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Tattoo Designs for Men that Rock

People say that fashion trends come and go… Then come back. It’s true and one of the trends that is sending waves of mass appeal these days is the comeback of tattoos, especially on us guys.

While tattoos have been around since time immemorial, in the recent times, tattoo studios keep sprouting everywhere and a lot of people I know are getting themselves permanently inked.

In this post, let me show you some of the coolest tattoo designs that rule the world.

Over here we have an arm-to-chest tattoo.

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Then this one below has the Philippine Map and emblem all over. Looks very nationalistic. Astig.

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Truth be told, I do not like colored tattoos much. I am more of a fan of black-only tattoos. I find it cleaner and complementing the skin’s color better. But if you are thinking of getting something with color, a good design would be something like the one below from Rakel Tattoo.

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Aside from the arms, another popular place to get inked is on your chest. Just be sure that you have defined pecs for better effect.

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Notice that most chest tattoo designs consist of text-only quotes. Be sure to choose a quote that inspires you to become better. Or maybe some text that has special meaning to you.

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If you ask me, one of my top tattoo picks are tribal designs like the ones below. It is abstract and somewhat meaningless, but it gives an impression of strength and virility.

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When put all over the body, tribal designs would look something as powerful as this.

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But maybe the above tattoo would be too much so you may opt to cut the design just right below the chest.


I already have two guy friends who got themselves tattooed within the last six months. And some more coming. Based from my friend’s experience his tattoo procedure took about 3 hours to complete and cost him 5,000 Pesos. Not to mention that the tattoo on his arm became very itchy while his skin was healing and getting used to it. Good thing the itch went away a few days later.

I interviewed a few female friends on what they think about guys with tattoos.

One of them said that it looks “astig” on guys and very masculine.

Another said that it made the guy look untidy and was a huge turn-off.

Then another said that it looks “hot”.

But still another female friend said that it is a total waste of skin and body.

Heck, these women are all contradicting. Can’t they make up their minds? LOL. Well I guess girls have their own preferences when it comes to the guys they date, in the same manner that we have our own preference for girls too.

Now just because it’s the trend does not mean I am getting myself a tattoo any time soon. There are a lot of things to consider like “Would it hurt my job and future opportunities?”, “Would the tattoo still look good when I get older?” and “Would it still make a good impression once I become a family man in the future?”.

I have yet to think about it a hundred times over before doing something permanent like this.

How about you? Do you see yourself getting permanently-inked? Which of the tattoo designs do you like best?


*Image credits: BestTattooPictures, Rakel Tattoo, SkinWorkz | For illustration purposes only


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Hi, my name is Chris and I am the founder of Pinoy Guy Guide. As a guy living in Bonifacio Global City in Manila, Philippines, I have a strong interest in writing about men's fashion, lifestyle, pop culture and gear for guys.


  • As far as I know, once you have tattoo on your body, you cannot donate your blood anymore because your blood is considered ‘dirty’ caused by the tattoo. Is it worth it?

    With tattoos on the body, it will cover the natural muscle definitions/cuts on the body and that’s not good in the contest.


  • Grumpy Cat / el toro – yup depends on the person really.

    Lanchie – you have a tattoo?

    hunkrider – really? I didn’t know that you cannot donate blood if you are tattooed?

  • I would like to have a tatoo at the upper right quadrant of my abdomen to cover the pock marks left by chicken pox when I was young, but tattoo inks contain toxic lead, and it is permanent

  • yes its a form of visual art where the body is used as the canvas…. even ancient people do it, for ifugaos,, as a trophy for a headhunt, tattoos are marked on their body

  • i agree with hunk rider.

    that’s the con of getting a tattoo. 🙁 getting a tattoo is at risk of having infection. AT RISK is the term ok? >.<

    just get a henna tattoo instead hahahahaha JK

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  • Tats are very much in the eye of the guy who has one. For fifty years I wanted one and, starting with my 65th birthday I started my collection. I like large pieces-I’m two meters tall-that have great meaning rather than a collection of flash that meant nothing had I got them and would mean nothing now. Also, as I’ve traveled, I’ve dedicated a place 50 cm by 50cm to be filled, one square at a time, from an artist wherever I happen to be. Thus far I’ve got small pieces from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany, Wales, England, Scotland, Russia, Brasil and Argentina. Now those are souvenirs I’ll remember forever. A piece done in a clean shop is less likely to be harmful to your system than the corner café. A good shop is a clean shop and it’s easy to recognize one as such the moment you walk in. Had I the chance to start decades ago, I now I would have half my body completely covered, yep, even on ball and half a penis, Too old to start now but it’s nice to have an idea even if I can never carry it out. To all my brothers who sport their ink proudly, here’s to you. To those who think it’s savage, barbaric, crude, keep your opinions to yourself.

  • Lew Troop – that is awesome sir. I wonder how your tattoo collection looks now. Hope you have a photo to share to us. Thanks.

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