The second biggest place for tattoos is the chest and thorax area. The chests large surface area allows for great designs either as pieces gathered together or as single designs. Chest tattoos are very common among men, often opting for big designs extending to the shoulders through to the collarbone. A chest tattoo is considered sacred to some people as the tattoo is close to the heart, so the tattoo can have sentimental values attached to them.
Chest Tattoos for Men
Men’s chest tattoos are increasing in popularity and in size. Men are getting large pieces on their chests linking up with sleeve tattoos which can give chest tattoos a completed look. The chest is a good place for men to show off masculinity, tributes and mantras. Simple single design chest tattoos can also have big impact. Many chest tattoos for men cover the whole chest area and become chest piece tattoos. Chest piece tattoos are commonly symmetrical in design or have close symmetry creating unity and flow. Many designs can be found in the chest piece but more commonly seen designs in the piece are birds, eagles, roses, words, scrolls, skulls, hearts and tribal tattoos.
Men’s Lettering and Script Chest Tattoos
The most popular chest lettering tattoos are of script or calligraphy style fonts. The curvy contours and thin weight of the fonts naturally allow the lettering to flow with the chest area and can extenuate the tattoo making it appear larger. Lettering from shoulder to shoulder just under the color bone area is a popular choice of chest lettering tattoos. Larger quotes or text suit being crocked to one side of the chest. Single words or phrases are best when set across the middle of the chest or set to one side also. Another very common word tattoo close to the chest is the collarbone tattoo.
Tribal Tattoos for Men
The tribal design which once covered many cultural tattoos now has a very distinct style. Big thick bold lines dominate the tribal tattooing style with an array of lines and swirls. The ended lines are pointed and designs are almost symmetrical when tattooed on the chest. Tribal designs on the chest create almost an armor or shield which gives the tribal design its masculinity.
Split Chest Tattoos for Men
Chest tattoos can be split down the middle providing a break from a busy pattern. This is seen in a big number of cultural chest tattoos that are attached to sleeves. Single split chest tattoos or dual split chest tattoos can bring structure and define the chest or breast area.
Men’s Sentimental and Portrait Chest Tattoos
Men are not usually associated with being sentimental but that does not mean you can not get a heart mom tattoo on your chest. Chest tattoos are a great place for angels, loved ones names, portraits, tributes, angels and any design that you hold close to you heart!
Women’s Chest Tattoos
Chest tattoos are also found on many women’s chests much like men. The one big difference is the scale or size of the tattoo on females. Women tend to go for single tattoo chest designs or multiple designs forming a chest piece. A full chest tattoo is not a very common chest tattoo for girls. A very common chest tattoo for women is script or quotes and floral designs.
Lettering, quote and word tattoos for Women
Lettering, quote and word tattoos on the chest are best located below the color bone. Forming a quote, phrase, name or single words above the breast or upper chest area is often the location chosen. Lettering and word chest tattoos can be used inside scrolls, over patterns, worked into images or left on their own without any imagery. Lettering and name tattoos that are close to the chest area include the shoulder, collar bone and under breast and sternum.
Small Chest Tattoos
Small chest tattoos can be the perfect option for having a tattoo on your chest without your chest being to busy. As woman’s upper chests are more exposed than men’s, having a small tattoo can also give a discrete look. Small tattoos can be singular tattoos or multiple small tattoos to complete a bigger design.
Women Chest Pieces
Chest pieces include tattoos that cover most if not all of the chest area. Chest pieces can look very stunning especially if the colors used match the women’s complexions and contours. Larger chest piece transition methods can morph or join another tattoo like the shoulder or sleeve tattoo. They also could have image shadows that fade out to skin or just use image outline as a finish boundary.
Women’s Upper Chest Tattoo
Upper chest tattoos are tattoos found on the upper region of the chest. Shoulder to shoulder tattoos and lower chest to upper chest tattoos can frame the the chest area and draw more attention towards your face. Common upper chest tattoos include roses, flowers, birds, hearts, patterns and words.
Do Chest Tattoos Hurt?
Chest tattoos can be a painful area to get tattooed. Men and women with alittle extra fat or muscle have it much easier than those that are thinner. While chest tattoos are not as painful as rib tattoos if you run your fingers along your chest you should feel your bones and just how close in proximity the needle will be with them.