Styles of side tattoos include curved patterns of stars, flowers, leaves, and music bars and notes, as well as entire trees and words written vertically down the side. People typically choose to have curving tattoo patterns start at the top of the rib cage and end toward the stomach.
Tree side tattoos typically start on the side of the torso and curve onto the side of the back. The bark of the tree often runs up from the thigh, with the branches reaching around the side of the back. Some people choose to have the tree branches extend to the top of the shoulder. Additionally, some people have side tattoos that extend from the top of the torso to the thigh.