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8 Elegant Sleeve Tattoo Designs If You're Looking to Get a Big Ink

These arm tattoos will definitely make a statement.
8 Elegant Sleeve Tattoo Designs If You're Looking to Get a Big Ink
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These arm tattoos will definitely make a statement.

If you’re the type who is not afraid to show off their tatts, then you’re probably ready to ornate your body with a statement ink like a sleeve tattoo! Whether it’s made of one big ink or a cluster of small tattoos, sleeves have a powerful aura that'll make you project a strong and confident attitude. It’s also eye-catching and always a conversational piece, allowing you to share your story and leave a mark to anyone you meet. It is definitely more than just a decorative big tatt.

What to consider before getting a sleeve tattoo

A sleeve tattoo is a huge commitment and will entail careful planning. You’ll have to be very sure of your design before placing a big ink on your arm because this body part is difficult to hide. We advise that you study various tattoo artists and see if their techniques will achieve your desired ink. This will assure you that you’re satisfied upon leaving the tattoo chair. Also, be ready for a long session since a sleeve tattoo will cover a big chunk of skin.

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For beginners, you can start with small designs first and just add gradually over time so that it won’t be so overwhelming. You can also opt for a half sleeve tatt if you think a full sleeve is too much for your liking. Whichever placement you choose, they will all provoke the same fierce and passionate image. So, if you’re feeling confident to sport a sleeve tattoo, here’s a list of tattoo ideas to get you excited. Check the inks below!

8 Stunning Sleeve Tattoo Ideas for Women

1. Dreamy Florals

This floral tattoo consists of a variety of light-handed strokes and shading that makes the flowers carry a soft and dreamy ambience even if they are portrayed in a big tattoo. If you have other designs in mind, you can simply cop its placement for a delicate finish. Notice how the tattoo is cut in between which can make your ink look unique!

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2. Trinkets

You can collect little trinket tattoos on your arm to create a minimalist yet adorable sleeve. They can be little things that mean a lot to you or anything that brings a smile to your face. Try inking with a pastel watercolor style to make these objects have a whimsical feel.

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3. Flora and Fauna

Flowers will always be one most popular choice for a tatt because they are simple, elegant, and they carry a lot of deep meaning. But if you’re looking for something a bit different, try harmonizing your florals with graceful animals like birds and butterflies. This will surely make your floral ink look more enticing.

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4. Pets

Every animal lover has a strong attachment to their pets whether they are still with us or already passed on. You can pay homage to them by inking their faces on your sleeve for a sense of guidance and comfort throughout our journey. Every pet has surely provided us with a different bond and story that’s irreplaceable, and this kind of ink will remind us of it.

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5. Tribal-inspired tattoo

The Kalinga tribe deeply treasures the tattoos that adorn their body because it symbolizes the weight of courage in being a Kalinga warrior. These tattoos are etched in raw-looking lines and strokes with a technique that’s difficult to achieve, so it's better to have a tribal tattoo specialist do it for you. Many have their Kalinga tattoos done as a sleeve to honor their Filipino heritage!

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6. Dragon

The dragon is one of the most important symbols in Chinese culture as it signifies abundant blessings to anyone who welcomes them. If you want to manifest fortune, luck, and strength, let a sleeve tattoo of a Chinese dragon guide you in possessing all these. Like this tattoo, we suggest using red ink to make the dragon come to life.

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7. Mangrove Tree

A mangrove tree can shield an area from strong floods and storms which makes it a vital plant in our ecosystem. Having a tattoo of a mangrove on your arm represents a powerful protection it will provide you. Since this is an endangered shrub, this will also remind you to be humble and protect others whenever they need it. 

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8. Fox

A “fox” is used as a term to describe someone who is very attractive, but being a fox is more than just that. They possess highly interesting traits like being clever, smart, protective, and playful which invites people to always stay around you. If you resonate with these traits, then having a tattoo of it will make you embrace it even more.

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