Top 121 Japanese Sleeve Tattoo Ideas – [2021 Inspiration Guide]
There’s no denying the artistic appeal of Japanese tattoo style with its beautiful colors, outstanding linework designs, deep meanings, and larger than life motifs.
The most heavily adopted Japanese tattoo style are sleeve designs. In the Japanese tattoo lexicon, there are a few sleeve variations, all designed with being covered in mind.
A nagasode is a full sleeve Japanese arm tattoo, the gobu is a half sleeve tattoo running to just above the elbow, and the shichibusode features 7/10 sleeves, as if the shirtskeeve has been pulled up to mid forearm.
Another tattoo incorporating a sleeve is the hikae, which combines a chest panel tattoo with an upper arm design.
Japanese themed sleeve tattoos vary greatly in symbolic meaning, patterning, and complementary motifs. Here’s just a few options you can choose to go with, each with their own unique meaning in Japanes tattoo canon:
Skulls (Zugaikotsu), Chrysanthemum (Kiku), Demon (Oni), Dragon (Ryu), Foo Dog (Karashishi), Cherry Blossoms (Sakura), Phoenix (Hou-ou), Severed Head (Namakubi), Snake (Hebi), Peony (Botan), Koi fish, Tiger, and Wave.
Explore the best in vibrant Japanese tattoo with these 121 sleeve design ideas you can use for your own design motivation.
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1. Serpent Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
This artist incorporates a number of different elements, including a coiled snake, peonies and chrysanthemums and uses a color palette that heavily features blue tones to complete this stunning Japanese full sleeve.
In this full sleeve, black and reds are favored—although a blue chrysanthemum adds chromatic contrast— while a more realistic approach is taken in the face of the serpent completing this stylized Japanese tattoo.
Snakes have been key elements in artistic and creative traditions around the world; one of the oldest stories of man’s origins involves a tree, an apple and a snake. Japanese tattoos are no different and snakes hold a number of different meanings within this ancient tradition. Of the various roles that snakes play, one of the most important is that of a protector. Serpents are seen as guardians against bad luck, disaster and illness and because of this are common elements found in tattoos.
They are also strongly associated with medicine and healing thanks to the role serpents played in many traditional Japanese medicinal rites and ceremonies. Snakes are also perfectly suited for full sleeve tattoos thanks to their long, curving bodies and the ability for an artist to apply a snake coiling and wrapping around the entire length of the wearer’s arm.
2. Flower Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
Flowers are another powerful symbolic element that is found in cultures and artistic traditions around the world. The symbolic power of flowers can be seen in the roles they play in the various ceremonies and rituals that make up culture: funerals, weddings and graduations all include flowers in the celebration.
Japan has a highly developed symbolic structure built around different flowers and their specific meanings within a tattoo. The cherry blossom, or sakura, is a common element in tattoos and is most commonly associated with reflection and meditation in the Japanese Buddhist tradition as well as spring and renewal.
Another common flower is the chrysanthemum which contrasts with the cherry blossom in its representation of autumn. These flowers also symbolize longevity and perfection, which is why they are used as the symbol of the Japanese Imperial Throne, often referred to as the Chrysanthemum Throne. The lotus, with its deep Buddhist significance and peonies as symbols of wealth and beauty are also common flowers in Japanese tattoos.
There is a flower for every attitude and style making them great additions to Japanese sleeves.
3. Unique Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
The beauty of tattoos is the opportunity they provide for self-expression, and while different styles and schools have rules and decorum that dictate what is and is not “traditional”, rules are meant to be broken. This is not to say that more traditional Japanese pieces aren’t appealing, but only that every tattoo should be unique to the wearer, and some people just aren’t suited for traditional.
These Japanese tattoos take an approach that is less concerned with the rules that dictate the tradition and are more focused creating one of a kind, Japanese-inspired pieces. The open composition and incorporation of larger elements help these pieces stand out while maintaining a distinctly Japanese aesthetic. The full sleeve designs are great examples of the style and are sure to turn heads for years to come.
4.New Wave Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
This is an incredible piece that draws inspiration from traditional Japanese irezumi as well as Western tattooing, perfectly blending the two styles through the use of cherry blossoms and swirling smoke and a realistic approach to the skull that serves as the focal point of this one of a kind tattoo.
Here, once again, we see a number of full sleeve tattoos that draw inspiration from the Japanese tattoo tradition but still manage to incorporate different Western tattoo elements. These pieces are undoubtedly inspired by Japanese tattooing: the cherry blossoms, dragons and swirling smoke typical of the style are all present.
However, these artists also incorporate several approaches and designs that are more common in Western tattooing. The stylized skulls in several of these pieces in particular look like they came off the flash wall of tattoo shop in East L.A., while others take an approach that is a bit more realistic than traditional Japanese designs.
The successful incorporation of these different styles and approaches is a testament to the artist’s skill and understanding of Japanese tattooing. A lesser artist may have ended up with a design that feels forced and hodge-podge, but the seamless application and excellent composition perfectly suit these stunning tattoos.
5. Foo Dog Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
Foo dogs are common elements in Japanese tattoos, although their origins actually lie in China; in fact foo dogs aren’t even dogs. These “guardian lions” are protectors that are often placed in front of homes and temples, although they have more significance than warding off evil spirits. Foo dogs always come in pairs, one male and one female, and are said to represent the yin and yang: the yin (female) is said to protect the people within the house while the yang (male) watches over the structure itself.
