50+ Forearm Tattoo Designs That You Will Definitely Love

By Jason Hamilton / June 24, 2018
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For most of you who are following this website, by now we are pretty sure that you are convinced that tattooing is a form of art that aims to express the wearer’s expression, personality, emotions, and feelings. It is an explicit and creative way to show to the world how you truly feel and what you really are. One kind of tattoo that explicitly shows the design is the forearm tattoo. This tattoo is not hidden from the public which is good if you are aiming to express yourself. For first-time tattoo wearers, this might also look like the perfect tattoo for you.

In this article, we will be showing you various forearm tattoo designs that will make you squeal into wanting one. We will also show various tattoo designs that men and women prefer on their own skin.

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Forearm Tattoos: Is It Painful?

For first-time tattoo wearers, this might be the first question that will pop up on their heads. We practically know your anxiety regarding this, we are like you when we first got our tattoo way before and the first tattoo I have got was a forearm tattoo.

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If you are going to ask us if how painful are forearm tattoos, well the answer is painful. All tattoos are painful but there are other body placement tattoos out there that are more painful than others. Luckily, forearm tattoos are in the lower end of the spectrum so do not worry. When I first got my tattoo which is a forearm tattoo, personally, it was painful. But I was told by my tattoo artist that usually, it does not hurt that much for others. It is just that I had a low tolerance for pain back then.

Speaking of pain tolerance, all of us have different pain tolerance levels and that tolerance will go up as time goes on. So for us who have had a lot of tattoos in the past few years, we had to say that the forearm tattoo is not that painful compared to others.

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Forearm Tattoo Ideas

Well, there are a lot of tattoo designs out there that we personally think that will be perfect on your forearm. From simple designs such as the simple geometric tattoo to the more complex neo-traditional tattoo, a lot of tattoos can be done on your forearm. Here are some forearm tattoo ideas to get you started:

Geometric Tattoos

Geometric tattoo designs are a new addition to the tattoo design family. To be quite frank, most of the tattoo artists in the tattoo community and body art industry have not mastered this tattoo design yet. Despite the challenges it presents to the tattoo artists,  once you have this tattoo perfectly done, you will never regret having this one on your skin. This tattoo design is pure perfection!

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A small triangle geometric tattoo on the forearm.

An intricately designed large geometric forearm tattoo of the eye of Osiris with other geometric tattoo design elements to improve the overall look of the design.

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A geometric tattoo on the forearm of an abstract artwork.

A geometric tattoo on the forearm of differently sized rhombus shapes.

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On a tattoo artist’s point of view, this tattoo is considered as the tattoo design with the highest visual impact and aesthetic value on all tattoo designs out there. It is artistic, unique, trendy, and modern. This tattoo design really screams millennialism when first seen.

A forearm tattoo of a lion with geometric tattoo design elements to accentuate the design.

A large forearm tattoo of a tree with geometric tattoo design elements.

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An Indian-inspired geometric tattoo on the forearm of an elephant.

A large armband like geometric tattoo on the forearm of geometric patterns inspired by the art deco movement of the 1920’s.

On a tattoo enthusiast’s point of view, this tattoo design does not only present itself as a beautiful and intricately designed tattoo, also, it does not hold any predetermined meaning which makes it a blank canvas. you can add meaning to it without anyone questioning your own interpretation of the design. This is the beauty of geometric tattoos. It is a new blank canvas where artists and enthusiasts can play and mold it for their own.

Neo-traditional Tattoos

Neo-traditional tattoo designs lie in the middle of the tattoo design age line. They have been around since the late 1990s and have started the new designs race in various parts of the globe. This is the origin of the new tattoo designs we see today done by different tattoo artists.

A neotraditional tattoo on the forearm of a mountain side and a waterfalls near a camp site.

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A neotraditional tattoo of a compass on the forearm.

A large forearm tattoo of a red and green crocodile in neotraditional tattoo fashion.

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A highly detailed and vibrantly colored neotraditional tattoo of a compass and a message in a bottle.

A highly detailed and colored forearm tattoo of hand decorated in street fashion like a graffiti on a brick wall.

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Despite being middle-aged and now somewhat old, the designs under neo-traditional tattoos still can hold itself against other more modern and exciting tattoo designs. Just put a little dash of color and poof! You have a very modern tattoo design that will not show its age for at least a decade or more.

A large and intricately designed colorful dragon head neotraditional tattoo on the forearm.

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A colorful and highly detailed neotraditional tattoo on the forearm of three eyes.

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An intricately designed neotraditional eagle tattoo on the forearm.

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A large highly detailed and vibrantly colored neotraditional tattoo on the forearm of some sort of an abstract art piece with pagan symbolism.

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An intricately designed and extremely colorful neotraditional tattoo on the forearm of a coat of arms.

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Although some neo-traditional tattoo designs will show their age at some point in the future, whenever you are unsure of what to adorn your skin, rest assure that this tattoo design will rock on any body shape and in any skin color.

Tribal Tattoos

When we are talking about old classic tattoo designs, the first thing that may come to mind is the tribal tattoo. It is the oldest in the bunch as proven by their early use as a symbol of a man or a woman’s social class standing in the tribe they are in. Despite its age, tribal tattoo designs still have that beautiful charm in it that a lot of tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts love.

