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50+ Wrist Tattoos for Men You Have to See!

by Sherri Owens

Finding designs for wrist tattoos for men can be tricky as this location is still gaining traction among men. However, from names to important symbols, there is plenty of choice for you.

As an artist, I have had the chance to design my share of male wrist tattoos so I know which designs will work.

Discover the cool and meaningful ink you can get on your wrist.

The Top Wrist Tattoos for Men

Here are the men wrist tattoos that you should check out:

Name Wrist Tattoos

There is a reason that name wrist tattoo designs are fairly common. In this location, you get to see the name of your loved one all day long. This makes for a rather meaningful wrist tattoo as well.

Now, when consider name wrist tattoos for men, you don't just need to have the name of your loved one. Instead of just a name tattoo, you can have mom, dad, or something similar. These can be just as meaningful.

Mum Dad Wrist Tattoo

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Couple Names Wrist Tattoo

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Name Tattooed on the Wrist

Image by @safe_house_tattoo_studio via Instagram

Double Lined Name Wrist Tattoo

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While a name tattoo is most common as an inner wrist tattoo, it can also be placed in other areas such as side wrist tattoos.

This tattoo on the wrist puts a different twist on things. It starts from the wrist and extends to the forearm. It is also accompanied by an incredibly realistic wrench.

It goes to show that you don't have to have the same old small wrist tattoo. You can do something more complex or even larger if you like.

Forearm Wrench Tattoo

Image by @tommybtattoos via Instagram

Alternatively, you can get someone's signature tattooed on your wrist as well. This can be a great idea for a memorial wrist tattoo.

Word Wrist Tattoos

Another option for a meaningful tattoo is word-based tattoos. These can be anything from quote tattoos to true life philosophy.

All that matters is that the word or phrase in your quote tattoo holds personal meaning and that it will act as a constant reminder.

Family Lettering Tattoo on the Wrist

Image by @jo_mi_tattoo via Instagram

In case you prefer words to religious symbols, here is a wrist tattoo for Lord Ram:

Wrist Tattoo for Lord Ram

Image by @kinas_tattoo_ via Instagram

If you practice yoga, meditation, or simply like to center yourself from time to time, this ohm design is something you should discuss with your tattoo artist:

ohm Design Wrist Tattoo

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If you prefer phrases for your wrist tattoos for men, here is some tattoo inspiration:

Life is Long Phrase Wrist Tattoo

Image by @sebbytattoos via Instagram

Live this Moment Phrase Tattoo

Image by @zoyatattooonline via Instagram

Spanish Phrase Tattooed on the Wrist

Image by @haiku.ink.tattoo via Instagram

If you wish to get a larger print or a longer phrase, a traditional inner wrist tattoo will not do. In this case, you will likely have to get a side wrist tattoo so that all the words can fit.

Here are some phrase side wrist tattoos that you should consider:

Who Loves Never Loses in Spanish Tattoo

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Latin Phrase Tattoo

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Keep It Simple Forearm Tattoo

Image by @maybebaby_tattoo via Instagram

Date Wrist Tattoos

Date tattoos for men are also popular wrist tattoo ideas. This isn't too surprising because dates can be just as important as names.

From a loved one's birthday to a wedding to even the day or year of their passing. There is so much you can depict here, making it an incredibly meaningful wrist tattoo.

XI XI Date Wrist Tattoo

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1998 Year Wrist Tattoo

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1994 to 2018 Year Tattoo

Image by @the_artattoo via Instagram

Tiny Date Tattoo on the Forearm

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Most date designs tend to be rather small wrist tattoos. If you are looking for a simple wrist tattoo as well, this will be right up your alley.

However, don't assume that these are the only wrist tattoos for men available for date tattoos.

This small wrist tattoo is simple but if you take a closer look, you will find that there is a small pacifier and angel wing on either side of the date. This instantly elevates the wrist tattoo while still keeping it small and subtle.

Date Tattoo with a Pacifier and Angel Wing

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Heart Wrist Tattoos

Heart tattoos have traditionally been considered body art for women. However, as tattoo enthusiasts have become increasingly creative with their ink, this is a design that has been adopted as wrist tattoos for men.

