Rib Tattoo Designs for Guys and Girls

The tattoo on the rib cage is one of the most original variants in tattooing. It allows you to vary the size of the painting, which gives space for small women tattoos and for the volume male pattern. Thus, the girls can emphasize the dignity of their figure, while the men – the relief of muscle torso.

The Symbolism of Rib Tattoos for Men and Women

The tattoos on the ribs are mainly applied for beauty, to make the image more sexual and focus on the perfect figure. Though, you may ink more symbolic tattoo, the meaning of which depends on the chosen sketch and interests.

  1. The women prefer sensual and emotional ornaments among them you can find:
  • All sorts floristry (flowers, plants) – symbolizes calm, fragility and tenderness;
  • Corset lacing – the ribbon can be tied in a bow or just fall on the hip;
  • Butterflies or rainbow feathers – embody femininity and freedom;
  • Berries, tropical fruits – indicate coquetry and uniqueness.
  1. Men usually take the large ornament, it can be:
  • Ship – is done by freedom-loving men, who are ready to withstand the winds and storms of the life;
  • Religious themes (cross, praying hands) – is a feature of believers;
  • Wild animals (wolf, bear) – emphasize strength, agility, power and leadership in the world;
  • Bones, skulls, the devil and other “beyond the grave” theme – show the inevitability of death, philosophical mind.

The Typical Variations of Rib Tattoos

The rib patterns are highly painful but the result is worth it. The ladies try to get bright, colorful tattoo, while the men apply ornaments in black coloring. Other designs include:

  • watercolor works;
  • black and gray tattoo;
  • Japanese style;
  • biomechanical type;
  • tribal style;

The lettering is another favorite category of tattoos on the ribcage, which can be used in the form of:

  • quotes;
  • hieroglyphs;

They are predominantly inked at an angle or vertically in order to visually narrow and stretch the area under the breasts.

The rib tattoos are easily hidden under the clothes, so you can choose the most unbelievable and unusual images, such as:

  • watch and compass tattoo;
  • internal organs (ribs);
  • geometric elements;
  • a piece of nature;
  • Cheshire Cat;
  • arrows;
  • Phoenix;
  • footprint;
  • compass with the eye;
  • tree and a girl;
  • mountain;
  • parrot;
  • mermaid;
  • birds;
  • stars;

Rib Tattoos Ideas for Guys and Girls

The massive portrait of a man in the form of a sculpture is imbued with the spirit of antiquity. The gorgeous tattoo with the note of grandeur is outstanding!
The Rib Cage Tattoo in 3d Style
The masterpiece of a woman praying on the cross amidst the storming sea presents a belief in God and a higher power.
The Spiritual Cross Tattoo on the Ribs
The florets are the best decoration for girl’s body not in vain! Look at this wonderful composition on the rib cage.
The Tender Touch of Flowers on the Rib Tattoo

The fantastic way to express your purposefulness and constancy is to ink this marvelous unity of watch and compass.
Keep Track of Time with a Male Rib Tattoo
Would you like to show your inner world? This rib cage creativity makes it possible, however, it looks a bit scary.
The View of the Ribs in the Awesome Male Tattoo
Here the simple triangle denotes so important things like birth, life and death, creating seductive succession on the woman’s ribs.
The Rib Cage Tattoo of Geometric Chain for Females
Are you a part of “Delta Chi” fraternity? This tattoo on the ribs will be a super sign of your devotion.
The Membership Mark in Rib Cage Tattoo for Guys
This Latin quote is translated as «That which nourishes me also destroys me», but you may suggest your own meaning for it.
The Philosophical Rib Quote Tattoo
This is not just a piece of nature – it is a real picture of paradise on your ribs, which radiates warmth and happiness.
The Landscape Rib Tattoo for Girls
The lovers of nature and beauty will appreciate this bright ornament of different flowers and birds that fully covers the rib cage.
The Harmonious Tattoo for Women on the Ribs
The women are not indifferent to the flowers and jewels, which is seen in this impressive tattoo with numerous black ornaments.
The Rose and a Diamond Tattoo on the Rib
Cheshire Cat is a highly mysterious character from “Alice in Wonderland” but maybe we are all sometimes need to be a bit crazy, don’t we?
The Piece of Madness in Your Tattoo on the Rib Cage
Is the evil really within? This emotional tattoo on the ribs represents the struggle between bad and good in everyone.
The Aggressive Rib Tattoo with Lettering
The arrow is widely used by men in tattooing. Here it is presented in intriguing combination with circles and lines on the ribs.
The Small Rib Tattoo with Several Geometric Symbols
The amazing interweaving of black lines creates an astonishing ornament in tribal style – a cool choice for athletic men!
The Brutal Tribal Outfit for Your Tattoo on the Ribs

This refined variant of the tribal tattoo with the addition of flowers is prepared for ladies. The body seems so alluring now!
The Girlish Tribal Tattoo on the Ribs
This bright circle with orange and blue parts introduces the play of contrasts on the ribs, which suits freethinking, creative people.
The New Yin Yang Interpretation on the Upper Rib Tattoo
The shining Phoenix on the ribs will attract attention, as this legendary bird is a powerful talisman of long life and grace.
The Phoenix Tattoo on the Ribs
This cute pattern of animal’s footprint finds its place on the ribs. The watercolor design adds charm and ease to work.
The Funny Rib Tattoo of the Watercolor Footprint
The real man can sacrifice much for the love, which is shown in this honest tattoo on the rib cage.
The Compass Tattoo with Eye Creativity on the Ribs
The same color representation of two images – girl and tree express how we all are connected with nature, we are an integral part of it.
The Unusual Idea of Tree Tattoo on the Ribs
Ladies usually want to emphasize their fascination and perfection but in this rib tattoo, we see how fleeting beauty is.
The Horrifying Beauty in Skull Rib Tattoo

The splendor of the mountains captivates, if you are keen on this scenery, this unbelievable picture on the ribs is for you.
The Magic Mountain Tattoo on the Ribs
Are you open-minded, creative person with a wonderful sense of humor? Then this colorful parrot is exactly what you need!
The Parrot in Vivid Color on the Rib Tattoo
The peacock is a bird of kings, thus, its feather will be a nice attribute of intelligence and the highest dignity of its holder.
The Rib Tattoo with Stylish Feather Design
The Hannya mask is a famous Japan presentation of a devil. However, not everybody knows that this scary creature symbolizes wisdom.
The Demonic Tattoo in Japanese Style on the Ribs
Every man is a conqueror in the soul and this ship tattoo is aimed at showing the strong desire to win.
The Rush in Full Sail with Ship Rib Tattoo
This rib tattoo is enchanting! The wolf – is the strong, trusty creature, here indicates the independent person, who lives by their own rules.
The Howling Wolf Tattoo on the Rib Cage
The praying hands tattoo is a choice of a true believer. The inscription “In Gods hands” focuses on the devotion to the religious beliefs.
The Black and Gray Rib Tattoo in a Religious Framework
The well-known Disney hero tattoo is done in a very realistic manner on the ribs. This wonderful cartoon character embodies feminity and glamor.
The Sea Mermaid Ariel on the Rib Tattoo
A little bit aggressive but so eye-catching bird in flight is proposed on the ribs. The splashes of blue and yellow paints enrich the image.
The Breathtaking Bird Tattoo on the Ribs
Two oppositions of the living and the dead create the basis for this effective composition with a raven skull and flowers. Life is short – appreciate your time!
The Contrastive Tattoo with a Raven Skull on the Rib