Men like to have tattoos to express themselves in unique and mysterious ways. Body art tells a story sometimes in a blatant flash, and other times their meaning is hidden in personal designs that can only be shared when a certain level of intimacy is achieved between partners.
Tattoos can make a man seem more virile, with an inner strength to withstand the physical pain of the process. They are like a modern day war-paint, proclaiming allegiance to rock bands, biker groups or football teams.
They also have a gentler side, names of lovers, birth dates of children, entwined hearts. Tattoos can be set pieces from the vast collection of designs on offer at a tattoo studio or they can be personal bespoke artwork that is a 'one off' just for you. There's also a wide choice of colour, or a single shade. David Beckham's many tattoos are all in a dark ink, but are extremely effective because of it.