Select Page

33 Exciting Elbow Tattoos for Men in 2024

Elbow tattoos are a uniquely bold choice for body art.  Listen to your tattooist’s advice on making the design work best, as the elbow is a painful and complex area to get inked. Elbow tattoos for men have changed remarkably from the days of spiderwebs and star designs; you can now get almost any style of ink you wish! 

But before you go and get your elbow tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the most electric, interesting, and exciting elbow tattoos in 2024. You’ll surely be inspired with the perfect idea of which tattoo style to get, as well as the size, and exact placement on your body.

With that said, let’s begin.

Elbow Tattoos for Men 1

The Best Elbow Tattoos for Men - Men’s Elbow Armor Tattoo

This men’s elbow tattoo uses a variety of black applications to create the illusion of armor. The artist demonstrates beautiful flow and dotwork shading to offset the large swathes of black ink, and I like the five holes at the center created with negative space.

IG: undulmood

Elbow Tattoos for Men 2

Circular Chain Tattoo on Man’s Elbow

This men’s elbow tattoo design is a classic black and gray link chain with spikes. The decision to avoid the painful part of the elbow works – the spiked chain is etched to look the same when the arm is bent or fully extended.

IG: derosario__

Elbow Tattoos for Men 3

Black Ink Geometric Elbow Tattoo

I love the juxtaposition between solid black and negative space within this expertly tattooed elbow piece. The artist has utilized excellent application principles to create the design, from hatchwork and dot techniques to the fantastic use of repeating patterns and spacing.

IG: felixdekapitein

Elbow Tattoos for Men 4

Black and Gray Nails Elbow Tattoo for Men

This is a unique and expressive collection of 3D nails tattooed around the point of the client’s elbow. The subtle use of black and gray lines and shading gives each nail individual characteristics and sizes, whether broken or still whole.

IG: yongha_blk

Elbow Tattoos for Men 5

Men’s Quicksilver Elbow Tattoo

I love the combination of metal effects, off-kilter linework, and clever shading that creates this quicksilver elbow tattoo. Rather than use a metallic ink type, the artist skillfully created pockets of silver that give the throwing star shape a uniquely liquid appearance.

IG: breakkytime

Elbow Tattoos for Men 6

Swirling Black Ink Elbow Tattoo

This is a simple but effective black ink elbow tattoo. Again, the point of the elbow is avoided (it’s painful, and ink has difficulty holding over time), so the artist works around it with numerous flowing black ink lines that make various patterns.


Elbow Tattoos for Men 7

Lord of the Rings Script Tattoo

The Elven language from the Lord of the Rings is a popular tattoo design idea for lovers of the books and films. This beautiful tattoo features the flowing Elven script tattooed around the point of the client’s elbow and demonstrates exceptionally clean, flowing lines in black ink.

IG: jiyoo_hontattoo

Elbow Tattoos for Men 8

Geometric Mandala Elbow Tattoo for Men

I love how flat black ink contrasts against various shaded shapes and negative space lines in this men’s geometric mandala tattoo. The tremendous variation in whip-shading provides detail and depth to the piece as it radiates outward from the flower in flowing, curving waves of gray and black.

IG: kiwa_jip

Elbow Tattoos for Men 9

Stylized Eye Tattoos on Man’s Elbow

An excellent pair of stylized eyes tattooed onto the client’s elbows. I love the emphasis on huge, thick, circular lines moving outward from a gray-shaded central pupil. The deliberately rough linework gives the design a freehand, painted feel despite being precise and exceptionally well-spaced.

IG: your_yuil

Elbow Tattoos for Men 10

American Traditional Spider Web Elbow Tattoo

Nothing beats an old-school spider web tattoo on the elbow. The design works in classic American Traditional style: a limited color palette of red, green, and black ink, primarily flat application, and limited dark shading only where necessary. This design could have come straight out of Sailor Jerry’s studio in the 1970s!

