Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sometimes deciding where on the body to get a tattoo is the most difficult part of the decision-making process. Of course, many people choose traditional locations like the shoulder, the upper arm, or somewhere on the main torso. But now many people are starting to look towards other areas to display their tattoos, and so, a plethora of armband tattoo designs have entered the mainstream.
Armband tattoos are very popular with people getting tattoos for the first time. On one hand, these tattoos have become somewhat of a fashion statement, and that puts them in high demand. On the other hand, they can be hidden under most short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts, so they are suitable for individuals who may need to fit into a conservative social or professional environment.
Another reason that armband tattoos stand out to first-timers is their ability to be created as feminine, masculine, or gender neutral designs. The many options that armband tattoos present gives those who aren't absolutely sure about what kind of tattoo they want the ability to experiment just a bit.
Armband tattoos seem to be universally accepted by the entire tattoo community. From bikers and sports icons to corporate gurus and exotic dancers, there seems to be an armband design acceptable for all trades. Its possibilities are seemingly endless.
Some of the more frequently sought after armband designs include Celtic knots, tribal patterns, Hawaiian themes, floral arrangements, dragons, snakes, and other serpents, feathers, and Native American patterns. Armbands can be adapted into nearly available style.
Armband tattoos are usually inked on the upper arm, at the widest part of the bicep. And while the outside portion of the upper arm can be one of the least painful parts of the body to get a tattoo, the inner upper arm can be a bit more sensitive.
Many people have been led to assume that the sensitive nature of this area has caused some individuals to accept incomplete tattoos. But, it is quite the contrary. Because the shape of the arm changes as the arm is rotated, only tattoo artists extremely adept at armband tattoos can actually make the two ends of a band meet due to the fluctuations in the arm as it moves.