40 Sleeves So Fascinating You’ll Faint

Okay not really, but..

This geometric design.

by Handsmark

(Photo: Handsmark)

Geometric sleeves are everywhere these days. There are many artists who work solely in the geometric style and their work is always a welcome sight. Pieces that feature a collision of various geometric patterns are the trend right now, and after viewing the above design, it’s easy to understand why.



This smooth geometric puzzle.

by Ervand

(Photo: Ervand)

This is another example of a geometric sleeve but done in a completely different style. These bold patterns are methodically laid out to give the piece a smooth and structured look. Ervand’s Instagram is full of geometric sleeves similar to the one above.

Classical sculpture.

by Stephan Milovanov

(Photo: Stephan Milovanov)

Stephan Milovanov is quickly becoming one of my favorite classical tattooists. His sleeves remind you of the work done by the famous Jun Cha, but with his own subtle twists of course. All artists are at one time or another inspired by the classics.

This floral design.

by Stuart Teekasingh

(Photo: Stuart Teekasingh)

This beautiful piece features a delicate chrysanthemum opening it petals. Flowers are, and always will be, one of nature’s most beautiful creations. In an industry dominated by roses and peonies, it’s always a pleasure to see artists embracing less commonly seen floral varieties like the chrysanthemum.



This lion.

by Jun Cha

(Photo: Jun Cha)

No sleeve list would be complete without at least one piece from the renowned Jun Cha. His work has inspired many artists over the years and will continue to do so for many years to come. We haven’t seen many new pieces from Jun lately as it appears that he is concentrating a lot of his time and effort pursuing different mediums—mainly sculpture. If solid, classical-themed sleeves appeal to you than Jun’s portfolio should be your next stop.

Geometric chaos.

by Effedots

(Photo: Effedots)

There’s a lot going on here that’s for sure, but what stands out the most to me are the gradient transitions visible in one particular style of pattern segment. Geometric designs always appear to have a pleasant structure to them which no doubt adds to the appeal.

This skull.

by Greg Nicholson

(Photo: Greg Nicholson)

Greg has done a few different sleeves that look similar to this design so it was difficult choosing just one for the list. Tigers and mechanical geared mechanisms are an astonishingly popular theme it seems.



This tiger.

by Dario Castillo

(Photo: Dario Castillo)

And again, another tiger and timepiece design from a completely different artist. I don’t know if I would go so far as to label it a trend, but it definitely seems to be more than just a passing fad.

This map.

by Oscar Akermo

(Photo: Oscar Akermo)

This is another repost, but an outstanding example of a full sleeve which was too good to only showcase once. Oscar Akermo doesn’t do bad tattoos. In fact, he doesn’t even do mediocre tattoos. This design is as original as it is inspiring.



This geometric mashup.

by Tom Ten

(Photo: Tom Ten)

Cool patterns and textures all mixed together make for wonderful sleeves. Geometric designs like the one above have been rapidly increasing in popularity. While they’re still not as popular as more traditional designs, that could soon change.