Tattoos are beautiful. As such, these are meant to be displayed so that others can also appreciate the movable and wearable art on your skin. And what better way to display your sense of aesthetic, art and artistry than with sleeve tattoo designs?
Sizes of Tattoos
The term sleeve tattoo comes from the fact that this kind of tattoo covers the person’s arm like a shirt sleeve. Keep in mind, too, that sleeve tattoo is also the name assigned to a similar design inked on the legs of a person. Like the different lengths of shirt sleeves, there are also three sizes of the sleeve tattoo as follows:
- A quarter-sleeve tattoo covers approximately one-quarter of the arm or leg. On the arm, it extends from the shoulder to the biceps while the leg sleeve tattoo covers 25% of the limb at any part either starting from the upper thigh or from the ankle.
- A half-sleeve covers half of the limb. Sleeve tattoo designs for the arm cover the area either from the shoulder to the elbow of from the elbow to the wrist. The leg can be covered from thigh to knee or from the ankle to the knee.
- A full sleeve tattoo obviously covers the whole arm or leg.
Shapes of Tattoos
Just like tattoo designs on other parts of the body, sleeve tattoos can be about anything and everything you can possibly think of. You have the choice of either all-black tattoo ink used such as the case with Samoan tribal tattoos or can go for colorful tattoos like Japanese-themed designs. It all depends on the choice of tattoo that you feel comfortable displaying to others and living with everyday.
Your choice of sleeve tattoo design also includes themed designs and separate designs. On one hand, themed designs adhere to a certain story told in body art. It can be a mythical story like a Chinese design filled with fire-breathing dragons. It can be a tribal theme where symbols are used to tell the story of bravery, integrity and conquest such as in Samoan tattoos.
On the other hand, you can also connect the dots, in a manner of speaking, among separate tattoos. For example, you may have started on your love affair with body art with just a few separate designs on your arm. Then, you realize that you want a full sleeve tattoo for its beauty, which means that the tattooist must make a design that connects all the other pieces into one cohesive design.
With themed sleeve tattoo designs, you already have a cohesive design whereas the connect-the-dots type requires a certain level of mastery. Both, nonetheless, require patience in sitting for the tattoo artist to finish the design in weeks, possibly months and years. And of course, you must deal with the pain to the body and the pocket that a sleeve tattoo of whatever size will cost.
But all the pain to your body, the cost to your pocket and the inconvenience of sitting for hours at a time to finish the tattoo will be well worth it. Sleeve tattoo designs are the most beautiful wearable art in the industry and worthy to be displayed no matter the occasion and the company.