by Kyle Marino
Sleeve tattoos are awesome, and can say a lot about a person. If you see someone with a full sleeve, you immediately know three things about them. One, they have the testicular fortitude to tolerate long periods of pain (regardless of it’s a girl or guy), have more patience than Ghandi, and have quite a bit of Benjamins saved. I mean, they have to if they can spend thousands on the amount of sessions and ink it takes to complete. Consider it the holy trinity of ink. True story.
Since I started getting tattooed, I’ve seen an array of different kinds of sleeve tattoos. Some included movie scenes (my favorites were the Star Wars or 80’s Horror Movie ones), family portraits, nostalgic mementos and cultural staples. When designing your sleeve tattoo your creativity should flourish, but make sure it’s something significant to you, so you avoid regretting it for the rest of your life. Don’t try to rush the process either, full sleeve tattoos usually take a few sessions. It gives your skin time to heal correctly without rejecting the ink.
So, as always let’s take a look at what others have done with their body’s canvases. Check them out and see if you can find some inspiration for your upcoming sleeve tattoos!