How to Design Your Own Armband Tattoo

Written by jaimie zinski
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Armband tattoos can be placed on both men and women to accentuate curvaceous or muscular upper arms and forearms. If you're a professional business person, an armband on the bicep can allow you to express yourself at home or play but cover up the ink at work. Tattoos can be anything such as tribal representations or a loved one's name written around the circumference of the arm. There are several points to consider for anyone choosing to design his or her own armband, including the placement, design elements, and price.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Choose a basic design that suits your tastes. Popular choices for armband tattoos are tribal, barbed wire, or even a string of hearts. You may even want to think outside of the box and design an armband around a favourite activity, such as motorcycling by placing several tires around your arm.

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    Make the basic design your own. Place a personal spin on the original by adding personalised elements. For instance, a tribal tattoo can be made more one-of-a-kind if you are of Japanese or Native American descent by adding elements of your heritage.

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    Draw a rough sketch of the design. Get your basic idea on paper, which will give the tattoo artist a better idea of what you are looking for exactly.

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    Decide which section of the arm you wish to tattoo. For instance, a person with well-sculpted biceps may choose to place the armband tattoo on the upper arm. A person with flabby upper arms may wish to choose an armband that encircles the forearms instead, as a tattoo can look distorted on an upper arm that is not as fit.

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    Choose a reputable tattoo artist in your area. Ask friends or family members for a referral, or research the local tattoo parlours in your area. Talk to the tattoo artist for guidance and how to design the final tattoo.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow the tattoo artist to help design the final representation. Tattooing is an art form, and tattoo artists can help design a tattoo while keeping in mind certain factors of the body, such as bumps, hair, and wrinkles.

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