How to Start A Tattoo Sleeve: A Planning Guide

How to Start A Tattoo Sleeve: A Planning Guide

Sep 28, 2018 | Romina Angelelli

If you like tattoos and you have one or two, chances are you've considered getting a tattoo sleeve. Sleeves have become extremely popular as of late and rightfully so. What could be cooler than a collection of art from some of your favorite artists that is completely unique to you? If your answer is "nothing," then here are a few reasons to consider prior to starting a sleeve of your own.

1. Entirely unique to you.

As humans we are obsessed with originality and we should be. We are all individuals and have a multitude of differences, many we are proud of. Tattoos are usually a way we can express that and that is only magnified as we begin to collect tattoos.

2. A tattoo sleeve can tell a story.

You don't have to rush your sleeve. It doesn't even have to be a single artist! You can collect each piece as you wish and together these unique work of arts can tell a story. There are so many ways to piece it together, all you need to do is get started.

3. It makes a statement.

Our tattoos are a part of who we are and if they are visible they always make a statement. Whether we are aware of it or not people take notice, and a kick ass sleeve is the best way to do it.

4. Inspiration overload.

Luckily when you plan your tattoo sleeve there are no limits to your creativity. It can be what you want, where you want it, and as much of it as you want. If you are having a hard time deciding between a few tattoos a sleeve can save you from all the contemplating. You won't have to pick between the two or even three. Themed sleeves are also an option and if there is something you are truly passionate about, that may be the way to go!

5. SURPRISE! There are different kinds of sleeves aka even more options.

Once you decide whether you want a leg or arm sleeve there's another decision to make - what type of sleeve do you want. There are 4 common types of sleeves : half, quarter, full sleeve, and Hikae.

  • Quarter: top of the shoulder midway to the elbow.
  • Half: top of the shoulder to the elbow.
  • Full: top of the shoulder to the wrist.
  • Hikae: Japanese style sleeve that covers the chest area and extends to the elbow or the wrist.

The best part is you don't have to decide at once. You can work up to it and see what kind of sleeve works best for you!

Sleeves require long sessions with your artists and the best way to prepare is to have a plan. Make sure you've decided on artist you'd like to start with and that you've told them exactly what your looking for. Most importantly make sure your ready to get started - a little Hush wouldn't hurt either (no pun intended)!

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