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23 of The Best Full Sleeve Tattoo Designs

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Full sleeve tattoo designs refer to ink design of tattoos done on the arms or legs, which cover the entire area similar to a sleeve of a shirt. You can choose to have a quarter sleeve, half-sleeve or full-sleeve tattoo, it depends on what your preferences are. Quarter sleeve usually is done from the shoulder to the bicep region or from the elbow to the wrist. Half sleeve tattoo covers the upper arm, from the shoulder down to the wrist, covering the entire arm. Sleeve tattoos are usually an assembly of small and large designs and they are put together with backgrounds designs like stars, flowers, water or fire.

Full arm steampunk tattooThe most popular designs of full sleeve tattoos are:

Koi Fish Tattoos – very popular not only because of the bright colors of the fish but also because of the strong meaning of the Koi fish.
Tribal Tattoos – you can not go wrong with this type of tattoo; it’s perfect for sleeve tattoo.
Flower Design Tattoos – are probably the most common tattoo chose by women to have not just because of their beauty but also because of the symbolic meaning. The most popular are: cherry blossoms, lily, lotus flower and the rose.
Celtic Tattoo Art – known for spirals, complex and intricate designs, animals and knot work.

Sleeve tattoos are preferred by man but you can see an increasing number of women wearing sleeve tattoos. Sleeve tattoos take a lot of time to be to finished, and you need more then one session. Probably the most popular design of tattoo is the Japanese sleeve tattoo. The Japanese tattoo art it’s full of designs an themes that you can choose from. When you think about Japanese sleeve tattoos you immediately think at color, intricate design, flowers; myths and stories.

Like any other tattoo you need to choose the design of tattoos that represents you the best. It’s a big decision to take so fell free to take as much time as you need.





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  • Hey, these designs are just what iv’e been looking for! 😀 Im thinking about getting 2 half sleeves on each arm and my budget is around £800-£900 will that be enough for HQ sleeves?

    Ryan Tozer July 15, 2013 1:28 pm
    • Hi Ryan,
      It really depends on what artist you choose. If you are from UK try the SkinDeep magazine and see if you like something. A HQ sleeve tattoo takes a few more hours and two even more. From experience, find a tattoo artist that you like, ask for a price, if it is over you budget wait until you have the budget as it’s probably the one big thing that is going to be with you for the rest of your life!

      Good luck and come back with news and photos!

      admin July 16, 2013 9:20 am
  • Hey love love love the tattoo with the mirror. Where can I find the artist website or other work?please help!

    Angela January 17, 2014 2:08 am
  • I took my girl on a vacation to Indonesia. There in Yogyakarta we went to a tattoo shop. I made a deal there. It took two men ten days to get my girls arms done from well up on her shoulders down to the backs of her hands. Total cost $800.- Beatiful, first class work ! I really love it, though my girl hates it. She smoked herself silly whille getting it done !

    Eric March 10, 2015 7:49 am
    • Hey Eric!
      Please do share. We are really curious about it. 🙂

      admin March 10, 2015 7:58 am
  • hi i m shon i loss my wife in a car accident she is just 25 year old.i want to make a tattoo of my wife portraits on my full hand can u tell me which artist is best for me.boz i want my wife replica on my hand.i really love her,

    shon September 20, 2015 4:03 pm
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