You don't have to be wearing a stitch of clothing to don a divine sleeve. The most gorgeous sleeve pieces these days defy the tired stereotype that sleeves are reserved for biker babes. Indeed, sleeves can be dreamy and even dainty, depending on the detail that an artist puts into a design. Unlike smaller tattoos, sleeves give artists a chance to explore the canvas of the body.
But a sleeve is not for the feint of heart; it's a huge commitment. Why? Well for starters, it's not one that you can easily cover up or remove later on in life. Also, you have to pick a design as well as a theme or concept behind your sleeve. It stands to reason that a sleeve incorporates elements of your chosen aesthetic—be that whimsical, macabre, or pin-up, just to name a few.
Sleeves can't help but have a narrative component to them. It conveys a message central to who you are or tells a story of your hopes and dreams. And sleeves are likely to leave an impression. As Lena Dunham told The Guardian, "my tattoos are the main way people recognize me if I'm out,"
So if you're thinking about getting a sleeve, or adding a little verve to your arm piece, get inspired by the works of body art below.