15 Sleeves from Artists with a Diverse Array of Styles

These spectacular sleeves illustrate how our most visible appendages are perfect canvases for excellent art work.

Powerton6 months ago in Tattoo Ideas

A tattoo sleeve is what it sounds like — a large, continuous work of art that covers up the entirety of a person's leg or arm. Much like back and chest pieces, sleeves have the potential to be some of the most impressive tattoos around because the ample amount of skin allows for bigger and more elaborate illustrations. Unlike their shirt-covered cousins, however, sleeves are on some of our most visible body parts, making them the best type of tattoo for showing off. Check out this wonderful range of sleeves from artists whose skill in their respective styles is unrivaled.

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One of our very own tattoo ambassadors, @HenningJorgensen, executes the traditional Japanese style in this sleeve. (Instagram @henning_royaltattoo). #cherryblossoms #dragon #HenningJorgensen #Japanese #peony #sleeve #traditional
One of our very own tattoo ambassadors, @HenningJorgensen, executes the traditional Japanese style in this sleeve. (Instagram @henning_royaltattoo). #cherryblossoms #dragon #HenningJorgensen #Japanese #peony #sleeve #traditional
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
A lovely pair of matching three-quarters sleeves done in the traditional Japanese style by Doryu (Instagram @doryu_stateofgrace). #butterflies #Doryu #Japanese #chrysanthemums #mist #sleeves #traditional
A lovely pair of matching three-quarters sleeves done in the traditional Japanese style by Doryu (Instagram @doryu_stateofgrace). #butterflies #Doryu #Japanese #chrysanthemums #mist #sleeves #traditional
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Beautiful sleeve of a Tibeta tiger sleeve by Yoni Zilber (Instagram @yonizilber). #flowers #mist #Tibetan #tiger #waterfall #YoniZilber
Beautiful sleeve of a Tibeta tiger sleeve by Yoni Zilber (Instagram @yonizilber). #flowers #mist #Tibetan #tiger #waterfall #YoniZilber

As exemplified by the images above, arms are fertile terrain for sleeves done in traditional styles, like Japanese and Tibetan, which are practiced by numerous talented tattooists who bring their own nuances to these time-honored approaches to the art form.

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Enchanting neo-traditional sleeve of nature-inspired imagery by Kirsten Holliday (Instagram @onholliday) that harkens to biological illustration. #bee #KirstenHolliday #honeyblossom #mistletoe #neotraditional #sleeve #swallow
Enchanting neo-traditional sleeve of nature-inspired imagery by Kirsten Holliday (Instagram @onholliday) that harkens to biological illustration. #bee #KirstenHolliday #honeyblossom #mistletoe #neotraditional #sleeve #swallow
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A whimsical sleeve full of biological illustrations of birds and flora in the neo-traditional fashion by Kirsten Holliday (Instagram @onholliday). #birds #butterfly #dove #flora #flowers #insect #KirstenHolliday #neotraditional #parrot #raven #sleeve
A whimsical sleeve full of biological illustrations of birds and flora in the neo-traditional fashion by Kirsten Holliday (Instagram @onholliday). #birds #butterfly #dove #flora #flowers #insect #KirstenHolliday #neotraditional #parrot #raven #sleeve
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Lovely neo-traditional sleeve by Rose Hardy, featuring the classic queen-of-hearts imagery. #broach #bust #neotraditional #queenofhearts #RoseHardy #roses #sleeve
Lovely neo-traditional sleeve by Rose Hardy, featuring the classic queen-of-hearts imagery. #broach #bust #neotraditional #queenofhearts #RoseHardy #roses #sleeve
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
A stunning bunch of flowers by Mico (Instagram @micotattoo) done in an excellent combination of geometrically ornamental and traditional style. #bold #elaborate #flowers #geometric #Mico #neotraditional #ornate #sleeve
A stunning bunch of flowers by Mico (Instagram @micotattoo) done in an excellent combination of geometrically ornamental and traditional style. #bold #elaborate #flowers #geometric #Mico #neotraditional #ornate #sleeve

Sleeves are also fantastic for traditional and neo-traditional Americana. The handful of artists whose work is showcased in the preceding photos demonstrate the versatility of these styles as well as how eye-catching they are when executed in large-scale across arms.

