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.
- 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.
- 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.
Sleeve Tattoos and Pain
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.
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.
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.
- Maori Moko tattoos were meant to show your social status.
- Haida tattoos
Haida is an Indian tribe living in the Northwest America.
- Borneo tribal tattoos originated from the Borneo Island tribes.
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.
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.
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.
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.