A reader recently asked if some tattoo placements were more masculine or feminine. It’s an interesting question!
There’s no doubt that some tattoo placements seem to be associated more with one gender than the other. The classic place for a man’s tattoo is on a bicep. The “tramp stamp” (just above the butt crack) placement seems to be favored mostly by women. Women seem to like bracelets and anklets while men like arm bands.
But as with everything associated with tattoos, where they go on your body is your choice. My daughter has a fantastic arm band, an original design incorporating a red-tailed hawk (her great-grandmother’s totem animal). I have seen men with great designs on their lower backs. It’s all a matter of personal preference, and if some genders choose one place more than other, that doesn’t mean the other gender is out of luck.
As I’ve said before, one of the most important things you can do before you get a tattoo is to think about where you’d like to put it. You have to take a lot of things into consideration. Will the ink need to be covered by clothing most of the time so it won’t put employers off, or do you want it to be visible most of the time? Do you want the ink on an area of the body that is known to be painful to tattoo? Is your design so large that it has to go on a larger area of skin? Those things, far more than any notion of “masculine” or “feminine” placement, are what you should be considering.
If where you want your ink is a place favored by the opposite gender, that’s your choice. You are, after all, decorating your own body in your own way, so who cares if someone else thinks it’s in the wrong place? Just get the very best tattoo you can, with personal significance, and then sit back and enjoy your beautiful decorations.