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An astoundingly intricate henna-inspired sleeve by Guy Le. #blackwork #elaborate #GuyLe #henna #Mehndi #ornate #sleeve #ornamental
An astoundingly intricate henna-inspired sleeve by Guy Le. #blackwork #elaborate #GuyLe #henna #Mehndi #ornate #sleeve #ornamental

As shown in this sleeve by Guy Le, arms and legs are ideal canvases for sprawling ornate blackwork. It's interesting how this sleeve takes after Mehndi's patterned elaborateness in such bold way. 

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This Spartan warrior is marching into deadly combat in this killer hyperrealist sleeve by Niki Norberg (Instagram @niki23gtr) that also depicts a noble lion. #blackandgrey #hyperrealism #lion #NikiNorberg #sleeve #Spartan
This Spartan warrior is marching into deadly combat in this killer hyperrealist sleeve by Niki Norberg (Instagram @niki23gtr) that also depicts a noble lion. #blackandgrey #hyperrealism #lion #NikiNorberg #sleeve #Spartan
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Absolutely divine black and grey realist sleeve by Jun Cha (Instagram @juncha). #blackandgrey #dove #JunCha #God #sculptural #sleeve
Absolutely divine black and grey realist sleeve by Jun Cha (Instagram @juncha). #blackandgrey #dove #JunCha #God #sculptural #sleeve
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
A little tour through rock and roll history in this awesome collage of portraiture by Steve Morante (Instagram @steve_h_morante). #Beatles #collage #DavidBowie #Elvis #JimHendrix #KurtCobain #PaulMcCartney  #portraiture #rockandroll #RollingStones #sleeve
A little tour through rock and roll history in this awesome collage of portraiture by Steve Morante (Instagram @steve_h_morante). #Beatles #collage #DavidBowie #Elvis #JimHendrix #KurtCobain #PaulMcCartney #portraiture #rockandroll #RollingStones #sleeve
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Thrust into the bowels of Hell in this outstanding horror realism by Darwin Enriquez. #archangel #blackandgrey #DarwinEnriquez #epic #fire #Hell #realism #toturedsoul
Thrust into the bowels of Hell in this outstanding horror realism by Darwin Enriquez. #archangel #blackandgrey #DarwinEnriquez #epic #fire #Hell #realism #toturedsoul

This group of black and grey tattoos demonstrates how sleeves invite an incredible amount of detail from artists who work in realist styles. Portraiture and other forms of hyperrealistic tattoos with motifs such as antiquity and horror are enthralling on the arms of their collectors.  

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Intense and elaborate Polynesian leg sleeves from Chris Higgins (Instagram @higginsandcotattoo). #ChrisHiggins #elaborate #legsleeves #Polynesian #tribal #sleeves
Intense and elaborate Polynesian leg sleeves from Chris Higgins (Instagram @higginsandcotattoo). #ChrisHiggins #elaborate #legsleeves #Polynesian #tribal #sleeves

Lastly, it is noteworthy to mention that while sleeves look stunning on arms, they can be even more impressive on legs (good thing they're not called "pant legs" by the way), simply because there is even more space for body art to occupy. Take the images above and below for instance, which show how a number of styles suit the longest parts of our bodies. 

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
This little guy is straight out of a jar of formaldehyde. Amazing black and grey realism by Matt Jordan (Instagram @mattjordantattoo). #babyskeleton #blackandgrey #bones #horror #MattJordan #realism #sleeves
This little guy is straight out of a jar of formaldehyde. Amazing black and grey realism by Matt Jordan (Instagram @mattjordantattoo). #babyskeleton #blackandgrey #bones #horror #MattJordan #realism #sleeves

If you liked surveying these astounding sleeves, you can see more pieces that live on very prominent swaths of our skin in a previous post. Also, make sure to check out the Instagrams of the awesome artists listed in the photos' captions to see more of their mind-blowing work, and remember if you want to get a tattoo that really wows the people around you, go with a sleeve; they speak the loudest.