Regardless of how you personally feel about it, the art of tattooing has really come into its own in the last 30 years. Tattoos have cemented themselves as forms of self-expression while the artists behind them continue to impress and grow in popularity.
But what about in the romantic world? Are they really deterrent to potential mates or are they appealing and connote mystery and excitement?
Specifically, what do girls think about guys with tattoos? Let’s find out.
Do Women Find Tattoos On Men Attractive?
As it turns out, the question of whether women find tattoos attractive in men is a popular one. The dating app Type conducted a survey that discovered that two-thirds of women find tattoos on men attractive.
While such findings may have our male readers with tattoos rejoicing, it should be added that women don’t necessarily consider relationships with tattooed men to be healthy. In fact, most women think men with tattoos make bad partners because they’re more aggressive and dominant than their non-tattoo-bearing counterparts.
This, however, didn’t stop 64% of the women from the same survey from claiming that they wanted to date men with permanent body art.
How Women Perceive Men With Tattoos
Originally, tattoos had a negative connotation. Women were more likely to have “flings” with tattooed men as opposed to healthy, long-lasting relationships which may or may not culminate in a wedding.
Today, however, more and more women perceive men with tattoos as more dominant, masculine, and assertive compared to other guys. They also consider men with tattoos to be healthier. This may have something to do with the fact that getting a tattoo involves a certain degree of pain and poses risks of infection. Overcoming both can signify a high tolerance for pain and a healthier lifestyle.
What Is the Best Placement for a Tattoo?
Where you place your tattoo can affect its appeal towards women. Tattoo skincare manufacturer Zensa conducted a survey mid-2021 and discovered that the upper arm, and upper back — in that order — are areas of the body women find most attractive tattoo placements for men. The shoulder and lower arm tied in for third.
Romantic considerations aside, an additional aspect you’ll want to pay attention to when getting a tattoo is how well the art you want inked will fit onto your chosen body part. You’ll also want to think about the possibility of your tattoo fading, stretching, and warping over time since tattoos don’t hold up equally well in all areas of the body.
Let’s consider tattoo placement possibilities where men typically like to have tattoos.
You’ll have few design constraints by having a tattoo on one of the biggest canvases on your body. The pain of tattooing on the chest is comparably tolerable and you can hide your art in professional settings effortlessly.
Bicep tattoos are usually a hit with women. Plus, they can be easily showcased or hidden according to your needs. A tattoo design here can accentuate your toned muscles. While the area can be tender, it’s not the most painful body part to get a tat on.
Is there anything sexier than a man with a back tattoo? There’s enough space for you to explore larger designs. Like your chest, it’s a canvas big enough for most of your tattoo ideas. You can add fine details and sneak in a quote with significant personal meaning to you and leave none the wiser because they’ll be focused on the bigger picture.
One of the most well-toned parts of the body, the forearm is one of the best places to get tattooed. You can get a small, minimalist design or go all out with a full sleeve tattoo.
What Tattoos Women Find Sexy On Men
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that not all tattoos are attractive. However, there are certain designs that women generally find sexy on men. Let’s take a look.
The minimalist movement has found its way into tattoo art and into women’s hearts. Women find a small, linework tattoo more appealing than a full-blown tattoo design that covers half a sleeve.
Look for small designs of self-expression while keeping things subtle and lowkey. Go big or go home? Yeah, that doesn’t work in this case.
Foreign Language Tattoos
Foreign language tattoos are cool as long as you’re knowledgeable about foreign symbols and what they mean. If you don’t know much about the language, you may end up with a socially awkward faux pas instead of looking cool and mysterious so do your homework first.
Fierce Animal Tattoos
Fierce animal tattoos signify manliness, courage, raw power, and aggression. Every wild animal tattoo has its own meaning. For example, lion tattoos represent raw strength and aggression. Tiger tattoos symbolize the ability to shake things up with their earth-shattering roar. Cheetahs signify unwavering focus.
Men's Bird Tattoos
Birds represent freedom and courage. Depending on the bird you get inked, your tattoo can have a variety of meanings like loyalty, courage, travel, and wisdom.
Bird tattoos are versatile and can cover your entire back or chest. You can also keep them lowkey and small with a tattoo on your upper arm.
Women like thrill-seekers, and that’s kind of a well-known fact! Men who are ready to conquer the wilderness and prove to be the superior leader of their tribe will earn respect, as well as ‘love points’ for trying to climb at the top of the societal food chain -- both figuratively and literally speaking.
So, if you see a man whose tatted experiences adamantly prove he’s an outdoor king, then it’s probably safe to assume he’ll be one of the top choices from a woman’s standpoint.
Nautical Anchor Tattoos
Nautical anchors represent hope, stability, and groundedness. In the Christian world, they symbolize faith. They can also signify the kind of passion that women look for in the bedroom.
Conclusion: The Sexiest Tattoo for Men
Looking to get a tattoo that appeals to women? As you consider these ideas for designs and placements, remember that the sexiest tattoo is the one that makes you feel comfortable and confident about yourself.
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Nicole Graham is a relationship expert at Womenio.com. She is helping women grow into their best selves so they can be confident and bring more love, passion, and purpose to their lives. Nicole enjoys studying the psychology of love and is passionate about writing on them. She offers helpful tips and advice to help overcome any relationship issue, whether you’re single or already in a relationship.