200+ Meaningful Tattoo Ideas for Guys (2022) Unique First Designs

Tattoo Ideas for Men

There are thousands of tattoo ideas for men available online for you to try but then again you can try every other tattoo design. When it comes to picking up the best tattoo design for themselves most men tend to take suggestions from friends and colleagues. However, most of them are yet not satisfied and love to get visual interpretations.

Look no further as we present your list of 200+ meaningful tattoo ideas for men. We divided this list into several sections covering each body part. We tried to be as diverse as possible and gave the reason for each design we have chosen here.

So let’s hop onto the list of best tattoo ideas for men –

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First Tattoo Ideas For Men

The problem with the first tattoo is that most people often regret it within the first six months. Why So – Because most people get their first tattoo out of ignorance and in the tender age of innocence. We here provide some first tattoo ideas that you will never regret.
1. Try One Word tattoos from other languages. Here is the word ‘MAA’ (translates to Mother) inked on the forearm of this guy.
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2. Blood is thicker than water and if you love your family as much as Lannisters love theirs’ then surely you will love this infinity FAMILY tattoo design.
Cool First Tattoo Ideas For Men


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3. The most recommended first tattoo design by artists is the Tribal dragon. Here is a beautiful tribal dragon tattoo on back which is perfect candidate for first tattoo.
First Dragon Tattoo Ideas For Men


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4. Smoking Kills and it is no Joke. The first tattoo like this will not only be unique but also be very meaningful.
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5. Wolf is another popular animal tattoo that is recommended to newbies. Here is an awesome wolf tattoo on the wrist that can be tried as a first tattoo.
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6. Go Cryptic. If you love a novel or a movie or a tv show then get their logo inked on your body. Let people decode your tattoo design.
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7. There are 7 billion music lovers in the world and I hardly find anyone who will mind a music tattoo design as impressive as this.
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8. People like to get a motivation quote inked on their body. My suggestion would be to keep it simple and up to the point like this.
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9. A Triangle tattoo defines three important aspects of spirituality – Mind, Body, and Spirit. This tattoo shows that even though they may seem different but in order to succeed you have to keep them on one track.
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10. You will never regret a tattoo of tree especially if it is done as beautifully as this. Trees are the true life form of this planet and a tree tattoo will reflect their importance. You need to follow some fashion advice to improve your overall personality.
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Simple Tattoo Ideas for Men

Most people do not want their whole body covered with meaningless tattoo designs. Many people love to have one or two tattoos that are simple and define their personality. Here are some beautiful simple tattoo ideas that every man should give a try –
11. If you are a religious person who cannot have a large tattoo due to their employee rules then here is the solution. Try a religious tattoo like this on your finger. This is a Trishul tattoo (weapon of Hindu Lord Shiva). You can try cross or star of David tattoo too on the exact spot.
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12. As I said a triangle represent three different aspects of life that acts together. Here is an amazing triangle tattoo design in 3d style.
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13. I have never seen a girl or a man rejecting a flower tattoo. A rose tattoo as beautiful as this, will surely look great.
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14. An arrow tattoo represents focus and determination. If you are looking for a simple tattoo idea then tattoo of arrow is perfect choice.
Simple Forearm Tattoo Ideas For Men


15. Every man is a king of his own world. Claim your kingdom by trying this awesome king crown tattoo in small size.
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16. One word tattoos are my favorites because they are short, simple and straight to the point. Here is one of my favorite words inked on the back bicep. What’s your favorite One Word?
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17. A simple cross tattoo like this will suit any part of the body. My recommendation would be forearm.
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18. Simple tattoos can be meaningful as well. Here is a simple tattoo that is way more meaningful than most sleeve tattoo designs.
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19. Cryptic tattoo design like this is always a conversation starter. If you are a shy person then such designs would help you to mix up with people.
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20. Here is another cross tattoo design that I would recommend to people who are looking for simple tattoo ideas.
Simple Wrist Tattoo Ideas For Men


Small Tattoo Ideas for Men

There is a quote within the tattoo industry – The Smaller the better. Small tattoos have their charm and if you are looking for small tattoo ideas for men then you are in luck as we have listed several designs here –
21. I love minimal animal tattoos. A small wolf tattoo design like this will suit any men or even women.
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22. Okay, I am a big fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S The show is one of the funniest sitcoms and there is nothing wrong in getting their logo inked (especially if it contains all the infinity stones that Thanos was mad after). In short, this tattoo will show that your Friends are your infinity stones and they make you powerful.
First Time Tattoo Ideas For Men