Their gender can be discerned by examining the details: under the paw of the male is a ball, representing the world, while the female rests her paw on a puppy symbolizing a nurturing nature. The combination of one having an open mouth and one having a closed mouth is said to represent the Buddhist concept “om”. Their striking image makes these fierce protectors the perfect addition to any Japanese full sleeve tattoo.
6. Hannya Mask Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
Japan has a long history of dramatic and humorous stage craft, and a common element in Japanese tattooing draws from this theatrical tradition. In Noh theater the hannya is a mask worn by a performer that depicts a jealous female demon. Through the use of sharp horns on the head, metallic eyes and a gaping mouth this grotesque visage is completed. Hannya masks are said to portray the ghosts of women who have become demons due to obsession and jealousy absorbing their existence.
The different significance associated with hannya is varied depending on the color and ranges from representing passion and good luck, to pure evil. This variety of meaning makes these striking visages perfect for any different number of Japanese tattoo concepts.
7. Koi Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
Like the foo dog koi fish are another element common in Japanese art and culture that originated in China. Originally wild carp, koi were domesticated and selectively bred until the modern fish, with its bright and varied colors, was achieved. These beautiful fish have retained cultural significance based on an ancient legend telling the story of a koi that conquered a waterfall and turned into a dragon. This legend informs much of the symbolism of koi in tattoos and dictates the significance of a piece depending on the color and direction the fish is swimming.
A koi swimming upstream symbolizes rugged determination to overcome obstacles while a fish swimming downstream most often represents an individual having already achieved their goals and choosing to swim with the current. The different colored fish are assigned to different family members as well as having other, more specific significance.
The variety of meanings that are possible through the endless combinations of color and direction, as well as their stunning beauty mean that koi fish are some of the best design choices for Japanese sleeve tattoos.
8. Dragon Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
Dragons are mythical creatures that have a history in just about every culture on the planet: from the fire breathing beasts of European traditions to the coiling serpents of Chinese art, each of these cultures attribute dragons with different significance.
In Western stories and myths dragons are agents of chaos, amassing fortunes of gold and wreaking havoc, while in Asian cultures dragons are seen as beneficiaries that have the best interests of man in mind. In Japan, dragons are seen as wise as well as holding deep connections to the natural forces of wind and water.
Visually speaking, dragons are the perfect choice for full sleeve tattoos. The amount of detail that can be incorporated into these tattoos is impressive: a large dragon sleeve may have thousands of individual scales applied to the skin. The length and supple shape of Japanese dragons allow them to coil and wrap around the arm, drawing the eye up and down the entire tattoo. All of these different factors have helped to make dragons one of the most popular subjects for Japanese inspired tattoos.
9. Black and Gray Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
While full color pieces commonly fill the Japanese sections of tattoo magazines, there is actually a long history of black and gray designs in irezumi. There is no doubt that the vibrant colors of some of these Japanese tattoos are appealing, but for some people there is something about black and gray designs that better speak to their sensibilities.
Tigers, koi fish and dragons can all be successfully applied using black and gray ink, although several of these pieces utilize a limited color palette to create more interesting designs. These small additions of color—seen here in the cherry and lotus blossoms—are a clever idea that takes these black and gray pieces to the next level.
A subtle elegance is achieved with black and gray ink that is difficult to match using full color, and these full sleeves perfectly demonstrate the appeal of this subdued approach.
10. Tiger Japanese Sleeve Tattoos
The tiger is another common element in Japanese tattoos that has a wide variety of meaning and significance associated with it. Unsurprisingly, in the Japanese tattoo tradition tigers are symbols of power, physical strength and courage; however tigers are also considered good luck and are used as charms to ward off evil spirits.
Much like the koi fish we examined earlier, a tiger’s significance in a tattoo can change depending on which direction it is moving. When a tiger is ascending it is often considered more docile, having completed its goals only to retire to the mountain top, while a descending tiger is on the hunt, heading down the mountain to face challenges head on.
This deep significance and the unmistakable ferocity of a tiger, make these powerful cats excellent additions to any Japanese full sleeve tattoo.
Japanese Sleeve Tattoo FAQs
What is traditional Japanese tattooing?
Japan has a long and complex relationship with tattooing that dates back at least two thousand years. In fact, clay figurines called dogu from the Jomon Period (10,000 BC-300BC) have been found that display tattoo like marking and the earliest recorded mention of Japan from a third century Chinese history text mentions men with permanent decorations on their faces and hands. Japan has the longest continuous tattoo tradition in the world.
The modern Japanese tattoos that we are familiar with arose in the Edo period (1600-1867) although the government outlawed the practice not long after. Despite the prohibition many people continued to get ink and the outlaw status that tattoos carried made them popular with the organized criminal elements known as yakuza.
This rise in the popularity of decorative tattoos also led to authorities replacing the common act of tattooing criminals with different punishments.
Throughout the centuries the attitudes and social stigma revolving around tattoos has continued to change in Japan: there have been several periods where tattoos were outright banned. Currently tattoos are not specifically illegal in Japan, however they remain a complex social tradition. Still associated with yakuza, most swimming pools and bathhouses in Japan require those with tattoos to cover their ink out of respect for the community.
