Many people only think about men’s sleeves when they think about large-scale tattoo designs, but women’s sleeves are also gaining popularity. It’s an expressive way of showing exactly what you believe in and who you are as a person, and this public display can make your more confident and outgoing. Expect that people will ask you questions and possibly comment on certain aspects of this type of tattoo, so it’s usually the best choice for someone who doesn’t mind a little bit of attention.

A sleeve takes an immense amount of dedication, so be warned that your sleeve will come out looking the best if you go through with the entire design that you and your tattoo artist have designed. Make sure that you’ve seen the tattoo artist’s other work and that you actually trust him or her to design and ink your sleeve for you. Getting a good tattoo artist to do large pieces like a sleeve can cost a lot of money, but it will be worth it in the end. You can usually count on the fact that “you get what you pay for.”

This photo gallery can guide you through the world of badass women’s sleeves and how many different styles they come in. Use it as a reference to decide which kind of sleeve you like best. Note your preferences and make sure you let your tattoo artist know exactly what you like and don’t like.