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The term 'sleeve tattoo' refers to a tattoo design that runs a significant length down the arm

Sleeve tattoos have become immensely popular among both male and female tattoo enthusiasts. The term 'sleeve tattoo' refers to a tattoo design that runs a significant length down the arm. The majority of sleeve tattoos cover either half of the arm or the whole arm. Half sleeve designs generally cover the skin between the elbow and upper arm, or between the elbow and wrist. While some people plan such large designs in advance, many people start with a smaller design, such as a half sleeve tattoos, and then keep adding to the original design over time.

Tribal and Celtic design styles tend to be the most popular options for sleeve tattoos.
Both of these design styles tend to be composed of bold patterns and iconography, usually inked in black. Sleeve tattoos are a great choice for people who work for an employer with a no tattoo policy due to the ease with which they can be hidden. Wearing a long sleeve sweater or shirt will completely cover a design inked on the arm. Away from work, sleeve designs can be shown off to the world by wearing short sleeve t-shirts, vests, or by not wearing a shirt at all. In summary, sleeve tattoos are incredibly striking and provide tattoo enthusiasts with enormous flexibility in terms of size, positioning and the possibility of future extension.

Some people do it on a whim, but getting a tattoo should be a very personal decision. One is where the tat is going to be on your body.

How times have changed. It was hardcore. As with most hardcore things, society frowned upon it. With the trendiness of tats has come some seriously bad experiences by people. Although tats are more mainstream these days, the trend only goes so far. The sleeve tattoo is one area that you see people push the limit on. Have you ever noticed that guy in the office who seems kind of hip, but always wears the long sleeve shirts no matter how hot it is? It may just be that he has a sleeve tattoo.

There isn't any right or wrong answer with a full sleeve tat. Life throws curves at you and rarely goes as planned. Get as many tats as you like. Just don't regret it later down the line.