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5 Wrist Tattoo Designs

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Wrist tattoos are a good choice for guys and girls . From crosses and font tattoos to compasses that lead the way, wrist tattoos can almost always be covered up with jewelry, watches and other accessories if need be. While wrist tattoos can encircle your entire arm, they can also be located on the inner or top of the wrist. Inner wrist tattoos are ideal because they show a little bit of personality yet have an air of mystery about them. If you want a discreet first tattoo or simply want to add to your collection of body art without making a huge statement, opt for this small spot and tattoo something significant that you can constantly look upon for inspiration. Small affirmations and daily messages can be scribed for everyday comfort. Words and phrases such as "patience" "love" and believe" can help support you during difficult times, whereas portrait pieces of your favorite pooch in a New School style can add major fashion points to an otherwise standard portrait tattoo. If you wear your tattoo on your wrist, pack some major punch into your design and really think about what you want to see, and how you want to see it. Upside down? Right side up? There's more to a wrist tattoo than meets the eye.

1. Cross Tattoos

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Keep your faith at hand with a wrist tattoo depiction of the cross. You can also wear more of a jewelry style tattoo and wear a rosary design instead. More information about the most popular types of cross tattoos can be found here. Bear in mind there are several cross styles. From gothic inspired crosses to a simple depiction, find one that expresses your spirit or faith.

2. Name and Word Tattoos

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Name tattoos make a likely memorial design in the inner wrist where you can constantly remind yourself of someone you love dearly. You can really get creative with name tattoos and work in astrological or zodiac symbols into the design or use both wrists for a design that comes together when your wrists are connected. Rather than just tattooing names, consider words and handwriting to create body art that's personalized and custom. Use the handwriting of your loved one and have your artist tattoo it for eternity. Perhaps it's an I love you" note? The ideas are endless!

3. Birds

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Express your freedom with a bird tattoo on your inner wrist. From a small single sparrow to a flock in a simple black and grey design, bird tattoos have many meanings. Consider a cage on one wrist and a bird on the other as shown in this design to signifying flying the nest. Popular birds include crows, blackbirds and sparrow tattoos. For something more interesting, consider a red cardinal or a tropical feathered species.

4. Anchors and Compasses

Throw down your anchor or find your way with a compass at your wrist. Long meaning a form of stability, anchors were at once a very discreet representation of Christianity. Anchor tattoos are a very popular old school design and also work well with a pin-up theme. For more travel inspired ideas, consider the compass, which will always point you in the right direction. Perhaps leading to a North Star tattoos? The sky is the limit!

5. Positive Affirmations

Place positive affirmations right where you can see them for daily inspiration and guidance. From single sayings like be grateful to words such as present, love or faith, little affirmations can pack plenty of meaning and significance in a small wrist tattoo.
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