When orienting yourself on your new (or first) tattoo, the location next to the design is the biggest, most important component. Arm tattoos, and especially sleeve tattoos, have been popular with young and old for years. There are several choices you can go for when considering starting or adding to a sleeve. We are happy to take you through this process and share some inspiration with you.
The different types of sleeve tattoo
For some tattoo enthusiasts, one tattoo is not enough, so they opt for several. A sleeve tattoo is a collection of tattoos that together cover part or all of the arm. Sleeve is the English word for sleeve, and that is no coincidence: when one has put a sleeve, the tattoo actually forms a kind of sleeve.
A full sleeve tattoo is the most famous: it runs from the shoulder all the way to the wrist. But of course you can choose how you want to shape your sleeve tattoo. A half sleeve, for example, only extends to the elbow. You may want to leave your shoulder open - then you can also go for a lower arm sleeve. The choice is yours. The beauty of a sleeve tattoo is that it is often very personal. Not often people will opt for a direct copy of a sleeve tattoo.
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Style and design
Most people choose to tattoo their sleeve in one style. Of course you don't have to, but it can have aesthetic benefits if all the tattoos match. You can think of an animal theme, such as a lion sleeve tattoo or a tiger sleeve tattoo. But a sleeve with a historical or cultural context is also often appreciated. Think of a Greek sleeve or Nordic sleeve tattoo. Asian themes such as Japanese sleeve tattoos are also as popular as ever.
In addition to this connecting theme, you can choose to keep your sleeve completely black and white (also called black and gray sleeve), or to make it striking and colorful (color sleeve). Or combine these two and alternate black and white with color. The options are endless.
If you have an abstract idea for your sleeve tattoo, we can come up with a design together with you. We do this by looking at associations, style preferences and what you are willing to spend for it. We support you throughout the entire process and are ready to spar with you creatively or to provide advice and advice. Please contact us if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment.