Cool Chest Tattoos For Men

Top 71 Cool Chest Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]

The chest is certainly one of the most intimate regions of the body and most readily celebrated in terms of physique; housing the heart but also acting as a kind of barrier against the outside world.

It makes sense to want to etch something equally complex and eye-catching, and fortunately there is a treasure trove’s worth of awesome tattoos designed with the chest in mind.

From scripture calligraphy to 3D renderings of Superman’s emblem blazing beneath one’s shredded shirt of flesh, the tattoo wearer can be as traditional or unique as he wishes. Celtic scales and tribal patterns are a perfect choice for the man who views his chest as body armor, with additional crosses and animal symbols representing the powerful talismans of our ancestors.

Dramatic black and white Gorey-esque ravens swooping and diving their way down to the navel give a nod to our Gothic forefather Edgar Allan Poe, while Steampunk upper armor designs evoke a particularly cool futuristic allure.

Sometimes the design doesn’t have to be grand in scale; outlines of one’s home state inked above the heart make an equally significant impression.

1. American Traditional/Neo Traditional Chest Tattoos

Banner With Sailing Ship Guys Retro Old School Cool Chest Tattoos

Geometrical Flying Eagle Cool Guys Half Chest Tattoo

Mens Neo Traditional Chest Chains With All Seeing Eye Cool Tattoos

Horses In Picture Frame Mens Old School 3d Cool Chest Tattoos

Man With Cool Chest Old School Bald Eagle Tattoo

Wolf With Dagger And Rose Flowers Guys Cool Neo Traditional Chest Tattoos

Old School Traditional Bear With Arrows Guys Cool Full Chest Tattoo

Black Ink Outline Cool Eagle Snake Chest Tattoos For Men

These chest pieces reflect many of the standard images associated with the American Traditional style, such as an old-style ship, banners with specific mantras embedded, roses, eagles, swallows, and a centralized burst of colour. We see in our examples many pieces relying on the image of ships—a symbolic association with the many voyages an individual may take in life.

Many of these pieces went outside the boundaries of the classic American Traditional style by blending with new approaches to realism, simple black line work, and animals not often depicted in old school ink. There are a variety of emerging  hybrid techniques that expand on colour, content, and style.

2. Realism/Photorealism  Chest Tattoos

Cool Chest Guys Watercolor Tree Tattoo Ideas

Rail Car With Bridge Mens Cool Realistic Tattoo On Chest

Upper Chest Train Mens Realistic Chest Cool Tattoo Ideas

Cool Guys Chest Atomic Bomb Tattoos With 3d Design

Train With Barb Wire And Child Portrait Guys Amazingly Cool Chest Tattoo

Flowers With Female Portrait Cool Male Chest Tattoo

Gorilla With Empire State Building Mens Cool Chest Tattoos

Guys Cool Realistic 3d Hula Dancer Chest Tattoo

Mens Cool Chest Bear Claw Tattoos

Mermaid Mens Cool Chest Tattoo Designs

Viking Warrior With Flying Owl Mens Cool Chest Tattoo Designs

Arrows Mens Cool Upper Chest Tattoo Inspiration

Heart With Thorns Guys Cool Chest 3d Tattoo Designs

Exceptional modern images utilize colour and pop with surrealist visions, such as the depiction of an atomic bomb, a heart wrapped in barbed wire, or a mermaid lazing about on shore. Others appear to keep the story  personal, literally inking them close to the subject’s chest.

Massive, intricately shaded pieces show off train yards, movie scenes, and even the seductive depiction of a hula dancer. Examples such as these are often tattoos of people or situations important to the individual sporting the piece.

3. Greco-Roman Classical Chest Tattoos

Realistic 3d Cool Tattoo Of Angel On Mans Chest

Shaded Lion Male Cool Chest Tattoos

Realistic Greek God Guys Cool Chest Tattoo With Shaded Black And Grey Ink

Manly Guys Cool Angel With Church Window Shaded Chest Tattoo

Guy With Cool Lion And Warrior Chest Tattoo

Small Simple Guys Portrait Tattoo On Chest With Cool Design

This style of tattoo is a lot like having a painting on your body, and as a chest piece it demonstrates the same characteristics as art. Many of the chest pieces in this section have taken drawings from ancient art pieces Greek mythology and philosophy to act as a storytelling canvas. 

Smaller pieces bring minute realism such as a tiny face poking out through puzzled skin of a long gone philosopher to effectively show off the artist’s technical skill and sublime sense of tattoo placement.

4. Steam Punk/Bio Mechanical Chest Tattoos

3d Gears Mens Cool Realistic Chest Tattoo

3d Mens Cool Roman Numeral Clock With Gears Tattoo On Chest

3d Realistic Battle Armor Plate Guys Cool Chest Tattoo Designs

Steampunk style tattoos add mechanical flair and technical innovation to the world of flesh art. A Utopian future mixed with  the industrial past conjures images of Gothic style clocks, metallic flowing cogs, and a fashion sense that consists of multiple straps and belt buckles.

Chest tattoo wise, these pieces can be complex and intensely detailed, applying techniques such as heavy shading, lettering, and precise lining. Even if you are going for a small chest tattoo, say covering the surface area of a pectoral muscle, you are still looking at longer sittings, a different pain threshold and perhaps even multiple sessions. 

