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Unique Armband Tattoos

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Quite possibly the most diverse designs among tattoos I've ever seen is with the armband tattoo style.

While there are some very popular armband styles that are ubiquitous in the genre, there are numerous customized armband tattoos; so many that it was impossible to include even a wide variety in this article.

Rather I chose to include some of the more traditional tattoo armbands like barbed wire, Celtic and tribal, but added some very interesting and fun tattoos to look at, that obviously appealed uniquely to the one that had it designed for them.

This is one of the few times when I've written about tattoos that I wish it would make sense to include a larger number of images, as there were many of them I had to keep out just to be pragmatic about the article.

Just about any area and interest of life is represented with the armband tattoo, and I included some that were whimsical and fun, and surprising as to their particular theme.

  • Rope Tattoo Designs
    Rope is one of the more useful inventions ever made, and has numerous uses in the cattle industry, livestock, horses, and a number of other areas of life on a ranch or farm. Of course rural life is far from the only place rope is used, as it plays...
  • Garter Belt Tattoo Designs
    Garters or garter belts have been part of women's wear for a long time, and are a narrow band of fabric with an elastic element used to wrap around the part of the leg just below the knee in order to hold up stockings. In more modern times, they...

Here is what most would consider a traditional armband tattoo, one with a barbed wire design. We'll show a couple of more of the more popular types, and then get on to those that are far more customized and unusual.

But barbed wire tattoo, in whatever form, are still great to look at, as this one is.

Barbed Wire Armband Tattoo

  • Fire and Flame Tattoos
    Tattoos incorporating fire or flame into the design look fantastic, and with the occasional exception, are part of a combination of tattoo themes, rather than a standalone image of fire. But even on those occasions, the tattoo is designed in such...
  • Heart Tattoo Designs
    The symbol of the heart apply to more areas of our lives than we are aware of, once we start thinking about it, and in regard to heart tattoos, that is expressed in a variety of ways. There is of course the obvious love aspect of the heart,...

Going beyond the barbed wired standalone tattoo is this one, which gives the impression the barbed wire is sticking in the skin of the one wearing the tattoo and is causing him to bleed.

The bluish tint and shininess of the barbed wire is very well done and gives the appearance it just came out of the store. Pretty cool!

Bleeding Barbed Wire Armband Tattoo

  • Pirate Ship Tattoos
    Anything nautical is of great interest to me, and much of the mythology and truth surrounding the history of pirates is fascinating; especially the ships they used to plunder their unfortunate victims. Picture being on a journey somewhere and...
  • Harley Davidson Tattoos
    Harley Davidson motorcycles, and the brand itself, have become a way of life for many people, and represents, more than anything, freedom. Consequently, Harley fans are forever looking to express the lifestyle, and one of those choices are to get...

This is another very popular armband tattoo style: the Celtic tattoo. It always has a similar look and design as this, and is always good looking if done right.

Celtic Armband Tattoo

  • Ladybug Tattoo Designs
    Lady bugs have captured the imagination and attention of people around the world, as the ubiquitous little creatures show up to eat many of the enemies of our gardens, generating good will and inspiring some works of art, which translate well to...
  • Hot Pepper Tattoos
    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started looking into a variety of designs for pepper tattoos. With many pepper having a reputation of being extremely hot, my imagination was creating all sorts of possibilities before beginning my...

I don't know if the designer or recipient of this Celtic tattoo had two separate tattoos made, or included the Alpha and Omega Greek letters as part of the design. Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The letters above the design spell that out in the original Greek, with the larger symbols being that of the capital letters themselves.

Celtic Armband Tattoo with Greek Letters

  • Bicycle Tattoo Designs
    Bicycles, other than our knees and feet, are one of the first forms of transportation we use, and for many people that fascination has never left them, prompting them to get a tattoo with the bicycle or some of its parts as the center of the design..
  • My Little Pony Tattoo Designs
    My Little Pony has been a wildly popular brand for young girls since 1982 when the first line of toys were released. For 30 years the little ponies haven't lost their allure, and many of those reminiscing about their childhood decide to have a...
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Since we're connecting letters from an alphabet and armband tattoos, here's one which is made of letters from Hebrew.

Hebrew Letters Armband Tattoo

  • Cool Bee Tattoo Designs
    Tattoos with a bee or bumblebee theme are becoming increasingly popular among men and women, as the diverse personalities and meanings of bees can be incorporated into a number of fun and compelling looks and designs. Some of the meanings of bee...
  • Morning Glory Tattoo Designs
    The morning glory is a beautiful flower, mostly known for its trumpet-like shape and the way it unfolds, opening up in the earlier part of the day, creating a canopy of color for those having a number of them planted near one another. This...

