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    Anyone got a tattoo sleeve,where do you start

    I think I am having a midlife crisis I have decided to get both arms full sleeved,fancied it for a while and finally thought why not.

    The problem is I dont know where to begin.

    do I just take various tattoos I like to the tattoo artist and tell him to get on with it and fit them in and fill the gaps?

    I love the pitbull tattoos and skulls.Its just so daunting knowing where to start
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    Originally Posted by gbone74 View Post
    I think I am having a midlife crisis I have decided to get both arms full sleeved,fancied it for a while and finally thought why not.

    The problem is I dont know where to begin.

    do I just take various tattoos I like to the tattoo artist and tell him to get on with it and fit them in and fill the gaps?

    I love the pitbull tattoos and skulls.Its just so daunting knowing where to start
    Well I know how you feel, I've always wanted a tat but was too scared (not quite the same but close)

    just putting anything on your arm is never a good idea. A tattoo needs to mean something to you.

    I knew I wanted a dragon, in the end I went for an Ouroboros around my shoulder. I love it and I am glad I waited until I got exactly what I wanted. It's great to give your artist some artistic license as well that way it's original to you.
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    I don't have sleeves...don't think I'd get them because I like seeing the individual pieces of art. That being said...

    It's your body. Do whatever the hell you want with it. I've seen some sleeves that follow a theme and others that are just higgeldy piggledy where the pictures flow togther. The bicep might be all oriented toward firearms while the lower arm is all religious.
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    How about in the off topic (misc.) section?

    That's be a good place.



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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    How about in the off topic (misc.) section?

    That's be a good place.



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    Originally Posted by Mindi912 View Post
    Well I know how you feel, I've always wanted a tat but was too scared (not quite the same but close)

    just putting anything on your arm is never a good idea. A tattoo needs to mean something to you.

    I knew I wanted a dragon, in the end I went for an Ouroboros around my shoulder. I love it and I am glad I waited until I got exactly what I wanted. It's great to give your artist some artistic license as well that way it's original to you.
    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    I don't have sleeves...don't think I'd get them because I like seeing the individual pieces of art. That being said...

    It's your body. Do whatever the hell you want with it. I've seen some sleeves that follow a theme and others that are just higgeldy piggledy where the pictures flow togther. The bicep might be all oriented toward firearms while the lower arm is all religious.
    Yeah I have a few tattoos I really want I was just wondering how you put them together or you leave that up to the artist.

    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    How about in the off topic (misc.) section?

    That's be a good place.



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    never realised,I dont venture out of losing fat section much,I will start a new thread there.
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    Originally Posted by flat6nut View Post
    This....or piss off the neighbor's pitbull livinvg under the trailer....then just have the bite marks
    traised over in ink.
    I wish I'd thought to do that with my bite scars.

    I guess it's not too late.
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    find a good artist...not a cheap one.
    talk to them about it
    personally i would go with a theme for the whole arm not just a stamp collection.
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    Originally Posted by gbone74 View Post
    I think I am having a midlife crisis I have decided to get both arms full sleeved,fancied it for a while and finally thought why not.

    The problem is I dont know where to begin.

    do I just take various tattoos I like to the tattoo artist and tell him to get on with it and fit them in and fill the gaps?

    I love the pitbull tattoos and skulls.Its just so daunting knowing where to start
    I basically searched around until i found an artist I liked. Checked out the work he did and I knew that I liked the style he did. I explain that I liked the traditional Japanese sleeve style and asked him to come up with an idea. He drew it up and I approved it and that's all there was to it.
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    Originally Posted by lanolar View Post
    I basically searched around until i found an artist I liked. Checked out the work he did and I knew that I liked the style he did. I explain that I liked the traditional Japanese sleeve style and asked him to come up with an idea. He drew it up and I approved it and that's all there was to it.
    Thanks mate,like i say i pretty much know whst images I want for the main bits,it was just how they will all come together,ll just tell him to be creative and give him free reign
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    I'm not much for the sleeves (for me anyways) but do like the full arm Tribals. Now the problem really is that getting Tattoos was a somewhat non-conformist thing to do. These days not getting them is probably more original/non-conformist.

