These are the coolest armband tattoo ideas known to man – or woman, for that matter. These are insane. Armand tattoos can be both classy and discreet or attractive and flashy, it all depends on the design, size, and even maybe your fashion style. That’s the fun about this kind of tattoo, although they limit to a small part of the body, options are limitless.
When it comes to getting an armband tattoo you could choose to do it at different parts of your arm, and these designs can easily translate into wrist and ankle band tattoos. The place may not win a prize in originality but it sure makes for a great first tattoo and designs can be appealing for everyone, from the girl next door to the hardcore biker.
As with any other kind of tattoo, you’ll find that an armband tattoo can fulfill your expectations of any style and trend: symmetric, traditional, dot art, Polynesian, or even surreal.
So take a look at our take on these awesome armband tattoos and see which one you like, you may find yours in one of our next lists!
1. This Manly Floral Armband Tattoo
Yes, real men wear their flowers with pride. This amazing design shows it, do t you think? The black background gives it a touch of power and aggressiveness, for badass people only.
2. Letter Armband Tattoo
Have you seen our letter tattoos list? You can find this and many other examples of awesome tattoos that have some great quotes.
3. This Hypnotic Armand Tattoo
This is a very cool design, although the lines look a little rough and not perfect, overall this tattoo forces you to gaze on it, and isn’t that what tattoos are for?
4. Gradient Armband Tattoo
This is another popular one for the guys. This design uses a mix of techniques to give it a gradient effect, and the solid black band at the top just makes it complete, don’t you think?
5. Floral Armband Tattoo
This is another take on the floral armband tattoos, but this time it has much fewer details and a more subtle and discreet design. This particular one is on a girl but who’s to say it won’t look awesome on a guy’s arm?
6. Bauhaus Art Armband Tattoo
This one is amazing! This design follows the style and influence by the Bauhaus movement. The lines, colors, and simplicity can easily remind you of the artistic trend from the last century that rewrote the story of art in many ways.
7. Dot-detailed Floral Armband Tattoo
This one is a great form to tone it down a little bit from the first design on our list, while still keeping a great style that can appeal to both male and female wearers.
8. Fox Armband Tattoo
This is a very original design. Foxes symbolize cleverness and resourcefulness, hence the “clever as a fox” old saying. Foxes are also a symbol of wisdom and trickiness. So if you feel like you always get out triumphantly of a hard time, you may want to consider a Fox tattoo.
9. Polynesian Armband Tattoo
Polynesian tattoos are a very popular trend that seems to fit in every kind of tattoo, you can check our list with quite a few examples.
10. Forest Landscape Armband Tattoo
This is an awesome example of technique and style. This design shows a forest and we can see the details of the stormy clouds in the back. This was clearly made by a gifted artist and is a very original armband tattoo.
11. Mountain Landscape Armband Tattoo
Similar to our previous design, this one has a different style both in landscape and technique, but both tattoos are awesome on their own way. We can see again the band that completes the tattoo.
12. Hindi Style Armband Tattoo
Call me a pervert but I can clearly see a vajay jay in there, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case. This design is very simple and elegant, like a lady’s genitalia.
13. Braid and Feather Armband Tattoo
This would fit perfectly on our Native American Tattoos list. Lines are strong on the feathers and the braid gives the effect of holding them to this girl’s arm.
14. A Thinner Floral Armband Tattoo
This one is also very similar to our first tattoo but don’t you think that the fact that it is a little thinner, makes it look more girly? It’s still a very elegant and strong tattoo.
15. Solid Lines with a Twist Armband Tattoo
What do you think? Is it a wolf or a bear? My guess is with the bear, but either way, this is an awesome armband tattoo, very masculine and strong.
16. Spikes Armband Tattoo
OK, you got me here. I have no idea what this is but it looks pretty cool. What I’d like to point out is the cleanliness of this tattoo, sharp lines and in my opinion, flawless.
17. A Line for Each Name Armband Tattoo
I can only imagine what a wonderful feeling is to become a father. Each stroke will be forever in your arm to remind you who are the engines of your life.
