Top 47 Geometric Sleeve Tattoo Ideas [2020 Inspiration Guide]
Sacred geometry consists of far more than just temples and monuments; there is a rich world of geometric tattoo art waiting to be committed to the flesh.
Popular belief holds that universal synchronicity consists of mathematical constants that make up the blueprint of life.
The ancient Egyptians and Greeks, as well as East Indian scholars, all revered sacred geometry as a visual vessel through which to reflect on the soul’s education. Since then, geometric creations have been celebrated in all forms of art, including tattoo. From simple stacked 2-D shapes of varying sizes to more complicated overlapping designs with hidden messages, there is no shortage of inspiring geometric work to choose from.
Full arm sleeves require a great deal of time and commitment for both the artist and client, but the rewards are infinite. A tattoo arm sleeve is the ideal canvas for an expansive geometric design, in both color and traditional black and white ink. Descending honeycomb hexagons, rhombuses, and even members of the animal kingdom make for astonishing pieces.
A myriad of shapes and patterns, perforated lines and dots alike, form a memorable 3/4 length sleeve, each layered over the other in a skillful rendition of the wearer’s own uniquely higher aesthetic consciousness. Geometric tattoos are designed for the sophisticated man whose masculinity speaks to a higher power and aesthetic; there is no easy interpretation, but one of infinite possibilities.
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This geometric tattoo sleeve is a world full of geometry all on one arm. The upper portion of the piece is made up of a variety of different sized and shaped petals. These petals all seem to come together and form one large, multi-layered flower shape. Between this section and the next is a band of blank space. Then, just beneath this band is a finely inked pattern of diamond, and squarish shapes surrounding a small flower. On top of these, however, is another layer which can only partially be seen in this photo. This layer is made up of multiple Y-shaped symbols. This is quite an elaborate piece and is a strong representation of geometric tattoos.
This tattoo sleeve is composed of a large, finely-detailed skull with a cube shape separating it into multiple smaller shapes on top of its head. Behind these elements is a framework of triangular and diamond shapes that make for a slightly more subdued background on which the mystifying skull can rest against. There are a number of other interesting details about the skull this tattoo so prominently features. For example, rather than making this skull’s eyes a simple black, hollowed out space as is done with many similar tatts, the eyes shown here area more finely shaded. Another example of an interesting detail in the skull of this geometric tattoo sleeve is fine detailing of various cracks and holes all around it. These ad a sense of heightened realism to this awesome piece.
This geometric tattoo sleeve is a bit less complex and compact. In fact, much of it is composed of outlines, rather than fully shaded elements. A prime example of this is the large, circular shape at the middle of the piece. Negative space makes up a great deal of this part alongside some strong line work. Surrounding these pieces are various types of shape that make up circular clusters. Further up this man’s arms are several other shapes including a spread of small black crosses. While still complex in its own right, this geometric tattoo sleeve is a bit less busy than some before it.
Here is a geometric tattoo sleeve that boasts multiple different patterns and colors. It contains everything from a large, multi-shaped flower-esque design at the top of this man’s arm to a warping, maze-like wrap around toward where his arm meets his hand. The sheer variation of all the different elements that make up this sleeve’s complete design are rather fascinating, both by themselves and as one piece of body art. It is amazing what some of the great tattoo artists of the world can do within the space of a tattoo sleeve.
This geometric tattoo runs from what appears to be full coverage of this man’s arm all the way up his shoulder and beginning to reach onto his chest. It is a sleeve that contains several different geometric shapes and designs. Some of the most notable are the black, green and skin colored cubes around the upper arm area and the small, rounded outline of clover-type shapes on the forearm. It would certainly be interesting to enquire with this man about why he chose the specific shapes and shades of colors he did as it is much more difficult to infer such information from the look or design of tattoos such as these than many other, more specific and less abstract pieces. Nonetheless, even without knowing the meaning of such works as this one, it is not hard to see the interesting and fascinating aspects of geometric tattoo sleeves such as this one.
Seen here is a geometric tattoo sleeve that is primarily made up of what is a massive, multi-leveled flower shape. This shape consists of numerous shapes, most of which are either black or one of an assortment of majestic shades of blue. Above this giant shape is a covering of linked circles, and below is an assortment of hexagons. The blues of this geometric sleeve tattoo go a long way in making it stand out from many tattoos that are very similar to it. This tattoo is undoubtedly an eye-catcher.
This geometric sleeve tattoo features everything from black out sections divided by minimal linework to skull-like face bearing teeth that have certainly seen better days. It is truly a mix and match of three dimensional star frames, small black diamond shapes and something at least reminiscent of leaves or flower petals sticking out from behind. Nevertheless, it all seems to go together rather seamlessly and this interesting mix of symbols and shapes makes up a strange but intriguing geometric sleeve tattoo.
This tattoo contains a swath of long beams appearing to stick to from this man’s upper-forearm. On the edges of this design are other completely different yet complementary designs such as honey comb-like hexagon on the lower side and an interesting grid layout coming off the upper arm and onto the chest. Part of the lower arm design includes thick strips of all black. A piece on this man’s rib cage that is not necessarily meant to be related to this geometric tattoo sleeve actually brings some extra flavor to the overall aesthetic. This other tattoo is of a tree and as its branches almost brush up against the sleeve in a way that interestingly contrasts the geometric patterns with the more wavy nature of the tree.
This geometric tattoo is quite uniform in many ways. It is made up of numerous diamond-like shapes which, while they vary in size, are for the most part placed in a defined order. Outside of these shapes is a great deal of blacked out skin which could serve to accentuate the main patterns on the arm. When the geometry hits the chest portion of the tattoo changes its patterns but still remains complimentary to the rest of the piece.