    Most of the people with arms completely sleeved that I have seen have many different things going on, not just one big concept as much as many smaller, and often unrelated concepts run together. I'll be looking for pics once you get 'em done!
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    Originally Posted by flat6nut View Post
    This....or piss off the neighbor's pitbull livinvg under the trailer....then just have the bite marks
    traised over in ink.
    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    I wish I'd thought to do that with my bite scars.

    I guess it's not too late.
    I could do that with the scars on my belly from the spleen removal as well as my chest one from the heart surgery, couple big zippers. Nah.


    Don't care for the sleeve look myself, I have numerous tats but like the fact that I can wear a short sleeve shirt and you don't see them. Tats in some business places still don't go over well.
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    Originally Posted by nt4sell View Post
    find a good artist...not a cheap one.
    talk to them about it
    personally i would go with a theme for the whole arm not just a stamp collection.
    This is the best advice, and I've heard this said before, even by the artists.

    What he is saying is the sleeve should be one piece, not a series of individual tattoos weaved together.

    I would suggest doing one arm completely before doing the other, some people prefer to leave it with one full sleeve.

    Get a full design done by a shop known to do large custom pieces, this is easier if you live near a larger metro area.
    If you can't draw for **** or don't know where to begin but know what components you want, then you can have the custom guy draw one up for you.
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    I've got sleeves in the works on both arms and up into my chest. You might think of possibly going that route while you're at it. Its worth checking out some local shops, ask people whose tattoo work you like where they got theirs down to the artist's name.

    To me sleeve work starts with some larger anchor pieces, (not as in boat anchor..) and build around them. I got some great tat books from Amazon, I'd suggest something with Japanese style tattooing in it.

    I pasted a couple of sites that I use to get ideas and they sell stencils too. I've used full stencils and partial ones.

    http://www.dragontattoosart.com/
    http://www.tattoofinder.com/

    Also do searches for things that you like under tattoo images or art images. Amass a bunch of stuff, narrow it down and sit down with an artist. Most of them appreciate you doing your own research and are more than happy to help you get what you want.

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    Originally Posted by styken View Post
    This is the best advice, and I've heard this said before, even by the artists.

    What he is saying is the sleeve should be one piece, not a series of individual tattoos weaved together.

    I would suggest doing one arm completely before doing the other, some people prefer to leave it with one full sleeve.

    Get a full design done by a shop known to do large custom pieces, this is easier if you live near a larger metro area.
    If you can't draw for **** or don't know where to begin but know what components you want, then you can have the custom guy draw one up for you.
    I've had work done alternately on my arms and chest, do the outline and shading on one side, skip to the other arm for the same, then back for the color. You don't want one side too heavy.. you might fall over. So one side of me is always a bit behind the other and catches up eventually.

    If you know an artist, get their opinion. I've had one guy draw up some of my work for me. Even if they want some $$ for it just for their time, its cool.

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    Originally Posted by beachguy498 View Post
    I've got sleeves in the works on both arms and up into my chest. You might think of possibly going that route while you're at it. Its worth checking out some local shops, ask people whose tattoo work you like where they got theirs down to the artist's name.

    To me sleeve work starts with some larger anchor pieces, (not as in boat anchor..) and build around them. I got some great tat books from Amazon, I'd suggest something with Japanese style tattooing in it.

    I pasted a couple of sites that I use to get ideas and they sell stencils too. I've used full stencils and partial ones.

    http://www.dragontattoosart.com/
    http://www.tattoofinder.com/

    Also do searches for things that you like under tattoo images or art images. Amass a bunch of stuff, narrow it down and sit down with an artist. Most of them appreciate you doing your own research and are more than happy to help you get what you want.

