A full tattoo sleeve is a fascinating thought when you want to look trendy and modern, but it is also a serious commitment. Apart from committing your time it also demands a serious financial commitment and it is a permanent. Getting a tattoo sleeve means covering almost your entire arm with elaborate artwork from your shoulder to your wrist. It’s a big challenge for any artist because they have to create a visual masterpiece. And more significantly you have to endure the pain for an extended period of time.
The most important thing before getting your arm or legs inked is communication. Yes! You need to talk to the artist to collaborate on what they are about to do and what you should expect. Picking a random artist for and design impulsively from the internet is not a great idea. You may regret it later in life. The best thing to do is sit down with a tattoo artist and talk about it before inking up. This way you can explain to them your vision or the raw concept so that you are satisfied with the end result.
A full tattoo sleeve is not something you decide on a whim and get done in a hurry. It is a lifetime decision and investment and it should be carefully considered, especially if it’s costly. You should pick an artist whose work you admire and who understands what you want. The tattoo artists in San-Francisco are crazy expensive they charge $150-$250 per hour. Especially when you have a 50-hour tattoo to inked, you better start saving some money. If you have a budget in mind, you should speak with an artist. This way you will know if your budget can cover the cost of the work you are about to get done.
Deciding on a theme can give meaning to your tattoo sleeve rather than coming across as random artwork. A theme will help you and your artist narrate a story and stick to the idea from beginning to end. You can choose a gothic theme, a religious theme or display your affection for something you love. It could also be something that represents your lifestyle and work. You can pick a subject that your tattoo sleeve represent. It could be anything such as love, faith, dreams, or inspiration. Just make sure it is something long term that will represent an older you since tattoo removal can be rather costly.
Get some advice from your artist and also do some research of your own where you want your tattoo to be placed and what size. If you can’t stand pain, plan a design that avoids places like close to your armpits, elbows, wrists and inner elbows. Color depends on what you prefer. Some people like going bold covered in color, while others settle for the classic black/ gray.
Commit to a tattoo only if you can care for it. For the first few days wash it with antibacterial soap and water and apply unscented body lotion. Wash it 2 to 3 times a day for a week until peeling stops. For long term care get in the habit of using sunblock and body lotion daily.
Ignorance can drive you to make stupid mistakes. And you won’t like to flaunt a silly mistake on your full arm for an entire life lifetime. To ensure you don’t end up making any stupid mistakes think about what tattoo you are getting before you start inking your body. Once you make up your mind don’t be restricted to a single idea give your artist a little freedom to creatively express the design you pick. You never know what fantastic display they will create next.
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