23. Most people think that flower tattoos need to be medium to large. You should opt for small flower tattoo designs like this that are hard to overlook.
First Small Tattoo Ideas For Men


24. Hope is a four letter word but the deep meaning behind it gives motivation to millions of people one the world.
One Word Small Tattoo Ideas For Men


25. This small and simple balloon tattoo design implies that you love freedom in life and do not bury yourself down under pressure.
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26. Small colourful tattoo are even better choice. A small and colourful flower tattoo like this would be charismatic.
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27. A small flying birds tattoo will signify that you love traveling but also you wish to fly high in the sky and achieve your goals that seem impossible.
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28. The word OM is derived from Hinduism where it is literally translated as the name of the god. Many people love to get inked with this powerful mantra.
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29. Seahorse dwells under deep sea but they are not scary. In fact they are nature’s most beautiful creation.
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30. This is a tiny tribal sun tattoo design. A sun tattoo defines optimism and tells that there is always another day.
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Arm Tattoo Ideas for Men

When it comes to arm tattoo ideas most men think that arm tattoos = sleeve tattoos. This is not true. You do not have to get your whole arm tattooed. There are many cool designs that you can try on your arm. Some of them are listed below –
31. This spider tattoo design on the forearm is inspired by the logo of spiderman. If you are a fan of the superhero then this is a perfect choice.
Cool Arm Tattoo Ideas For Men


32. If you are more into tribal sleeves then In my opinion this is one of the perfect design for you.
Full Arm Tattoo Ideas For Men


33. An incomplete circle like this will denote that your life is incomplete without someone special.
Inner Arm Tattoo Ideas For Men


34. One of my favorite kind of arm tattoos are the jungle tattoos where the artist inks the root of the trees near the wrist like this.
Lower Arm Tattoo Ideas For Men


35. Another most popularly tried arm tattoo idea is the armband design. They look fabulous on everyone.
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36. Along with the armband tattoo you can add triangle designs like this which will denote your siblings.
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37. Here is a tree tattoo on arm done in blackwork style. It almost looks like the poison of venom (from spiderman).
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38. Geometric tattoos are always awesome. Here is a planetary geometric tattoo along with the image of Buddha that looks ridiculously [email protected]$$.
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39. Another design that you can try on your arm is the arrowhead tattoo. They look great in both small and large sizes.
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40. Here is the modification of Dwayne Johnson’s popular maori tattoo on shoulder and chest.
Upper Arm Tattoo Ideas For Men


Back Tattoo Ideas For Men

41. If you are looking for the best back tattoo idea then the perfect choice is angel wings.
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42. Traditional wolf tattoos are commonly tried. Here is a Mexican style wolf tattoo that will sit perfectly on back.
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43. Can your eyes off this tattoo of lion on back? I can’t. This is well though tattoo design that is unique in every sense.
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44. Tree tattoos can also be tried on back. Instead of trying a dense forest tattoo you can go for a single tree that gives the message to conserve wildlife.
Full Back Tattoo Ideas For Men


45. While I often recommend my clients to try cross tattoo on chest or forearm yet many ask for a cross tattoo on back. Here is one design that you can try on back.
Religious Back Tattoo Ideas For Men


46. I am a huge fan of Batman. If superman tattoo is perfect choice for chest than batman tattoo is perfect choice for back.
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47. One of my personal favorites back tattoos are long designs inked on the spine bone. Please note that spine tattoos are extremely painful to try.
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48. Here is an Aztec style tribal tattoo design of the sun on the back of this man.
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49. Another cool back tattoo design is the trishul tattoo that can look great on anyone’s back.
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50. The yin and yang tattoos are perfect choice for those who are looking for cryptic tattoos. They can look great on back or on arm.
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Chest Tattoo Ideas for Men

One of the most sought after tattoo ideas for men is chest tattoos. They are opted by diehard tattoo lovers who want a medium to large size tattoo piece on their body. Here we have chosen some really cool chest tattoo ideas that will suit any man –
51. If you wish to have a tribal design on chest then my suggestion would be to try a circular design (sun or moon) on just one side of chest just like this.
Best Chest Tattoo Ideas For Men


52. Outline tattoos or sketch tattoos are rarely tried but if done correctly they turn out to be a masterpiece of art. Here this sketch tattoo of lion and tiger is perfectly suited for chest.
Chest Tattoo Ideas For Men


