40 Men’s Tattoos That Are Anything But Basic


These dragons.

by Kamil Mokot

(Photo: Kamil Mokot)

Kamil Mokot is one of just a few tattooists that works exclusively in the sketch style of design. This castle flanked by two massive dragons appears to be a hommage to HBO’s Game of Thrones but I can’t be certain. If you’re interested in this style of design, Inez Janiak is another artist you may be interested in.

This skeleton.

by Pawel Indulski

(Photo: Pawel Indulski)

Here we have another spectacular piece by Polish tattoo artist Pawel Indulski. Scenes from Greek mythology and antiquity are a common theme in his portfolio. Pawel’s understanding of light and shadow is something to be celebrated.

This superhero.

by Jefree

(Photo: Jefree)

Jefree’s style is otherworldy. As in, he’s somewhat of a super hero himself when it comes to inking designs into skin. This epic Marvel tat doesn’t even begin to demonstrate his true potential—which is why I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with each and every one of Jefree’s works.

This modern Creation of Adam.

by Pawel Indulski

(Photo: Pawel Indulski)

An omage to probably the only painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that you’re familiar with, this modern take on Michelanglo’s The Creation of Adam is as powerful, or perhaps even more so, than the original itself.

This eye.

via Recycle

(Photo: Recycle)

These Eye of Ra designs used to be everywhere but they’re not something we see too often these days. As someone who looks at tattoos all day everyday, I’ve seen my fair share of these Egyptian eyes and I have to say, this is probably the most fascinating example I’ve yet to come across.

These neck tats.

Mr. K

(Photo: Mr. K)

Any neck tat will do. But seriously if it’s small and black ink it just looks good no matter what the subject matter is. Of course these pieces are accented with just the right amount of white ink which makes even more of a statement.

This X.

by Bryan Gutierrez

(Photo: Bryan Gutierrez)

This is a repost but I stumbled upon it a few days ago and thought it deserved a little more exposure. Reminiscent of a puddle of water at a gas station, this creation of color demonstrates just how beautiful of a picture Mother Nature can paint.


by Kozo

(Photo: Kozo)

Often times the most flattering design that could possible occupy a specific location can only be ornamental in nature—designed specifically for that certain locale. And this is a great example of just that.

This is water.

by Julim Rosa

(Photo: Julim Rosa)

Big canvases allow for big ideas. This is one of those cool and creative designs that just begs to be displayed 24/7. These trippy font alterations are Julim Rosa’s bread and butter. Each design is as original as it is creative.

This chair.

via Reddit

(Photo: Reddit)

I try to include a fair amount of “fun” tattoos on each list and this one definitely ticks that box. This design was making quite the raucous on Reddit a while back so I thought it only fitting to squeeze it into a list as soon as possible.