Welcome. For those of you not really looking to get a tattoo, be warned. Once you see an image, it can’t be unseen. As in, our lists routinely affect the status of global ink reserves. Okay, maybe not. But maybe someday.
We put together an awful lot of lists showcasing tattoos aimed at women, which is simply unavoidable—it’s a numbers thing really. So today we’re dropping a list aimed at men, with some pretty spectacular designs which have a little something for everyone—no matter what your style may be. Enjoy. And as always, don’t forget to share and save your favorites.
Anything Brian Woo whips up is guaranteed gold. As in, he’s kind of a big deal in the industry. While he’s usually known for his small and intricate designs, when the Doctor goes big (or relatively big in this case) it definitely gets extra attention.
These geometric swirls.
Swirling geometric patterns aren’t something that you see everyday. But when you do, a snap is definitely in order. The shading of each element gives the design an incredibly soft feel which offsets the general chaos of the design with a little elegance.
This partial sleeve.
If you’ve ever tried to make sense of one of Balazs’ artistic designs, then you have an intimate understanding of the phrase “Time well wasted.” Art knows no boundaries, is not confined by any laws or rules, and the less sense it makes the more intriguing it is.
This glowing globe.
Polish tattooist Pawel Indulski has an intimate understanding of inks relationship with the skin on a level that most other artists will never experience. His vision, skill, and eye for excellence has catapulted him to the top of the list of world-class tattooists.
This skeletal sleeve.
Every man has aspirations of sleeves, eventually. They simply look too good to ignore. I’ve been putting together lists of tattoos for years, and still I’d only trust a handful of artists to blast me wrist to shoulder. Greg Nicholson is one of those select few.
Here we have another Greg Nicholson masterpiece which also happens to be one of my favorite designs of the year. The issues with ending sleeves in the shoulder area that many people battle with doesn’t seem like an issue for Greg.
From top to bottom, witness a legendary battle scene depicting a sword-wielding member of the Knights Templar fleeing from a fire-breathing dragon. I’ll try to attach more angles if they become available.
This skeleton hand.
Some tattoos are simply more interesting than others. And this intriguing snake-wrapped skeleton hand is definitely among the more interesting. When viewed at just the right angle, the flesh literally disappears from the fingers, exposing nothing but bones and a slithering snake.
This space shuttle.
Well, if Jesus was a space cowboy, I guess my mom would have this hanging in the dining room in place of what’s currently there. Pawel Indulski is such a talent with a needle that literally anything he does is museum quality. It’s difficult to think of a more gifted tattooist than the renowned Pawel Indulski.
These art deco heads.
These Easter Island type heads got a modern makeover by master tattooist Jefree Naderali. These heads remind me of something out of the 1927 science-fiction film Metropolis.