How much does a color Japanese sleeve cost?
Tattoos are powerful expressions of personal style and taste that can hold deep meanings for the wearer; they are also expensive. It is absolutely necessary to take prices and budgets into account when considering new ink, especially for these large and intricate sleeves.
While there are a number of different factors that go into calculating the cost of a potential tattoo, a good starting point is the United States national average cost of $100 per hour. With a full sleeve taking a minimum of 10 to 15 hours a full color sleeve will cost about $1500 USD.
Remember, this is an average. Other, more experienced artists will charge more, and a sleeve from a Japanese master like Horiyoshi III could cost upwards of ten thousand dollars.
Despite the price tag, the completed designs are breath taking and these unique tattoos truly are priceless.
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The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Buying Guide for 2021
When it comes to our moms, they’re the one person we should be thanking on the daily. From the time we are born to our eventual escape from the nest, moms are ever-present in our lives. But as is often the case, life gets in the way. That’s why Mother’s Day was invented.
This yearly recognition of the parent that birthed us is a great time to get in touch and let them know how much you love them. But don’t just leave it at your mom, you can also use the day to remind the mother of your own child or your significant other why they are so special to you.
But as guys, sometimes we struggle with words, so why not show how much these special women in our lives mean by buying them a gift. Whether she’s into beauty, fashion, cooking, or gardening, there’s a gift for every woman in your life, no matter their age. To help you choose something she’ll love, here are our picks for the best Mother’s Day gifts this year.
1. Nordgreen Philosopher
Danish designer Jakob Wagner has only been in the watch game since 2017 but has made an immediate impact with Nordgreen. The company delivers luxurious handmade timepieces that are not only elegant but environmentally friendly.
The Philosopher is one of Nordgreen’s most stylish creations yet. Enclosed within the stainless steel case is a Japanese quartz movement that comes with a fashionable mesh strap. This attractive wristwatch comes in a variety of colors (silver, rose gold, gunmetal, and gold) with a crisp, clean dial that radiates opulence.
2. Harber London Carry-All Macbook Folio
If your mom or partner has a Macbook there’s no better way to keep it safe than with this carry case from Harber London. Constructed using a single piece of leather, this premium product not only has room for her Macbook but also comes with two convenient pockets where she can store everything from charging cords and papers to stationary and magazines.
Available in several sizes accommodating all versions of Apple Macbooks, this minimally impressive sleeve is handcrafted in Spain using full grain vegetable tanned cowhide leather and a great way to keep her Mac safe and secure.
3. Siroo Diamond Eternity Flex Bangle
What woman doesn’t love jewelry? If you’re out to impress you can’t go wrong with one of these Diamond Eternity Flex Bangles from Siroo. The established business is run by third-generation diamond experts and brothers Avi, Girish, and Nitin, who combine their love of jewelry with expert knowledge to deliver stunning pieces.
This beautiful bangle uses a one-of-a-kind flexible mounting that allows it to sit comfortably on any wrist size. It contains a whopping 93 natural round brilliant cut diamonds (1.5ct) set in the 14kt bangle that comes in yellow, white, or rose gold. It’s a stunning bangle designed to look similar to an eternity ring and even comes with a lifetime warranty.
If 1.5ct isn’t enough, you can really up your game and splash out on a 2ct, 3ct, or 5ct bangle.
This is an incredibly elegant piece of jewelry sure to score you big brownie points this Mother’s Day.
4. Barebones Pruner & Sheath
If your mom is a bit of a green thumb then she’ll love this pruner and sheath set. The vintage-style Japanese design offers an aesthetically pleasing look that’s also functional for attacking all types of vegetation.
Made from highly durable steel that’s water and rust-resistant with stylish copper accents, these pruners have spring-loaded and dexterous handles and are ideal for indoor or outdoor gardening.
5. Baloo Satin Sleep Mask with Rose Quartz Stone
There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep, something guaranteed with the Baloo Satin Sleep Mask with Rose Quartz Stone. This snug sleep mask not only blocks out any nearby light but also muffles sounds.
The sleep mask has a built-in pocket that holds a rose quartz stone over the third eye chakra, a point known to help with sleep regulation and stress release.
6. Saint Laurent Cat-Eye Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
Saint Laurent is known for its luxurious accessories, and these sunglasses fit the bill perfectly. The sleek cat-eye frames are fitted with dark-green lenses and come in fashionable tortoiseshell acetate.
Offering 100% UV protection and a smart carry case, these stylish sunnies match with any outfit.
7. Caraa Studio Bag
One of Caraa’s best-selling products, this cleverly designed bag acts as both a satchel and a backpack thanks to its changing crossbody straps. Coming in three sizes and two colors (black with either gold or gunmetal accents), the Cararr Studio Bag is waterproof and lined with antimicrobial, meaning you won’t have to worry about moisture gathering inside the bag or any nasty smells.
8. Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
This clean, crisp fragrance from Le Labo needs no introduction. Widely admired by women around the world and highly praised by perfume experts, Santal 33 is inspired by the American West.
