50 Traditional Elbow Tattoos Ideas and Designs (2017)

Tattoos on elbow are not very common choice. Elbow tattoos are in fact not as much popular as forearm tattoos or wrist tattoos but this doesn’t mean that they are avoided like face tattoos. Despite being on the visible part of body elbow tattoos are not in demand because of the pain caused in getting them. Yes, elbow tattoos can hurt but this doesn’t stop tattoo lovers to not top opt for them. If you are looking for interesting tattoo ideas for elbow then here you go. Here are 50 cool elbow tattoos for men and women –

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1. In my opinion simple elbow tattoos look much more beautiful than complicated tattoos on elbow. Here is a simple sun tattoo on the elbow of this boy.
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2. Girls can try flower tattoos on elbow and it would look even better if colored. Here is a an example of colourful flower tattoo along with three arrow tattoos behind the elbow of this lady.
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3. A creative tattoo artist can use the quality of elbow to make unique tattoos. For example this guy got tattooed with a video game character on elbow and due to the movement of elbow one would feel like the character is moving.
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4. If you do not wish to have sleeve tattoos but still want to have unique tattoos on both arms then you should try matching elbow tattoos like this.
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5. Most elbow tattoos will be inspired from geometrical shapes and that too in circular style. Here is an elbow tattoo that seems to be inspired from the tribal art of Mayan civilization.
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6. Sun tattoos are most suggested elbow tattoos because they perfectly suit the part. Here is a sunset tattoo design on elbow along with flying birds.
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7. Another famous tattoo idea for elbow is the spider web tattoo. Here is how a spider web tattoo will look like on elbow.
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8. Black and grey tattoos suit elbow more than colored tattoos. Here is a black and grey book tattoo design on elbow.
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9. If you wish to cover up your elbow then you have to opt for an above elbow tattoo just like this colourful snake tattoo design.
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10. You can opt for a large size nautical compass tattoo design too on elbow. Here is a compass tattoo that is mix up of Star of David and Ship wheel.
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11. Sisters can have matching tattoos on their elbows. One of the best idea for this would be the swinging sister tattoo as shown in this picture.
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12. Partial sleeve tattoo designs are also in trend. In such tattoos the artist just ink the back of the elbow with a particular design that start from the lower bicep and end up to the upper forearm thus covering whole elbow.
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13. Cross tattoo design can also be preferred for elbow but it would be even better if you opt for Celtic cross tattoo on elbow like this this.
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14. You can get your name initials inked on elbow but as they will not be easily visible in small size so you must have them mixed up with a beautiful design.
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15. Here is another cool elbow tattoo idea where the artist inked several music notes to make a symphony. Tattooing them in random pattern make it even more attractive.
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16. You don’t have to opt for a simple web tattoo design. If you are fan of Spider-man then you must opt for a thick spider web tattoo design like this on elbow.
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17. If you are not attracted to spider web tattoos then I would recommend you to try rangoli designs on elbow.
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18. Maori tattoos also look beautiful on elbow. Here is a nautical compass tattoo that is inked just above a maori tattoo pattern on elbow.
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19. You can opt for blackwork tattoo art for elbow. In this style the artist will ink you elbow with solid thick black ink and giving it a unique look as shown here.
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20. Another cool idea that you can try is to show an illusion pattern on your elbow. Here this lady has a circular pattern inked on her elbow that gives the illusion as if it is moving.
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21. If you wish to have a skull tattoo on your elbow then I would advice you ink it inside a tribal pattern as it will look majestic in such style.
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22. Even though this design look simple but trusts me it took a lot of concentration and dedication to create such impressive elbow tattoo.
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23. The color combination and shading of this tattoo design is amazing. You too can try such coloring where two colors complement each other.
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24. The layer of elbow gives perfect space and style for an eye tattoo design therefore I would suggest you to try a beautiful eye tattoo on elbow.
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25. You can opt for religious tattoos too on elbow. Here is a tattoo of Hindu Lord Ganesha on the elbow of this guy.
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26. Instead of opting for gothic tattoos you can try funky tattoos too. For example this guy opted for an hourglass tattoo on elbow and the beauty of this tattoo is further increased by the coloring.
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27. As eye tattoo is often recommended on elbow then why not opt for an Illuminati eye tattoo. All you have to do is place an eye just inside the illuminati triangle.
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28. Another meaningful tattoo for elbow would be the tree tattoo design. You can either try a palm tree tattoo on elbow or a pine tree covered with snow.
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29. Elbow tattoos can fade away quickly so if you try a colourful flower tattoo design then I would recommend you to take good care of it or else it will fade away in no time.
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30. There are many tribal patterns that you can try on your elbow but my favourite would be one that looks like shield just as shown in this picture.
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31. If you wish to add quote to your tattoo design then keep it short and meaningful just like this short quote inked on elbow right below snowy mountains tattoo.
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32. You can also have temporary tribal tattoos using watercolour or pastel color. Here are pastel tattoos on elbow.
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33. This elbow tattoo seems to be inspired from the poster of 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. The artist perfectly used the negative shading to bring out a unique style.
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34. Coin tattoos are rarely opted for but trust me elbow is good place for such tattoos. Who won’t admire a Dollar sign tattoo on elbow?
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35. If you have a beautiful tattoo on elbow then do not ruin it by adding meaningless tattoos nearby. This impressive elbow rose tattoo is ruined by the other tattoos.
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36. Elbow is a soft part of body so elbow tattoos can hurt a lot. If you want to avoid such pain then I would advise you to try watercolour elbow tattoos.
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37. You must get your hands shaved before getting tattooed on elbow. This majestic and pretty scorpion tattoo on the elbow of this boy would look even better on shaved hand.
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38. You do not have to opt for a bright colored tattoo to attract people. A good tattoo design with perfect coloring can also be impressive. Have a look at this elbow tattoo design.
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39. A good elbow tattoo choice would be to opt for gothic skull tattoos. Here is a majestic and large skull tattoo along with knife and quote on the back elbow of this boy.
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40. You can try small and tiny tattoos on elbow too. For example here is a cute tic tac toe tattoo on elbow of this lady.
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41. You can ask your artist to give 3D look to your elbow tattoo. Here is a 3D web tattoo design that also looks like the top of umbrella.
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42. Even though people prefer small star tattoos but if you want them on elbow then here is a unique star tattoo design for you.
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43. Katy perry made this style of Sanskrit shalokas popular. She have Sanskrit tattoo on her inner bicep. You can try a Sanskrit quote tattoo on elbow like this.
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44. You can try a simple crop tattoo design on your elbow too. It might look like an emblem from distance.
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45. If you try a neo-tribal tattoo design on your elbow then I bet you will leave a long lasting impression on the mind of people. Have a look on this amazing neo tribal elbow tattoo.
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46. Here is another cool example of neo tribal elbow tattoo but the artist used a light shading too so that this sun tattoo design gives a unique look.
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47. As elbow is best place to get shield tattoo so as an American why shouldn’t we try Captain America’s Shield as the tattoo?
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48. If your elbow tattoo design starts fading away then I would recommend you to restyle it using watercolours as it will bring the tattoo back to life.
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49. An anchor tattoo design on elbow will be very meaningful especially if you or your loved one is in navy.
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50. If you are still confused for your elbow tattoo then I would recommend you to try tribal sketches and drawings available on Pinterest, tumblr and Deviantart for your tattoo design.
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So which elbow tattoo from above photo gallery you liked the most?

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