Chest Tattoos for Men have become increasingly popular. At Tattoos Beautiful we have found the 37 most inspirational chest tattoos for men to inspire you.
The popularity of chest tattoos for men is largely increasing. When it comes to choosing the best place for a tattoo, men can get picky. But, chest pieces are one of the best when it comes to the art of tattoos. Chest tattoos are very attractive, and they also represent one’s dedication to an idea or design. It is not that simple to get a chest tattoo, because of the pain one has to go through. That is why when a man chooses a chest tattoo, it says a lot about his inner strength.
Chest tattoos can be meaningful since they are very close to the heart. Certain chest tattoo designs are capable of showing your unconditional love towards someone or something.
When it comes to the size of chest tattoos for men, they can range from enormous to rather small. The tattoos do not have to only be restricted to your chest; you can always extend them to your neck, shoulders, and stomach. Chest tattoo designs are numerous; you can choose tribal designs, angles, names, and everything else that crosses your mind.
We are here to show you the 37 best and most inspirational chest tattoos for men you will ever come across. Hopefully, one of them will be used as an inspiration for your next tattoo.
37. Inspirational Chest Tattoos for Men
There are those tattoos that are so intriguing, and once you get their true meaning you feel so inspired. Now, imagine having an everyday inspiring reminder; you could probably feel more powerful, right? Well, sometimes that is the true purpose of tattoos. This particular tattoo contains a quote: “Fortune’s always hiding.” It also features a skull and a sugar skull. For the meaning of these symbols, click here.
36. Heartbeat Chest Tattoo
Since chest tattoos are so close to your heart, you may decide to get something that has to do with your heart. For example, you can get a tattoo that represents a heartbeat. What would make your tattoo even more unique and personal is a certain symbol that means a lot to you. For example, that symbol may be the name of your loved one or even the coordinates of a place that makes your heart beat (fast).
35. Swallow Chest Tattoos
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Swallow tattoos are considered to be a very old-school and traditional design. They have been around for ages, and they still remain a pretty unisex choice. The tattoos having the swallow in the center of the design usually include many other elements, making them unique from one another. But, in this particular case, swallows are around a heart stranded with a wire. Swallows can represent love, care, and affection towards family and friends, showing the loyalty of the person always returning to them. Also, some time ago, sailors used swallows for their tattoos to show off how many miles have they crossed. According to some beliefs, a sailor tattooed with one swallow had travelled over 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km). A sailor with two swallows had travelled 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 km).
34. Lion Chest Tattoo
Lion tattoos are popular among men. Lions are a vital symbol conveying courage, strength, and pride. These divine, yet strong and deadly creatures also have many more symbolic meanings. For example, a lion tattoo may also symbolize purity, nobility, integrity, bravery, and protection.
33. Tribal Upper Body/Chest Tattoo
To get that ultimate, macho man look, you can always go for tribal tattoos. There are various designs of tribal tattoos and when it comes to your chest, you can make many combinations. You can have your tattoo only on your chest, or have it extend on your shoulder, or even on the upper part of your arm. Or, you can get an entire side of your body covered with an awesome tribal tattoo.
32. Motivational Chest Tattoos for Men
Tattoo pieces that remind you to stay strong no matter how tough things get are indeed very great. This is an example of such tattoo. “Trust your struggle,” is one very short, yet powerful quote. Basically, it means that the world will never send you something that you can’t deal with.
31. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
Usually, “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil,” is connected with the Japanese culture and the three wise monkeys. But, you can modify your tattoos in any way you want to send a certain message. In Japanese culture, one monkey has his eyes covered, other his ears and the last one his mouth. You see the same principle, but only one ‘head’. There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In the Western world, this phrase is often used to refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye.
30. Small Chest Tattoos for Men
Chest tattoos for men do not have to be big, tough or manly. You can always get a tattoo that will catch everyone’s attention with its simplicity. For example, this year – 1991 – is very intriguing. What could have happened in this year that the wearer of the tattoo decided to get it? The deer is also very significant, but, I will tell you something more about deer tattoos later on. Keep reading!
