Most tattoo enthusiasts will put a great deal of thought into their chosen design to ensure it will have the visual impact they desire and just as importantly, to make sure it makes the right statement about them as individuals but its placement can also say a lot. If you choose to display your body art in a prominent location that is difficult to conceal you are making a statement with that alone while a more subtle tat in a less obvious place also speaks volumes. You may therefore be surprised to learn that chest tattoos are associated with love and are considered to be a sign of devotion due to their close proximity to the human heart. This could be used as private way to express your adoration and commitment to a significant other, especially if you go for a small design such as a heart and name banner that is tucked away most of the time beneath clothing where only select eyes can see it. Alternatively, you may work in a manual occupation where you spend time outdoors working with your top off and opt for a larger, bolder image in this area that you can show off to the world, and not just when you’re on the beach or by the pool.
Designs of this nature tend to be more popular with male tattoo enthusiasts than females however it is not unheard of for a woman to opt for a chest tattoo and there are probably more around than you think but they are concealed for a lover’s eyes only. Women on the whole tend to go for more feminine body art images than their male counterparts so favourite female images for the chest include a heart, butterfly or small rose design. Men on the other hand often go for larger more elaborate designs that start on the chest and extend down the body or over the should and these would include dragons, big cats and tribal patterns. Musician and rock star Lenny Kravitz has an oriental dragon design that begins with the head of the dragon resting on his upper left chest, with its body continuing over to the shoulder, and its tail finishing down his arm. This mythical creature is a symbol of good will, power and wisdom, which has long been popular with guys. This particular design will make a stunning visual impact in all its colourful detail but it also has to be one of the ultimate tattoo statements for guys especially when done on a grand scale on a larger canvas of skin such as the chest.
Names are also a popular choice for many looking into chest tattoos, especially around Valentine’s days when lovers flock to show their devotion to each other by committing to his and her name tattoos, close to the heart. However, while there is no guarantee of permanence in any relationship, the same cannot be said for your tattoo as a design of this nature will leave you with a permanent reminder long after your romance is over. If a design of this kind appeals to you, then you may want to stick with Mum or perhaps the names of your children as this would be a much safer option that will give your tattoo longevity.