The word “tattoo” is said to have two major derivations- from the Polynesian word ‘ta’ which means “to strike something” and the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ which signifies “to mark something”. The history of tattooing is diverse, right from the Bronze age to the time of the ancient Egyptians straight to the Celts and the Vikings; the associations of tattoos and their sensationalized meanings have undergone a course of change.

While at one point of time tattoos were a cultural marker and at other points they were a signifier for criminality, the tattoos of the present age have transformed into an adornment- something that defines your personality and style statement. If you are also been bitten by the tattoo bug and are on the lookout for some sexy tattoo designs for your arms and shoulders, then look no further.

Here we have a list of 22 best professional tattoo designs of 2016

which you can sport with style and earn the raves.

1The Warrior:

There can be nothing more manly than an armoured warrior! This proud warrior looks so fearless and undaunted. Unleash the Greek hero in you and show off your Herculean side!

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2Musical Notes:

If music means life for you, then you got have this attractive tattoo inked on your forearm! How about the musical notes of the song that you live by?

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3The Sailboat:

Splattered with the hues of blue, black and orange, this sailboat tattoo is those with a head full of nautical adventures. Sail off to mystical new lands with this tattoo!

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4Rustic Elephant:

Indian mythology and culture holds a special place for these white-tusked giants. Adorn your shoulder and sleeve with this amazing tattoo decorated with flowers and art.

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5Gothic Angel:

The love for goth is well represented in this tattoo which can be a tip to your rebellious and defiant nature.

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6Gen-Y:

Being the next generation, its difficult to ignore the science and technology. If you are one of those who love everything mechanical and technical, this one’s just for you.

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7The City:

The fast life and the love for the city can be seen in this tattoo where skyscrapers and  towers are touching the skyline.

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8The Real Man:

This one-of-a-kind 3D tattoo says it all. Everything that makes a man a real one- tolerance, love and family!

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9Chinese Dragon:

Intricately woven into the Asian culture is the figure of the dragon. It symbolizes the unconscious, meditation, strength and power.

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10The Moon:

The moon or Luna has been the subject of various cultures, arts and literature. Then why not tattoos? This tattoo looks straight out of a painting and so real!

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11The Lion:

The king of the jungle, the ruler of the wild and the ultimate symbol of power and strength. The roaring face of the lion is also representative of passion.

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12 The Rebirth:

With the wisdom and the three fold path of the Buddha, this tattoo represents the calm and serene face of the Buddha amidst flowers and a powerful Chinese symbol of the dragon.

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13Colourful Fish:

An ideal in body art and mythology, the Koi or the carp is a very common symbol of good luck and prosperity. A Koi tattoo is often chosen by those that want to showcase their personal strength or perseverance through difficult situations.

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14Time Travel:

A beautiful composition of clocks, stairways, windy weather and a watchful eye makes for this tattoo. An impending doom or a throwback to the past? It’s for you to decide!

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15Star Wars:

Are you a Star Wars junkie? Then what better way to confess your love than this awesome tattoo?!

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16Geisha Love:

Straight from the Japanese culture is this incredible geisha tattoo. The epitome of femininity and allure, the geisha represents mystique, power, aspiration and dream.

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17Masquerade:

An eye-catching black and grey scale along with the perfect depth, this tattoo is a mix of sensuality and power. It’s certainly going to add to your sleeve’s prowess!

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18Dream Catcher:

One of the most intricate and popular designs is that of the dream catcher tattoo. It is said to bring good dreams to the owner. No more nightmares! 😉

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19Gangster Look:

Unleash the gangster in you with this powerful tattoo! These tattoos are typically called ‘Portrait tattoos’ and look stunning!

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20Stay Strong:

How about a little message to the self inked on your forearm, inspiring you at all times?

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21Cherubs & Angels:

Inspired by the Holy Bible, these cute cherubs and the angel will always be your guiding forces.

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22Vibrant Bird:

Hey Birdie: This quarter sleeve vibrant bird tattoo is just too good to be ignored!

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The body is the best canvas in the world! So go on and experiment your ideas onto this canvas. Happy tattooing!:)