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Armband Tattoo: 60 Awesome Ideas For a Perfect Armband Tattoo

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Armband tattoo became very popular in the past few years. Some tattooists claim that this tattoo is going to be the most popular this year. As the trend continues to grow, we decided to dig into this type of tattoo and collect the best examples. So, if you were thinking of getting an armband tattoo, don’t go anywhere else – we’re sure that you’ll find it here!

Negative space dotwork armband tattoo
Negative space dot-work armband tattoo
Half mandala armband tattoo
Half mandala armband tattoo

What does the armband tattoo mean?

First of all, an armband stands for only to tattoos on the arm, but you can also ink these on your wrist, thigh, ankle or calf. Basically, it’s a tattoo of a band that surrounds your upper or lower arm. Usually, the armbands themselves don’t have any specific meaning and are purely ornamental. However, there are some interesting facts you should know about them, before getting one as a tattoo.

The hokusai wave armband tattoo
The Hokusai wave armband tattoo
Black circles armband tattoo
Black circles armband tattoo

In the bronze age, people used to wear metal armbands. Some of those were so tight that it wasn’t possible even to remove them. It may be, that these bronze armbands were symbols of a wearer’s social status or so.Ā  In medieval jousts, the ladies would tie a piece of a band over the knight’s arm, and in this way, he showed his love to her.

Solid black armband tattoo
Solid black armband tattoo
Gold and turqouise carved flowers armband tattoo
Gold and turquoise carved flowers armband tattoo

Sadly, the armbands also have some negative associations. For example, many distorted ideologies such as Nazis wore swastika armbands as their primary symbol. On the other hand, you can find the armbands on a lot of military and police uniforms, so it can also be a symbol of defense and protection.

Tiger eyes armband tattoo
Tiger eyes armband tattoo
Lily flower armband tattoo by fiu tran
Lily flower armband tattoo by Fiu Tran

Also, in some cultures, the black armband is a symbol of a loss. Usually, people wear it only on rear occasions when a family member or a close relative passes away.

Armband tattoo types

There are several different styles of armbands. They may also differ in color and width – some are thinner, some thicker. Each of them is unique and beautiful, so in the end, it doesn’t matter which one you choose. Here are the most popular styles.

Curved lines armband tattoo
Curved lines armband tattoo
Triangular universe armband tattoo
Triangular universe armband tattoo

Minimalist armband tattoos

The first type is the minimalist style of armbands. They usually consist of simple, black lines that surround the whole arm. The color or the width of the armband may differ. Also, it may have more than one line, and the edges may not be sharp, but disappearing in a dot-work style.

Simple black thin line armband on the right arm
Simple black thin line armband on the right arm
A thin black line armband tattoo spencer hansen minimal
A tiny black line armband tattoo by Spencer Hansen
Double solid black armband tattoo
Double solid black armband tattoo
Three thicker and two thinner lines on the right arm
Three thicker and two smaller lines on the right arm
Color spectrum triple armband tattoo
Tattoo of a color spectrum armband
Dashed line minimal armband tattoo
Dashed line minimal armband tattoo
Matching dashed and dotted armband tattoo for a couple
Matching dashed and dotted armband tattoo for a couple
Minimal black double armband tattoo
Small black double armband tattoo
Super thin black and red armband tattoo
Super thin black and red armband tattoo
Thin black chevron lines tattoo on the arm
Thin black chevron lines tattoo on the arm

Sacred geometry armband tattoos

The next type is a geometric armband. The title says it all – these are the same minimal style armband tattoos, but there are also geometric shapes with them. Another quite popular type is sacred geometry – a pattern that consists of repeating shapes – triangles, ovals and such.

Tattoo of a geometric snowflake armband by martynas snioka
Tattoo of a geometric snowflake armband by Martynas Snioka
Beautiful black tattoo of a sacred geometry armband
Beautiful black tattoo of a sacred geometry armband
Black armband with negative space geometric shapes
Black armband with negative space geometric shapes
Dotwork circular geometric armband tattoo
Dotwork circular geometric armband tattoo
Large piece of a black dotwork armband
A large piece of a black dot-work style armband
Dotwork tattoo of a black sacred geometry armband
Dotwork tattoo of a black sacred-geometry armband
Maori style black tattoo of a geometric armband
Maori style black tattoo of a geometric armband
Sacred geometry armband blackwork style tattoo
Sacred geometry armband tattoo in blackwork style
Simple thin geometric armband
Simple thin geometric armband
Sacred geometry armband tattoo
Sacred geometry armband tattoo

Floral armband tattoos

It seems like this type is more popular among the ladies than gents. However, guys should also look into it because it looks lovely.

Negative space black floral armband tattoo
Negative space black floral armband tattoo
Traditional floral armband tattoo
Traditional floral armband tattoo
Armband tattoo with botanical motifs
Armband tattoo with botanical motifs
Traditional stylized flower armband tattoo
Classic stylized flower armband tattoo
Black floral armband
Black floral armband
Another negative space armband roses tattoo
Another negative space armband roses tattoo
Cherry blossom armband tattoo
Cherry blossom armband tattoo
Peony flower armband tattoo
Peony flower armband tattoo
Blue roses armband tattoo
Blue roses armband tattoo
Armband with sunflower tattoo
Armband with sunflower tattoo

Landscape armband tattoos

Now, this type has been a real trend in the past year. By using the dot-work technique, the artist creates the layers to make a landscape. The most popular choices are the forests, mountains, and seas.

Beach and wave armband tattoo by thomas eckeard
Beach and wave armband tattoo by Thomas Eckeard
Dotwork landscape of sea and boats armband tattoo
A dot-work landscape of sea and boats armband tattoo
Forest at night landscape armband tattoo
Forest at night landscape armband tattoo
Night sky and cosmic landscape armband tattoo
Night sky and cosmic landscape armband tattoo
Forest landscape armband tattoo
Forest landscape armband tattoo
Mountainous landscape armband tattoo
Mountainous landscape armband tattoo
Over the hills landscape armband tattoo
Another landscape armband tattoo
Solar system landscape armband tattoo
Solar system landscape armband tattoo
The great wave of kanagawa armband tattoo
The great wave of Kanagawa armband tattoo
Tripple landscape armband tattoo
Triple landscape armband tattoo

Tribal and other pattern armband tattoos

Last but not least – tribal and traditional patterns. This style is usually a choice of the men since these designs are more rough and sharp.

Polynesian style geometric armband tattoo by ravin yean
Polynesian style geometric armband tattoo by Gavin Yean
Ukrainian black and red tripple armband tattoo
Ukrainian black and red triple armband tattoo
Another polynesian armband tattoo
Another Polynesian armband tattoo
Tribal black pattern armband tattoo
Tribal black pattern armband tattoo
Pagan style armband tattoo
Pagan style armband tattoo
Black geometric armband tattoo
Black geometric armband tattoo
Pagan pattern armband tattoo
Another pagan pattern armband tattoo
Geometrical black pattern armband tattoo
Geometrical black pattern armband tattoo
Carved stone baroque style flowers armband tattoo
Carved stone baroque style flowers armband tattoo
Black waves armband by arang eleven
Black waves armband by Aarang Eleven
Armband Tattoo: 60 Awesome Ideas For a Perfect Armband Tattoo
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