164 Shoulder tattoos - Photos and Designs for men & women


Shoulder is the best part of the body for inking tattoos of almost any topic. Photos with sketches for women and men on vse-o-tattoo.ru will help you decide on the choice of the image. Why did the tattoo on shoulder become popular?

  • Any picture or composition looks impressive, realistic and voluminous due to the bend of the shoulder and advanced triceps.
  • Almost any picture can be extended to the armpit, neck, chest, back or to arm.
  • It is convenient to take care of the tattoo on shoulder without anybody’s help.
  • The image remains clear and colorful for a long time, as it is always covered from ultraviolet rays and almost doesn’t rub against clothes, as tattoo on hands or legs do. It’s better to cover the tattoo with a sticker in the solarium. The skin on the shoulder doesn’t subject to age-related changes; it remains firm and doesn’t stretch as the skin on the abdomen for a long time.
  • Depending on the situation, you can show everybody the tattoo on shoulder or hide it from prying eyes.

Tattoos on shoulders of girls and men always look complete and aesthetic.

Even a person with a low threshold of pain can tolerate inking such a tattoo, since the skin in this place is thick enough. The main thing is to have a positive attitude to the process and prepare carefully. You can feel a slight pain at the beginning of the process or at the end, when the needle of the machine gets to the contours of the picture. A good tattoo artist and modern equipment will reduce pain to a minimum.


While choosing the tattoo, you need to consider on which shoulder you will ink it. The picture on the left side is protection, the ability to get easy money and unexpected profit. Orthodox people shouldn’t tattoo images that symbolize the end of life, destruction or anger, such as: skulls or the image of death, the composition of hell or purgatory. A grave cross signifies the death of a loved one in the underworld.
The right side is your desires, vital wisdom and family well-being. Here the inscriptions, hieroglyphs, names of children and animals look best of all. Lizard or griffin on the right shoulder signifies luck, brings positive energy.

You shouldn’t ink thieves’ tattoos on this part of the body, for example, a skull pierced with a dagger, or a snake that wraps a cold weapon. You must consider the face of a lion with axes or arrows with caution. A nude woman with a snake and an apple denotes belonging to passive homosexuals.



A multicolor or black and white small tattoo fits girls most of all. The image in 3D format, ethnic images and predators in tribal style, as the inscriptions in Gothic style or graffiti look aesthetical. Often, tattoos of butterflies, stars, tiger in motion, but without a grin, snake, exotic patterns, playful and sleeping cats are adorned on shoulders of girls. The most popular option is floral compositions in various styles, as always.

If you decide to ink a rose or any other flower, you need to choose the number of flowers and leaves correctly.


The tradition of inking tattoos on shoulders of men dates back to ancient times: the Indians expressed their belonging to their tribe in such a way. Nowadays, such a tattoo is a symbol of masculinity and endurance.

A muscular shoulder can be tattooed not only with abstract, Celtic or Polynesian patterns, but also with whole stories. Image of emblems, inscriptions, predatory animals with a grin and without it are rather popular. Pictures in the Japanese style, which are voluminous and expressive, emphasize contours of muscles. The image of the dragon looks good if the head and tail are extended to the chest, back or wrist. Often there are portraits of beloved people, as well as images of warriors and samurai. Men like photos and sketches of tattoos on shoulders of armors or skulls. Biomechanics is popular as well. Ornaments in ethnic style look beautiful in black, when it occupies the whole shoulder.

It’s better to ink short inscriptions arranged in one line, in the form of a bracelet or inscribed in the on either side of the shoulder.

Tattoos on shoulders in geometric styles of linework and dotwork are quite popular. Thin lines, bright colors and shades add uniqueness and attractiveness.


If you take a good care of your shoulder, the wound will heal in two weeks at maximum. It’s better to make tattoos in autumn. In winter, due to warm clothes, the wound will heal for a longer period of time and taking care of it will bring a lot of inconveniences. The wound should be constantly washed and periodically anointed with cream, so the crust should be constantly moistened and shouldn’t dry out. In summer, it is easy to infect the wound due to heat, sweat and dust. Summing up:




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