    BG
    Thanks mate,im at that stage now ive got about 10 or so images decent sized pieces that i would like to include,the only prob is they are a bit of a mish mash,i love bulldogs/bullterriers/pitbulls,i also wanted some kind of memory to my mum and dad,as well as a few more rocker type tats.
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    I cant stand them, most of the time they just look like a complete mess.
    I rather people admire my physique as it is rather than be distracted from it by a tattoo.
    OP, great arms, so why have a full sleeved tattoos that will covering them up and hide all that definition?…….seem like madness!
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    Originally Posted by clive View Post
    I cant stand them, most of the time they just look like a complete mess.
    I rather people admire my physique as it is rather than be distracted from it by a tattoo.
    OP, great arms, so why have a full sleeved tattoos that will covering them up and hide all that definition?…….seem like madness!
    because I like them.I genuinely like that messy look,dont know why.
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    Originally Posted by lanolar View Post
    I basically searched around until i found an artist I liked. Checked out the work he did and I knew that I liked the style he did. I explain that I liked the traditional Japanese sleeve style and asked him to come up with an idea. He drew it up and I approved it and that's all there was to it.
    This is good advice. Give the artist your pics and let him put them together into one cohesive sleeve. Allow the artist to be an artist , as long as you trust them (very important) just give general guidelines. Also the theme is a good idea, but my right arm is just a bunch of different images that I liked when I got them. I have been getting tattooed since 1983 and am now getting them redone.

    Originally Posted by clive View Post
    I cant stand them, most of the time they just look like a complete mess.
    I rather people admire my physique as it is rather than be distracted from it by a tattoo.
    OP, great arms, so why have a full sleeved tattoos that will covering them up and hide all that definition?…….seem like madness!
    have a look at Jim Stoppani, he has the best of both.
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    Originally Posted by clive View Post
    I cant stand them, most of the time they just look like a complete mess.
    I rather people admire my physique as it is rather than be distracted from it by a tattoo.
    OP, great arms, so why have a full sleeved tattoos that will covering them up and hide all that definition?…….seem like madness!
    Different strokes for different folks my fine English friend.
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    Originally Posted by gbone74 View Post
    because I like them.I genuinely like that messy look,dont know why.
    Because full sleeves rock that's why!
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    I visited your bodyspace page. First off, Congratulations on an amazing transformation.

    You have excellent guns; don't cover them with a sleave. There, I said it. I have a few tattoos, and I love them, but I live by the maxim of location, location, location.

    That said, if you want to cover those guns, then the good advice is already here. Research some great artists in larger cities. Decide the art form you want. Get some images together to show the artist to help give him/her some direction of your vision.

    Maybe start with a section before you cover everything. Best of luck.

    Check with the Dungeon Mistress. She probably has some good advice.
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    My right arm is sleeved. Working on the left. I have a killer artist and I like pain and the resultant art. It's addictive.
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    Right at the base.... oh wait you mean on your arm, nevermind.
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    I think this dude's sleeve looks pretty cool I know you mentioned pit bulls and skulls but this is something different...

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    Being a basketball fan, when I think of sleeves I think of Chris Anderson:

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    Originally Posted by IronCharles View Post
    Being a basketball fan, when I think of sleeves I think of Chris Anderson:

    What an utter mess, and look at his face in the second shot!
    I often think some guys have tattoos so they think they’ll look tougher or hard for whatever reason.
    I’d rather be admired for how I look not intimidated by it, but then I don’t live in a place were I need to look street wise or to prove anything.
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    go to checkoutmyink.com do research before you get it..make sure its a good artist as well who is knowledgeable about sleeves..its a long process..and expensive

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    Originally Posted by clive View Post
    What an utter mess, and look at his face in the second shot!
    I often think some guys have tattoos so they think they’ll look tougher or hard for whatever reason.
    I’d rather be admired for how I look not intimidated by it, but then I don’t live in a place were I need to look street wise or to prove anything.

    where do you think I live compton

    .and as for for looking tougher or hard what about those idiots who want big muscles when there is no actual need for them

    That basketball players tats are a bit too colourful for me,I was thinking something more like this wouldnt mind the arms as well
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    Originally Posted by dungeonmistress View Post
    My right arm is sleeved. Working on the left. I have a killer artist and I like pain and the resultant art. It's addictive.
    Once you find a good artist, they are like gold. I had one that quit tattooing and I was bummed, but am working with another one in the same shop now. Its all about the art and the pain is part of the attraction to me as well.

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