Although marketed as a unisex fragrance, this perfume evokes sensual images thanks to the concoction of cardamom, iris, violet, and ambrox, along with Australian sandalwood, papyrus, and cedarwood, creating a spicy, musky smell that’s hard to shake.
9. Common Projects Original Achilles Sneaker
When it comes to luxurious footwear it doesn’t get much better than these kicks from Common Projects. Made from Italian leather and known for its clean-cut look, the Achillies Sneaker is a shoe your mother (or partner) can wear with any outfit.
The gold foil-stamped factory code adds prestige to this high-quality sneaker. Available in white or grey, these minimalist sneakers are great for the woman on the go.
10. Bloomsybox Mixed Flower Subscription
What woman doesn’t love flowers? With the Mixed Flower Subscription from BloomsyBox, you’ll be able to treat your mum to a fresh bouquet every month. The flowers are handpicked from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms from around the world and come with a care card and flower food to keep the flowers alive as long as possible.
11. Cleverly Shower Steamers
So you’ve heard of bath bombs, but how about shower steamers? Simply place one of these niffty creations in the corner of your shower and breath in the relaxing odors they produce. Made from pure essential oils and natural identical fragrances, these Shower Steamers from Cleverly are also non-slip, safe for septic systems, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Coming in a great variety pack that contains the scents of lavender, menthol and eucalyptus, vanilla, watermelon, grapefruit, and peppermint, your mum or partner will never want to leave the shower.
12. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
We know Dyson products are super expensive, but there’s a reason for that. They are, to put it simply, unbeatable when it comes to home appliances. The Supersonic Hair Dryer is the top-of-the-line hair dryer engineered to not only dry hair fast, but protect it from heat damage.
It comes with a range of attachments to suit different hair types, is lightweight and compact, and has a nine-foot cord so you’ll never have to worry about being confined to the bathroom. So fork out your hard-earned and treat that special lady in your life to something she’ll use on a regular basis.
13. Zoe Tang Terrarium Candle
If your mom isn’t much of a green thumb then this Terrarium Candle is just what she needs. These hand-poured vanilla-scented cactus and jasmine-scented poppy candles are intricately detailed and are great for plant lovers who don’t have the time to look after actual plants. With 30-35 hours of burn time, these cute candles are a great addition to the mantlepiece.
14. Samsung Galaxy Buds+ True Wireless Earbud Headphones
Apple might dominate the Earbud market, but Samsung is doing their best to take a slice of the pie with their Galaxy Buds+ True Wireless Earbud Headphones.
These compact earbuds deliver crisp sound and deep bass thanks to premium AKG technology. These earbuds deliver 22 hours of listening time, are splash resistant, and are compatible with virtual assistants like Bixby or Alex. Your mom can also hook up her Spotify account to these high-quality earbuds.
Reasonably priced and coming with a charging case, USB-C cable, and three pairs of ear tips and three pairs of wingtips, this speaker set has everything needed for a superior sound experience.
15. Dash Compact Air Fryer
The latest trend for foodies is the all-conquering air fryer. These wondrous inventions use AirCrisp technology (instead of oil) to fry food, making it healthier and tastier.
Dash’s take on the air fryer is a fun little number available in a range of modern colors that not only looks good but cooks a wide range of foods in quick time.
16. Lululemon Reversible Mat
This yoga mat from Lululemon is made from natural rubber and ideal for any type of environment, be it hot yoga in a studio or at home in the lounge.
The grippy top layer and antimicrobial treated rubber mean your mom will never have to worry about slipping while performing the Lotus Pose. It also comes in a range of funky colors to help her stand out from the usual lycra-wearing crowd.
17. Goop Wellness Box
Gwyneth Paltrow’s beauty and wellness empire has its critics, but there’s no denying the actor and entrepreneur has some great products on the market. Case in point this fantastic wellness giftset.
The box includes goop Perfect Attendance chews, UMA’s wellness oils, LivOn Labs Liposomal Vitamin C gel, Manuka honey from New Zealand, Cocoon Artisans tea, and a copy of The Beauty in Breaking.
Perfect for the woman who wants to take some time out and look after herself.
18. Lifepro Shiatsu Foot Massager
If she’s always complaining about sore feet, then problem solved with the Lifepro Shiatsu Foot Massager. The six massage rollers gentle caress each foot and target specific areas, while the heat also helps soothe her aching heels.
This portable device is lightweight, compact, and comes with a variety of different massage modes. Just plug in, turn on, and enjoy.
19. Kodiak Instant Camera
Mom’s love taking photos, but if yours is anything like mine, she struggles when it comes to converting these photos from her phone to the fridge. With the Kodiak Instant Camera, she’ll never have that problem again.
This unique camera lets you snap away and print pictures instantly, making sure the memories will never fade. There are seven picture modes available and several other options to help her take stunning photos she can share with the family pronto.
20. Sex And Vanity - Kevin Kwan
The man behind bestseller Crazy Rich Asians returns with his latest novel about a woman torn between two men. Set in Italy, Lucie Tang Churchill – the daughter of Chinese American parents – finds herself having to choose between two suitors – the man who fits best with her family or the one she is obsessed with (in a good way).
A great read with a compelling story sure to appeal to those who’ve ever had the dilemma of having to choose between two people.