A large armband like tribal tattoo on the forearm with numerous Maori patterns.

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Another large armband like tribal tattoo on the forearm with numerous Maori patterns.

A large tribal forearm tattoo of a Polynesian deity.

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A tribal tattoo on the forearm of a phoenix rising from the flames signifying rebirth.

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A small forearm tattoo of a tribal themed phoenix in flying position.

These tattoo designs often offer a unique or distinct appeal that makes a lot of people drawn to it. Most tattoo artists would often say that its age does not matter since they have inked tribal tattoos hundreds of times to their clientele’s skins. It is famous despite some may claim and its popularity has never wavered. In fact, tribal tattoos are on the rise again because of the thought-provoking images and patterns they always have.

Watercolor Tattoos

Watercolor tattoos are the newest designs in the bunch. This specific tattoo design is specifically designed to be vibrant and colorful which makes it standout against all of the other tattoo designs out there. What makes this design even rarer and more desirable is the fact that only a few tattoo artists can do this tattoo design properly.

An extremely colorful watercolor tattoo on the forearm of a single lens reflex camera tattooed like an art sketch.

An extremely colorful and intricately designed watercolor tattoo on the forearm of an anchor and a compass connected by a rope.

A watercolor tattoo on the forearm of an intricately designed and colored jellyfish with pink and blue as its main colors.

A vibrantly colored watercolor tattoo on the forearm of an abstract watercolor artwork.

A watercolor tattoo of a plan inside a test tube with green watercolor tattoo design elements to further accentuate the design and increase its visual impact.

Every tattoo artist and tattoo enthusiast out there could clearly tell if a tattoo is a watercolor tattoo design by the way it looks. Watercolor tattoos are often described as looking abstract and having that mesmerizing colorful dream-like back drop. Oftentimes, this tattoo would not even have black ink in them making it even more mesmerizing.

A large watercolor tattoo on the forearm of a vibrantly colored and highly detailed intricate tree in the fall.

A large and vibrantly colored watercolor tattoo on the forearm of a swimming mermaid.

A large vibrant and colorful watercolor forearm tattoo of a reindeer with blue and pink as its main colors.

An highly-detailed and intricately designed watercolor forearm tattoo of a dream catcher with birds and flowers and butterflies to accentuate the design even further.

An intricately designed forearm tattoo of an abstract watercolor tattoo design with yellow and gold as its main color alongside black.

Those are just a few forearm tattoo designs that will get you going. A lot of tattoo designs that will perfect for your forearm is out there. All you have to do is research for what will suit you or if you are that creative, make a design that is uniquely for you.

Forearm Tattoos Ideas and Designs  For Men

Forearm tattoos is generally famous for men because it is a visible tattoo that can be made hidden by simply sporting a long sleeves top. Aside from this, like we said above, forearm tattoos are the gateway tattoos for most tattoo enthusiasts out there. With its moderately painful installation and a large variety of designs out there that can be placed onto your arm, we are pretty sure you would also be enticed to have one (if you still do not have one).

Here are some of the forearm tattoos on the internet that captured our attention:

A large and intricately designed forearm tattoo of a hissing snake.

An intricately designed tattoo of a two highly detailed snakes in a copulation bond on the forearm.

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A forearm tattoo of a palm tree on the beach near the water framed by a diamond with the palm tree jutting out of the frame.

A forearm tattoo of a skinny palm tree on the beach near the water with the clouds and the sea as a backdrop.

An highly detailed and intricately designed forearm tattoo of a clock and a sundial.

A forearm tattoo of two arrows that has bohemian detailing.

An artistic and well thought of tattoo design on the forearm of an arrow and a cogwheel acting as a compass.

A highly detailed tattoo of a pirate ship on the forearm with the jolly roger printed on one of the main sails.

An intricately designed wolf forearm tattoo wherein half of its face is in tribal form.

An intricately designed forearm tattoo of an eagle and a rose.

Forearm Tattoos Ideas and Designs For Women

Forearm tattoos are also becoming famous for women of today’s time. Since the variety of designs that are available for women is continuously growing in a rapid pace, more and more designs are being offered for women’s forearms which have also been the entry area for them to the amazing and colorful world of tattoo designs.

Here are some of the amazing forearm tattoo designs for women that we saw on the internet:

A beautifully designed forearm tattoo of flowers and leaves with numerous curving lines to accentuate the design and topped with a butterfly as a finishing touch.

A large tattoo of a highly-designed intricate three flower arrangement in neo traditional style.

A watercolor forearm tattoo of a mother and child.

A forearm tattoo of a highly detailed heart shape gem stone.

A large and intricately designed forearm tattoo of a highly crafted three dimensional gemstone.

An artistically designed forearm tattoo of brush strokes.

A vibrantly colored forearm tattoo of cherry blossoms and other scent flowers.

A small colorful heart shape cut diamond tattoo on the forearm.

An intricate forearm tattoo of a flowers and leaves.

An intricately designed forearm tattoo of a highly-stylized mandala inspired tattoo.

 


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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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