Tattoo half sleeve ideas and tips

A sleeve tattoo is a great way to express who you are, what you stand for, or simply have something on your body that you are proud of or reminds you of something important in your life.

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Ink Public Team
October 10 2021

Sleeve tattoos are slightly different from regular tattoos because they are larger than your typical tattoo, cover your whole arm or half your arm, and are often coherent pieces of art. They can either be one giant piece of body art or several different tattoos combined, so don’t worry if you already have some bits and pieces tattooed on your arm! The main difference between a collection of tattoos and a sleeve tattoo is that a sleeve tattoo has a somewhat unified theme or design. 


There are several variations of sleeve tattoos - full sleeve, half sleeve, and quarter sleeve. A person might choose to go for a shorter sleeve just out of convenience. A half sleeve is often done from the top of the shoulder up to the elbow. The placement is not set in stone and can be shifted wherever on the arm. A shorter sleeve takes less time to complete. Hence, it is less expensive than a full sleeve counterpart and can be easily hidden under clothing if needed. So, how do you choose what kind of half sleeve you want?

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Decide what do you want to be featured in the design.


The first step to any kind of tattoo is to decide what type of design you want. This might be the trickiest part of the tattoo process since the possibilities are endless. Luckily, there are some guidelines around it.


You might figure out if the tattoo should have a statement piece that the eye is naturally drawn to. This might be an event or a person you want to emphasise, and can be expressed in many different ways. You can choose an animal, a portrait, a date, or script - the possibilities are endless for expression!


If you already have some bits and pieces of tattoos from before, the only task left is to figure out whether you want anything else added. Whether it is aesthetic wise or meaning wise, this is the time to think about it. When your sleeve is done, it might be hard to incorporate anything else in it. 

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Picking an artist for a half sleeve tattoo might be the most crucial part.


Picking the right tattoo artist might be the most important thing to being satisfied with your body art for any tattoo. Tattoo artists differ by style, technique, and experience. Be sure that the tattoo style of your envisioned tattoo matches your artist’s. When the styles align, the magic happens. By magic, we mean the creative union of your vision and the tattoo artist’s expertise. The half sleeve is a large project in which coordination between both parties is vital in achieving a breathtaking result. The tattoo artist often knows best and is excellent for filling in the vision gaps, whatever you might have.

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