for mens tattoo – howling wolf
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Inspiration for mens tattoo – frog
bee inspiration for mens tattoo
Inspiration for mens tattoo – bee

Male tattoo on the forearm – symbols and designs from games

Many questions about male designs concern, for example, Celtic or Nordic symbols, Christian symbolism, skulls, pyramids, etc.

Some men also ask about the possibility of getting a tattoo based on their favorite movie, game or book – for example, I have made designs inspired by the Adeptus Astartes orders or the Witcher’s sword and the Aard and Igni signs.

first tattoo idea for man withcher sword
Witchers sword

What are male tattoo designs characterized by?

While women often choose delicate patterns that harmonize with sensitivity, in my opinion the male pattern should be made with a strong line, strong and bold.

Regardless of whether it is a floral, animal or symbolic pattern, it should be masculine 🙂

Or maybe something less durable than a tattoo – a t-shirt or a mug ?

For some time now, you can also buy my drawings printed on T-shirts and many other articles in my Spreadshirt shop and soon on some other shops that will be mentioned below – if you like my designs, please feel free. 

InkByKate shop tshirts and bags
handmade drawing from InkByKate shop tshirts and bags
InkByKate shop tshirts
InkByKate shop pillows and tshirts

I can also design something especially for you and create an individual t-shirt for you – send me a message to contact@inkbykate.com if you are interested.

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