This is a very cool, for lack of a better way of describing it, bead and feather tattoo. It seems the designer was including an American patriotic element in the design, with the base of the feathers being white and the tips red and blue. That's the colors of the American flag, if you're not familiar with that. Either way, great tattoo design.

Bead and Feather Armband Tattoo

  • Butterfly and Flower Tattoo Designs
    Two of the more beautiful, delightful parts of nature are the butterfly and flowers, and when you combine the two they are great material for photos and art, including being fantastic subject matter for tattoo designs. While each can stand on...
  • Powerful Warrior Tattoos
    Tattoo designs are extremely important to those in the midst of making a decision on whether or not to have one permanently inked on their bodies, and almost always they will represent something very significant to those bearing them. It could be...

This is a great tattoo design of an armband made up of a band and feathers. Tremendous detail and very difficult to do.

Banded American Indian Armband

  • Deer Tattoos
    Deer are fascinating in that they are an attraction to all sorts of people for a variety of reasons. Some like to paint them, photograph them, use them in creative themes. Many hunt them for food and sport. Either way, whatever the motivation,...
  • Hummingbird Tattoo Designs
    Hummingbirds are among the most attractive to the average bird watcher, who make special provisions of growing flowers or artificial nectar in feeders to attract them nearby in order to watch them. Consequently it is an inspiration for lovers of the.

American Flag Armband with Eagle

  • Compelling Eagle Tattoos
    There's nothing much more majestic than the image of an eagle, and when combined with a tattoo, it's endless the versions you can make that are very compelling. Also important with eagles is they included so much detail in real life that it lends...
  • Moon Tattoo Playfulness
    Moon tattoos are great because they work with so many other themes. You can use the moon alone, with animals, stars, the sun, and fantasy characters, to name a few, and they all look great. Another very popular combination is the use of the sun...

The American flag wrapped in barbed wire looks very compelling below, as does the talons of the eagle swooping down to apparently grab it. Both are powerful symbols in American history (flag and eagle).

To say the tattoo designer caught the essence of the sharp point of the thorn, and what it represents is an understatement. It's simple but very well made.

Thorn Armband Tattoo

  • Cool Snake Tattoo Designs
    Snake tattoos are very exciting, as the texture of the snake, its shape, and the ease of combining in with numerous other themes lends itself to great subject matter to have inked on your body. One surprising thing for me was to discover how...
  • Hand Tattoo Designs
    Tattoos on the hand can be a great choice for those wanting to have their ink seen pretty much at all times. The downside of course is there are circumstances that could come about where it would be inappropriate to be tattooed up so visibly. Job...

This could have been a very disturbing tattoo design, if only it didn't look too cartoonish. If it looked more real, it would have been very powerful in what it was attempting to convey. But as it is, it still looks good at what seems to be the point of entry at both places in the skin.

Armband Tattoo Appearing to be Under Skin

  • Bible-Themed Tattoos
    Few things are more important to Christians than the bible, and a significant number of believers decide to ink bible verses or biblical imagery on themselves as a result. Both are very compelling, and the inclusion of what appears to be a scroll...
  • Lucky Horseshoe Tattoos
    The horseshoe has a lot of meaning, beyond the practical use a horse gets out of it, or a cool piece to hang in your garage, workshop or an entryway. In the case of tattoos, it's the luck side of the meaning of the horseshoe that is by far the...

Here is one of the more fascinating of the armband tattoos, one made of bullets. It looks real and does what it is meant to do. It's obviously not for everyone, but the design and execution is great.

Bullet Armband Tattoo

  • Paw Print Tattoo Designs
    When doing some research on paw print tattoos, I was really surprised at the quality and creativity surrounding the theme, as I wasn't really expecting much. Not only are there awesome paw print designs that stand on their own, but interesting use...
  • Mystical Egyptian Tattoos
    Even though they are an acquired taste and you have to really enjoy the subject matter, Egyptian tattoos, because of the ancient culture, offer up some fascinating images to be used as inspiration for tattoo designs. There is important subject...

What was unusual about this Hawaiian armband tattoo was the two different designs. The top includes a stenciled look, while the bottom is completely different. I'm not sure how, but it actually works, even with that somewhat unappealing green color on the top.

