It tells a story and is full of symbolism. This type of design may take several sessions to complete and might be at the top of the arm, incorporating the shoulder. Or it could be at the bottom of the arm and circle around the wrist.
The theme of a half sleeve tattoo is entirely personal. A tattoo of this size should be thoughtfully planned and incorporate personal symbolism and meaningful quotes or images.
One popular tattoo theme for a half sleeve on women is a pretty natural scene. Include elements from nature such as flowers, leaves, butterflies and birds. This type of design is not likely to go out of style because the motif is classic. Most of these designs are rather intricate, so consider using color to help make the design clearer and more readable.
If you like a monochromatic look, an all black half sleeve can be very dramatic. Monochromatic half sleeves should be created with clear lines and well-defined designs. Because your design won’t have color and shading, it is important to choose an image that is clearly defined.
The half sleeve tattoo is often large enough to incorporate longer quotes or favorite phrases. Choose your words wisely, as this will be a permanent marking and you will want to make sure that it is not just trendy, but is personally meaningful.
Not sure what to put on your half sleeve tattoo? Some people opt to start with a small design that can be used as a good base. Then they slowly work to develop a more elaborate design. For example, you might start with the idea of a simple quote on your arm. At a later date, you can add a decorative frame around the quote.