If we observe the trends in the major cities the world over, we will find the evidence to support the theory that cements tattoos’ place in the cultural order and describes their immense popularity and universal appeal as something much more than a moment of deviance or a passing fad. This tells us that one thing is for certain: Tattoos are here to stay and thrive. So, while they are thriving, let us take a closer look at the most popular tattoo designs at present.
There are scores of popular tattoo designs to choose from. Some are popular with men, some with women and others are unisex in nature. Tribal tattoos, angels, flowers, Kanji, animals, cross, hearts, skulls, dragons, butterflies, wings, stars, etc have a huge following.
An individual chooses the design for his or her tattoo and the part of body where he/she wants it based on personal manner and qualities. It makes the tattoo meaning while at the same time granting it individuality. Men mostly get tattoos on their arms, biceps, chest, back and shoulders. Women prefer their belly; lower back, legs, etc for tattooing. It must be noted though, that there is no hard-and-fast rule.
Celtic designs are a new fashion. Also, there are many tribal tattoo designs that enjoy immense popularity, especially the Maori designs. They provide a masculine feel and men love to flaunt it on their arms and shoulders. The angles, the shading and the bold ink lines give that rough charm. There are many signs and symbols that have stood the test of time and held their ground in these fast changing times. Polynesian art forms and designs are starting to makes waves in the tattoo markets.
Birds’ wings, like those of eagles, vultures and falcon can work beautifully with a muscular or toned and well-shaped physique. Tattoos like clothes or any other fashion accessory look great on a fit body. Men are drawn to tattoos that symbolize the ideas that they hold in high esteem like bravery, strength, loyalty, brotherhood, adventure, power, leadership, etc. Women are attracted to ideas of love, nature, transformation, fidelity, female power, floral patterns etc.
Some people have a fascination for more deviant or ethereal kind of designs. Skulls or detailed skeletal design or images of dragons in flight or breathing fire are popular because they provide a rare and powerful combination of strength and mystique. Designs of barbed wires or bloodied flowers nailed to the cross may sound barbaric but they are potent and effective.
Some people with a more rational or scientific inclination resort to inking mathematical or scientific formulae on their body while others write quotes or mantras in foreign languages that mean something to them. And there are those who take an abstract route. Whatever the motivation, the designs and styles are infinite.