29. Tree of Life Chest Tattoo
Tree of life chest tattoos for men are a very popular symbol and they date back to the Celtic cultures. Usually, it stands for the infinite cycle of life.
28. Quote Chest Tattoo
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Quote tattoos never get old, and they can look good on your chest. First of all, your quote doesn’t have to be long like this one nor do you have to be this pumped up for your chest quote tattoo to turn out well. You can ink a phrase, or a sentence, or even a saying on your chest. Just make sure to choose the right font.
27. Polynesian Chest and Upper Arm Tattoo
Very similar to the tribal tattoos are Polynesian tattoos. In ancient times, these tattoos marked the belonging to a certain tribe. Nowadays, they are mostly tattooed because of the attractive appearance.
26. Octopus Chest Tattoo
There are so many animals around us, and all of them can have a symbolic meaning. Take the octopus for example. You probably never thought about its symbolic meaning. Octopi are usually associated with will, focus, mystery, strategy, and even complexity and intelligence. They may also stand for one’s adaptability and unpredictability.
25. Colorful Chest/Upper Body Tattoo
Do you want your tattoo to blow everyone’s minds? Then, pay attention to this one. It is so big, so no one will miss it. Also, the bright colors make it stand out even more. But, all in all, this tattoo looks incredibly cool! Are you brave enough to get a piece like this?
24. Simple Chest Tattoo Ideas for Men
Another example of a chest quote tattoo. The previous example of a tattoo like this contained multiple lines. But this one is so simple and it has only one line. Also, the guy on the previous example was obviously a very handsome model. This man is a regular man, whose photo is not photoshopped. Quote tattoo can definitely look good on you too!
23. Deer Dotwork Chest Tattoo
If you are still impatiently waiting for me to tell you the symbolic meaning that lies behind a deer tattoo, the time has finally come. Deer are graceful creatures. In many cultures, they were praised because they helped people find the best herbs. Meanings associated with deer tattoos and deer in general are: love, grace, beauty, creativity, spirituality, abundance, and even humility and swiftness.
22. Stylish Chest Tattoos for Men
Well, tattoos can also be stylish and trendy. This particular tattoo consists of many symbols and, therefore, it may have many meanings. You may search our blog to find meanings behind each and every symbol. Or, do you already know what message did the wearer of the tattoo want to send with this tattoo?
21. Phoenix Chest Tattoo
Phoenixes are truly majestic creatures. Unfortunately, they are only mythological creatures and do not exist in real life. There are so many magnificent examples of phoenix tattoos you can come across. But, the best designs are similar to this one – big, powerful, colorful, and striking.
20. Bird Chest Tattoo
Bird tattoos are very popular, and they make great chest pieces. In general, birds are connected with freedom and even a big change in life. Some birds, for example ravens and owls, represent wisdom. If you like the idea of having a bird tattoo on your chest, then all there is left to do is to choose the right bird to represent you.
You don’t have to get a quote nor a phrase on your chest. One word can explain it all. Take this tattoo for example. There are two swallows and the word “blessed.” Since swallows are associated with love and family, it is very likely that this man got his tattoo because of the belief that his family and friends are his biggest blessing.
18. Mechanical Heart Chest Tattoo
In one of our previous posts, we had an example of a mechanical leg tattoo. It looked pretty awesome. But, this piece looks even more awesome. I mean, things really can’t get greater than a mechanical heart. Or, can they?
17. Anchor Chest Tattoos for Men
Anchors are not only used by sailors. They make great tattoos and have a symbolic meaning. Usually, an anchor stands for one’s ability to stand strong when the biggest storms hit.
