Many modern American tattooist will tell you, "When you should get a tattoo, the tattoo god will tell you that it is time." Check out this article on Hawaiian arm tattoos on the site. In the 1970's, American tattooing discovered primitive, tribal tattoos. People wanted simple designs with meaning and they began copying designs, primarily from the islands of the South Pacific.
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One of the main reasons as to why people really do this type of tattooing is because they want to unravel a story that they are trying to give off. For example, I have seen a famous soccer player that carries a full arm tattoo and his tattoo signifies what he loves, which is soccer and the love for his country.