Today's the day, you're ready to commit, and you just know in your heart — it's tattoo time! Now you need help figuring out how to pick a full tattoo sleeve theme. I've been on a mission for Bustle, interviewing tattoo artists all over the Bay Area. My goal has been to learn more about tattoo sleeves so I can help ladies who are ready to go under the gun, but still need more information. I've covered what part of a tattoo sleeve hurts the most and facts to know before getting started. I wrote a piece answering how long does a full sleeve tattoo take and how to deal with aftercare. But I honestly think picking the theme is the most exciting part.
Experimental observations of the effects of short-pulsed lasers on tattoos were first reported in the late 1960s by Leon Goldman and others.[22][23][24] In 1979 an argon laser was used for tattoo removal in 28 patients, with limited success. In 1978 a carbon dioxide laser was also used, but because it targeted water, a chromophore present in all cells, this type of laser generally caused scarring after treatments.[25][3][26][2]

Complete laser tattoo removal requires numerous treatment sessions, typically spaced at least seven weeks apart. Treating more frequently than seven weeks increases the risk of adverse effects and does not necessarily increase the rate of ink absorption. Anecdotal reports of treatments sessions at four weeks leads to more scarring and dischromia and can be a source of liability for clinicians. At each session, some but not all of the tattoo pigment particles are effectively fragmented, and the body removes the smallest fragments over the course of several weeks or months. The result is that the tattoo is lightened over time. Remaining large particles of tattoo pigment are then targeted at subsequent treatment sessions, causing further lightening. The number of sessions and spacing between treatments depends on various parameters, including the area of the body treated, skin color and effectiveness of the immune system. Tattoos located on the extremities, such as the ankle, generally take longest. As tattoos fade clinicians may recommend that patients wait many months between treatments to facilitate ink resolution and minimize unwanted side effects.
These sleeves are awesome. They are a bit tight and took some work getting them up my arm and I was pulling them back up most of the night. And I have skinny arms. One of the sleeves got a snag and now has a run in it. However, they look great and totally pulled the costume together. I got lots of comments and was compared to Howard from the big bang theory all night.