53. While sun and moon tattoos are usually tried by couples but this doesn’t mean that you cannot try them. The chest is the best body part to try sun and moon tattoo designs.
Cool Chest Tattoo Ideas For Men


54. Large size dragon tattoos and dragon sleeves does not impress me that much as a cool tribal dragon tattoo on chest like this.
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55. Cross tattoos perfectly fits on any body part but chest would be my recommendation and for obvious reasons.
First Chest Tattoo Ideas For Men


56. Roman numeral tattoos are rarely tried but if you love someone then you can dedicate them a tattoo by inking their birth date in roman numerals.
Simple Chest Tattoo Ideas For Men


57. As a Batman fan I would always plus one a Batman tattoo. How about the Bat logo tattoo inked on chest?
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58. Many tattoo artists will recommend you try a lion tattoo on chest but there are very few unique designs. Here is one I admire.
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59. If you want a tattoo that covers on side of chest and shoulder then this tribal design is perfect pick for you.
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60. Many people like to get tattooed with symbols that bring good luck. Here is one such tattoo design for them.
Unique Chest Tattoo Ideas For Men


Shoulder Tattoo Ideas For Men

Tattoos on the shoulder are often extended up to chest or back or even up to the elbow. Here we have picked the best shoulder tattoo ideas for men –
61. One of the most searched designs for the shoulder is the angel tattoo. Here is a tribal angel tattoo design along with tribal art.
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62. As I said earlier that tattoos on shoulder are often extended up to elbows. Here is a tribal shoulder tattoo that is extended up to wrist.
Arm And Shoulder Tattoo Ideas For Men


63. Most people focus on front shoulder tattoos only but in my opinion back shoulder tattoos can turn out awesome as well.
Back Shoulder Tattoo Ideas For Men


64. If you have a ripped physique then always go for tribal designs that have pointy edges.
Best Shoulder Tattoo Ideas For Men


65. Armour tattoos are perfect choice for shoulder and chest. They signifies that you are strong man.
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66. A globe and a compass tattoo on shoulder will suit those who love travelling and wish to visit every country in the world.
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67. If you are person with free spirit than a tiger tattoo on shoulder would be perfect choice for you.
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68. If your ancestry roots lies in maori then you should go for maori tattoos or Polynesian tattoos like this.
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69. A unique tattoo idea for shoulder would be to try a lion design that is extended up to chest like this.
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70. Another cool recommendation would be to try a half sleeve tribal design that is symmetrically perfect.
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Sleeve Tattoo Ideas for Men

Gap and space play a vital role in the full sleeve and half sleeve tattoos. I will always recommend going for tattoo sleeves that are perfectly symmetrical from every angle. Here we have chosen some impressive tattoo sleeve ideas for men –
71. This could be a ¾ sleeve tattoo for all we know. Many people try such designs where they get tattooed from half bicep (leaving shoulder) to the wrist.
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72. Instead of trying a tribal sleeve you can go for unique designs like this. Animal tattoos are rarely tried as full sleeves and this is really one unique style.
Arm Sleeve Tattoo Ideas For Men


73. Biomechanical tattoos are meant for arms and legs. Here is a biomechanical sleeve tattoo that can be described in one word – Jaw-Dropping.
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74. Is this the road less traveled? A scenery tattoo is often recommended on the chest but if it did as beautifully as this then sleeve would suffice too.
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75. I am a fan of black work tattoos and most people do not know how to try them. Here is one good example of a beautiful blackwork tattoo.
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76. Watercolor tattoos require special attention. They are good choice for sleeves as you can keep better care of them.
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77. Religious tattoos are another popular recommendation for sleeves. Here is a lord shiva tattoo on sleeves.
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78. Another cool design that you can try on half sleeve or quarter sleeve is the forest tattoo.
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79. Lion tattoos look great on almost any part of body. Here is a lion sleeve tattoo with roses.
Tattoo Sleeve Ideas For Men


80. This is a unique leopard tattoo design on half sleeve that covers upper shoulder as well.
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81. I don’t recommend face tattoos very often but if you want to cross the line then why not go all the way?
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82. This neo traditional tattoo design on hand should be tried with caution.
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83. People often look for arm sleeve tattoos but calf sleeves like this looks great too.
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84. When it comes to back tattoo people either go for upper back or lower back or even spine but one often overlooked idea is to try side back tattoo like this.
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85. This tattoo design on both calves would have been better if it was wearing on just on the calf. What do you think?
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