The best thing about inner biceps tattoos is that you have full control over their visibility when outside. If you want to keep your tattoo private, just wear anything that hides it completely or at least enough to avoid attracting attention.
However, when the tattoo is still healing, it would be best to wear something that keeps it uncovered to prevent skin irritation due to the clothing material. But only when inside the house. Because we all know how much newly inked tattoos despise direct sunlight exposure.
Since an inner bicep tattoo is mostly hidden – unless you walk with your arms constantly flexed – the design doesn’t necessarily need to be part of an arm tattoo. You can go for a completely different and standalone design. No one will notice unless you deliberately show of your tattooed arms and biceps. So feel free to go with an inner bicep tattoo design that isn’t even remotely related to your arm tattoo (if you have one). But we do recommend that at least the coloring style matches.
Due to its location, an inner bicep tattoo is also more protected from the sun when outside, compared to forearm tattoos or arm tattoos. This means you can skip applying sun protection before going outside if you live in a place where the sun has a personal vendetta against humans with exposed skin. Unless your job requires you to constantly lift your arms outside, of course.
Now, let’s go over a few design ideas.
If you don’t want a fully covered bicep, you can go with small but meaningful designs such as rose tattoos for men and compass tattoos. The former works great if you’re aiming to pay tribute to a loved one, which depicts that you draw your strength from them.
Inspirational quotes also look neat on the inner biceps. The general area is flat, preventing the words from being disorganized and tricky to read similar to quotes inked on curvier areas. Keep the message or quote short and sweet, though. You might run out of space due to the confined nature of the inner biceps. A lot of men actually go for just a single sentence, complemented by a related design or two.
What we don’t recommend is getting tattooed with a portrait of someone on the inner biceps. Simply because the area is in close proximity to the underarms. It just doesn’t seem right to have a picture of someone, especially a religious image or a loved one, on the inner biceps. Animal-based tattoos such as wolf tattoos and lion tattoos for men are okay, though.