16. Tribal Tattoo – Chest & Shoulder
This is one of the great examples of the tribal tattoos. It starts on the right side of this man’s chest and expands on the upper arm. Tattoos like this are classic, but even though they all look very similar, the truth is each tribal tattoo looks unique on its wearer.
15. Owl Chest Tattoo
Chest tattoos can be as big as you like them and may include more than one symbol. Here we have the owl, a night predator and a symbol of wisdom, and the all-seeing eye. What do you think, what is the meaning hidden behind this tattoo?
14. Ship Chest Tattoo
A great tattoo example for sailors, and those who love travelling. This tattoo may also be understood just like the anchor. The ship is leading a battle with the waves, but not giving up. Is this your life motto?
13. Compass Chest Tattoo
Compass tattoos date from the days when compass was first discovered. Travellers and sailors would usually get these tattoos as lucky charms. A compass tattoo may also represent that no matter where you go, you will always return to one place – your home.
12. Tribal Chest Tattoos for Men
This tribal tattoo is a bit more complex than the previous one which also starts on the right side of the chest and expands to the upper arm. Some men like their tribal tattoos to have many different shapes and motifs, while others prefer to keep things simple. Which team are you on?
11. Flying Owl Chest Tattoo
This is another great example of a large, colorful chest tattoo. You have already seen that big, colorful tattoo but it didn’t have any particular symbols or images. But, this one does, and the symbolic meaning of an hourglass and an owl is very strong.
10. Anchor and a Crown
A chest tattoo that expands over the entire torso. If you would like your anchor big, here is an idea. The crown is also a great addition to the anchor. It probably stands for the fact that you are the king/captain of your own ‘ship’.
9. Batman Chest Tattoos for Men
Do you love Batman? Is there something about that movie/character that left such a huge impression on you? If so, then consider getting a tattoo like this. You may also think about other characters, for example Spiderman or Superman.
8. Skull Chest Tattoo
This is one very big and epic skull tattoo. Would you believe me if I told you that skulls do not necessarily need to be connected with death or danger. To see what I am talking about, click here.
7. Intriguing Chest Tattoos
Everything about this tattoo is so intriguing! From the crows, flowers, to that saying in Latin. The saying roughly means “all wound, the last kills,” in reference to the hours. And, below, you can see twelve Roman numerals which probably stand for the hours of the day.
6. Amazing Chest Tattoos for Men
Bird tattoos are popular, both with men and women. The thing is that women usually choose birds that could represent femininity, such as doves. On the other hand, men choose eagles, ravens, hawks and other birds that are actually deadly. What bird would you choose?
5. Guns & Rose
This tattoo is an example of an artistic soul. There are so many different tattoos on this man’s body, that it is hard to choose the best one. You can actually use ideas from all of his tattoos and interpret them your own way.
4. 3D Chest Tattoo
An amazing example of a 3D chest tattoo. We haven’t had much of these, right? Once again, we have the symbol of compass and navigation. But, beneath it, you can see many different words – family, loyalty, integrity, Katie, etc. The compass is used to probably state that no matter how often this man leaves his home, he will always come back to it.
3. Mantra Chest Tattoo for Men
Many mantra or Tibetan tattoos feature a lotus flower and some word written in Tibetan or Tibetan Sanskrit. As for these words, I really can’t translate them. But, when it comes to the lotus flower, I can tell you that it usually symbolizes purity, or one’s spiritual travel and enlightenment. Opened blossom usually represents achieved enlightement.
2. Wicked Tree Chest Piece
Some tattoos just look cool and wicked! This one is the perfect example. If you are looking for a not-so-ordinary tattoo, then you may use this one as your inspiration. However, do keep in mind that trees also have their symbolic meanings.
1. Epic Hourglass Chest Tattoo for Men
There is a reason why we saved the best for last. The hourglass looks amazing and it sends a strong message. Our clocks are all ticking, and no one knows how much time we have left. But, this should not bother us and we should always live our lives to the fullest. Just like the tattoo says, who has forever anyways?
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