21. Woody Creek Distillers Gin
Gin is the spirit of the moment, so treat your mom to a bottle of gin from Woody Creek Distillers. This Colorado boutique distillery’s Roaring Fork Gin is described as “Old-world gin meets new-world botanicals.” Delightful.
This modern expression is spicey on the palate with flavors of juniper, citrus, and lavender. If gin isn’t to her liking, Woody Creek also crafts exceptional bottles of rye whiskey, bourbon, and vodka.
22. Rimowa Essential Light Carry-On
Although not the cheapest item on this list, you get what you pay for with Rimowa. The luggage brand has been delivering the goods for over 120 years.
The Rimowa Essential Light Carry-On is the ideal size luggage for those short interstate trips. Weighing 30% less than the standard case, this durable and portable carry-on case has all the features of other Rimowa luggage options (TSA approved locks, mesh divider, multi-wheel system, telescopic handle, and five-year warranty) and comes in five glossy colors.
23. Final Stainless Steel Straw
For the sustainability-conscious mom, this neat collapsible steel straw means she can suck responsibly. Whether drinking cocktails on the beach, sipping on an iced coffee or using a water bottle while camping, this reusable straw from Final will do the job. Even better, it comes with a small carry case to keep it safe in her handbag.
24. Gravity Weighted Blanket
Sleep is important to all of us, so if she’s struggling to get a good night under the covers, she’ll appreciate this Weighted Blanket from Gravity. Made using super soft micro-fleece (exterior duvet cover) and cotton and fine-grade glass beads (interior weighted blanket), this cozy blanket is designed to improve sleep quality. It’ll also keep you nice and warm on those cold nights.
25. JBL Flip 5
This portable waterproof speaker is one of the best on the market. Not only does it provide 12 hours of continuous play and come in 14 wild colors, but the speaker is made from 100% recycled plastic. It’s also got a 4.8-star rating on Amazon from more than 34,000 reviews, which is pretty hard to ignore.
26. Smirly Cheese Board and Knife Set
What woman doesn’t like cheese and wine? While all you need is a cup of some sort to drink wine, you need a few more things when it comes to cheese. Enter the Smirly Cheese Board and Knife Set.
This package comes with a round table with five different sections to hold everything from cheese and meats to fruits and nuts. You also get four stainless steel knives, two ceramic sauce bowls, two white markers, two back slate labels, four small fours, one wine opener, and a cheeseboard guide to help you pair your cheese with the right wine.
A great gift for the woman who likes her cheese and wine, which to be honest, is every woman.
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The Art of Being Single in the Digital Age
Being single often comes with a stigma, but if you know how to do it right, being single can be one of the best times of your life. Being single doesn’t mean lonely and being in a relationship doesn’t mean happiness.
It’s so important to remember this when we live in a world where we scroll through Instagram every morning, evening, and any chance in between. PDA was bad enough in person but now we’re seeing it all over our home page.
A relationship is no longer official until you’ve posted pictures with your partner all over Instagram. This is slightly inconvenient when a breakup happens and you have to digitally detox any evidence, but majorly inconvenient for singles trying to enjoy being single. With so much relationship spam, it even catches the eye of men committed to the bachelor lifestyle.
But don’t give it up just yet. Being single is always appreciated after it’s gone (just ask anyone in a long-term relationship), but it doesn’t have to be this way for you. When you do get in a relationship you want it to be out of choice, not peer pressure. So, let’s get into the art of being single so you can master it before you meet that someone special.
1. Focus on yourself and less on what others are doing
If we told you to focus on yourself 10 years ago, it would’ve been so much easier. You wouldn’t even be aware of what anyone else was doing. The best part? You wouldn’t even be tempted to find out. But with social media being a huge part of our daily lives, you can now find out what anyone’s up to from your childhood crush to your barber.
The temptation to tap into someone else’s life is real when it’s quite literally at your fingertips and only a click away. But this doesn’t mean you should give in to it.
People only put their best selves forward on social media, similar to a dating app (that you most definitely should not be on when embracing single life). They only show the highs and not what it took to get there. The lows aren’t picture perfect and have no place on Instagram.
If you wouldn’t post a picture of yourself mid mental break down head first in a tub of ice cream, (or whatever equally messy situation you find yourself in to wallow), why would anyone else?
When we’re in a relationship, we’re subconsciously factoring in our partner into everything we do and how it would affect them. You’re not stalking them on social media (we hope), but they cross your mind just the same.
Remember that thing your ex hated? Do it. Do it 10 times. Or that thing your friend in a relationship is forbidden to do? Do it for them. Being single is a good opportunity to focus on yourself and fulfill your needs, so don’t waste it by thinking about what others are doing. You can’t possibly live your best life if you’re focused on someone else’s.
2. Fall in love with yourself
Self-love is the new #relationshipgoals. Before you go searching for love outside of yourself, you should learn to love yourself first. Relationships come and go, but the one you have with yourself lasts a lifetime. We all have so much love to give, but amazing things happen when you choose to give it to yourself. The possibilities are endless.
Self-love isn’t loving everything about yourself. No one’s perfect. It’s about recognizing you have flaws and still deciding you’re worthy of love. It’s sticking up for yourself and saying no when you deserve better. It’s taking care of yourself first and foremost. It’s doing what makes you happy, regardless of what it looks like to anyone else. Basically, it’s doing anything you’d do for someone you love, but for yourself.