It's true that some timeless designs can be mistaken as cliché, even though I personally wouldn't consider them to be basic. Roses, doves, and literary text tattoos are pretty common, but no two designs ever have to look exactly the same. Your ideas combined with your tattoo artist's vision will usually result in a unique piece of art, even if you're not the only one with an anchor etched onto your skin. Besides, a tattoo's meaning varies from one person to another. That alone will guarantee your tat to be an original.
You’ll often see sleeve tattoos that extend all over the body. They can start on the arm and extend across the chest or start on the chest/back and extend down the arm. As you can see below, her piece extends from her arm, all the way across and down her back. The black colour dramatizes the art and creates an eery look that is intensified by the pops of red.
Today, getting a tattoo is a no-brainer for many men. After all, some ink can be a seriously cool way to showcase your personality. But, while the choice to go under the needle may be easy, the decision of what exactly to get tattooed on your body and where can be challenging. To ensure you don’t end up regretting your tat in ten years’ time, it’s important to approach the process thoughtfully. To help you do so, we’ve created this ultimate guide filled with advice on how to choose the best tattoos for men.
Geometry is associated with symmetry and harmony, and this is the reason why they have become a top choice among tattoo lovers as well as tattoo artists. Such tattoos not only abound in visual appeal, but also have a spiritual meaning and have often been as healing forces. It has been believed in ancient times, that placing at a particular position of the body, has a healing effect on the body and the spirit.
The number one factor that determines the final price of a tattoo is its size. A tiny tattoo usually costs less, so the bigger the tattoo, the more expensive it becomes. Plenty of tattoo parlors will charge you with additional money for that first square inch of your skin. This is important so the artist will be able to cover the entire cost of their used materials. Meanwhile, other tattoo parlors will charge depending on how long the procedure went on, and not on the tattoo’s final size – That’s because it could be hard to convince a first-time client to give a specified price a time basis. Nearly every tattoo artist out there will talk about how tattoos are done, before they could officially begin the procedure.
Our Alma Harmony Q-Switch laser produces short pulses of powerful sound waves that pass, without harm, through the upper layers of the skin to target and break up the unwanted tattoo pigment.This energy from the Q-Switch laser shatters the tattoo pigment into small nano (thousands of tiny molecules) sized particles that are then removed gradually by the body’s regular metabolism and lymphatic drainage system.Over the course of your treatment series, your tattoo will gradually fade away. The laser tattoo removal process is non-surgical and non-invasive treatment and can be performed with virtually no downtime.
Generally, anyone with an unwanted tattoo can be treated, with the following exceptions:Pregnant or nursing women.Those with an active infection at or near the desired treatment area.Those with heart problems, cancer, history of seizures and immune system disorders.Those with implanted medical devices.Those with a history of Keloid Scarring as tattoo removal may cause keloid scarring.Other factors will need to be considered once you have come in for a free consultation with one of our medical professionals.
Immediately after laser treatment, a slightly elevated, white discoloration with or without the presence of punctuate bleeding is often observed. This white color change is thought to be the result of rapid, heat-formed steam or gas, causing dermal and epidermal vacuolization. Pinpoint bleeding represents vascular injury from photoacoustic waves created by the laser's interaction with tattoo pigment. Minimal edema and erythema of adjacent normal skin usually resolve within 24 hours. Subsequently, a crust appears over the entire tattoo, which sloughs off at approximately two weeks post-treatment. As noted above, some tattoo pigment may be found within this crust. Post-operative wound care consists of simple wound care and a non-occlusive dressing. Since the application of laser light is sterile there is no need for topical antibiotics. Moreover, topical antibiotic ointments can cause allergic reactions and should be avoided. Fading of the tattoo will be noted over the next eight weeks and re-treatment energy levels can be tailored depending on the clinical response observed.[48]
Plenty of cultures from across the globe have used tattoos as a form of expression. Certain cultures have used tattoos as a part of many rites of passage, for beauty, or artistic purposes, as a type of warrior mark, to identify a tribe or a gang, and so on. But it’s pretty much clear that when it comes to cultures from across the globe, tattoos have always stood for both belonging and marginality.
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“What a great example of impeccable customer service and true expertise. I felt incredibly welcome and in very safe hands at Eraser Clinic. I’ve been working up to removing my tattoo for years now and I’ve had several consultations at other places. This was the first time I felt comfortable enough to actually have a laser treatment and I’m sorry I waited so long. The price was much more affordable than I expected and much cheaper than the general med-spa type places around town.”
Single Pass removal is the standard removal process for tattoo removal. With this method only one pass is performed per office visit. A local anesthesia will be applied to the skin pre-treatment to make the tattoo removal process as painless as possible. The procedure lasts around ten minutes. When it’s over, you can return to your regularly scheduled activities—there is minimal downtime and procedures are often 6 weeks apart. It often takes 8-20 passes for complete removal.

