One of the most popular types of tattoo is the sleeve tattoo. These tattoos are not just arm tattoos, like what most people know. They are tattoos that look like sleeves because they cover a large area of one part of the body (e.g. an arm or leg) with little or no skin showing.
These tattoos have intricate designs and usually cover all the skin in the sleeve area. As a rule, different color inks are used in the designs to create an an interesting pattern. While sleeve tattoos are most often seen on men, they are gaining popularity with woman. The sleeve tattoo cannot be completed in one sitting. You will have to go back several times over a period of weeks.
If you are also planning to get a sleeve tattoo for yourself, here are some popular sleeve tattoo ideas.
Oriental designs are especially popular for these tattoos. Floral, fish and dragon designs are well suited to the sleeve area. The Japanese, in particular, have long history of body art and this includes sleeve tattoos. There are many old and new designs from which to chose. India has a respected culture of temporary tattoos, but the designs can also be done in permanent inks.
For females who want to have sleeve tattoos, floral design is a great sleeve tattoo idea. Different styles and patterns of flowers interwoven with leaves and twines can be a very interesting sleeve tattoo design. Flower sleeve tattoos also give you a chance to use bright colors for the flowers. Some nice flower tattoos that you can use for your sleeve tattoos are hibiscus and roses. For the rose tattoo, this can be both feminine and masculine, depending on how it was drawn.
Also popular with both men and women are Celtic knot work designs. Often seen in designs for crosses, the knot work designs have ancient religious associations. The designs are very intricate and can be done is just an outline color, or can be colored in to give a stained glass effect.
The exquisite knotwork of the ancient Celts is easily adapted into sleeve tattoos, often in the form of crosses. While many chose to simply outline the design, color can be added to give an added dimension to the design. Knot is part of religious symbolism and is supposed to have a protective quality.
Sleeve tattoos are quite large and highly visible. They take multiple sittings over a period of week and are fairly expensive. the exact price of the tattoo will depend on the complexity of the design, the number of colors used in the design and the overall size of the tattoo. Price also varies by artist. The more well-known artists are more expensive.
Do not rush the tattoo artist in finishing his or her job. You should know that drawing a sleeve tattoo is a difficult task to make and may even take several days to finish. You need to go back to the tattoo shop for several sessions.
These tattoos are expensive and often take multiple visits to the artist over a period of several weeks. The cost varies depending on the design and the reputation of the artist.