There are various reasons for men wanting to tattoo their bodies. Body art is a form of self-expression; people express themselves through tattoos for various reasons. In earlier times only men who were rebels, rock stars, sailors or jail inmates would tattoo themselves, as an act of shunning society itself. But nowadays, tattoos are not only self-expression but also a fashion statement. Men especially tattoo themselves for various reasons like religion, affiliations and even for memories. David Beckham is an excellent example for the above mentioned reasons; he has his wife and children's names, as well as memories tattooed onto him as a form of self-expression as well as fashion.
There are various tattoos specifically designed for men. Earlier specific tattoos were only applied to certain types of people, for example sailors had specific tattoos, and anyone in a gang had to have a specific type of tattoo to pledge their allegiance. There are certain tattoos that are considered evergreen, if you are considering getting a tattoo for fashion purposes there are some male tattoo ideas given below which never be considered as outdated. If you are new to the "considering your body as a canvass for art" purpose, the below male tattoo idea ideas can hardly ever go wrong.
Nautical Star Tattoo - This star is usually in compass maps at the North. It is a five pointed star and is usually drawn in pairs - either side of the chest, inside forearms or even elbows. It can be of two colours or one, depending on your preference. In earlier times, this nautical star used to represent the North Star, which was very important for navigation. Now, it represents the coming back to home or one's roots and the luck you require to get there.
Bluebirds - This tattoo was usually inked onto sailors. Once a sailor completed five thousand miles at sea, he usually got a bluebird on his chest, once he completed ten thousand miles he got the other one on the other side of his chest. The birds are done in blue usually facing one another, but variations include one blue and the other red. People who are into sailor cultures or going back to the roots of tattooing usually enjoy this tattoo.
Latin/ Sanskrit Scripts - Men who enjoy indulging in mythical sayings or phrases of deep meaning usually get these types of tattoos done on their shoulder blades.
Skulls - The original bad boys love getting this part of the skeletal structure inked onto their forearms especially. It can be taken as a reminder that everyone has to die. People indulging in cults or macabre usually get it done.
Dragons - Oriental dragons represent strength, great will, power as well as wisdom. It's usually done on a larger scale and men who like things on the wider side of life usually get it done on their shoulder, chest and forearms