Sleeve Tattoos for Women

Tattoo Sleeves for Women


One of the fastest rising fashion trends for women is the tattoo sleeve. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of a tattoo sleeve personally, however. Determine what will be important and what can be overlooked, and determine whether the advantages outweigh the risks.



Several pros of getting your sleeve tattoo are that there is more canvas to ink, it can make a great conversational piece, it can be a reminder of something or someone special, most ink work is unique to each individual (most tattoo artists refuse to duplicate works, even their own), and the fact that the fleshy area of the arms tend to be less painful that bonier areas.



Some of the possible cons of a sleeve tattoo are that they are harder to hide, they can hinder job searches, you may receive critical judgment from others, tattoo ink tends to fade in sunlight so it is important to keep covered even in hot summer weather, the larger canvas work means it will take a lot longer to complete, and the size of this ink work makes it extremely expensive.


The Pain Factor

Women who have never before been inked are becoming curious about tattoos, especially large, ornate sleeves. One of the most common questions women ask when thinking about getting a sleeve work done is concerning the pain level. While it is true that the fleshier the canvas, the less it will hurt, the pain level is unique for each individual. Unfortunately, for those who are scared of pain, there is no way to numb the area before beginning the art work. Alcohol thins the blood, making it not only more dangerous to be tattooed, but the more you bleed, the higher your choice of bleeding out the ink and needing it to be touched up sooner.


While there are topical anesthesia creams, these are not recommended, because they take thirty minutes to take effect, and only last a maximum of forty-five minutes, while most sleeve work takes multiple sessions of two hours each, making the creams a complete waste of time. Another downfall to taking multiple sessions to complete a sleeve is the fact that a lot of your tattoo work will overlap from session to session, not only creating new pain on blank canvas, but causing pain back to the edging of the previously inked skin.


Healing Time

One thing to consider when getting a tattoo sleeve is the healing time and aftercare of the ink work. While most tattoos take two weeks to completely heal, non-sleeves are smaller and easier to work around when dealing with aftercare issues. During these two weeks, it is important not to submerge the tattoo in water. Quick showers are most ideal for bathing with larger art works like sleeves. Another thing to avoid is too much sunlight on your tattoo. Sunlight can fade out the ink in a tattoo, no matter the age of the ink, but new tattoos are most susceptible to fading, and will need to be touched up a lot sooner. Remember that your new tattoo is invasive, and as such, will cause the skin to peel, scab and flake. Do not pick at it, scratch at it, or shave over it until the skin has smoothed back out.


The Designs

Most women want to know what are some of the most popular designs for tattoo sleeves. While it’s easy to say that the trendiest sleeves are beach scenes, floral sleeves, stars, or religious scenes, it is up to each individual to plan a tattoo design that is important to them and has significance in their life.


Celebrities with Sleeve Tattoos

There are two women who really rock their sleeve tattoos. Kat Von D, an associate of Jessie James’ shows her own flair with her sleeves. Rocker Cher Lloyd shows her rebellious, punk attitude with her sleeve.

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