18. Colorful Lines Armband Tattoo
I love this one because the colors are there but still look very discreet, and the three lines make such a great rhythm on this tattoo.
19. Owl Eyes Armband Tattoo
Owls are fascinating animals. They symbolize knowledge and wisdom, and they look cute even when they look always pissed off.
20. Celtic Armband Tattoo
Oddly enough we haven’t found that many Celtic tattoos but they make particularly great armband tattoos. Usually, this kind of tattoo symbolizes eternity, being it eternal love, strength, commitment, and loyalty.
21. Bird and Flowers Armband Tattoo
What makes this tattoo amazing is the fact that the bird kinda leaves the line of the rest of the tattoo, just like a flower on the bottom. This gives the tattoo a little bit of flow and takes it to a whole new level.
22. Roses Armand Tattoo
This is a very straightforward design. Roses are very popular in tattoos, and this is a beautiful design, not too flashy but beautifully made.
23. Minimalist Armband Tattoo
Minimalist tattoos are very popular and this is a great example of armband tattoos. It has a little bit of resemblance to Native American art style.
24. Triangles Armband Tattoo
Here’s another minimalist tattoo, made just out of straight lines that make triangles, recognized as the basic of geometrical form. A very particular and original design.
25. Cross Armband Tattoo
Christians may find this design very appealing. Crosses are very interesting tattoos too and found their way into armband tattoos. The Lines also complete the tattoo.
26. A Bird Standing Out
This one reminds me of a popular short animated film. This design plays with the idea of the lines even further making it a very original tattoo to get.
27. A Gap in the Armband Tattoo
I just fell in love with this take on the armband trend. The gap is the actual armband tattoo. but the gap is made by the rest of the tattoo. It’s a great design.
28. Om Armband Tattoo
Om is a sacred word that refers to the self. This tattoo is a great reminder of that mantra that’s so important to several oriental religions.
29. Moon Phase Armband Tattoo
This design tells a great story of the phases of the moon. So the armband is used as a canvas that makes the contrast of the moon much more attractive.
30. The Eye that sees it All
Eyes have a lot of meanings and play a huge part n symbolism. This design seems to be resembling a third eye, which stands for intuition and self-awareness, perception and spirit.
31. City Landscape Armband Tattoo
Either if you are a traveler or someone very proud of the city you were born, a landscape tattoo would fit awesome on your arm. This particular design depicts the city of Istanbul.
32. Pattern Armband Tattoo
This design has a lot of elements that can be cataloged as a little bit tribal, Celtic, and Polynesian. But in a very girly style.
33. Orchid and Triangle Armband Tattoo
Orchids are very sexy and you can easily see why. They look amazing as tattoos on women and you can usually find them on girls and in many styles, techniques, and different examples of flowers of the same family.
34. A Date on an Armband Tattoo
Still, on the line of using the line as something more than just a line, this is a great way to commemorate an important date in your life, although it may raise a lot of questions so get your creative answers ready, like “this was the day I managed to pee while eating“.
35. Simple Flower Armband Tattoo
This design doesn’t have a lot to comment on, but it might trigger your OCD to not see the circle fully completed.
36. Symmetric Lines Armband Tattoo
A very hip (ster) trend is the minimalist trend in tattoos. This design is a great example of what you could get if you’re interested in this style. Pick an artist with experience in straight lines, since the lack of details could make you focus on the flaws.
37. Bring the Ocean to your Arm
Go with the flow of the ocean with this armband tattoo.
38. Good Old Plain Lines
I just realized there was not even one simple line armband tattoo on the list, this is awesome and don’t need anything else to be considered as one of the top options for many people when getting a tattoo for the first time.
39. Surreal Galactic Armband Tattoo
This is a very original design with great colors, it also uses the gap between two parts of the tattoo and the effect of broken glass is something to admire, don’t you think?
40. Egyptian Scene Armband Tattoo
This one is a very interesting design, showing a whole scene of Egyptian culture and mythology, beautifully made and a good fit for an armband tattoo.