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    The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

    So I graduated a couple months ago and had told myself throughout my program "once I finish, get a job, then I'll finish them". That time has come, and the paychecks are coming in, but I still have some reservation. I have to wear long sleeves regardless since the ones I have now peak out. I'm completely on the fence between what I really want to do (finish the rest of my arms) and the responsible side (I'm only 22...)
    Obviously, there shouldn't be any rush since I have plenty of areas, but I just keep thinking how much better it'd look with a finished product so to speak. Thoughts, opinions, how you came to the decision?
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    Re: The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

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    So I graduated a couple months ago and had told myself throughout my program "once I finish, get a job, then I'll finish them". That time has come, and the paychecks are coming in, but I still have some reservation. I have to wear long sleeves regardless since the ones I have now peak out. I'm completely on the fence between what I really want to do (finish the rest of my arms) and the responsible side (I'm only 22...)
    Obviously, there shouldn't be any rush since I have plenty of areas, but I just keep thinking how much better it'd look with a finished product so to speak. Thoughts, opinions, how you came to the decision?
    I would say you are in a similar position as myself. I work a job that does not like tattoos and I have to keep em covered up. Now while I only have my upper arm done, it went past the point of polos/short sleeve buttons-ups to be worn ever again. I also would love to fill my right arm up and have it "complete" but I also greatly enjoy rolling up my sleeves when I get hot (job can send me all around the world). While I really don't worry to much about loosing my job or anything in regards to that, I also am keeping it conservative at the moment. If you are like me you have TONS of room left elsewhere. I am about to start on finishing my left leg in a month. That will fully satisfy my urge to get tattooed for around a year, and I am getting a killer "sleeved limb" tattoo done. (The technical term for this is "squid-pant sleeve").

    I say if you got any hesitation about the placement, save it for later. Like I said, having the ability to roll up your sleeves is key to me at least.
     
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    Re: The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

    Quote Originally Posted by slayer9019 View Post
    I would say you are in a similar position as myself. I work a job that does not like tattoos and I have to keep em covered up. Now while I only have my upper arm done, it went past the point of polos/short sleeve buttons-ups to be worn ever again. I also would love to fill my right arm up and have it "complete" but I also greatly enjoy rolling up my sleeves when I get hot (job can send me all around the world). While I really don't worry to much about loosing my job or anything in regards to that, I also am keeping it conservative at the moment. If you are like me you have TONS of room left elsewhere. I am about to start on finishing my left leg in a month. That will fully satisfy my urge to get tattooed for around a year, and I am getting a killer "sleeved limb" tattoo done. (The technical term for this is "squid-pant sleeve").

    I say if you got any hesitation about the placement, save it for later. Like I said, having the ability to roll up your sleeves is key to me at least.
    I agree. I have a leg I'm in the process of getting filled that I can focus more on to distract from my arms at the moment. BUT every time I look at my arm, I'm like damn that'll look sweet with some more traditional pieces. I work in the operating room on certain days, which it's cold as shit and no sleeve rolling will be done. Other days, I'm glad I have that ability.

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    Re: The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

    I cover up at work too, probably not a career-killer but it was a decision I made a long time ago. If I had it to do over, I would have gone 3/4 sleeve so I could roll up my sleeves a little. You got plenty of time, work on knowing what you want to do.. when the time is right, you'll know.

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    Re: The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

    like some of you guys I am choosing to keep covered up, I dont think I would lose my job but I decided I will will be covered chest to mid thighs front and back before I get visible tattoos
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    Re: The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

    I've worked in the machine-trades all my life, so it's never been a big thing for me. No one, or at least, very few people working in a machine shop even notice a tattoo.

    That sorta changed about 20 years ago when I started selling things made in machine shops rather than actually making them, but for the most part, having tattoos gave me cred with the shop-guys, and didn't freak the office types too much. There were/are some accounts where I keep my sleeves down and my suit coat on, but not too many.

    Nowadays, I see doctors, lawyers, accountants, you name it, that are sleeved or heavily tattooed. Personally I believe that most people have gotten past the irrational fear of tattooed skin. I know some jobs have poolicies against visible ink-believe it or not, McDonalds doesn't allow it! Mostly though, I think you can get away with a few inches of sleeve showing from the rolled-up cuff of a decent dress shirt.