5. Geometric Chest Tattoos

Guys Cool Chest Faces Abstract Tattoo Designs

Geometric Circles Guys Cool Chest Tattoos

Geometric Triangles Within Circle Guys Cool Chest Tattoo Ideas

Geometric Star With Cool Black Ink Outline Design Mens Chest Tattoo

Cool Retro Guys Old School Anchor With Ship Full Chest Tattoo Designs

3d Geometric Cubes Modern Mens Cool Chest And Half Sleeve Tattoo

Mens Geometric Optical Illusion Dotwork Cool Chest Tattoo Designs

Geometric style pieces appeal to the minimalist and consumers looking for body art that will not rely on conjecture.–It is easily definable without explanation. Geometric chest pieces take abstract art to the next level, relying on tremendously precise curves and line work to tell a multi-dimensional story.

Straightforward applications don’t mean that pieces are not complex though, quite the contrary.  Those looking to get a geometric piece done seek the comfort of accuracy, not the bursting zest of many of other styles demonstrated throughout this article.  

6. Japanese Traditional

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Japanese Traditional style chest pieces rely on several elements of the surreal, as well as strictly precise lines. They can sometimes look geometric due to the shading and often-selected background pattern complementing and strengthening the main scene. Some pieces will stick with a black outline, while others go for some outrageous use of vivid color to create a more garish display.

7.  Black and Gray Chest Tattoos

Cool 3d Mens Medusa Chest Tattoo Designs

Mens Cool Word Chest Tattoo With Ambition Script Design

Indian Feather Head With Skull Guys Cool Chest Tattoos

Mens Chest Boar Tattoo With Cool Old School Traditional Black Ink Design

Cool Mens Skull Angel Chest Tattoo Designs

Upper Chest Guys Cool Indian Feather Skull Head Tattoos

These chest tattoo examples show off a range of black and gray technical ink. Some offer flat black text, blackout color or thick line inspiration, whereas others opt to use more traditional gray scale shading and saturation to create effective skulls and Native American headdresses.

8. Gothic Chest Tattoos

Mens Cool Church Window With Wings Chest Tattoo

Skeleton Bones With Skull Guys Cool Arm And Chest Tattoos

Amazing Mens Cool Castle Old School Traditional Tattoo On Chest

Anchor With Map And Waves Cool Chest Tattoo Ideas For Gentlemen

Roman Numeral Clock With All Seeing Eye And Skull Guys Cool Watercolor Chest Tattoo

Skull In Knights Helmet Guys Cool Chest Tattoo

Wolf Skull Cool Watercolor Mens Small Upper Chest Tattoos

Unique Guys Cool Chest Tattoo Of Female Portrait

Gothic style is to tattoos as sharp teeth are to vampires; one just can’t exist without the others. Gothic style pieces have existed and thrived as art on flesh for decades, as the popular tropes f grow throughout elements of popular culture every day : castles, moonlight, skulls, gargoyles, skeleton, monsters of all kinds, etc.

This style is generally darker in theme and application, requiring a heavy amount of shading and thick black ink in order to establish the proper tone. Gothic can even blend with other styles to heighten previously unexplored dimensions, such as the American Traditional Gothic pieces shown in this section which utilize the classic use of shading, realism, and precise line work.   

9. Animal Chest Tattoos

Chest Mens Two Wolf Heads Tattoo

Wolves Howling At The Moon With Quote Guys Cool Chest Tattoo

Guys Cool Chest Tattoo Of Agressive Wolf With Shaded Black And Grey Design

Realistic Wolf Head With Viking Ship Guys Cool Chest Tattoo Inspiration

Male With Cool Bald Eagle Shaded Black And Grey Chest Tattoo

Man With Cool 3d Vulture Heart Chest Tattoo

Mens Watercolor Cool Full Chest Elephant Tattoo Designs

Snake Eating Tail Cool Chest Tattoos For Males

Animals are constant in all style of tattoos, and thus, transcend their own categorization. In this section – there are various styles of art applying  realism, as well as  blends of Gothic, tribal chest pieces, and even geometric styles.

Animals are often representation for many people and their specific experiences in life, whether strong or sensitive. Lions are generally associated with courage and strength, wolves with a sense of loyalty and wanderlust, and elephants with strength, power and commitment.  

10. Surrealism Chest Tattoos

Colorful Cool Outerspace Night Sky Male Chest Tattoo Designs

Outer Space With Moon And Forest Guys Cool Watercolor Chest Tattoo Ideas

Colorful Small Skull Guys Cool Chest Tattoo

Ship Sailing Through Storm Mens Cool Upper Chest Tattoo Ideas

Cool Creative Mens Chest 3d Blue Ink Tattoo

Surrealism tattoos -possess dreamlike qualities and often vibrant associated colours,. Scenes in this section show off ambient space shots and ventures at sea, enhanced by the surrealist shades of bruised purple, aquamarine, and bubblegum pink (good examples)!. Surrealist pieces have more originality t-than American Traditional, as the popularity of the theme has has flourished within the past 10-15 years.  

Chest Tattoo FAQs 

Do chest tattoos hurt? 

In general, yes, it is likely going to hurt–but the amount depends on several factors. Your level of pain tolerance, if you already have multiple tattoos, or if you have excessive fat and/or muscle on that specific area is important to consider.

It will also depend on the size and detail of your piece, so be specific with your tattoo artist while enquiring about placement. 

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