Hawaiian Armband Tattoo

  • Sharp Dagger and Knife Tattoos
    Knife and dagger tattoos are among the best themes to work with other props, or even as standalone when they look great by themselves. There is a recurring narrative of hearts with daggers, apparently with idea that someone had been stabbed their...
  • Fascinating Bear Tattoos
    I was really surprised when I started looking around for interesting bear tattoos how many there were. My thought was there would probably be a few out there, as not that many people would be interested in the theme. Was I wrong. There were so...

The cross, rose and thorn tattoo below is one from Christian symbols, with the crown of thorns being placed on Jesus' head right before He was put to death. The cross was of course the means of His execution. Nice touch the red rose in the middle.

Cross and Thorns Armband Tattoo

  • Fabulous Foot Tattoos
    Foot tattoos have become extremely popular, and many women get inked as part of their fashion statement, which includes tattoo themes like butterflies and flowers. While there are exceptions, women are by far those which who choose the foot as the...
  • Haunting American Indian Tattoos
    Tattoos of American Indians cover a wide range of topics, as you can have the usual heads to a plethora of combinations, usually including feathers, animals and/or something spiritual. Almost every tattoo design for American Indians has a feel of...

The next several armband tattoos will be less intense and symbolic and more whimsical and fun, like the lion tattoo below. While an enjoyable tattoo to look at, it is a great design and could be underestimated because of the uniqueness of the lion as a theme of the armband tattoo.

Lion Arm Band Tattoo

  • Cloud Tattoo Designs
    Clouds are a great supporting actor in the scenes portrayed in tattoo designs, and should be considered as part of any creative scenario if it fits in with the other elements of the image that is being contemplated. While there are occasional...
  • Flower Tattoos on the Foot
    Flower foot tattoos can be a great way to be inked with the idea of being part of your fashion statement. Whether you're at the beach or stepping out on the town, in a number of situations a foot tattooed with a flower can be a part of your...

The music and guitar armband tattoo is just too cool. I've never seen anything quite like it, and it's really a lot of fun. Somebody says this may be the actual song "Rocky Top." I don't know, may someone out there could comment on that.

Guitar and Music Armband Tattoo.

  • Colorful Rainbow Tattoos
    Rainbow tattoo designs are a great choice for tattoo ink, as the spectrum of color is awesome, and you can use the rainbow theme in an extraordinary variety of settings. They also represent desirable characteristics, it is considered a mirror of...
  • Awesome Tribal Tattoos
    I recently wrote about the increasing popularity of cross tattoos, as the overall tattoos trend embracing numerous designs and representative lifestyles. Another tattoo trend which is even growing larger than cross tattoos, is tribal tattoos. ...

Here's another great, whimsical armband tattoo, one of elephants walking together. It would be interesting to hear the stories behind some of these unusual tattoo choices.

Elephants Walking Armband Tattoo

  • Leaf Tattoo Designs
    Leaf tattoo designs were far more interesting than I thought they would be, especially as the majority of them were inspired from the fall season, which resulted in most of them including vibrant orange, red and/or yellow colors. The most...
  • Lightning Tattoo Designs
    The thunder and lightning accompanying a storm have generated worry for some, and for others provide a sense of awe and amazement at this powerful experience. It's no surprise then that those seeking new tattoo design ideas look to lightning in...

What's not to like about this hilarious frog armband tattoo, where the frogs appear to be making fun of the viewer by partially covering their eyes. Each frog with a distinct color adds to the fun.

Frog Armband Tattoo


Talk about a wide range of themes within a single tattoo genre. I'm not sure how they do it, but the tattoo artists were able to take a disparate number of subject matter and make into an armband tattoo that works. You of course have to account for personal taste with some of these as to whether you believe they work or not. But overall, I like every one of these.


Mike on May 03, 2015:

I see it is already noted that Alpha and Omega are both misspelled in one of the tattoos shown. Tragic mistake.

Αρια on January 25, 2014:

Is "Αλφα" not "Αλπηα" it means Alpha, the first letter of the alphabet. And also is Ωμεγα not Ομεγα A-Ω the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. Meaning also the begining and the end.

Klo on October 16, 2013:

Wtf is alpia in this greek tattoo???

jay mack on August 29, 2013:

I believe the frog armband is representing the three wise monkeys.Together they embody the proverbial principle to"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil;Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys and the proverb including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In the Western world the phrase is often used to refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye.

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f on November 25, 2011:

Interesting hub. I always think that barbed wire armband designs are rather similar to tribals; I guess that some such designs could be made to fit either category.

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