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So, you’ve finally settled on the idea of getting a sleeve tattoo. You already know that it’s going to be a significant investment of both time and money, but that doesn’t bother you. You’re even looking forward to sitting in the chair for hours, and chatting with our staff, while you get it done.

At Chronic Ink Tattoo, we think that’s a great idea, and we’re looking forward to your tattoo almost as much as you are, but we have a few questions for you to chew over before we sit you down in the chair and get you started.

What sort of designs interest you? Tattoos are enormously personal, so before committing to adorning your body, think of what you want to say with your body art. Give some thought to your values, what you believe in, and the best way to express it.

You don’t want to waltz into a tattoo parlour and ask to be loaded up with ink that looks cool but doesn’t mean much. You want to think this through and come up with something awesome. Make it meaningful to you, and let it be something you are proud to show the world.

Chronic Ink Tattoos is one of the best tattoo shops in the Toronto area. We’ll give you the best body art and the most rewarding experience to express your whole personality on your skin. But we want you to pronounce who you are, and what you represent to the whole world with the greatest body art available, so we’ve made this blog to help you think about your body art and what it represents.

Half Sleeve tattoo ideas

As the name implies, a half sleeve tattoo covers half of your arm, but which half? Many people prefer upper arm half sleeves so that they can hide it easily with a shirt for work, but we’ve got plenty of other options if that’s not what you’re looking for.

All sleeve tattoos are big and generally work within a theme as well as a general style. We’re great at uniting your ideas with any tattoo technique or style. Before you start a sleeve design, get familiar with the styles available, and consult with other artists.

Traditional is a favourite style of many of our artists and customers because of it’s classic, timeless, feel, and simple motifs. If you’ve got a feel for old tattoos or want to honour the past, we’ll help you design something meaningful that will fill you with pride and make your friends gape with envy.

Japanese styles are another popular half sleeve design, characterized by mythological subjects and fantastical animals like dragons and fierce tigers. These days, Japanese style body art often combines with other styles to make an exciting fusion, but we can also do strictly traditional Asian designs, too.

wolf half sleeve

Full Sleeve Tattoo Ideas

A full sleeve tattoo is a huge commitment to embark on and requires a lot of time and money, which may be why so many of our customers love it. It makes a statement and displays our customers’ character and grit. So, what sort of things do people get inked as a full sleeve?

As with all tattoo ideas, start with your personal beliefs: what you want to say about yourself, and how you want to say it. We’ll work closely with you when you first consult with us, so we can make sure you get the very best design. You’ll be in the tattoo seat for multiple sessions, so we’ll get to know you pretty well.

Blackwork style tattoos are a fantastic option for a full sleeve and take the guesswork out of colour decisions. We’ll adapt a blackwork style for any full sleeve tattoo. It’s perfect for those looking to honour their culture or just looking for simple geometric designs, and you can always add colour if you choose to later.

This style feels like a sketchbook, which a lot of our customers love because it represents how they feel about their body canvass. Maybe you want to honour your tribal heritage or cultural background? Blackwork is an excellent style for this that focuses on pattern, while still incorporating meaning.

Script tattoos are another marvellous full sleeve idea if you’re the sort of person who finds meaning in beautiful words. You’ve probably seen incredibly intricate script tattoos that express the love of family, or inspirational quotes. You can adapt a script tattoo to say anything you want with hundreds of amazing fonts and designs.

st.michaels full sleeve

Quarter Sleeve Tattoo Ideas

A quarter sleeve tattoo is a great way to start a full sleeve, or even as a standalone statement of your personality and character. Though it’s most popular on the upper bicep because it can be covered easily with a shirt, you can get a quarter sleeve anywhere on your arm. You can even fill up a full sleeve with quarter sleeve artwork like your own personal gallery.

Mandalas make an excellent design for quarter sleeves because of their size and shape. They can show your interest in sacred or religious matters. Mandala’s are considered a holy symbol in several religions and represent an interest in the eternal.

Peony Floral

Peony floral piece by Shirley

Leg Sleeve Tattoo Ideas

If you’re self-conscious or don’t want just anyone gawking at your body art, you can always construct a tattoo as a leg sleeve. Leg sleeves have a large surface area, so there are even more possibilities to explore. And, we’ll help you get the most out of that canvas.

You could combine line art with a script tattoo and show a large block of your favourite quote. Or, we’ll help design a floral pattern that crawls up your leg like a trellis. Apply any characteristic tattoo style to the motifs of your choice, and we’ll help you express it.

Leg sleeves are a great way to keep your love of tattoos discrete if you’re job isn’t friendly to tattoo aficionados. Almost any arm sleeve design can be converted into a brand-new leg sleeve without your employer being any wiser.

tiger leg sleeve

Ready to Explore Your Sleeve Tattoo?

At Chronic Ink Tattoo, our talented artists are ready to help you explore various sleeve tattoos to make sure you find something you’ll want to show off for decades to come. If you’re in the Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, Kitsilano Vancouver area drop by our shop and check us out for yourself.

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Tattoo Studio Locations

Downtown Toronto

378 Yonge Street,
2nd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1S6
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Midtown Toronto

252 Eglinton Ave East,
2nd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
M4P 1K2
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Markham

7381 Kennedy Road,
Unit #105,
Markham, Ontario
L3R 5B5
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Mississauga

100 City Centre Dr.,
Unit #2-311,
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 2C9
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Vancouver

1804 W 4th Ave,
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1M3
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