Top 47 Best 3/4 Sleeve Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]
3/4 sleeve tattoos are increasing in popularity – even more so for corporate tattoo collectors – in a variety of styles and technical applications.
3/4 sleeve tattoos are useful for individuals who want large scale ink for their arms with the choice to be able to cover them up easily and effectively, or those who prefer not to have their body art covered by watches or jewelry.
In Japanese tattoo a 3/4 sleeve is known as a shichibu, which runs from the shoulder to middle of the forearm. Also a popular term in Japanese fashion, it’s called shichibu as (roughly translated) the ink runs to where the collars of a long-sleeved shirt can be comfortably rolled up.
The following collection of top 47 3/4 sleeve tattoo ideas vividly demonstrates the appeal of large, cool ideas that can be easily covered or set free depending on the situation.
1. Contemporary Japanese Style 3/4 Sleeve Tattoos
2. Black and Gray 3/4 Sleeve Tattoos
3. Colorful New Wave 3/4 Sleeve Tattoos
4. 3/4 Sleeve Floral Tattoos
5. Traditional Japanese Style 3/4 Sleeve Tattoos
6. Mandala 3/4 Sleeve Tattoo Designs
7. 3/4 Sleeve Tattoo Ideas for Men
8. Tribal 3/4 Sleeve Tattoos
9. 3/4 Sleeve Tattoo Art for Women
3/4 Sleeve Tattoo FAQs
There are three main types of Japanese Sleeve Tattoos, all of which are designed to be hidden from view in conservative society
A full sleeve arm tattoo done to the wrist or right up to the hand
A half sleeve arm tattoo that starts at the shoulder and goes to just above the elbow join
The three quarter sleeve tattoo running from shoulder to the mid forearm
These sleeve types are also often joined with the hikae. A hikae is the Japanesehe chest panel tattoo, that often joins with the sleeve at the shoulder incorporating the overall theme of the piece.. A deep hikae goes below the nipple of the chest, while a shallow hikae stays above the nipple.
When you get a tattoo or a large-scale piece of body art like a ¾ sleeve tattoo, make sure to factor in tipping your tattoo artist for their work.
While certainly not mandatory (even as a service in the US), it’s the customary thing to do, especially for work that exceeds expectation or involves a lot of time outside the use of tattoo machine.
As ¾ sleeve designs usually take multiple sessions, tipping should be done after every session you complete with your tattoo artist or baked into the final tattoo price for per piece tattoo designs.
Tipping starts at 10-15%. I always tipped 20% for my artist when getting inked in the States, and if I was considering making a particular person my tattoo artist of choice then I would consider tipping 25%.
If they’re that good you want to come back to them to get a tattoo again, they’ll remember you, your body art, and your tip when looking at their availability to do more tattoo designs.