This geometric tattoo sleeve is nothing to take lightly as it is composed of not only two full sleeves but also a large and intricate middle portion stretching from this man’s abdominal area all the way up his neck to just below his chin. This piece is quite elaborate. Certain pieces of it match, such as the swirling empty space closest to each of the man’s hands or the webbed circles on his shoulders, whereas much of the design on the right arm is different from that of the left. All of it together as one piece, however, forms an outstanding work of art. Every tattoo is a commitment, whether it be the smallest finger accent or a full body cover. This geometric tattoo sleeve is certainly further along that scale than most ink, but it seems quite likely that this man is proud of his complex and mind-bending body art.
This geometric tattoo sleeve is really quite remarkable. For while it may look like many of the other sleeves before it, this one shows a particular wealth of attention paid to the layering of its various parts. The large flower-like design occupying most of the viewable side of this man’s wrist to mid-arm is an excellent example of this. The reason is that this work is done in such a way that makes certain elements of the piece pop, or stand out, and keeps others slightly more subdued. Not only that but the linework on this piece is so very precise that each layer of the symbol appears in a much more identifiable manner. Another reason why this tattoo sleeve is a particular stand-out in a world full of similar pieces is that it has been carefully and thoughtfully laid out and balanced. In other words, this sleeve is not only made up of an abundance of different elements, these elements have also been applied to the overall piece of art in such a way that positions them effectively and displays them with pristine attention to detail. These are just a few of the ways that this geometric tattoo sleeve shows particular greatness amidst those similar to it.
This arm and chest piece is a bit less complicated that many of the tattoos shown previously. However, this is not to say in any way that it is not dynamic and impressive in its own right. It is composed of three different primary patterns. The first, on the forearm, is a layer of multiple triangles formed into a pattern that almost looks like wooden garden fencing of some type. Above this, covering the upper-arm, shoulder and upper chest is a spiral of what could be seen in a number of ways from leaves or petals to fan blades to even some sorts of imaginative staircases. Regardless, they all form a large, interesting shape. Below them, on part of the man’s chest, lies a smaller section of multiple three-dimensional V’s. All of this together is sight to see and definitely a unique formation of shapes and structures.
Here is another geometric sleeve tattoo that makes use of a great deal of hexagons. The shape is shown in numbers on this man’s shoulder in the form of solid black shapes and featured again on his wrist. In between there is a large, gray-shaded swirl of sorts that is also covered by a layer of thin hexagons. It seems that the hexagon is quite popular amongst geometric sleeve tattoos. A part of this tattoo sleeve that is also quite mesmerizing is on the front side of the man’s arm. There exists a large diamond shape, partially on the top half of the arm and partially on the bottom half. Within this diamond are several small shapes that surround a circle. This circle is located directly in the middle of the diamond and also right at the fold of the arm. This is one very cool sleeve.
Here is one badass-looking tattoo. This geometric tattoo sleeve is full of circular bases off which multiple points extend and embellish. The top circle, the one closest to this man’s shoulder, is particularly interesting in some ways. For example, the center of this circle is occupied by an interesting triangle that appears to be intertwined in a set of various thin lines. Another interesting aspect is that the triangular shapes coming off this circle are such that they almost make it appear to look like a dream catcher.
Here is a sick looking double sleeve combination. It begins on this man’s wrists with a heavily-detailed bracelet-like design and line work and extends all the way up his arm in the form of everything from a form reminiscent of a leaf and a bicep centerpiece that looks like a tiled flower. The shading on this piece as well as the artist’s extremely fine attention to detail truly bring out the best in this fantastic piece of body art. These are beautiful examples of geometric tattoo sleeves.
Here is a tattoo built around what appears to be multicolored robotics and mechanisms. It is without a doubt a cool look and is intriguing to say the very least. These mechanics seem to be made up of a variety of different pieces, all of which are of various shapes and sizes. The pieces and their respective colors (some purple, some green, etc.) are created to look like they are joining together and forming some sort of machine, perhaps the robotic makings of a cyborg? This is a sweet tattoo.
This geometric tattoo sleeve displays a wide variety of different shapes and angles. There are cubes stacked on larger cubes down toward this man’s wrist. There are honeycomb-esque hexagons at the top of the piece near his shoulder. In between, however, is where things get particularly interesting. For in this area, surrounded by a background of dark shading, sits a magnificent lion’s head. This head, showing the lion’s face and great mane is made up from numerous lightly-colored shards and shapes of multiple different sizes. These shapes compose a lifelike face of a lion in a very cool way. The significance of this lion could be anything from showing courage and heart to simply placing the great king of the jungle there out of admiration.
As seen previously, many geometric tattoos showcase an interesting variety of different shapes, patterns and elements that all make up one unique tattoo. This sleeve is unique in its own way, that way being how it stays loyal to one primary design. As seen above, this entire sleeve is created around the central, flower-shaped image that appears to be placed directly on this man’s elbow. The rest of the sleeve then revolves around this middle piece in a series of zigzagging lines and angles. This is an aesthetically mind-bending tatt.
Some geometric tattoo sleeves appear to be a bit cluttered upon first look. This man’s piece is a strong example of such. For from a mere glance this full arm sleeve can give off a certain sense of over-crowdedness. In reality, however, this could not be further from the truth. For while this piece is without a doubt large and complex one, it is certainly not cluttered. By looking at this piece even half-heartedly, from any reasonable distance, one can see that it is actually just a particularly intricate and layered work. Despite this intricacy, however, it is still a reasonably viewable and digestible geometric tattoo sleeve.