One of the most popular choices among full tattoo sleeve ideas and designs is the original Maori tattoo designs, which feature common tribal elements like – spirals. These tattoos are gaining importance because of simple design and use of free space. The design of the tattoo looks amazing and eye-catchy because when the shapes interact they complement each other.
Certain colors have proved more difficult to remove than others. In particular, this occurs when treated with the wrong wavelength of laser light is used. Some have postulated that the reason for slow resolution of green ink in particular is due to its significantly smaller molecular size relative to the other colours.[44] Consequently, green ink tattoos may require treatment with 755 nm light but may also respond to 694 nm, 650 nm and 1064 nm. Multiple wavelengths of light may be needed to remove colored inks.
Tattoos are beautiful representations and expressions of how we feel and it’s a great way to tell others through the imagery of art. That being said, like all art, tattoos are expensive. They take time and skill and if you want it to look good, it’ll definitely cost you. A single image is going to be a lot cheaper than a whole sleeve of art so as you contemplate whether or not you’d like to invest in a whole sleeve, make sure you allot space in your budget to make it happen.
20. If you are looking for a sleeve tattoo then why not consider the geometry shape version of it. Throughout different areas of the arms there is a separate yet completely harmonious design that complements the one before it. There is so much detail to this tattoo that you can’t help but want to investigate it. There isn’t even any need for color in this tattoo though you could certainly make it pop with some vibrant colors.
Warrior sleeve tattoo design symbolizes power and strength. The popular warrior full sleeve tattoos include pictures of warriors and deadly weapons, basically engaged in wars. Some other symbols are also a part of these tattoo designs such as- feathers, heart, skulls, compass, musical symbols, angels, clock, arrows and dream catchers. But, to match the right symbol according to your personality it’s important to discuss it with your tattoo artist before getting inked.
Geometric shapes are always studied throughout history through the study of geometry. Every figure in a pattern is often examined. An image in general can be broken down into geometric shapes, which can make it seem less realistic. An image can easily become a mathematical equation that has a logical explanation behind it. If the images are broken down first, then the image tends to look less complicated then when it’s all put together. It will look fragmented and more practical then the creation that you end with.
Artists and designers have come up with a great variety, as such tattoos are based absolutely on their creativity and capability. In fact, they present a great scope for them to explore their talent in tattoo designing as each design can be a completely different set of smaller designs. This means that there is a possibility for each and every sleeve design to be unique and different from the rest. Here are some common tattoo sleeves designs:
He left quite a bit of skin in between his images which is another popular look for sleeves. They don’t have to cover your entire arm although many people choose to do that. This allows for more art down the road or he may choose to leave the spots open forever. People feel mixed about this because some think it creates an unfinished look. At the end of the day, it’s up to your personal preference.
7. You'll need things like Aquaphor, bandages, and even clothes that don't rest on the tattoo. Yes, I actually bought shirts that didn't have material where my neck/back tattoo is. At first, I was cutting tags out, but when tagless cotton tees still made the spot hurt and itch, I figured keyhole backs were a good investment. If you have tattoos on your ribs or feet (and like to wear bras and shoes) it might be best to plan your sessions accordingly.
I have reached out twice to Blink. Technically three, but the first time was a "my bad". My boyfriend and I went up there on Saturday, November 16th just to see the office and talk with the artist (you will not be able to get into the building without access/permission first) so we dialed up the extension and spoke with a gentleman who said to call to make an appointment. Ok, no biggie. That was on me.
Certain colors have proved more difficult to remove than others. In particular, this occurs when treated with the wrong wavelength of laser light is used. Some have postulated that the reason for slow resolution of green ink in particular is due to its significantly smaller molecular size relative to the other colours.[44] Consequently, green ink tattoos may require treatment with 755 nm light but may also respond to 694 nm, 650 nm and 1064 nm. Multiple wavelengths of light may be needed to remove colored inks.
Charlie C is versed in many types of tattooing, but is best known for his dotwork and geometric tattoos. Charlie’s tattoo portfolio includes elements of eastern and western cultures alike. Mandala tattoos, floral designs and sacred geometry are all very prominent in his work, but you will see animals and natural elements as well. Take a minute to check out his work and you’ll quickly see that Charlie is an talented member of the Guru family.
Sleeve tattoos have been definitively transformed in the last decade, and now they regularly feature a conglomerate of art styles that border on the edge of optic illusions and meta curiosities. Extensive art pieces can be executed with a direct focus on sublime stimulation. Highly detailed tribal symbols often mesh with futuristic machinery and pop culture icons. Flesh and sinew can be replicated to make it seem like the skin is practically non-existent.

At this time, FDA has not approved or cleared any do-it-yourself tattoo removal ointments and creams that you can buy online. “FDA has not reviewed them, and is not aware of any clinical evidence that they work,” says Luke. In addition, Luke says that tattoo removal ointments and creams may cause unexpected reactions, such as rashes, burning, scarring, or changes in skin pigmentation in the process.


The typical geometric pattern is comprised of a singular design, involving many little shapes. This will be repeated across a field, in order to make a full motif. When creating a geometric tattoo, the entire look must be continuous, not to mention, precise. Geometric shapes are shapes that come with plenty of symmetrical sides, and is commonly seen in math books and math-related subjects. The geometric shapes are fused together to make a repetitive look. Basically, the geometric tattoo design symbolizes creativity, balance, and consistency.

Q-switched Frequency-doubled Nd:YAG: 532 nm. This laser creates a green light which is highly absorbed by red, yellow, and orange targets. Useful primarily for red and orange tattoo pigments, this wavelength is also highly absorbed by melanin (the chemical which gives skin color or tan) which makes the laser wavelength effective for age spot or sun spot removal. Nd:YAG lasers may cause hemoglobin absorption, leading to purpura (collection of blood under tissue in large areas), pinpoint bleeding, or whitening of the skin.[39]

Transient textural changes are occasionally noted but often resolve within a few months; however, permanent textural changes and scarring very rarely occur. If a patient is prone to pigmentary or textural changes, longer treatment intervals are recommended. Additionally, if a blister or crust forms following treatment, it is imperative that the patient does not manipulate this secondary skin change. Early removal of a blister of crust increases the chances of developing a scar. Additionally, patients with a history of hypertrophic or keloidal scarring need to be warned of their increased risk of scarring.

