Filter: All types Articles Slideshows Videos Sort: Most relevant Most popular Most recent No articles available No slideshows available No videos available How to Design a Quarter-Sleeve Tattoo How to design a full-sleeve tattoo How to draw a tattoo sleeve How to Design Your Own Ambigram Tattoo How to Draw Cool Tattoos Step-by-Step How to make a tattoo gun with an electric toothbrush Casio Telememo 30 Watch Instructions PCI DSS Security Training Requirements Eighties Hairstyles for Teens How Do You Get Your Father's Military Service Record? With the right tattoo design, it will allow you to express your creativity, mark an occasion, and provide others with a unique insight into your life. Once you’ve chosen the tattoo design, ask someone with artistic talent to sketch your tattoo idea, and explore different options by varying colors and sizes before committing. However, some people will also refer to a tattoo that wraps around the arm from elbow to wrist as a half-sleeve tattoo, but others call tattoos in this area a quarter sleeve tattoo because the lower arm is smaller than the upper arm. Half-sleeve tattoos can be pre-planned or can be designed by utilizing existing pieces and connecting them together with more pieces or a background. Or maybe you’d just like your tattoo design to mirror an image or symbol that is meaningful to you.
Determine if you want to go with the typical upper arm placement, which gives you more space to work with and will be easier to cover if need be than a sleeve on the lower arm.
Since the arm of a person's dominant hand is generally larger than the non-dominant arm, some people will choose to go with the larger space. About us Use of this site constitutes acceptance of the Terms of use, Cookie policy, and Privacy policy of eHow. On the flipside, some will choose to put a half-sleeve on the smaller arm, because sometimes it helps make the arm appear bigger.
Like full sleeve tattoos that cover the entire arm from shoulder to wrist, a half-sleeve tattoo will flow better if a common theme is used throughout the design.

There are many common themes you can look at to get ideas for your design, but it's best to build upon these themes by adding your own unique style to make the piece more original and add special meaning to you.
If you have existing pieces, you will need to spend time finding pieces that will flow with these or consider covering up any that simply don't fit the theme you're shooting for.
If the place you're putting the half-sleeve is already mostly filled up, then you simply need to find a background to use to connect all the individual pieces into one flowing tattoo.
A pre-planned half-sleeve is much easier to design because you're starting with a clean slate and can draw out the whole design on paper first to make sure it's going to look right before you start to ink. If you already have a regular tattoo artist, then it will be easy to get with him and decide the best way to design your half-sleeve based on the theme and individual pieces you've chosen. He can also take a tracing of the area to be tattooed and design the entire tattoo before ever putting any ink on you. This may or may not work if you're dealing with pre-existing tattoos that need to be covered up.
If you don't have a regular tattoo artist take your ideas to several artists to judge who'd do the best job or ask someone who's already heavily tattooed for a referral.
Although some half-sleeves have been completed in one long session, a majority of them are split up into separate sessions.
If the piece is being split up into separate sessions, your artist may break the piece into sections or do the entire outline the first sitting, then start on the shading and then in the later sittings work on the color.
If the area is already fairly heavily tattooed, you may want to consider just finding a background to tie everything together.

You can find design ideas in magazines, on the Internet and by visiting tattoo shops and looking through their flash, or you can ask a tattoo artist to custom draw your half-sleeve. Although custom work tends to cost more, it will help guarantee your half-sleeve is more original. If you're worried about your tattoo showing while wearing a short sleeved shirt, then you may want to consider a quarter sleeve tattoo instead of a half-sleeve, which ends at the elbow and the very lowest edge will probably be visible in standard short sleeves. Whether you're getting a small or large tattoo, always make sure the tattoo studio is a clean, sterile environment and that the tattoo artist practices safe and sterile procedures throughout the tattooing process.
When designing your half-sleeve, be sure the overall design not only flows well but also either has special meaning to you or is something you know you will never regret. This isn't to say you should always go with the most expensive quote, but make your decision based on the artist's previous work, their ability to do the type of work you want and their enthusiasm for the project, and not on the price tag. Many people find tattoos addictive and may start with half-sleeve that suddenly turns into a full sleeve and beyond. How to become a real-life (and successful) supervillain 16 Peruvian must try foods 14 Biggest lies people tell in online dating sites 13 Reasons why movies should'nt be remade 10 Conspiracy theories that turned out to be true 14 Brain-melting paradoxes that will destroy you Resources Half sleeve info.

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