Another reason why male body art sometimes represents masculinity is because of the level of pain involved in the process of getting most types of body art. Tattoos and piercings all involve a certain level of pain, which is sometimes viewed as a test of one’s manhood. Especially for those who have a large part of their bodies tattooed or pierced, often the amount of pain imagined is impressive.
The subject matter involved in male body art, especially tattoos, will most often deal with tough images and masculine tattoo symbols. A large portion of men with tattoos will choose images involving animals--some believing that the animal’s characteristics are, in part, given to the bearer of the animal’s tattoo. Therefore, the strength, courage, and power that many animals hold, may also be bestowed onto the one wearing the tattoo of the lion, tiger, dragon, or snake. This concept certainly enhances the masculinity of the tattoo as well.