Top 79 Big Tattoo Ideas [2021 Inspiration Guide]
“Go big or go home” quite literally applies to the man who opts not for a small, innocuous tattoo but a full-body armor of ink.
If tattoos typically tell one’s life story in fragments and stand-alone symbols, why not ink it in epic proportions?
There are a number of full arm, leg, chest, and back tattoo designs that paint an unforgettable image. From intricate tribal emblems to geometric schemes, large-scale imagery to sprawling cinematic scenes, there is truly no shortage of inspiration. The question is, how bold are you as the scribe of your own moving history? Are you willing to tell your tale with confidence and zero apologies, using the canvas of your body and tattoo artist’s needle as your weapons of choice?
A tattoo of monumental proportions may not be for the physically faint of heart and socially self-conscious, but for the men who dare to dream big there is no greater impression to make.
Whether you wish to capture a moment that can only be revealed in wide scale, or believe there is a greater pattern to be worn beyond mere skin, a full tattoo turns man into walking art, and lets the world know he holds nothing back.
1. Large sleeve tattoos
There’s a tremendous variety of sleeve tattoos on display and all of them show fantastic technical traits separating them from more run of the mill work. Some opt for traditional black and gray shading with a focus on heavy detailed sketching and gray scale fill, while others are spare but utilize heavy black ink, clean lines and flowing imagery that contrast with negative space. Others still, use painstaking dotwork to shade, or contrast the main focal point with alternative fill or a feature ‘stick out’ color. All of these tattoos are portfolio worthy highlight pieces.
2. Full Back Tattoos
Wow! If you’re looking for a perfect cross section of big tattoos to influence your choice in a full back piece, these examples are all you need. They’re tremendous, utilizing the huge canvas available to make genuine pieces of skin art. Some of these opt for a large focus image – such as the Chinese warrior’s, head and face – while others, such as the intricately etched geometric based back tattoo, aim to build a piece complementing a a variety of technical applications. I think my favorite is the amazing whale tattoo matching realism with a vibrant kaleidoscope of colors and detail.
3. Irezumi inspired large tattoos
The word Irezumi means to insert ink in Japanese. They were taboo for so long due to the connection with the Yakuza underworld, and remain frowned upon in much of the conservative Japanese culture, Irezumi have long been at the vanguard of shaping modern tattoo ideology and application. The examples above show why by fashioning superb big tattoos with clean line usage, compact yet vivid color palettes, and symbolic images central to mythology and folklore.
4. Pop culture sleeve tattoos
A totally killer collection of pop culture sleeve tattoos. As they are in the film and television world superheroes are booming as a style of body art and self expression. The pieces above are powerful depictions of the cartoon style with great use of color and action. The film tattoos also rock out – I love the replication of movie characters in the style of ink which most suits them – they use more black ink, and traditional fill techniques to build each big tattoo with nuance and realism.
5. Large skull tattoos
I’m a sucker for skull tattoos. Big, small, detailed or spare, unless they’re etched with a lack of skill or terrible awareness there’s not many I dislike. These are the cream of the crop, large images either threaded in to a wider piece or the focal point entirely. These skulls are emblematic of how to use color, shade, and line technique in fashioning supremely effective body art.
6. Black and gray chest tattoos
This group of black and gray tattoos veer from the traditional to absolutely bad ass individual depictions. There is an epic, versatile range of techniques on show such as: geometric patterning contrasting black ink and negative space, classical gray scale shading to build stone effects, or even the epic flow of complementary line and shade in Chicano style body art.
7. Huge animal tattoos
Firstly, that deconstructed cat tattoo could be the weirdest tattoo i’ve seen. It’s fascinating in the level of skill and so innovative. Most of these tattoos are centered on the realism of each beast, but augmented by unbelievable geometric patterns, people, and the whole gamut of technical applications and spatial perspectives.
8. Large Neo Classical Tattoos
These big tattoos are like museum exhibitions on skin. Love how the Greek classical style balances clean, crisp detail with hectic negative space to fashion beautiful stone faces and monuments. They manage the difficult feat of being able to look simple, while being elaborately put together with skill, artistry, and clarity. I love how there are a variety of smaller techniques used in each major creation, with light line and shade featuring often when layering the old school concepts.
9. Getting big and funky
These big tattoos go for bold, unique styles. They’re either placed unusually or opt to go over the top with color and imagery, and it works to a fantastic degree. The 3D piece in particular pops off the subject’s chest, mixing the wonderful purple alternative fill with vivid blue, then contrasting against the tremendous depth of the masterful hexagon.
10. Large religious tattoos
A tremendous group of big tattoos focusing on faith. They utilize symbolic ink – prayers hands, the Eye of Providence, crosses and iconography – to fashion a versatile array of body art, mainly in traditional shades of black and gray. The middle chest tattoo with the amazing white patterned collar and pulsating cross is an almost flawless example of meshing religious themes with body ink bombast to make an amazing piece.
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The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.