Nov 30, 2018
14 Intricate Tattoo Sleeves That Will Make You Rethink Tiny Ink
Lately, the minimalist tattoo trend has been flooding our Instagram feeds nonstop. Sure, those teeny tats will always have a place in our hearts, but we're ready to make the big jump with a full sleeve of tattoos. An armful of ink allows you to portray a whole story on your body forever. We know that the idea of a full arm without an inch of virgin, untouched skin can be intimidating, but once you take a look at these impressive sleeves, you'll be running to your tattoo artist with full confidence.
Spooky Sweet: Give your sleeve some serious style by combining sweet floral touches with spooky skulls and ghosts. Together, these accents create a feminine take on rough n' tough ink. (via @lexondeck)
Cosmic Concoction: If you're an astro-babe, then you'll love this vivid outer space-themed sleeve. (via @lucyloutattoos)
Grunge Gal: Want something with an edge? This toned-down play on the classic skull may appear modest at first glance but packs on the attitude with a closer look. (via @xocloe)
The Tropics: Tropical flowers cascading down your arm lend a more feminine touch to the average sleeve. (via @jessicawilde)
Playful Patterns: Why stick to only one theme? We're always down for boldly pairing unusual patterns with our clothing, so we're ready to take it to the next level with some fresh ink. (via @effedots)
Showing Some Skin: Just because you have large pieces of art on your arm doesn't mean you have to cover every single inch of skin with ink. Delicate shading and line work are all you need to create a captivating work of body art. (via @mrskingaa_tattoo)
The Garden: Take your love of florals to new heights with pastel-toned lilacs and lilies. (via @thetattoogalleryofocala)
Halfie: Not ready to cover your arm from shoulder to wrist? Then try out a half-sleeve first. (via @mitchin.tattoos)
Timely Manner: Create a masterpiece à la Dalí with this clock-themed sleeve of tattoos. (via @stuntman.mike.tattoo)
Mother Nature: If you're obsessed with all things four-legged, show your furry friends a little love with this homage to some of Earth's most breathtaking creatures. (via @hexe.lady)
Portrait Approach: Give the classic portrait tattoo a glow-up by surrounding it with floral and tribal accents. (via @carolinekarenine)
Through the Grapevine: Go for a style that will satisfy your ink cravings by getting some fruity-tooty tats. (via @sockretbuzzstop28tattoo)
Above and Beyond: Don't limit your sleeve to arm's length. Create a whole whirlwind of intricate designs with a "go big or go home" approach by adding shoulder and chest tats too. (via @vendlertattoo)
Double Trouble: Ready to go all the way with your tattoo addiction? Deck out both arms in some head-turning ink (via @michellechristyn)
Are you into full-sized sleeves or tiny tats? Tell us @BritandCo!
Jen is the poster child of a style & beauty junkie — from the latest eyeshadow palette launch to the wildest moments from NYFW, she's one of the first to know about it. As a proud public school graduate from SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in top publications such as PAPER Magazine, INSIDER, and COOLS. When she's not swatching the latest highlighters and lipsticks, she's busy being a cat mom, sipping on rosé, and binge-watching Netflix cooking shows.