Sleeves aren’t something to step into lightly, so take a while to consider exactly what you want before you jump into anything. Remember that this kind of tattoo requires a lot of time (and money), so be prepared to spend many hours in that seat in your tattoo artist’s shop. Getting a sleeve means that you are the kind of person who is dedicated to his tattoos and can handle the pain that goes along with it.

A sleeve is also an extremely public display of who you are, so make sure that it says the right thing. You’ll want to utilize the skills of the best tattoo artist you can find. Also, be aware that you generally get what you pay for. Don’t take the risk of getting a bad tattoo in an easily visible place just because you didn’t want to spend a little extra money. This thing will stay with you, and people are bound to comment on it. Make sure it’s something that you really love.

Take a look at these examples of badass sleeves. Make a note of the ones that you like and think about what attracts you to these designs. Your sleeve should be something that is all your own, but there is no rule that says you can’t draw inspiration from someone else. A professional tattoo artist will definitely allow you to bring a variety of ideas to a consultation so that he or she can help you decide what would work best for you.