How to Pick the Tat Spot for Yourself
Sleeve Tattoos and Pain
Popular Symbols and Meanings
Favorite Male and Female Pictures
Look After Your Tat Properly
Celebs That Have Sleeve Tats
Sketches of Tattoos

Octopus as an arm sleeve - is a very peculiar choice of a tattoo

Sleeve Tattoo Japanese style on a hand men

Pocket watch, skull, crown and quotes - a curious mix in a man arm sleeve tattoo

Sleeve Tattoo roses and a pocket watch on a man’s hand

If you are wondering what the most convenient body part is to be inked, let me tell you that a sleeve tattoo is the best choice for tattoo virgins and experienced ink fans alike. Since this is a good canvas with even skin, the tattoo artists prefer to work with a person’s arms. Also such a tattoo is very easy to cover up in case you do not wish to show off the picture yet.

How to Pick the Tat Spot for Yourself

So why do I consider an arm as one of the best spots for the tattoo? Think about it

  • Both small and large scale pictures will work on your arm. 

Cover up the entire sleeve or make a fine modest tattoo on your lower arm. Put a quote on the area underneath your elbow. Make the piece as personalized as you want it to be. The area is universal.

  • It is easy for an artist to work with that area so you can pull through a big arm piece without having to contort yourself. 

All designs will work as the skin on your arm is even and allows for more refined tattoos such as photo realism, etc.

realistic arm sleeve tattoo - A guy is 100% englishman with Her Majesty's portrait and Big Ben in his

Realistic arm sleeve tattoo – A guy is 100% englishman with Her Majesty’s portrait and Big Ben in his

dramatic femme-fatalle design for a real-photo arm sleeve tattoo

Dramatic femme-fatalle design for a real-photo arm sleeve tattoo

realistic skull on a cyan background - a very catchy ruthless arm sleeve tattoo

Realistic skull on a cyan background – a very catchy ruthless arm sleeve tattoo

phoenix as a photorealistic arm sleeve tattoo

Phoenix as a photorealistic arm sleeve tattoo

lavish photo realistic tattoo with pirate themes

Lavish photo realistic tattoo with pirate themes

  • You will be able to decide how private you want the tattoo to be. 

If you wear a long sleeved shirt, the tat will be completely covered, put on a sleeveless vest to show it off. Or you can play peek-a-boo and only show off a part of the picture.

 arm sleeve tattoo is quite observable and thrilling With a T-shirt this blck and gray

Arm sleeve tattoo is quite observable and thrilling With a T-shirt this blck and gray

Sleeve Tattoos and Pain

long way to go with giving colour to the girl's cartoon arm sleeve tattoo

Long way to go with giving colour to the girl’s cartoon arm sleeve tattoo

Probably he started with sleeves and than came for more - a spectacular arm sleeve and torso tattoo combination

Probably he started with sleeves and than came for more – a spectacular arm sleeve and torso tattoo combination

Another important thing to remember is that your arm skin has fewer nerve endings so the process will not be as painful. Although the amount of discomfort varies from person to person, it depends on the size of the sketch and the amount of skin that needs to be inked.

girly arm sleeve tattoo in fairy style

Girly arm sleeve tattoo in fairy style

bizarre creative arm sleeve tattoo

Bizarre creative arm sleeve tattoo

If you are scared of pain, opt for a simpler and smaller design. A more restrained and understated tattoo can also look very cool and unique. So girls and boys getting their first tattoo should consider their arms as the perfect area for their first ink as it is a pretty much fail safe choice and less painful experience.

 arresting marine arm sleeve tattoo with a charming horsefish

Arresting marine arm sleeve tattoo with a charming horsefish

Popular Symbols and Meanings

Of course it is always better if you have an idea and a sketch of your own that you can discuss with the artist.
Let us give you some basic advice about the meanings and popular themes for you to think about.

The most popular sleeve tattoos are tribal. Let me tell you more about the tribal ink and its symbolism

  • Polynesian tatau 

Yes the modern word tattoo derived from the Polynesian language where tribal tats were inspired by nature. For example, shark teeth meant protection and shells symbolized wealth, etc.

original tribal sleeve tattoo

Original tribal sleeve tattoo

Polynesian ornament in a man's arm sleeve tattoo

Polynesian ornament in a man’s arm sleeve tattoo

Polynesian tribal sleeve tattoo design of a warrior with spearheads that represent courage and healthy agression

Polynesian tribal sleeve tattoo design of a warrior with spearheads that represent courage and healthy agression

tribal sleeve tattoo the shell symbolies wealth and prosperity

Tribal sleeve tattoo the shell symbolies wealth and prosperity

  • Maori Moko tattoos were meant to show your social status. 
  • Haida tattoos 

Haida is an Indian tribe living in the Northwest America.

woman native American sleeve tattoo design

woman native American sleeve tattoo design

Haida sleeve tattoos are comparatably rare but are very eye-catching

Haida sleeve tattoos are comparatably rare but are very eye-catching

Favorite Male and Female Pictures

Women love sleeve tattoos just as much as men do. Some of the popular themes include flowers, quotes, lettering, pin up, portrayals or photo realistic tattoos. The lighter the skin is the more vivid your color tats will be. Typical male arm tats include tribal, animals, landscapes, portrayals, lettering, trash polka, etc.