When deciding on a heart wrist tattoo you have to decide whether you are going with a Valentine heart tattoo or having your design based on a more biologically accurate drawing.

The other thing to consider with a heart wrist tattoo is whether it is going to be a simple wrist tattoo or part of a larger wrist tattoo.

Here are some tattoo ideas for men that cover all these areas:

Realistic Heart Wrist Tattoo

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Spiritual Heart Wrist Tattoo

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Want your tattoo be an even great reminder to you? Here is a wrist tattoo that also doubles as a hand tattoo:

Red Heart Tattoo

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Cross Wrist Tattoo

It shouldn't come as a surprise that a cross wrist tattoo is so common. This is one of the oldest tattoo designs around. It is also a popular wrist tattoo idea.

On the surface, a cross tattoo can seem like a simple wrist tattoo. If you like, it can stay as a simple tattoo. Here is what this kind of tattoo looks like:

Black Cross Wrist Tattoo

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Red Cross with Letters Tattooed on the Wrist

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The Cross Wrist Tattoo

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As you can see, these work really well as inner wrist tattoos, although they are good designs for a side wrist tattoo as well. They are also great if you want a small wrist tattoo that isn't too noticeable.

On the other hand, if you want to add more interest to your cross wrist tattoo, there are plenty of ways to do this. Just take a look at the wrist tattoos for men that you can choose from:

Crucified Jesus Wrist Tattoo

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Large black cross tattoo on the forearm

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Want to take this concept of a cross tattoo a little further? Perhaps you would like a full wrist tattoo instead. In this case, check out a rosary wrist tattoo. The beads are finished off with a dainty cross.

Rosary Beads Forearm Tattoo

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Realistic Rosary Wrist Tattoo

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Crown Wrist Tattoos

Crown wrist tattoo designs are pretty popular wrist tattoo ideas. This is because they signify royalty and identify you as a king.

Due to this, crown tattoos are often a symbol of strength or power. They can also be a good reminder to respect and honor yourself.

Do you want a simple crown wrist tattoo? Here is a cute wrist tattoo idea for you. It is a sleek and simple tattoo but still gets the point across.

Tiny Crown Wrist Tattoo

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If you're looking for wrist tattoos for men with a bit more flair, these are the best wrist tattoos to choose from:

Detailed Crown Wrist Tattoo

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Mini Crown Wrist Tattoo

Image by @mariana.oro.tattoo via Instagram

King Crown Wrist Tattoo

Image by @bliss_ink_tattoo via Instagram

Crown Resembles Victory Tattoo on the Wrist

Image by @feather_art_studio_ via Instagram

Anchor Wrist Tattoos

An anchor wrist tattoo holds a great deal of meaning. It is typically used to signify stability or anchoring you to place.

For many, it is seen as a reminder of a place or person that holds them firm when times get rough.

For others, the anchor wrist tattoo can be seen as a reminder of tough times - like something weighing you down. More often than not, it is considered a positive symbol.

When getting an anchor wrist tattoo, you can choose a wrist tattoo design with just the anchor alone. Or, you can include imagery with a similar theme. This could include a compass, map, etc.

The exact design will depend on the effect or vibe that you are going for. For instance, if you want to keep things simple and opt for a cute wrist tattoo, you could get a simple outline of an anchor.

Anchor Tattoo For Wrist

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Abstract Anchor Wrist Tattoo

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Detailed Anchor Wrist Tattoo

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Tribal Wrist Tattoos

If you are planning on getting a tribal wrist tattoo, know that there are lots of different kinds of tribal art and designs.

There are several cultures that have tribal tattoos so your first order of business is to figure out which culture you would like your tribal wrist tattoo to be from.

There are two forms of tribal wrist tattoos. You can get tribal tattoos only on your wrist like this wristband tattoo:

Tribal Wristband Tattoo

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Or, you can get a tattoo sleeve where the wrist design is a part of the rest of the tattoo. This will make for a more striking tattoo choice. This is what it will look like:

Tribal Full Sleeve Tattoo

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Tribal Forearm Wrap Tattoo

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Bird Wrist Tattoos

A bird tattoo is another kind of wrist tattoo that is becoming more popular among men. Birds are often seen as a symbol of freedom.

