How Much Does a Half Sleeve Tattoo Cost?

Half-sleeve tattoos refer to a tattoo that takes up half the arm, commonly in the region of the entire upper arm from the shoulder to the elbow.  However, some traditional Japanese and tribal “half sleeves” may start on the chest.

Shading added to the sleeve by joestump, on Flickr
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Half sleeves tattoos ideas

Listed below are some of the most common sleeve tattoo types, along with some pictures/ideas: (If you want even more half sleeve tattoo idea, visit this, this or this resource.

Traditional tattoo sleeve

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Japanese sleeve tattoos

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Geometric tattoo sleeve

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Flower tattoo sleeve

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Galaxy tattoo sleeve

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Forest sleeve tattoo

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Space sleeve tattoo

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Floral sleeve tattoo

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Watercolor tattoo sleeves

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  1. Jessica R (Roseburg,  Oregon) paid $0 and said:

    I’ve only gotten the main lily piece, a sugar skull, and a koi fish to start. Some color and shading done too. Still need to finish the flowers, shading in some parts of the skull, the koi needs color, and a main back piece.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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