The design in the picture is a great example of a half sleeve arm tattoo. It covers the top of the shoulder and moves down the arm to the elbow. This is an arm tattoo that provides a lot of flexibility to it’s bearer. The design can be made larger by the addition of more ink, thus turning it into a full sleeve. The design can also be tied in with shoulder tattoos or back tattoos at the whim of the wearer. At a later time, color can also be added to the design, though I think that the black and white shading of it now is quite impressive. It makes the design more ominous then a color design would. And considering the subject matter of the design that is probably exactly what the artist was going for. The demons, or devils if you prefer, makes this arm tattoo design very scary. And the detail is simply fantastic. The expressions on the devils faces are very individualistic and serious but the real achievement of this design is the minor details. Take the theatre mask for instance. You can see every line on it’s face, including it’s cleft chin. This adds a great depth to this arm tattoo, and that’s not always the case when it comes to some tattoos.
What would you say is the most common place on the human body to apply tattoo ink? Is it the chest, back or legs? No, the most popular place for body art, since the invention of tattooing, is on the arm. And if you look at the arm tattoo in the picture you can clearly see why. The natural toning of the arm’s muscles not only underscores the depth of most designs but also adds an element of movement to it. See, when you have an arm tattoo that is properly inked, the design will move every time you move your arm. The natural flexing of this part of the body causes the arm tattoo to look like it’s moving. Take the arm tattoo in the picture, for example. It’s a great design of a fairy with huge butterfly wings. Every time the guy’s arm tattoo moves then the wings on the fairy appear to move, as if the fairy was flying. So, you can see why the arm tattoo has always been and will always be on of the most popular places for body ink. And while I’m talking about this particular design let me make one last observation. I thought that it was a really unique decision for the guy to get an arm tattoo of a fairy. It’s usually a design reserved for women but it does look quite good on him.
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