Top 33 Simple Arm Tattoo Ideas [2020 Inspiration Guide]
Simple arm tattoos are some of the best for emphasizing strength and fearlessness. A visible arm tattoo is prominent and moves with every action that you take. It is impossible not to notice, and it demonstrates a confident desire for self-expression.
Even so, a conspicuous arm tattoo isn’t necessarily a perpetual conversation piece.
A detailed tattoo displayed in such a noticeable place inspires questions and blatant eyes ogling your ink wherever you go. A simple one, however, provokes a different kind of quiet appreciation. An unambiguous design that leaves no room for doubt lends credence to the impression of an influential personality. A striking yet simple image commands respect from every eye.
Simplicity in tattoo illustrations can take many forms. A representational picture done in clear, clean lines is emphatic and engaging. Abstract motifs centered on the joints or entirely surrounding the arm work well. An interesting symbol, device or emblem on the bicep or forearm is also an arresting indicator of a dominant disposition.
It’s essential that a simple tattoo concept is tailored to work with contours of your body. Slender arms don’t lend a good background to excessively thick lines, whereas images that are too small easily seem lost on broad biceps. Tattoos are probably the most individualistic medium of stylistic expression, and arm tattoos are among the most perceptibly stylish of all.
Thus is a cool minimalist tattoo. Like the interplay black between black and line work that creates the effect. It’s also placed well for future tattoos to correspond or contrast with.
A killer absurdist tattoo. Simple, placed effectively on the inner bicep and weird enough to draw comment.
This is a great black ink tattoo in traditional style. It’s a sleek weapon that’s effectively drawn with straight lines of black and negative space. Technical flourishes add small contrasts, such as asterisks, dot work, and pop gun highlights.
Brilliantly illustrated 3D piece body art. The contrast between bright metallic fuselage and comic book clouds is a wicked effect making the plane look like it’s emergency landing on his upper arm.
A simple, yet flawless small tattoo castle. The pattern work of negative space and black to provide rock outcropping adds depth to the image, directly opposing the pristine castle perched atop it.
Triangle tattoos of this kind traditionally represent Trinity: Father, son, and the holy ghost. This version is an excellent dot work interpretation. The artist has been able to show off deft shade changes within the dots that give it a futuristic feel.
This circle is reminiscent of a stylized yin and yang. There’s a little touch of black shade, but the crispness is created by the expert flow of lines across the breadth of the tattoo, merging with the links in the center.
This geometric style tattoo is a modern pyramid upgrade. The quality shade differences between inks help the flat colors work off each other while contained inside the triangles. Nice piece.
Old school. This traditional tattoo is class. The artist has placed the knife perfectly in the tricky back of arm spot and it’s a nice fit of length and width. Later on it could form part of another tattoo or act as bridge between different work. There’s also an ability to add color and shade to this piece that could make it bling out or chill out depending on the effect you’re after.
These mini 3D die are cool. It’s a simple tattoo in theory but elements of 3D work requiring expert shade, placement and depth detail that need to be perfect. The result is impressive, mixing the solid 3D blackness of the shapes with finite negative spaced lines and die pips to change them up.
A loose collection of minimalist hexagons. They’re often used to symbolize harmony and balance, and are linked with nature due to hives and honeycomb. This one cleverly jangles up the hexes to give it a change in balance.
Bending different themes has worked fantastically in this small tattoo. The realistic bird with a romantic mindset is clear, concise and looks as if in flight. The geometric work surrounding gives the tattoo added length to help it look larger on the arm. It’s a cool use of dot work and lines to help even it up but also create distance from other body art.
An epic black work moth. Take notice of how each individual line opposes the other wing exactly, it’s precision is what makes it so distinct.
Ah, this is wonderful. It looks like a section of the plastic sheet you pull apart when making scale models. It shows another great example of clear skill in technique making the image look that much more crisp.
A great, oddly shaped tattoo that demonstrates not all have to be about fit and symmetry. Love how deft this is – the flow between lines and various triangles are exceptionally well crafted. A a bunch of different styles – dots, fills, and line – are deployed as great contrasts all over, and add an extra dimension of skill as the art stretches up the back of the arm and onto the shoulder.
Wicked. Big Batman fan here. This dude gets it! The other thing: this type of awesome bat work can travel anywhere on the skin. All you need is the space available for it to look effective.
Another technically sharp mix of line and dot work make up this minimalist marlin. No traditional shading in to fuzzy up this piece, it’s clear in delineating complementary patterns by bunching together clever dots and hatches.
Mickey’s wilding out. This is a great homage to the little mouse. The artist has made a great copy of the old school icon, and it looks bad ass. It’s also a good sized piece for the inner bicep and could be added to or blocked off.