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TOP 10 RIB TATTOOS DESIGNS FOR 2023

by Tori Jones
Rib Tattoo

n this blog post, I’ll bring you into the world of rib tattoos, offering insights into the unique benefits and challenges of these pieces, as well as some design inspiration that just might push you to break the skin barrier in a new territory. Whether you’re a first-time tattoo adventurer or an experienced ink journeyman looking for unexplored horizons, this post is designed to expand your tattoo knowledge, and maybe even shift your perspective on what’s possible in this fascinating craft.

From symbolism to style, the nuanced techniques to the aftercare, we’re going to run the gamut on all things rib tattoo. By the time you finish this read, you’ll be equipped with all the necessary facts, plus a dash of insider wisdom from your favorite ink maestro to help you decide if a rib tattoo is your next step in self-expression.

Feather Rib Tattoo

Feather Rib Tattoo
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Our journey begins with the feather rib tattoo. Feathers, with their promise of flight, evoke a sense of freedom that has captivated humanity for millennia. Recounting the tale of our local math teacher, Tom, who came in to get an eagle’s feather inked onto his rib, he shared his fascination with the bird’s soaring flight and the freedom it represented. To him, the tattoo also embodies courage, strength, and wisdom, much like the feathers of the birds we hold in reverence. And if a dash of divine connection is what you seek, let’s transform that feather into an angel wing, shall we?

Side Rib Tattoo

Side Rib Tattoo
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Next up is the side rib tattoo. Much like our regular client, Steve, a hiker with a fondness for panoramic mountain vistas, you may find yourself constantly shirtless just to flaunt your ink! Steve got a sprawling landscape tattooed on his side rib, a testament to his love for nature and hiking. This area provides ample room for an expansive story, whether that’s exploring your spirituality or honoring a loved one. But, remember folks, even the most robust amongst us can’t deny the discomfort – those ribs are a delicate canvas.

Dream Catcher Rib Tattoo

Dream Catcher Rib Tattoo
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Our list won’t be complete without the enchanting dream catcher rib tattoo. As Native American lore tells us, these woven marvels filter out the nightmares, ensuring peaceful slumber. Olivia, a therapist who often drops by our parlor, chose this design to symbolize protection and spirituality, a constant reminder of her mission to bring peace to her clients’ minds.

Simple Rib Tattoo

Simple Rib Tattoo
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If simplicity and minimalism are your game, the simple rib tattoo will be your winning move. Think of our buddy, Max, who wanted a minimalist outline of his pup, Bella, on his ribcage. These tattoos, though basic, carry profound meaning and are lighter on the wallet and the pain scale too.

Wolf Rib Tattoo

Wolf Rib Tattoo
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Venturing into the wild, the wolf rib tattoo captures the spirit of loyalty and family.

Snake Rib Tattoo

Snake Rib Tattoo
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The slithering serpent or the snake rib tattoo holds a special place in many cultures, symbolizing healing, death, rebirth, and transformation. Laura, a nurse who braved the pain for a snake tattoo on her ribs, considered her piece a testament to her daily encounters with life and death in the ER.

Cross Tattoo on Ribs

Cross Tattoo on Ribs
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Exploring the divine path, the cross tattoo and bible verse tattoo allow you to honor your faith in a truly personal way.

Bible Verse Tattoo

Bible Verse Tattoo
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Recall Sarah, a youth pastor who etched a poignant Bible verse onto her ribs. This intimate expression of her faith was her way of inspiring and guiding her young congregation.

Dragon Rib Tattoo

Dragon Rib Tattoo
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As we delve deeper into mythical territory, the dragon and the lion rib tattoos offer symbols of fearlessness, passion, and majesty.

Lion Rib Tattoo

Lion Rib Tattoo
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And let’s not forget Mike, a recovered addict who marked his journey to sobriety with a roaring lion, symbolizing his struggle and triumph.

Tiger Rib Tattoo

Tiger Rib Tattoo
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In the realm of the wild, the tiger rib tattoo resonates with strength, independence, and freedom,

Bird Rib Tattoo

Bird Rib Tattoo
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while the bird rib tattoo, just like the one our traveling musician, Alex, chose, sings a song of freedom, courage, and wanderlust.

Design Considerations When Getting A Rib Tattoo

The first aspect to consider is the shape and size of the design. Due to the naturally elongated and curved shape of the rib area, certain designs may not sit well. For instance, designs that require a large, flat surface like certain geometric patterns or intricate mandalas might not translate as effectively on the curved and uneven terrain of the ribs. These designs could warp or distort when you move, or they may not fully appreciate the dynamic of the body’s anatomy.

Next, you’ll want to consider the level of detail in your chosen design. Tiny, super detailed tattoos might look good when freshly inked, but over time, these can blur together due to the natural aging process of tattoos and the skin’s elasticity in the rib area. It’s usually recommended to go for medium to larger designs with clear lines and sufficient spacing, which tend to age better.

Lastly, it’s important to keep the pain factor in mind. The ribs are known for being one of the more painful areas to get tattooed due to the proximity of the bone and the lack of fatty tissue. If you have a low pain tolerance, it may be best to avoid extremely detailed or large designs that would require lengthy tattoo sessions.

Remember, a good tattoo artist will guide you through this process and help you to decide the best design for your body and your vision. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice any concerns you might have – we’re here to help! Your comfort, satisfaction, and the longevity of your tattoo are our top priorities.

Conclusion

As we bid adieu to our exploration of rib tattoos, it’s clear that this journey is a testament to human resilience and creativity. This place of honor, right next to our vital life force, the lungs, is a canvas for the brave, making a bold statement about who you are. But, with great ink comes great responsibility.

Choosing the right artist is critical – you want someone who knows their way around the rib’s delicate terrain. The costs vary, usually around $200 to $800, depending on the design’s complexity and the artist’s expertise. However, remember that this is an investment in yourself, so don’t let the price deter you from getting your desired piece.

We can’t deny the elephant in the room – pain. The ribs are a notorious spot for a bit of the old ‘ouch factor’, so prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride of discomfort. For some, the pain can deter them, but remember, the journey is all part of the story that your tattoo will tell.

While we’re on the topic of caution, make sure to heed your artist’s advice on aftercare. The risk of infection or poor healing is always present with any tattoo, and your ribs are no exception.

In conclusion, a rib tattoo is a mark of strength, resilience, and personal symbolism, a badge of honor that screams, “I went through the fire of the needle, and emerged as a canvas of art.” So, go ahead, embrace the needle, brace yourself for the thrill, and step into the realm of rib tattoos. Your body is the canvas; it’s time to create your masterpiece.

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