Yeah, yeah, we know that tattoos are permanent, expensive, and straight-up painful—but with style-savvy celebs like Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus and Kylie Jenner regularly seen showing off their cute tats, we’re still totally feigning for some fresh ink. These stars don’t have full sleeves, but instead rock smaller, simpler designs on their skin.
“As a dark skinned African American I was worried about skin discoloration. I called several different places for information. Most where unhelpful and some outright rude. From my first call to Eraser Clinic I received nothing but extremely polite and courteous service. They are very knowledgable and made me feel comfortable. Four sessions in and I have had no skin issues and my tattoo is barely visible with just a session or two until full removal.”

There’s a lot of variation in this piece which makes it appealing to the casual observer. There’s a keen sense of continuity in the art. The bird has such a vivid appearance that makes it real looking. The attention to its detail in every feather is done really well. The way that the branches swerve all around makes it appear less lifelike but very interesting. The artist brings an added zing with the red flower at the wrist and it’s interesting how the artist implemented the canvas’s skin as part of the backdrop.

Once a popular location for women's tattoos, lower back tattoos are often viewed negatively nowadays. The original reason for having a lower back tattoo was because it was easily shown when desired and hidden when needed. The lower back tattoo has fallen out of popularity, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get one if you feel this is the perfect spot for your tattoo.
Generally, anyone with an unwanted tattoo can be treated, with the following exceptions:Pregnant or nursing women.Those with an active infection at or near the desired treatment area.Those with heart problems, cancer, history of seizures and immune system disorders.Those with implanted medical devices.Those with a history of Keloid Scarring as tattoo removal may cause keloid scarring.Other factors will need to be considered once you have come in for a free consultation with one of our medical professionals.
I am 6'3 and 205 with larger arms. These fit me OK. They run about 2/3 of the way up my arm and the top can be hidden by a shirt sleeve. They are 92% nylon and 8% spandex. They have a bit of ruuberband around the upper arm piece to hold it in place. The material feels like a women's nylon sock and I would guess holds up well to being stretched but not to snags or sharp objects.
Not all tattoos are created equal. “Black tattoos are easier to remove than brightly colored tattoos. Green and blue tend to be a little more challenging, and things like yellow, white, and purple are almost impossible to remove completely,” says Dr. Ibrahim. “Different wavelengths of laser target different colors in the skin,” says Dr. Bard. This is why multiple lasers are required for the successful removal of a multicolor tattoo—another reason to see a well-versed doctor for treatment. If you have laser removal done properly, you should see about 90 percent clearance on a tattoo, says Dr. Anolik. “You can’t be sure that you’re going to get 100 percent clearance on a tattoo, and that’s for a variety of reasons, including the type of ink and if [the tattoo] was done by a professional tattoo parlor," he says. "Professional tattoos tend to incorporate more colors and deposit more deeply into the dermis, making them more challenging." Amateur tattoos tend to be easier to remove, as they are often carbon-based, single-color, and placed more superficially. Dr. Ibrahim says the same goes for older tattoos, where the ink diffuses upward over time, making it easier to break up with a laser.

Advances in digital technology are giving artists a greater hand in creating geometric tattoos. Since this kind of tattoo needs to be extremely precise and even, a digital approach can save the artist time, make it easier to revise the design, and even ensure a perfect fit. Artists can do mock-ups by taking pictures of the body part that will be tattooed, and produce the design to fit it exactly.


You made the choice to get a tattoo – now you’re considering removal treatments. Everyone has their own, personal reasons for making a change like this. Maybe it’s a change of lifestyle, or a new career that is prompting you to look into tattoo removal procedures. According to a recent study on CareerBuilder.com, tattoos may hurt your ability to be hired by 31%. Many professions, the military and civic servants are finding that there are new rules and regulations surrounding exposed tattoos. Or maybe it’s just that you no longer like the look of the tattoo. Whatever your story for getting your tattoo removed, SKINTASTIC has the technology to help you reach your goal faster, with less discomfort.
The finger second in from the pinkie finger on the left hand is commonly known as the ‘ring finger’ and is often reserved for a wedding ring as a sign that you’re married. It is quite common place for modern couples to get a tattoo there in place of a ring as rings are very expensive especially to lose! A small, simple tattoo such as the love heart above looks beautiful and is also easy to cover up should you need to.
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