Not so long ago, arm tattoos were the stuff of cartoonish stereotypes – a faded anchor upon a beefy bicep, tribal patterns worn in suburbia, a sash wrapped around a heart proudly declaring “Mum”. Not any more. Tattoos are a statement about your style and personality. “They’re a great way of showing your soul on your skin,” says Bristol-based tattoo artist Matthew James. The arms are still the go-to place for most men to get their tattoos – especially for first timers. It’s a place that’s easy to both cover up and show off with, let’s be honest, a bit of macho relish. But before you rush off to get the latest tattoo trendsplastered all over your arms, there are all sorts of things to consider: artist, style, colour, and the best place to stick it on your arm. We spoke to some top tattoo artists for advice and ideas when choosing arm tattoos.