Elbow Tattoos For Men

Top 87 Elbow Tattoo Ideas [2020 Inspiration Guide]

For men, elbow tattoos are known to enable an unusually impressive state of creativity. This location is one of the more difficult spots to get inked, but the flawless results are worth it every time.

Extreme tattoo lovers can show off their passion for ink by getting some professional work done on their elbows. The region is destined for spherical objects, so look into planets, spiderwebs, eyeballs and etcetera.

Those with elbow tattoos typically have a high tolerance for pain, and their ability to endure is often tied to spiritualism. As such, these tattoos often mesh well with metaphysical imagery. Some of the most prevalent body art in recent years involves mandalas. Many elbow tattoos for men also consist of Yin and Yang symbols; however, these aren’t the only complementary presentations available.

When guys get elbow tattoos, their goal is often to coordinate one side with the other. While there is nothing wrong with asymmetry, it has been proven that the brain considers symmetrical objects to be much more aesthetically pleasing. With this in mind, it’s wise to have the left side match the right in a clever mirroring fashion. To see what we’re talking about, jump into this gallery of masculine elbow tats!

Elbow Tattoo Ideas

3d Bear Elbow Tattoo For Men

This abstract bear incorporates a lot of work and cool design elements into the tattoo, however it’s not the most skilful piece and the ink isn’t top quality either. Like the bear ‘s nose, it would be very cool to see how movement affects the shapes and visage of the angry beast.

3d Geometric Mens Elbow Tattoos

This unfinished geometric tattoo will be epic when completed. The interplay between red and black forms a quality contrast, while the pattern works well forming along the awkward elbow placement. Dot work and solid black creates a cool 3D look for one part, while the other goes with negative space to make patterns amongst the red.

All Seeing Eye Mens Elbow Tattoo

The original eye tattoo on the elbow point hasn’t held, which can happens on ink done in other difficult areas such as the hands and feet as well. The new work will likely finish with an upgrade to this eye tattoo. The pattern is not bad, while the dot work works against some diamond shape negative space.

Amazing Mens Spider Web Tattoo Elbow

An awesome abstract take on the traditional elbow spider web tattoo. The subject has added a bad ass arachnid over the top – there’s plenty of people who’d freak out over this 8 legged friendly. The artist has kept it deliberately dark in line with the web, but has used white highlights on the chitinous shell to get it looking more malevolent (and smooth)

Black Eye Elbaw Tattoo For Men

This is a gray, finely detailed variation of the Eye of Providence tattoo. It’s been well inked initially but struggled to keep clarity and line distinction as it has aged. If doing individual elbow designs it helps to work with fatter lined, less intense pieces of detail.

Black Ink Tribal Elbow Tattoo For Men

This elbow works well within the tribal design space by working outward from the point of bone and making a larger artwork. The lack of shading here is important – the black and negative space work in direct opposition to each other, which would also show up when the joint moves.

Blue Rose Elbow Tattoo For Men

A cool rose elbow tattoo that falls short of being great. The use of a wider gauge needle or premier ink may have helped retain brightness in the powder blue fill, while the black outline could be deployed more clearly by use of a sharpie style thickness. The gray highlights have gotten lost and faded a bit. This rose tattoo could be reinvigorated with a touch up and slightly more effective 3rd highlight color.

Bright Red Rose Flower Elbow Mens Tattoo

This looks brilliant, although you hope the tattoo keeps this level of clarity and detail in the rose pattern as it ages. It’s fantastic at using color and shade contrast to make the piece pop, both from the elbow rose and within the rest of the design. Opting to fill the rose with red on red is an innovative technique.

Claw Mens Elbow Tattoo

Colorful Mens Eye And Pattern Elbow Tattoo

This is a nicely drawn neo traditional elbow piece. Again there’s an element of the Eye of Providence in the center eye. It’s built on simple colors mixed with clear, fatter black detail to show out. This artwork gets great color contrast from utilizing white ink rather than negative space in the fill.

Compass And Rose Male Tattoo On The Elbow

This compass tattoo does well, avoiding the face being on the part of skin that moves with the joint. It’s a clean, fresh traditional use of black and gray fine needle tattoo.

Cool Elbow Tattoos For Men Of Outer Space Black Hole

Like the idea of using bright color against the black in this elbow body art. But again, the skill/technique in deployment has let the piece down. The two tone purple making up the vortex would work better if it was thicker, bolder, and better delineated – the tattoo looks like it needed touching up almost straight after completion.