When you love yourself, you become complete on your own. You see a partner as an extra piece, a great addition, but you know you won’t fall apart without them. This will lead to healthier relationships as you won’t rely on them entirely for your happiness, which isn’t fair on them or on you. When you give someone complete control over your happiness, you also give them the power to take it away.
Loving yourself also sets the boundaries and expectations that you want others to meet. If you treat yourself with the utmost respect and love, others will follow. This goes for romantic relationships and friendships. We attract what we are after all. If you want better, be better.
3. Figure out what you want in life
Many people tend to lose themselves when in a relationship. You become a team. “I want” becomes “we want” and “that’s better for me” becomes “that’s better for us.” And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you want the same things in life.
But how many of us have forgotten about the dreams we had before the relationship? Relationships involve compromise, but sometimes we get so caught up in it all that we don’t realize how far we’ve come from what we wanted just to keep our other half in our lives.
But it’s not the relationship at fault. It’s our own. If you take the time when you’re single to figure out what you truly want in life, you’re less likely to give it up. Even for love. Entering a relationship without knowing what you want to do with your life is like signing your soul away.
You’ll be easily influenced by what the other person wants. Figuring out what your life goals are is the first step to achieving them.
4. Hang out with other singletons
If you spend most of your time with people in relationships or couples, you’ll only ever see the cons of being single. Especially with all the PDA going on.
Ever felt left out by friends in relationships and not been included in plans because it’s a “couples thing?” It makes you feel bad for being single and no one wants to feel this way. But what you do about it is up to you. We suggest going to do a “singles thing” and making them wish they were single too.
People in relationships lead different lives, they have different priorities to you. This isn’t to say cut them off entirely, but hanging out more with fellow singles will help you to see the pros. They don’t have to be home at 11 PM, they’re better wingmen (but they do come with a chance of stealing your crush), and they definitely won’t ask you for relationship advice.
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5. Build meaningful friendships
Being single is basically a free ticket to hang out with the lads without worrying about your phone blowing up. We always talk about the importance of improving our relationships, but what about our friendships? You could spend seven years in a relationship with someone for it to come crashing down overnight.
They’ve stood by your side for what feels like a lifetime. But when all is said and done, they’re nowhere to be seen. They vanish out of thin air and become a distant memory. And who is it that shows up for you to pick up the pieces? Your friends – who definitely don’t get enough credit for it.
You should treat friendships like you treat relationships. If you don’t put in the work, they fade out. Take the time to get to know them on a deeper level. Plan fun adventures. Show them how much they mean to you. When you’re in a relationship, you have to balance your partner and your friends. But when you’re single, all you have to think about are your friends. Take advantage of it.
Strong friendships can even lengthen your lifespan, so if you’re wanting to stick around as long as possible and have a good time, hit up your friends for a night out and come back at dawn. Or next weekend.
6. Get comfortable with being alone
Being alone doesn’t have to mean lonely. It only means lonely when someone isn’t comfortable with being alone (sorry if this is you. Truth hurts). But we must admit, it’s easier to feel lonely these days when you’re at home scrolling through Instagram and see everyone out and about.
Especially if you have major FOMO. But the reality is, you can’t possibly be with someone 24/7. So would you rather be that guy frantically flicking through his contacts in a panic trying to find anyone to hang out with or that guy who keeps his cool and can afford to be selective of who he hangs out with? We’re pretty sure it’s the latter.
If being alone makes you uncomfortable, you’ll be more accepting of letting people into your life that don’t deserve to be there. It’ll drive you into the wrong types of friendships and relationships out of fear.
Being at ease in your own company won’t allow you to settle for less than you deserve. And when you do find someone you’d like to settle down with, you’ll be able to accept and respect their boundaries. No woman wants to be followed around by a man child.
7. Become the best version of yourself
After spending time alone with your own thoughts and feelings, you’ve probably realized things about yourself that you’re not a huge fan of (the real reason why you had an obsession with avoiding your own company being one of them).
There’s nothing worse than finding the love of your life and realizing you’ve still not shaken your fear of commitment. Or lose them in the heat of the moment thanks to your short fuse. Whatever it may be, now is the time to fix it. We all have baggage, but you don’t want to drown them in it.
Get a therapist or hop on Google (ah, to be Google and know all the weird and wonderful things people search), but don’t forget to clear your search history when that first date does come. You know, just in case you get lucky.
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The 10 Best Things To Do in Mexico City
Years ago, everyone raved about Mexico for its beachside resorts. Yes, the Mexican coasts are beautiful, but city life appeals to many as well. As times and mentalities have changed, globetrotters now find themselves hitting up must-see destinations like San Miguel De Allende, Guadalajara, and of course, Mexico City.
Before the pandemic started, Mexico City had already been gaining traction with visitors from around the world. Over the past decade, more and more people have decided to see what’s going on south of the border.
As news spread about all that the city has to offer, it found itself (once again) an international travel destination. The pandemic, however, has put this on pause to a large extent. Many American travelers are back at it these days, and the first destination on their list is Mexico City.
