Tattoo sleeves are basically large tattoo or a collection of various random designs that cover a bigger part of the arm when placed together. Sleeve is a committing and serious style of tattoo that starts from the shoulder and runs down, showing out a centralized theme. Sleeve tattoos have continued to become a common practice particularly for women. Learn how to start a sleeve tattoo before having it on your arm.

How to Start a Sleeve Tattoo

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Choose the sleeve you want. They usually vary based on the length and therefore, you can have either a quarter sleeve, half sleeve a three-quarter sleeve or a full sleeve. The color is also an important consideration. You can have either full color, gray and black or may be combine both colors. It is important to find out whether your exposed tattoo sleeve will be accepted at your workplace before doing it.

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Choose the sleeve you want. They usually vary based on the length and therefore, you can have either a quarter sleeve, half sleeve a three-quarter sleeve or a full sleeve. The color is also an important consideration. You can have either full color, gray and black or may be combine both colors. It is important to find out whether your exposed tattoo sleeve will be accepted at your workplace before doing it.

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Look at what the tattoo artist has done in the past before you can allow him/her to start working on your sleeve. The ink leaves a permanent mark and therefore, you do not want to make a bad impression. If the artist intends to do it using a freehand, you can ask the artist to make the drawing on a piece of paper as you watch. This will help you determine if it is the kind of design you would want.

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Choose the work you want to be finished first. Better to start with some independent part which can still have some meaning if you will not be able to finish the sleeve. You will also need to consider this before choosing your tattoo placement – it should be some place where it can be independent of the entire sleeve. It is highly recommendable to begin on your upper arm region and work downwards. This makes it possible for you to shorten the length of the sleep as much as you would wish.

How to Design a Sleeve Tattoo

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To form a sleeve using existing tattoos, there are several ways of combining them into one tattoo that has flow. You will get various offers from tattoo artists for connecting them through the use of varying backgrounds. All pieces can be tied together by adding a background such as flames, swirls, wind, old school hotspots and water among others.

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To learn how to start a sleeve tattoo, create a unique pattern by studying the already existing tattoo sleeves themes and adding your own ideas. Common sleeve tattoo themes include tribal markings, floral designs, traditional Japanese art and Celtic knotwork.

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Select a theme for your tattoo. If you are drawing it from the start, make a choice of a particular theme in order to make the entire piece flow. This is particularly true if you are using various small pieces together to come up with one huge tattoo. If you happen to have some tattoos already, determine whether the pieces match the already chosen theme. For those that will not work, cover them before adding new ones.

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To learn how to design a tattoo sleeve, find specific designs to fit your general theme. Always choose designs that will fit in case you decide otherwise. When designing the entire piece from scratch, the tattoo artist must piece the whole tattoo together carefully on a paper first. Let him/her trace the entire arm and then make a drawing in the tracing to make sure that the size is accurate. This will make sure that the entire tattoo is designed and set to go prior to actual start.

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Discuss with a tattoo artist on how to design a sleeve tattoo. If you can get a regular artist, talk to him/her about the various options of design for your sleeve. See if he gets what you want. If you can’t get a tattoo artist readily, discuss with various artists to learn who would get the best design and ink what you want to appear on your arm.

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Have several sessions in order to complete an entire sleeve tattoo. It may require you to schedule several days based on the complexity of your sleeve tattoo design, your ability to tolerate pain, and the duration given for each of the sessions. Create room for swelling. It is obvious for a tattooed flesh to swell. This makes it difficult to get ink in and to confirm that the lines are completely straight.

Best Sleeve Tattoo Design Ideas

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Mushroom and Bunny Rabbits Combination Tattoo

This is an unusual combination but it is normally a very creative design. This is a tattoo with bunny rabbits, mushrooms, a flying skull and another skull located on a web all in one location.

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Alice in Wonderland Theme

This specific tattoo has many complicated designs that make it somehow difficult to interpret. However, that is also an advantage to it. It is always exclusive to you only and you are the only one to determine who knows its meaning.

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Floral Art Full-Sleeve Tattoo Design

This tattoo is tribal and is usually coupled with word design and floral art. It is generally very interesting as far as it can be accepted visually.

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Butterflies, Cherries and Flowers

With cherries, butterflies and flowers, this tattoo presents a lot of diversity. It can be customized to a specific design and writings known to certain groups only.

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Scriptures

This type of tattoo allows you to tattoo your best saying. The same concept applies when using scriptures also.

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Arm Tattoo

This specific tattoo possibly represents faith and unity and it goes perfectly for a soldier. The praying man as well as the three arms locks together.

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Chinese Element Full-Sleeve

This tattoo has a Chinese concept in it. This is something to consider if you are looking for a cultural tattoo.

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Roll of Parchment Full-Sleeve

This is a recent design. The tattoo is usually a script. There are various ways that you can go for in order to place a script on the arm – a parchment roll is the most common one.

For more amazing sleeve tattoo ideas, you may refer to: http://www.cuded.com/2013/10/55-awesome-examples-of-full-sleeve-tattoo-ideas/

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