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Sleeve Tattoo Ideas and Designs
Have you been contemplating getting a sleeve tattoo? Or maybe you are just wondering what the heck they are? If you are thinking about making the commitment to a full, half or quater sleeve tattoo then go for it!
Some Great Male Full Sleeve Tattoo Pictures
A sleeve tattoo basically refers to any type of tattoo that completely covers the skin in the mentioned area. Typically sleeve tattoos are done on the arms and they can come in a variety of lengths. A full sleeve tattoo being form the shoulder blade all the way down to the wrist. A half sleeve then is from the shoulder to the elbow and a quarter sleeve is typically from the elbow to the wrist.
The word sleeve comes from clothing and it is a direct relation to the area on a shirt you call a sleeve that covers your arms. Therefore a sleeve tattoo essentially covers your arm as a shirt sleeve would. However, with a lot more artistic style and flair!
All Paths Lead To Rome (Or at least a sleeve tattoo)
If you have already taken the plunge and gotten some ink done on your body then you probably know by now how incredible addictive tattoos can be. Many people have stated that once they got started they just could not stop. In fact for many people tattoos are very therapeutic! Something about needles, pain and art being combined seem to have a magic and therapeutic effect.
Either way you look at it a sleeve tattoo either full, half or quarter is a major commitment in time, money, and effort! There are two different paths that people typically fall into when getting a sleeve tattoo.
The Individual Tattoos Path To A Sleeve Tattoo
One way that sleeve tattoos occur is kind of on accident. People start by getting one or two tattoos and they quickly find themselves addicted. They then continue getting tattoos in the area until most of their arm is filled with a bunch of indivdual tattoos. Often at this point people still want more tattoos so they design a way to connect up all of the individual tattoos into one large sleeve tattoo.
One Complete Project Part To A Sleeve Tattoo
The second way that people end up getting a sleeve tattoo done is they start out wanting a full sleeve tattoo and they plan the whole thing before starting. This takes a great deal of foresight, time and effort to come up with a unique and yet meaningful design that can cover the entire arm. However, these can often be very meaningful projects.
Sleeve Tattoo Inspiration, Ideas, And Design Resrouces
If you are truly contemplating getting a full sleeve tattoo then you will probably want to spend some time thinking about it. Of course, you might have just fallen upon a sleeve tattoo by getting a collection of smaller tattoos that you are now planning on getting connected up. However, if you are planning from the beginning to get a sleeve tattoo done then you will want to spend some time contemplating what types of tattoo designs you would like to get. It is important before starting the actual tattoo to spend some time thinking about the designs, styles and types of tattoo images you would like to get.
Here is a list of some of the more popular themes and sleeve tattoo design ideas that are often done. Of course this in no way locks you into getting one of these ideas but it just serves as some suggestions to get the ball rolling and get your mind wandering. Typically that tattoo that you spend the most time designing will be the one that you are proud to wear the rest of your life. If you simple get a flame sleeve tattoo just because your friend did or because you go drunk one night chances are you will end up regretting the decision later in life. However, if you plan ahead and pick a meaningful tattoo design that is full of important symbols and expresses something about your individuality in a meaningful way then you will be proud!
Tattoo Sleeve Ideas and Designs
1. Flame Tattoo Sleeves- These can often work as part of a larger full sleeve tattoo. The flames typically start down at the wrist area and then move up the forearm. As you get towards the top or shoulder area other tattoos and designs can be incorporated.
2. Tribal Tattoo Sleeve - These are very popular options when choosing tattoo sleeves as the bold, thick and dark lines look great form a distance. There of course are many different tribal tattoos and a long history of tattooing among many native cultures. For example you might choose to get a Hawaiian tribal tattoo or something from the Maori tribe. No matter what tribe and design you decide tribal designs bold features often make a great option for a sleeve tattoo.
3. Celtic Knotwork Sleeve Tattoos - Celtic knotwork often makes a great design. These are very intricate tattoos with a ton of detail and interweaving lines. Therefore they are well suited for the larger canvas area of a full sleeve tattoo.
4. Floral Patterns Tattoos - Often for women especially but sometimes men also a floral pattern tattoo can look very striking.
5. Traditional Japanese Tattoo Designs - The Japanese have a rich history of tattooing and the art form has risen to the top among tattoo designs. These intricate designs often have very deep symbolic meanings and are very beautiful! They are also very exotic for westerns and unique making for a great combination for a full sleeve tattoo.
These are just a few of the ideas for a sleeve tattoo and what you choose should be entirely up to you and based on what you value and want to express about yourself. Do not ever get a tattoo because you saw some Hollywood celebrity with that design. Instead find something that speaks to you and has power and symbolic meaning behind it!
Female Sleeve TattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Curious About Sleeve Tattoos?
Have you ever seen anyone in the store or some other public area with a full sleeve tattoo that is so striking and beautiful that you feel drawn to it? Often people that have taken the time and made the commitment to getting a full sleeve tattoo are very proud of their body art. Knowing this fact if you are interested in someone tattoo take the time to go up and talk to them. Ask about their tattoo and let them know you like it! They will often be very happy to share all kinds of great information about the tattoo.
Male Half Sleeve Tattoos
Time, Cost, And Commitment For Sleeve Tatttoos
Of course if you are considering getting a full sleeve tattoo then you might very well be wondering how much time and money it will take. This is an incredibly hard question to answer as there is no set international rate for tattoo designs. It can really depend on a lot of factors. Some of the things that will go into the pricing consideration are:
1. The popularity of the tattoo artist - Of course having tattoo done by a local artist will cost a lot less them some well known tattoo artist. However, the results might be very different so it is important to shop around and really form a relationship with the tattoo artist.
2. The amount of customization that you want - Of course getting a full sleeve done with some stock in store flash is going to be significantly cheaper then a fully custom design sleeve tattoo. Although I have to say you get what you pay for here folks and unless you really love the flash going with a stock design is usually not a good idea and paying the extra for custom design typically ends better.
3. How busy the shop is - Of course the busier tattoo shops can afford to charge more. It is basic supply and demand.
4. Intricacy Of The Design - Sort of like choosing stock flash the less intricate the design you have chosen is the faster the work will go and therefore the it will be less expensive.
Some General Guidelines
Typically most tattoo artists charge $100 dollars and up. Price can range depending on the popularity of that tattoo artist and the location they are working in. $150 an hour would be a good conservative place to start in your figuring out the overall cost.
Full sleeve tattoos are not done in one simple sitting and it will take multiple hour long sessions. Many full sleeve tattoo designs can take around 20 hours of work. They are often done in one hour blocks over multiple weeks and sometimes even months and up.
With all of the above said average costs for full sleeve tattoos run in the 1,000 to 2,500 dollar range. Yet it is important to shop around and take some time in choosing that tattoo shop and artist that you choose to have do the work for you. Again forming a connection with the artist can be very meaningful later. After all you are going to be spending a great deal of time with the person and working in conjunction with them in an artistic way, so you want to find someone that will listen to your ideas and take your input into consideration. You don't want to work with someone that just wants to get the job done, get paid and get you out of the shop. This is a serious life long commitment so take the time to research it thoroughly.