Tattoo Ideas for a Chest Piece

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Tattoo Ideas for a Chest Piece
Animal face chest pieces are tattoo options. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

As with tattoos on the back or parts of the stomach, chest tattoos can easily be covered up or seen only partially with certain types of clothing. They range in size from small individual pieces to large, sprawling artwork that may or may not expand into sleeves, lower chest and back tattoos. Whatever you decide for your chest piece, be sure to get your work done at a reputable parlour.

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Winged tattoos are often seen across the chest on and above the breastplates. Wings can be part of an animal or attached to another object, or used as tattoos on their own. An eagle or raven spreading its wings are two options for chest tattoos, or try winged heart tattoos. The heart would be placed between the breast bones with the wings on either side, the heart can also include a chain around it. Winged tattoos featuring a clock between the breastbone are also possibilities.

Names and Phrases

Names and phrases are common tattoos on any body part, including the chest. Tattoos of a loved one's name over the heart, which can include a heart tattoo, is one idea -- or try phrases such as, "Let Your Light Shine" and "Live Strong" tattooed across the chest featuring tribal designs and patterns. You might prefer longer phrases tattooed across the chest such as, "And So The Lion Fell In Love With The Lamb."

Flowers and Butterflies

Intricate flower and butterfly designs featuring bright colours are seen either across the chest or covering one breastplate, sometimes spilling into a full sleeve tattoo or tattoo on the shoulder. Such tattoos may focus on one large coloured flower with smaller flowers and vines surrounding it -- or one large butterfly in the centre of the chest with lots of flowers, greenery and smaller butterflies. Flower tattoos can also feature sashes with meaningful words or phrases written on them.


A person's face, famous or otherwise, is another option for a chest tattoo. Tattoos of icons and celebrities, such as a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe over the right or left breastplate or an image of a famous pin-up model, such as Bettie Page, are some options. You might choose to go a more personal route, such as images of your grandparents when they were young tattooed over the heart area. Tattoos of family members made to look like old photographs placed in the chest's centre with assorted designs are also options.

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