Armband tattoos are designs that encircle the upper arm, also known as the biceps. It is one of the most popular type of tattoos since it highlights the bicep’s tone and can complement the upper arm by making appear more slender or muscular and toned, depending upon your build. It tends to be a flattering look for both men and women. Tribal armband tattoo symbolizes different meanings as shown in history books. But its main purpose is to identify affiliation to a tribe or a family tree. It is also believed that tribal arm tattoos are identical markers for reuniting family members in the afterlife.
Throughout history, armband tattoos have been proven to attract people from every race and religion. Tattoo designs are said to unite the elements of nature. The most common designs include: the sun, moon, and stars.
Since the tattoo design is bold and appealing to the eyes, it extremely popular. The nice thing about the location of the tattoo is that if the desire or need arises, it is very convenient to hide it under sleeves. These designs vary from simple lines to complex art.
Some people believe that encircling the tattoo completely will bring bad luck. But in reality, it is difficult to encircle the design entirely because of the complexity of the arm’s contours. It is easier for the artist to leave a little space in order to not to destroy the design.
Although tribal armband tattoo designs were symbolic originally, today they represent more of an artistic masterpiece than anything. Current designs include bold solid patterns with swirling lines for an organic feel. Tribal designs are perfect for bicep tattoos since designs tend to be free flowing, making it look good no matter what angle you view it from.
The outer part of the arm is one of the least painful areas when getting a tattoo. That might be the reason why most people opt for shoulder and upper arm tattoos. Based on the experiences of most tattoo enthusiasts, armband tattoos don’t really cause much pain compared to other areas, but be mindful that the thinner areas of the skin are more sensitive, thus the inner part of the arms are expected to be a little painful.