Looking for inspiration or creative ideas to start your leg sleeve tattoo? These 10 ideas will get your creative juices flowing so you can decide how & where you're going to start your leg sleeve.
What you need to know about leg sleeve tattoosLeg sleeves are a bigger commitment than most tattoos, both in terms of time and money. And to make sure you're well prepared for your tattoo, here’s everything you need to know before you start collecting ideas for your leg sleeve.
Types of leg sleeve tattoosA leg sleeve tattoo is a large tattoo, or more often a collection of smaller tattoos, that covers all or most of a person’s leg. There are a variety of design and color types. But generally, leg sleeves can be divided into three types – half, three-quarter, and full sleeves. A half sleeve is one that covers only half of your leg, either the area between your ankle and knee or the area between your knee and hip. Three-quarter sleeves typically cover the skin from the ankle to the upper thigh. And as the name suggests, a full sleeve covers the entire leg from the ankle to the waist, usually on the outer hip.
How painful is a leg sleeve tattoo?Leg sleeve tattoos are painful, just not for the reason you might think. Sure, some areas like the shin and ankle hurt worse than upper thigh tattoos. But the pain associated with leg sleeve tattoos is primarily because of the amount of time spent under the needle and in recovery. On average, most leg sleeves take at least 12-15 hours to complete. For more intricate designs, you’re looking at 20-30+ hours in the tattoo studio with your artist. Some people can hardly tolerate the pain of small tattoos that only take 1-2 hours to complete. So if you’re in the market for a leg sleeve, you’re more committed than most. But if you’ve decided to commit to a sleeve, certain parts will hurt worse than others. As mentioned just above, tattoos on the inner thigh and front of the shin will hurt the most. And compared to those areas, the rest of your thigh and lower leg will hurt significantly less.
How much will it cost?Leg sleeve tattoos can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000, though they can often be more expensive. If you’ve ever had a tattoo, this number shouldn’t be shocking. The high price of leg sleeves factors in several things:
- Artist’s experience
- Length of time required
- Amount of ink required
- Color of ink
- Flash vs. custom design
- Type of style (Realism, American Traditional, Oriental, etc.)