We all want to stand out from the crowd, be a little different, become unique. Studies are showing that over 40% of all American adults have at least one tattoo. This means that while a long time ago having a tattoo was considered radical, nowadays it is the norm. The downside is that selecting unique tattoo ideas for men has become more difficult, most of the designs seem to have been overused.
One of the advantages of tattoos becoming ‘mainstream’ is that there are now thousands, probably tens of thousands, or tattoo parlors in America alone. While our parents and grandparents had difficulties finding a good tattoo artist, there is a tattoo parlor almost on every street corner these days. This increased competition has led to artists becoming more creative and creating more bold and unique tattoo designs.
Here are some of the latest tattoo trends for men that are guaranteed to stand out from the sea of regular often generic tattoo designs that we see all around us these days.
PHOTO REALISTIC TATTOOS
The process of inking has come a long way. In ancient times, tattooists had to use crude needles to draw a tattoo, over the years though, new technology has been introduced to make this process easier. These technological advances now enable artists to draw almost picture perfect tattoos. These are called photo realistic tattoos. The picture can be of a spouse, parent (usually mommy), child or just a beautiful pin up girl. Photo realistic tattoos are drawn with such a fine attention to small details that they resemble actual photographs. These tattoos are not yet commonplace (mostly due to the cost, so start saving early) so they really stand out. Of you want to impress, this is the way to go.
Most people believe these genre of tattoos was inspired by a scene in the iconic film ‘aliens’ when the skin ripped off one of the aliens to reveal a metal interior with mechanical circuits and wires. Somehow similar to the photo realistic tattoos due to the fine attention to details, the tattoo artist recreates an image that seems to show torn flesh exposing a robot like skeleton complete with the wires and circuits. This design works best on areas with a lot of muscle (biceps, thigh, calf or forearm). The size of the tattoo depends on your sense of adventure and they range from small tattoos to massive designs that cover entire limbs (for the really bold customers, even multiple limbs, or the entire body). If executed properly, the result is simply mind-blowing.
While biker tattoos are not exactly new, tattoo artists have injected a modern touch to existing designs to create awesome new tattoo designs. Biker tattoos have been a favorite design for men over the years, most men at some point in their youth secretly wanted to be bikers; sadly we don’t live in a perfect world so the closest most get to this dream is by getting a biker tattoo. While the traditional biker tattoos were mostly done in black and gray, modern tattoos infuse a bit of color that give the tattoos a whole new character. The designs still remain largely unchanged, with skulls, daggers, and skeletons featuring prominently.