Military landscape sleeve tattoo

Military landscape sleeve tattoo

Leopard - a carnivorous animal male sleeve tattoos

Leopard – a carnivorous animal male sleeve tattoos

Tigar as a sleeve tattoo gives masculine agressive impression

Tigar as a sleeve tattoo gives masculine agressive impression

Shark sleeve tattoo for man

Shark sleeve tattoo for man

woman portraits in male sleeve tattoo

woman portraits in male sleeve tattoo

Avangardish sleeve tattoo with extravagant Salvador Dali

Avangardish sleeve tattoo with extravagant Salvador Dali

Black and gray complex man tattoo - sleves and back

Tattoo Sleeves

Realistic slleeve tattoo design with eternal symbols of life and death

Realistic slleeve tattoo design with eternal symbols of life and death

Trash polka sleeve tattoo is the craze of the day

Trash polka sleeve tattoo is the craze of the day

Trash polka sleeve tattoo may be the real thing to express your personality

Trash polka sleeve tattoo may be the real thing to express your personality

Unique Cheshire catTrash polka sleeve tattoo in blue

Unique Cheshire catTrash polka sleeve tattoo in blue

Gagarin - with his famous "Poehali" - a flashy sleeve tattoo The first man in space -

Gagarin – with his famous “Poehali” – a flashy sleeve tattoo The first man in space

Bible theme man sleeve tattoo

Bible theme man sleeve tattoo

Crucified Saviour sleeve tatttoo

Crucified Saviour sleeve tatttoo

Quotes in outrageous handwriting makes incredible sleeve tattooes

Quotes in outrageous handwriting makes incredible sleeve tattooes

We do consider that female tattoos deserve more attention and are just as various in styles as mens’ tattoos so we will be covering this topic in our later articles. Girl tattoos are underrepresented online.

Femenine and fervent sleeve tattoo design

Femenine and fervent sleeve tattoo design

ageless fasion of sleeve tattooes - Flowers for a girl -

ageless fasion of sleeve tattooes – Flowers for a girl

Mexican motivs girl sleeve tattoo

Mexican motivs girl sleeve tattoo

Stylish complex flower full sleeve tattoo design for girls

Stylish complex flower full sleeve tattoo design for girls

Tribal flower motives - a nontrivial girl sleeve tattoo

Tribal flower motives – a nontrivial girl sleeve tattoo

Dramatic Real 3d full sleeve tattoo

Dramatic Real 3d full sleeve tattoo

Thriling girly full sleeve tattoo

Thriling girly full sleeve tattoo

Trash polka sleeve tattoo in a more tender variant - specially for woman

Trash polka sleeve tattoo in a more tender variant – specially for woman

Pin-up woman full sleeve tattoo - chic choice

Pin-up woman full sleeve tattoo – chic choice

Fabulous woman full sleeve tattoo

Fabulous woman full sleeve tattoo

Ladylike full sleeve tattoo - one more example of retro pin up style

Ladylike full sleeve tattoo – one more example of retro pin up style

Girl inspiring brilliant sleeve tattoo

Girl inspiring brilliant sleeve tattoo

Key life lettering in a crown of flowers - magnifinect eloquent sleeve tattoo

Key life lettering in a crown of flowers – magnifinect eloquent sleeve tattoo

Look After Your Tat Properly

Now that you have turned your tattoo idea into a unique work of art, it is time to look after the skin properly. The best advice is to follow your artist’s guidelines.

Mind that the more colourful and detailled your tattoo is - the more care it requires

Mind that the more colourful and detailled your tattoo is – the more care it requires

Masculine full sleeve tattoo

Masculine full sleeve tattoo

Celebs That Have Sleeve Tats

People like Adam Levine, David Beckham, Lil Wayne, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro, Dwayne Johnson, Dennis Rodman and many others love to show off their sleeve tattoos. Also check out Kat Von D flowers tat or Cher Lloyd with her butterfly tat for the cool inspiration ideas.

Bow Wow's meaningfull sleeve tattoos

Bow Wow’s meaningfull sleeve tattoos

Angelina Jolie's legendary sleeve tattoos

Angelina Jolie’s tattoo sleeve with an angel

Cher Lloyd demonstrates tattoos on sleeves from diffrent sides

Cher Lloyd demonstrates tattoos on sleeves from diffrent sides

Kat Von D"s exotic sleeve tattoos

Kat Von D”s exotic sleeve tattoos

Sketches of Full Sleeve Tattoos