Of course, traveling these days stirs up different feelings for everybody. Pandemic, or not, Mexico has a lot to offer as a travel destination. If there in the near future, it will be important to follow local safety regulations and ensure places are open for business before heading out.
The vibe in DF (dey EFF-eh, as the locals call it) changes based on the neighborhood. From the historical Zocalo and edgy streets of Roma to the tranquility of Polanco and the cafe culture of Condessa, the metropolis truly has something for men of any style. We asked locals for ideas and were clued into these top 10 stops for your next trip to Mexico City.
1. Salute the sunset in style at the Salón Ríos near the Monumento a la Independencia
Within Mexico, a major symbol of both Mexico City and the country itself is the Angel de la Independencia. It’s a must-have photo opportunity as it sits on one of the most important throughways in town, Av. Paseo de la Reforma.
The Angel was constructed in 1910 to celebrate the country’s centennial since the start of the war that led to Mexico’s independence. After selfie-time, you can enjoy a swanky drink at Salón Ríos. Order the flan, and wash it down with a mezcal.
For bonus points, put this plan into action around sunset on your first night in DF. Be prepared, however, for the magic of the city to consume you.
2. Take Notes at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Visiting a museum is a luxury that is lost on some people. Those who would rather be doing anything else than learning are reminded that a little cultural education is a good thing now and again, and that’s what the Museo Nacional de Antropologia is all about. You can’t go to Mexico City without expecting to take in some history, too.
Near the famed Bosque de Chapultepec (the heart of the city in many regards), the museum puts Mexican, Mayan, Aztec, and other Mesoamerican cultures right at your fingertips. History buffs, art lovers, and photographers are sure to enjoy eyeing the intriguing artifacts.
TripAdvisor fans note that although some online sources list the museum as temporarily closed, they have been able to enter by buying a ticket at the door. Double-check the current status of the museum and its operating hours before heading out. After your visit to the museum, take a nice walk around the park and enjoy its hidden gems.
3. Panoramic pics at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Torre Latino
The Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Torre Latino are icons in their own right in Mexico City. If you’re into exploring the city by public transit, head to metro Bellas Artes. One of the most remarkable metro stations in town takes travelers to the streets of Paris with the traditional art nouveau facade.
From there, scope out the Palacio. Inside, the marble interiors show off the city’s rich cultural roots. Meanwhile, murals and a small cafe await those who are hoping for a pitstop. Some weekends, the museum sets up outdoor spaces so passersby can catch an opera show, literally “on the house” thanks to a large projection screen set-up on the side of the building.
Across the street, the Torre Latino stretches over one of the city’s most frequented shopping districts. Catch a glimpse of all the action, and take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity by taking it to the next level. Floor 44 offers spectacular panoramic views.
On the way up, impress your travel companions with a little trivia: The Torre Latino was the tallest building in Latin American at the time of its construction in 1956.
4. Practice your Spanish at Quintonil
Mexico City has gained international notoriety as one of the world’s most esteemed food capitals. Netflix makes documentaries about its food, and if that isn’t a testament to its delicious, spicy flavors, we don’t know what is.
And believe this, there’s no better time to dust off that old Spanish than when ordering food at a restaurant in Mexico. Waiters are usually friendly and happy to help you along, even if it’s a struggle.
In Polanco, Mexico City’s elite wine and dine on the regular. Where are they heading? Beyond the old standbys, locals recommend Quintonil. Established in 2012, the restaurant’s concept specifically accentuates traditional Mexican flavors.
The name refers to a herb commonly used in Mexican plates. The in-the-know local’s comment that the dishes are always fresh and tantalizing thanks to Chef Jorge Vallej’s local produce-based menu. In recent years the restaurant maintained its fame by landing exclusive spots on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list as well high rankings in Latin American Restaurant categories.
5. Take in a private concert on a Xochimilco Cruise
On the outskirts of town, there’s a neighborhood with a waterway – Xochimilco. Here, something mesmerizing happens as the maze-like roadways yield to a dock filled with festive and colorful barges called trajineras. The jetsetter seems to enter another realm.
A boat ride in Xochimilco is exactly what you make of it. The ride can become serene and romantic, fiesta and alcohol-fueled, or a family-rated event. The vibe is up to you.
Think gondolas but with Mexican design elements. The park offers canals where the boats float lazily through natural greenery. Along the way, vendors float up peddling drinks, food, souvenirs, artwork, and music. You can book your own private concert right on the water.
The music is authentically Mexican, so be prepared for samples that touch on marimba, ranchero, or other traditional sounds. Some of the gondoliers even tell ghost stories if you’re interested (but they’ll most likely be in Spanish). Of course, this activity is subject to availability. Book a tour knowing what’s to be expected at the time of your trip.
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6. Explore the artsy side of the city with a tour of the Museo Frida Kahlo
In Coyoacan, there are two bucket list items not to be overlooked. The first is eating quesadillas in one of the local stands at the market or the plaza. There are vegan options on the menu, too, which makes the trip especially unique.
In Mexico City, by the way, the locals do not put cheese on a quesadilla unless it’s specifically stated. If you’re feeling cheesy, be sure to practice saying “con queso, por favor” when you order.
The second destination in Coyoacan is the Frida Kahlo Musuem. The house the painter once shared with Diego Rivera stands as a shrine to the creative energy she brought not only to DF but to the world.
