Without further ado, here are the best forearm tattoos to check out if you’re in need of some ideas and inspiration:

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Interested in getting a tattoo that stands out but isn’t as big, costly, and time-consuming as a full sleeve? If so, we definitely recommend getting a forearm tattoo— one of the most popular place to get inked. This is because there’s no other part of our body as mobile as our arm, which means everyone will see your tattoo when you move, point, etc.

The forearm also provides enough space to create elaborate patterns and themes. And if you don’t want to go big, even a small symbol or design will catch more attention there.

Before we show you some of the coolest forearm tattoos you’ve ever seen, here are a few more reasons why more guys are going with forearm tattoos today:

 

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You Can Cover It Up Forearm Tattoos

The fact is, most societies are becoming more accepting of tattoos, including in the workplaces. That being said, there are still plenty of employers out there who have the right to have a “no visible tattoos” policy. With a forearm tattoo you’re in luck because all you need is a long sleeve shirt to hide it while you work to earn some cash. You won’t have to worry about immediately getting Xed during an interview at a company that considers tattoos unprofessional.

If you plan to join the military we recommend doing your homework first. Some branches have strict regulations on tattoos and where you can have them. The marines, for example, only allow arm tattoos if they fall at least 2 inches above the wrist and 1 inch below the elbow.

 

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They Don’t Hurt Too Much Forearm Tattoos

Although the threshold of pain varies from man to man, there are places where getting a tattoo will most likely hurt more. The obvious parts are below the belt (if you know what we mean) along with areas with thin skin like feet or the ribs area. Forearm tattoos, however, is pretty far down on the list.

This is because our forearm has a lot of fat and muscle there, which means plenty of padding between the needle and nerves. It may hurt more if your forearm tattoo spreads out toward your wrist or elbow, but not by much. If you’re still worried, just ask the tattoo artist for any anesthetic cream designed to numb the area beforehand.

 

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They’re Affected Less By Change in Shape Forearm Tattoos

One thing people don’t think about before getting a tattoo is their current shape. We don’t need to explain why getting a back or leg tattoo while you weigh 250 lbs will probably not look the same when you decide to drop 100 lbs. The good news is that a forearm tattoo isn’t affected as much by your shape or size as other tattoos.

Of course, we still recommend you reach a healthy weight before getting any tattoo so it stays looking awesome as the years go by. One trick to preparing for a forearm tattoo is by doing forearm workouts and exercises. Just make sure to give your arms a rest while they’re still healing after getting inked.

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