Unlike other popular areas, like the shoulder or the ankle, the triceps provides enough space for a relatively large sized piece of tattoo art. The triceps, which is located along the back and side of the upper arm is also relatively easy to hide with a short or long sleeve shirt, meaning that those who want something risque or controversial can place it here. Many different ideas for triceps tattoos exist, some very creative and others traditional.
The Robotic Arm
This tattoo has many different variations but basically it involves a tattoo of broken or peeled flesh with robotic or mechanical parts underneath. The triceps area is a great place to have this tattoo, as it looks real there, like you got wounded in battle and now your true robotic nature is somewhat exposed. This tattoo can be as large or as small as you want but generally looks better if you try to cover as much of back of the arm, triceps area and even shoulder if you can. A variation of this tattoo is the demon arm, where ripped flesh opens to reveal demonic muscles and even spooky living spirits.
The triceps area is great place to give yourself a tattoo of your favourite poem or saying, as it provides a continuous space for script. You can even put a saying in another language by using Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese characters or Sanskrit. Use several lines of script to create a page-like effect and don't wrap the script completely around the arm to make it stay relatively flat. If you want to get really creative you can put half of the script on one triceps and the other on the opposite one to create an evenly distributed tattoo that utilises both arms.
Many traditional tattoos use the large work space of the triceps area as their primary canvas. Sailor-type tattoos of mermaids go great in the triceps area and even move when you flex the muscle. Dragons, flaming hearts and other fantasy or religious iconography can be fully explored in this region as well. Japanese gangster style tattoos, which utilise full colour and often depicts geishas or samurai warriors also go well on the triceps area.
Tribal designs, whether they are based on Celtic knot-work or Native American geometrical patterns, can be used to decorate the triceps area. Modern creative tribal art is also a speciality of many tattoo artists and this form allows you to create your own free-form design. These designs use abstract and dramatic symmetrical patterns that don't come from anywhere in particular but are meant to invoke a certain feeling or mood. Designs can also be taken from anything from art deco architecture to pottery from African tribes. You can also hide images within the tribal design, using geometrical optical illusions to create an elaborate work of art.
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