Cool Male Spider Web Elbow Tattoo Design Ideas

Cool Mens Elbow Tattoo Of Flower

Creaative Mens Spider Web Tattoos Elbow

Creative Small Mens Elbow Tattoo Of Latern

Dove Mens Elbow Tattoo Sleeve

Elbow Skull Tattoos For Men

Elbow Star Tattoo For Men Sacred Geometry

Elbow Tattoo Camera For Men

Elbow Tattoo Design On Males

Elbow Tattoo Designs For Men

Elbow Tattoo Line Blackwork For Men

Elbow Tattoos Ideas For Guys With Shark Teeth

Evil Themed Mens Elbow Tattoo Sleeve

Eye Ball Sleeve Elbow Mens Tattoos

Floral Star Elbow Tattoo Men

Flower Japanses Mens Elbow Tattoo Designs

Flower Linework Elbow Tattoo Designs For Guys

Geometric Star Elbow Tattoo For Men

Geometric Star Tattoo On Elbow For Men In Red Ink

Geometric Traditional Elbow Tattoos For Men

Good Elbow Tattoos For Gentlemen Of Broken Ship Wheel

Grey Ink Elbow Spiral Tattoo For Men

Guys Elbow Star Tattoo Designs

Guys Elbow Tattoo Of Gask Mask

Guys Elbow Tattoos Designs Twisted Rope

Guy With Spiral Elbow Tattoo In Blue Ink

Half Sleeve Mens Floral Elbow Tattoo In Black Ink

Male Elbow Tattoo With Floral Theme And Shapes

Male Elbow Web Tattoo

Male Polynesian Elbow Tattoo

Male Skull Elbow Tattoos With Dice

Male Spider Web On Elbow Tattoo

Male With Elbow Tattoo Of Ship Wheel And Anchor

Man With Cool Sword Tattoo Around Elbow

Man With Elbow Clock Tattoos

Man With Elbow Tattoo Of Nautical Ship Steering Wheel

Masculine Mens Elbows Tattoos

Maze Tribal Elbow Tattoos For Men

Medieval Ball And Chain Elbow Tattoo For Guys

Mens All Seeing Eye Elbow Tattoo With Geometric Shapes

Mens Elbow Spider Web Tattoo With Forest Scene

Mens Elbow Tattoo Ideas Geometric Theme

Mens Elbow Tattoo Of Dragon Eye

Mens Elbow Tattoos Colorful Squid

Mens Elbow Tattoos Men Geometric Style

Mens Flower Elbow Tattoo

Mens Flower Petal Elbow Tattoo In Yellow Ink

Mens Inner Elbow Tattoo Of Eye And Clock

Mens Japanese Elbow Tattoos With All Seing Eye

Mens Shark Elbow Tattoo In Blue And Red

Mens Sleeve Elbow Steampunk Tattoo

Mens Spider Web Elbow Tattoo

Mens Spider Web Tattoo On Elbow In Red Ink

Mens Tattoo On Elbow In Black Ink

Mens Tattoos On The Elbow Of Orange And Blue Forest

Mens Tribal Elbow Tattoo

Octopus Elbow Tattoo For Guys In Black

Octopus Tattoos For Elbows On Men

Panther Animal Inner Elbow Tattoos For Men

Polynesian Mens Elbow Tattoo With Fine Linework

Polynesian Tribal Elbow Tattoo For Men

Realistic Eye Tattoo On Elbow For Men

Red Rose Tattoo On Elbow For Men

Rose Eye Elbow Tattoo Artwork For Males

Sacred Geometry Mens Elbow Tattoo With Circles

Sailor Jerry Elbow Tattoo For Guys With Ship Steering Wheel

Sailor Jerry Style Red Elbow Rose Tattoo For Males

Scroll Gentlemens Elbow Tattoo Designs

Sick Elbow Tattoos On Guys Red White And Blue Flag

Skull Tattoo Elbow For Men

Snake Elbow Tattoo With Sword For Men

Spiral Elbow Tattoo For Men In Black Ink

Star Abstract Art Tattoo For Men On Elbow

Traditional Mens Elbow Tattoo

Tribal Style Tattoos On Elbows For Men

Warrior Helmet Male Tattoos On Elbow
Unique Elbow Tattoos For Guys Of Baseball

Elbow Tattoo FAQs

Is the elbow painful to tattoo?

Elbow tattoos can be painful given there’s not much flesh around the joint but plenty of nerve bundles wandering through, plus a few additional pokey bits that can be uncomfortable.

If you’re looking to get both elbows done it’s helpful to get them both done in a sitting – it could take 6-8 hours total depending on the designs employed.

Also, listen to your tattooist’s advice. They’ve seen plenty of different clients in the chair and can make a difficult sitting more comfortable. If you have questions about pricing, pain and aftercare speak to your artist and studio for their advice prior to sitting down in the chair, especially if you’re inexperienced. 

How long does an elbow tattoo take to heal?

From personal experience it takes at least 2-3 days for swelling and pain to subside after elbow work, so make sure that you’ve got some padding close by if you’re regularly bending elbows, carrying bags, or continuing travel after this kind of tattoo.

The rest of the heal is pretty simple. Make sure to use good aftercare guidelines in the healing process and the piece will equalize, peel, and settle down over 7-10 days. After the line work/secondary heal is usually the time to check for color drop outs and areas that may need a touch up. 

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