Shoulder tattoos can be located anywhere from the shoulder blades on the back, the top of the upper arm, to the front chest next to the pectoral muscles. Often a shoulder tattoo overlaps with other body parts and might be accurately described as a back, chest, or arm tattoo. While both men and women sport body art on the shoulders, a small image on the shoulder blade is more popular with females. Most likely this is because the spot is rather sexy, yet it can be easily covered as necessary.
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Sometimes the wearer chooses a design that coordinates or complements other tattoos on the back. For instance, a woman with a sun and moon on her lower back might choose to place a sprinkling of stars across the shoulder blade on the opposite side. This is very striking, and shows an overall plan for the body art. Some women select a dainty and beautiful image that peeks above the top of a dress with a low back, such as a rose or butterfly.
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For men, one of the more popular images for shoulder tattoos is a memorial to a loved one, although tribal art, and especially Maori, designs are certainly the most favored. Oriental art, with its fine detail, scrolling lines, and variety of colors, is also a good choice.
Bear in mind that your shoulders do a lot of moving. Tattoos here will need a bit longer time period for healing. They also look best if you keep the area toned. Just as with any other tattoo placement, shoulder body art draws attention to the area so make sure that is what you want before opting for placement on the shoulder.