IG: dustinstemen

Elbow Tattoos for Men 11

Men’s Mandala Elbow Tattoo

Mandala tattoos are rapidly becoming the go-to design choice for elbow ink, and for good reason. The ability for the design to fan outward from a central image – or, in this case, no picture – with various shading and pattern applications is excellent for the client’s and the artist’s creativity. This design uses different shading techniques to create pattern variations as it moves away from the negative space in the Mandala’s center.

IG: niki___niki___niki

Elbow Tattoos for Men 12

Neo-Traditional Mandala Elbow Tattoo

This is my favorite elbow tattoo design in the gallery. I love combining vibrant colors contrasted against more conservative, realistic colors (shades of brown and green ink) and leaf patterns. These elbow tattoos juxtapose new-school art’s brightness with nature’s beauty.

IG: micotattoo

Elbow Tattoos for Men 13

Dragon Ouroboros Elbow Tattoo for Men

Ouroboros tattoos traditionally symbolize the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. This tremendous Asian dragon works around the point of the client’s elbow, matching precise linework in black ink against complex shading patterns in the beast’s scales. The beautifully inlaid white ink highlights provide an excellent finishing touch, adding detail to the dragon’s features and horns.

IG: dokgonoing

Elbow Tattoos for Men 14

Blackwork Spider and Heart Elbow Tattoo

I love this black ink spider tattoo because it is unique and exciting – love bites! The artist has placed a shaded-in black heart on the point of the elbow, framing it with wispy spiderwebs. That part of the design is fantastic, but inking in a spider dropping down the client’s forearm from the web adds a new dimension to the overall piece.


Elbow Tattoos for Men 15

New-School Dragon Elbow Tattoo

This new-school dragon tattoo design is worked around the elbow point, sinuously joining the upper and lower arm. The design features an excellent dark fantasy theme. The creature’s scales are inked to look like metallic armor. White ink creates unique patterns in the scales, with burnished silver metal plates on the underneath side.

IG: 47volt

Elbow Tattoos for Men 16

Blackwork Mandala Elbow Tattoo

I like the space created in this Mandala elbow tattoo, which gives the individual sections room to ‘breathe.’ A lot of untattooed space makes the concise geometric patterns, and pointillism application of shading stand out more than if the marks were clumped together.

IG: domjoeltattoo

Elbow Tattoos for Men 17

Wood Cross-Section Man’s Elbow Tattoo Design

Much like human fingerprints, a cross-section of wood can tell you much about the tree it comes from. This killer elbow tattoo represents a cross-section of wood. The whorls and notches are inked using various black patterns to create the wood ‘fingerprint’ while longer, smoother lines of blackwork are crafted to make the edges of the wood.

IG: abseitstattoo

Elbow Tattoos for Men 18

Black Pattern Elbow Tattoo

I love this quirky elbow tattoo and the various globs of negative space that help the black ink pattern stand out. The cell-style application is open on the outside edges, implying that the random, vaguely circular shapes can continue forever.

IG: restraint_release

Elbow Tattoos for Men 19

Mandala Eye Tattoo on Man’s Elbow

This clever Mandala elbow tattoo differs from versions featuring flower designs. Here, a well-crafted, realistic shaded eye is the centerpiece, conveying the idea of watching (or being watched). The surrounding geometric patterns do not feature any shading. Instead, they are inked using crisp linework of different thicknesses to make each pattern.

IG: lukeoakmantattoo

Elbow Tattoos for Men 20

Heavy Black Spiderweb Elbow Tattoo

This heavy black ink spider web tattoo is a modern take on the old-school design idea. The thick ink and limited shading give the piece a gritty, graffiti-style application. I like how the butterfly (a symbol of freedom) is caught in the spider’s web.


Elbow Tattoos for Men 21

Blackwork Script Men’s Elbow Tattoo

I like the uniqueness of this blackwork script tattoo. The circular image spells out the phrase, ‘Life Goes On’ around the non-tattooed point of the client’s elbow. While not easy for an onlooker to decipher, the black ink graffiti lettering is applied well.

