A full sleeve tattoo is an intriguing thought when you want to look trendy and modern, but it’s also a serious commitment. In addition to committing your time, it also requires a serious financial commitment and it is permanent. Getting a tattoo sleeve means covering almost your entire arm with elaborate artwork from your shoulder to your wrist. It is a great challenge for any artist as he has to create a visual masterpiece. And more importantly, you have to endure the pain for a long period of time.
What are the critical factors to consider before getting a Full Tattoo Sleeve?
Planning is essential
The most important thing before getting your arms or legs inked is communication. Yes! You need to talk to the artist to collaborate on what they are about to do and what to expect. Picking a random artist and impulsively designing from the internet is not a good idea. You might regret it later in life. The best thing to do is sit down with a tattoo artist and talk it over before inking. This way you can explain your vision or the raw concept to them so that you are happy with the end result.
Keep a realistic budget
A full tattoo sleeve is not something you decide on a whim and do in a hurry. This is a lifelong decision and investment and should be carefully considered, especially if it is expensive. You should choose an artist whose work you admire and who understands what you want. San-Francisco tattoo artists are very expensive, they charge between 150 and 250 dollars per hour. Especially when you have a 50 hour tattoo to ink, you better start saving 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 do.
Think about a theme and a topic
Deciding on a theme can give your tattoo sleeve meaning rather than coming across as a random work of art. A theme will help you and your artist tell a story and stick with the idea from start to finish. You can choose a gothic theme, a religious theme, or show your affection for something you love. It could also be something that represents your lifestyle and work. You can choose a subject that your tattoo sleeve represents. It can be anything like love, faith, dreams or inspiration. Just make sure it’s something long term that will represent an older person, as tattoo removal can be quite expensive.
Tattoo placement and color
Get advice from your artist and also do your own research on where you want your tattoo placed and how big it should be. If you can’t stand the pain, plan for a design that avoids places like the armpits, elbows, wrists, and insides of the elbows. The color depends on what you prefer. Some people like to be bold covered in color, while others settle for the classic black/grey.
Maintenance: tattoo sleeve
Only commit to getting a tattoo if you can take care of it. For the first few days, wash it with antibacterial soap and water and apply an unscented body lotion. Wash it 2-3 times a day for a week until the peeling stops. For long term care make a habit of using sunscreen and body lotion daily.
Ignorance can cause you to make stupid mistakes. And you won’t like displaying a stupid error all over your arm for a lifetime. To make sure you don’t make any silly mistakes, think about the tattoo you’re getting before you start coloring your body. Once you’ve made your decision, don’t limit yourself to just one idea, give your artist some freedom to creatively express the design you choose. You never know what fantastic display they will create next.