The pros know that buying tickets online is highly recommended as the wait to buy a ticket in person often wraps around the block. Even then, for some, the visit to the Casa Azul is still worth it!
7. Sit back with a good book at the Biblioteca Vasconcelos
If you’ve ever wondered what a spaceship library might look like, la Biblioteca Vasconcelos comes pretty close. Architecturally, the building has an interesting story to tell. Opened in 2006, it was soon closed due to safety concerns regarding the construction. Millions of dollars were poured into the repair so that the library remains standing, now safely, for all to enjoy.
This library’s got it all – breathtaking architecture, urban appeal, and a robust English selection. It’s a great place to relax when the heat makes wandering the streets a little tiring. In a world where we’ve got the whole internet on our mobile devices, it still feels good to stop and read a physical book once in a while.
8. Sip on Sangria at Cafetería El Péndulo en la Zona Rosa
Mexico has colonial ties to the Spanish, and the culture shows up throughout the city. If you’re in the mood to explore Mexico-Spain fusion experiences, you might try the literary haunt famous for its piano bar and sangria.
El Pendulo now has a few locations across town, but the most well-known finds itself on the backstreets of Zona Rosa, Mexico City’s LGBT+ community where the nightlife is generally vibrant and all sorts of people are open to having a good time.
Beyond the clubs, big and small, tranquil options captivate locals and tourists alike. Sipping on Sangria, enjoying a cabaret show, and hanging out around the city can make for an exciting but low-key evening affair.
9. Get some fresh air with a trip to Teotihuacán
Teotihuacán is pretty far from the city itself, but not so much that it didn’t make the cut. It’s about an hour or two away (the city is famous for its traffic, too). The mini-road trip sends travelers to the foot of the pre-Columbian ruins. In fact, it’s one of the most visited sites in all of Mexico.
It’s a history lesson and a chance to catch some fresh air all in one. The pyramids were constructed between the first and seventh centuries AD. In fact, it’s believed to be one of the first (and biggest) cities built in North America. As the years went by, local people called the area Teotihuacán, which in Nahuatl, translates to “where the Gods were created.”
Beyond the cultural significance, the picture potential is huge. These are the types of shots that make people react! Your followers will be in your DMs asking for Mexico City travel tips.
10. Shop and stop for a drink in San Angel
Mexico City’s shopping is like no other. There are plenty of centros comerciales to go around, yet the local neighborhood markets and boutiques often have their own one-of-a-kind style options. Self-proclaimed shopaholics will feel right at home. As they say, “mi casa es su casa.” The city’s south side offers a lot to those looking to pick up some new goods while in Mexico.
In San Angel, BAZAAR SABADO is the place to check out for furniture, jewelry, and wear. According to the store’s website, the name of the game here is “creativity, knowledge, and tradition.” It’s the perfect place to snag a molcajete (mortar and pestle), a special tool used to make salsas and guacamoles.
Later, expand on the authentic Mexican experience with a stop at the elegant and airy San Angel Inn.
Make a reservation online for breakfast on the Veranda. Monday through Friday, they’re open from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM, on weekends from 8:00 PM to 12:30 PM.
This might be the perfect “last stop” before heading back to the airport on your final day, especially if you’ve got a later afternoon flight. Plenty of time to eat and make it to the gate before takeoff.
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Japanese Billionaire Commissions Hermès x Rolls-Royce Phantom
Two of the world’s biggest luxury brands have come together for a one-off creation. French fashion house Hermès has teamed with Rolls-Royce for a bespoke Phantom Orbie. Commissioned by Japanese fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa, this one-of-a-kind Phantom is inspired by Maezawa’s private jet, ancient Japanese ceramics, and Hermès illustrious history.
Based on the Phantom VIII, Hermès and Rolls-Royce collaborated on turning this automobile into a luxurious people mover sure to turn heads. The model has a two-tone green and cream colorway inspired by the glazes of antique Oribe ware. The exterior features an “MZ Oribe Green” color scheme that the British automobile maker has offered Maezawa to use for his private jet if he wishes.
The interior finds the two-tone theme coming to fruition, with Seashell White accents contrasting with Hermès Enea Green leather. Hermès piping is featured on the headrests and rear calf supports while the lambswool floor mats and accents add an extra touch of elegance. The speaker frets, doors, rear consoles, and picnic table all have wood elements with a perforated open-pore Royal Walnut veneer. Another never seen before addition is the Hermès “Toile H” canvas that covers the door armrests, center and rear console accents, and headliner.
The Phantom Orbie also has a champagne cooler, a decanter storage compartment, and unique artwork featured on the dash. Inspired by the Hermès house motif, the hand-painted artwork celebrates the work of French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988), the man behind many of Hermès’ iconic scarves.
This is one hell of a car, something Michael Bryden, Lead Designer of Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective agrees with.
“Phantom Oribe is a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration. It is always a pleasure when a client brings us a bold, clear, and imaginative vision. There is a great thrill in seeing it realized so perfectly.”
It’s not known how much this luxury Rolls will have set Maezawa back, but considering he’s a billionaire, I’m sure money is no option. Find out more about this incredible creation at Rolls-Royce’s official website.
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