A tattoo is a permanent design drawn onto your body by injecting ink into your skin with a tattoo needle. A sleeve tattoo is a permanent work of art drawn onto your arms so that they look like a shirt’s sleeve. In order to be classified as a sleeve tattoo, the design on the whole arm must have a unified theme. If you find sleeve tattoos beautiful and are interested in getting yours done, read on for some tips on the best sleeve tattoo ideas for men.
Sleeve Tattoo Symbolism
For your sleeve tattoo to make an impact it needs to have a theme with some meaning behind it. Great ideas include having a portrait of a loved one on your bicep with flowers decorating the rest of the arm. You can also convert your arm into a robotic arm by getting a bionic arm tattooed on your whole hand. Tribal and Celtic designs can also give your sleeve tattoo some depth. Finally, you can also draw the head of your spirit animal or spiritual guide on your bicep with complementary designs covering the rest of your arm.
Full, Half, And Quarter Sleeve Tattoos
Sleeve tattoos can be short or long depending on your preference. Half Sleeve Tattoos decorate half your arm, either from your shoulder to your elbow or from your elbow to your wrist. Full ones decorate your shoulder to your wrist. Quarter sleeve tattoos usually only cover your bicep.
Full sleeve tattoos are great for displaying the work of great tattoo artists as they tend to be very detailed. Take time to find a beautiful design that will draw gazes of admiration for years. Note that intricately designed full sleeve tattoos may take months or even years to be completed and may cost a considerable sum.
Many office workers and military personnel have work contracts that prohibit them from having full sleeve tattoos so their best option would be the half sleeve of quarter sleeve tattoos which can be hidden under a work shirt.
Single Or Dual Sleeve Tattoo Ideas For Men
Some people prefer to cover only one arm with a sleeve tattoo leaving their other arm bare. This type of design brings attention to the tattooed arm and can make a man look trendy and manly. Other people prefer to have both arms covered in sleeve tattoos. Whenever this is the case their chest is usually included, and it is then called a body tattoo. Men that tattoo both their arms are generally seen as rebellious and unconventional, so it attracts a specific kind of person.
Considerations For Sleeve Tattoo Ideas For Men
There are hundreds of design options for your sleeve tattoo. However, you should find designs that have a deep meaning for you so that you can always feel emotionally fulfilled with your tattoo. Additionally, find a great tattoo artist to do your sleeve tattoo. Do not use an amateur artist as they can make you permanently regret getting an ugly tattoo.