Some people would argue that there’s no such thing as a “sleeve tattoo,” and while this sentiment use to be more common, artists these days have mostly adopted the term because really, what else are you gonna call an arm full of tattoos? Small tattoos are cute, but nothing looks better than a beautiful sleeve full of ink. If you’re seriously considering getting inked, whether you may like it or not, some sort of sleeve may be in your future. Tattoos are addictive, and sleeves have a way of developing on their own. Let’s check out some of the best.
If you weren’t one of the cool kids in high school, this sleeve definitely would have put you at that table should you have had it way back then. Ya, I know, hindsight is 20/20 but if you’re still in need of a little coolness, something along the lines of this sleeve is always an option.
A botanical sleeve
It’s no secret that this design wouldn’t be half as awesome should it not possess that beautiful little butterfly. Well, that’s what I thought at first but then I started to notice some of the smaller details and was completely blown away.
This guy flew half way around the world for this sleeve, and by the looks of it, had an awesome trip. This is another example of classical sculpture work that just oozes grandeur.
A classical sleeve
Some things are just better without color. And it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that this gorgeous sleeve is one of them. Black and grey ink and expertly shaded, this piece boasts both depth and dimension on a level that Stephen Hawking would probably be tempted to write a book about.
A fruity sleeve
Because why the hell not, right? I mean it’s not something you see everyday but it turned out great and I’m sure it gets its fair share of attention. If you’re looking for something colorful with a unique style, Uncl Paul can definitely hook you up.
A cosmic apocalypse
Okay, since I mentioned Stephen Hawking earlier, I would just like to point out that if he were to get a full sleeve, it would probably look something like this. This sleeve features everything we don’t fully understand—and probably never will.
Various patterns and textures
Two things really stand out to me when looking at this sleeve. The super intricate mandala design that gets all the details correct on the forearm. And the horse’s mane texture that comes out of the wing.
A Roman sleeve
When it comes to sleeves for men (or women for that matter), it’s really hard to find a subject matter that looks as good as this classical sculpture style. Black and grey ink is just too raw!
A pleasing pattern
If you’re easily hypnotized, this guy will probably have you eating out of the palm of his hand in no time. Just kidding. But there’s no denying the pattern has major hypnotizing effect when stared at for longer than a few seconds.
A sleeve in time
You can look at a million tattoo designs, plan your whole life, hire a professional designer and never end up with a design this cool. Each part of the design is equally fascinating and the way the artist tied it all together is simply divine. Darwin Enriquez, you got skills.