The design of a bird tattoo also looks quite cool. Here are some tattoos for men that you can consider:

Bird Wrist Tattoo

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Red Bird Wrist Tattoo

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Butterfly Wrist Tattoos

Butterflies may not be the first thing that springs to mind when considering a wrist tattoo for men. This is because they are considered feminine or cute wrist tattoos.

However, they are a great idea for men too. This is because butterflies are symbols of change, transformation, and rebirth. As such, butterfly tattoos are suitable for all genders.

The key to making your butterfly tattoo more masculine is to choose a more accurate depiction of the insect, like with this inner wrist tattoo:

Beautiful black and grey butterfly Wrist Tattoo

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Flower Wrist Tattoos

A flower wrist tattoo is another design that is increasingly being adopted by all genders. This is because flowers can be symbols of passion and wildness and beauty.

While a rose tattoo is probably the most popular choice for a flower wrist tattoo, this isn't your only option. A sunflower wrist tattoo or any other floral design can work just as well.

Here are the flower wrist tattoo ideas that you should consider. They work really well as full wrist tattoo designs. Or, you can opt for a small tattoo with a side wrist design.

Mandala & Blumen Tattoo on the Forearm

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Colorful Floral Tattoo

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Saffron Tattoo on the arm

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In this case, this floral design works well as a wrist bracelet tattoo thanks to the geometric shapes:

Flower Wrist Tattoo For Men

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Tree Wrist Tattoo

If flowers aren't your thing, you should consider getting a tree wrist tattoo trees can be great if you want to stick with the nature theme for tattoos for men.

Not only does this stylish tattoo have a palm tree in it but it has a gorgeous beach design too! If you prefer a more stormy look, add clouds as well.

Sweet Beach Forearm Tattoo

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Feather Wrist Tattoo

A feather wrist tattoo can have a lot of meaning. It often depicts lightness and can represent freedom. Just check out this cool tattoo:

Feather Wrist Tattoo

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Infinity Wrist Tattoo

If you're looking for ancient symbols for your wrist tattoo, the infinity symbol is the perfect one to get.

While this design can seem like a rather popular choice, you can make your inner wrist or side wrist tattoo look unique.

Just see what this eye-catching infinity tattoo has to offer:

Infinity Wrist Tattoo

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Matching Wrist Tattoos

Want cute tattoo designs that will match with your partner? Here are the women and men wrist tattoos that you should consider:

Pulse Beat Matching Wrist Tattoo

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King and Queen Wrist Tattoo

Image by @murugan_tattoo_artistandchandru_tattoo_artist via Instagram

Floral Matching Wrist Tattoos

Image by @cabracega_tattoostudio via Instagram

One Life One Love Crown Tattoo

Image by @vasotattoo via Instagram

Loving Couples Tattoo for Wrist

Image by @reinakbartolome via Instagram

Can Men Have Wrist Tattoo?

Yes, men certainly can have wrist tattoos. This may not have always been the most popular location for a tattoo for men but it is becoming increasingly popular.

Are Wrists Good for Tattoos?

Wrists are great for tattoos. Not only does your tattoo look really cool in this spot, there are some tattoos that are meant to be shown off. So, if you want your tattoo to be highly visible, this is a great place to get inked.

At the same time, if you want to hide your tattoo for any period, you can always do so with a watch or a stack of leather bracelets.

What Does a Wrist Tattoo Represent?

A wrist tattoo doesn't have a particular meaning - this is largely down to the tattoo design itself. That being said, the wrist - particularly the inner wrist - is often considered a place of great significance in the body.

Due to this, people tend to place tattoos that are especially meaningful to them here. Also, since the eye is naturally drawn to this area, many people will get tattoos that act as reminders.

Are Wrist Tattoos Painful?

Do wrist tattoos hurt? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.

If you are planning on getting a wrist tattoo, brace yourself. The pain level for this location can be quite high. This is because of the lack of muscle and fatty tissue.

Not to mention, the skin around here is quite thin and there are plenty of veins too. To add to this, the top side of your wrist has bones that can be quite sensitive as well.

Due to this, a wrist tattoo may cause too much pain for first-timers. Therefore, you may want to rethink your decision of getting your first tattoo.

There you have it - the best wrist tattoos for men. From cool and sleek designs to touching ideas, there is plenty for you to choose from.

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