IG: strokertattoo

Elbow Tattoos for Men 22

Blackwork Jagged Hole Elbow Tattoo

I like how this elbow tattoo is made to look like a smashed windscreen using only well-placed lashings of black ink. The pitch-black center makes it easier to create the ragged, jagged black lines that look like smashed pieces of glass, spider webbing outward in a thousand cracks.

IG: oghieflores_tattoo

Elbow Tattoos for Men 23

Black Ink Men’s Neo-Tribal Tattoo

This neo-tribal elbow tattoo uses interlocking tendrils of black ink in a circular pattern around the elbow’s point. I like that the design lacks uniformity, with different lengths overlaid in different ways, so they grow out haphazardly, much like a thicket of vines would.

IG: neotribaltattoo

Elbow Tattoos for Men 24

Blackwork Mandala Elbow Tattoo

This man’s elbow showcases another beautifully applied Mandala tattoo (disregard the swelling, as it’s unavoidable). The line work in this piece is some of the best in the gallery, alternating flawlessly with negative space borders and pockets of fuzzy shading. It’s a precise and heavily detailed piece of tattooing that looks like a beautiful tile pattern.

IG: niki___niki___niki

Elbow Tattoos for Men 25

Broken Elbow Men’s Tattoo Design

This man’s tattoo is titled “broken elbow.” I love it; having broken an elbow once (a long time ago), I can still remember the pain – it matches this pattern almost perfectly, slash for slash. The design and delivery are simple but offer high impact, even more so if you know the tattoo’s concept.

IG: kevingimm

Elbow Tattoos for Men 26

Abstract Wave Elbow Tattoo for Men

This abstract wave tattoo uses interesting applications to create a wash of wave water swirling around the point of the client’s elbow. I appreciate the fine details of black ink tattooing and the seemingly randomness of the water, but I would have struggled to identify the theme without the artist’s description of the piece.

IG: mak_twins

Elbow Tattoos for Men 27

Sharp Thorns Elbow Tattoo

This fantastic tattoo design features a circular vine studded with sharp thorns. The clean, heavily detailed linework provides excellent depth and gives you the impression of razor sharpness. I feel that if i reached out and touched any of these thorns, they would poke a hole in my fingertip and draw blood instantly.

IG: doill_blk

Elbow Tattoos for Men 28

Freehand Cover-Up Elbow Tattoo

The thick black script in this elbow tattoo has been successfully deployed to cover up an older piece of body art. The shape and thickness of the graffiti lettering – etched freehand – do a good job covering the old work. Usually, a simpler, more extensive blackout tattoo would be used to eliminate unwanted art.

IG: the_art_is_art

Elbow Tattoos for Men 29

Blackwork Lock & Chain Elbow Tattoo

I love this bold black lock and chain tattoo where the oversized lock has been given a 3D effect. I like the design’s placement below the elbow, with the chains ‘disappearing’ into the skin on either side of the elbow’s point.


Elbow Tattoos for Men 30

Men’s Shark Jaw Elbow Tattoo

I’ve never thought of a tattoo that would) show a shark’s jaw in realistic detail, let alone be tattooed on the elbow. This unique tattoo is just that, primarily using line art to depict the rows of the creature’s rows of teeth. It’s a fantastic concept that creates the illusion that the jaw is opening and closing whenever the client bends his arm.

IG: opulencenewry

Elbow Tattoos for Men 31

Human Lower Jaw Elbow Tattoo

Another men’s elbow tattoo using a jaw theme, this time the lower part of the human jaw. The black ink line detail is exceptional in the teeth and along the bone, and I like how the jaw is placed to accentuate any movement of the elbow joint.

IG: serpentsspit

Elbow Tattoos for Men 32

Geometric Ornamental Elbow Tattoo

I like the combination of ornamental and geometric design elements in this Japanese Irezumi-inspired piece. The tattooist uses great gray shading to contrast black and gray, with negative space elements included to provide a layer between. I also like the use of random large dots as filler.