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10 Creative Forearm Tattoos to Add to Your Ink Wishlist

Upgrade your body art with one of these fun designs.
July 13, 2022

It could just be the itch to overhaul everything when the seasons change, or the influx of celebrity tattoos that have been dominating our timelines since 2022 began, but we’re itching for some new body art. And if you’re feeling our vibe then you’ve probably been wondering what to get and where to put it.

Forearm tattoos, specifically, are becoming increasingly popular and that means there’s a greater demand for more inspo. That also means that there are so many questions likely swirling in one’s head before indulging in this permanent ink, including, Does a forearm tattoo hurt a lot? Which forearm is best for a tattoo? Should I get an inner or outer forearm tattoo?

While we don’t have the answer to those questions — because frankly, they all come down to personal experience and preference — we can help with some tattoo ideas so you have one less question to grapple with. Check out these forearm tattoo ideas for men and women that you won’t regret making a permanent part of your existence.

1. Galaxy Elements

It’s no surprise that we’ve been seeing tattoos of Saturn and other planets ruling the stars — the Hollywood kind, that is. With galaxy-inspired hair and makeup and galaxy nails growing in popularity in the beauty space it was only right to see the design move into other parts of the body. And with the universe being so vast, that means you have endless options of what galaxy elements you choose to tattoo.

2. Wrap Around Florals 

Floral tattoos are nothing new. They’ve been incredibly popular for decades, but recently tattoo artists have been creating floral designs that wrap around the forearm. They make for an eye-catching statement while also remaining classic.

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3. Butterflies 

Butterflies symbolize hope, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been a trending tattoo for a long time 一 but especially in recent years and at the start of 2022. If you’re in need of a permanent reminder to hold onto hope, adorn your skin with a majestic butterfly. 

4. Realism Designs 

If you’re anything like us, you’re blown away by the talent that many tattoo artists possess. We’re seeing incredible masterpieces filled with designs of figures and objects that look so real, they give the feel (figurative, of course) of portraits and photographs.

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5. Abstract Art

The world of abstract art offers myriad ideas for tattoos — and a variety of ways to interpret them. Whether you’re all about an abstract take on an elegant kissing portrait, or you love to play with shapes and strokes, there’s an idea out there for everyone. Our one piece of advice: bring in a photo or your own sketch like you would with any other tattoo. Unless you know your tattoo artist well and you have absolute trust in them, you don’t want to ask them to freestyle. No good has ever come from a freestyle tattoo. 

6. Animals 

It’s fair to say that for some, their love of animals has deep-rooted meaning. Whether you want a portrait of your beloved pet on your skin forever or you’re looking to embellish your arm with a creature you connect with, there are so many creative takes on animal ink that you can choose. 

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7. Symbols of Nature 

Nature-inspired tattoos have long been popular, and we’re not seeing this trend slowing down any time soon. From the aforementioned animals and intricate floral designs, to vast mountain ranges and more, there are so many different ways to express your appreciation for nature on your forearm. 

8. Cherry Blossoms 

Symbolic of rebirth and renewal, it makes sense why cherry blossom tattoos (yes, another floral design) are popular right now. In addition to their special meaning, sakura are incredibly versatile when it comes to utilizing them in tattoos 一 they can be wrapped around the forearm or done as a minimalistic design. 

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9. Geometric Designs

A contrast from animals and blooms, geometric designs featuring sharp lines and shapes are trending, too. Find a skilled artist and you’ll be able to transform just about anything into a geometric design that you’ll love forever.

10. Minimalistic Designs

Not all tattoos are meant to make big, visual statements. If you have the desire to get a tattoo that symbolizes something in your life without making a massive mark on your appearance, opt for a minimalistic design like a shape, someone’s initials, or a number that holds meaning for you. 

Next: How to Make Temporary Eyebrow Tattoos Look Real

Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Crystal Simone

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