    Personally, I think it's a mistake to sleeve yourself in at an early age. But that's just me-could be it's fine for everyone else. I always looked at tattoos as a sort of milestone, or souvenir of my life. When the time came that I had enoug of them on one arm to look better connected, I had it sleeved in. Getting ready to do the other arm shortly.

    Again, that's just me, but I'd say pick out or design something you really like, and get it put on. When you see or dream up something that sorta-kinda goes with it, put that on, etc.

    Just seems like doing up your arms completely at, say 24 or 25 sure takes a lot of good times out of the picture, and locks you in awful young.

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    Re: The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

    I have the same issues, all mine are easily covered and will be in the near future. I've still got plenty of blank space before I get my arms done.

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    when i was in school, i said the same thing-once i graduate, get a job, then i'll get tattooed. that's exactly what i did, and now there's seriously no stopping me. i'm seriously so addicted, it's not even funny. i couldn't care less how my tattoos would affect my job/career. fuck it. i will say that i only plan on getting tattooed on places on my body i can cover. i wouldn't go to my hands or neck, at least not at this point. as it stands, my plan is to be covered from the collar bone down, but that's a long way from now.

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    Re: The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

    I'm happy that this is something that causes an internal conflict amongst other tattoo enthusiasts! In my current field of work my employers and colleagues couldn't care less whether or not I had sleeves right down to the backs of my hands, but I don't know how long I will be in this environment and I don't know how limiting tattoos like that could be to my progression in my career.

    Would they mean I could never teach at a university? Because that is something I would like to do one day. Do they mean I could be passed over for promotion? I doubt they would in this career path but what if I'm wrong? or get a boss who just doesn't like tattoos? I don't see myself ever working in a corporate environment again and I hope to hell that I never have to work in a McDonalds style environment again (having done my time in KFC and Subway I can say from experience that those jobs really do suck, both because of the bosses and the public) I really want to get my forearms done (not sleeved, but large, elbow to wrist tattoos on each arm). In fact I never really want to work with "customers" again, so bad has my experience of the general public been in my 10 years of working life to date. Having said all that, I'm not sure I am ready to take the step of ruling myself out of employment in these places should shit hit the fan and I really need a job.

    I'm a bit obsessed with tattoos at the moment and it makes me worry about making a bad decision because it feels so much like the right one right now. I look at portfolios from awesome artists and see a staggering amount of people younger than me getting their hands, necks and even faces tattooed and part of me admires their commitment and bravery whilst the other part wonders if they have truly thought this through. A lot of it seems to be a 'scene' thing either with guys like some of those in the hipster thread or perhaps more dangerously with the dotwork tattoos that incorporate quite extensive use of swastikas (I know that the true meaning of the symbol is very different from the one the Nazi's gave it, but only through my enthusiasm for tattoos - I doubt most of the general public or employers would). I just wonder how it would affect the longterm prospects of people, whether they have thought about it and whether they even care.

    Obviously that's all very different from the simple step to getting sleeved...sorry, I just got on a bit of a rant. To the OP, I clearly have no answer for you as I keep asking myself exactly the same question. In the meantime, I am still a relatively blank canvas though, lots of space to work with as and when funds and inspiration allow!

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    Re: The move from upper arm tattoos to a full sleeve..

    Quote Originally Posted by Just Alex View Post
    I don't see myself ever working in a corporate environment again and I hope to hell that I never have to work in a McDonalds style environment again (having done my time in KFC and Subway I can say from experience that those jobs really do suck, both because of the bosses and the public) I really want to get my forearms done (not sleeved, but large, elbow to wrist tattoos on each arm). In fact I never really want to work with "customers" again, so bad has my experience of the general public been in my 10 years of working life to date. Having said all that, I'm not sure I am ready to take the step of ruling myself out of employment in these places should shit hit the fan and I really need a job.
    This is the bit that took the most consideration for me. In my current job tattoos don't matter, and in all my "ideal" (even all my "tolerable") jobs, they either don't matter or can easily be covered due to not having uniforms/not being physical jobs. But I did consider "what if I end up completely out of options and have to try to get a job in a supermarket or fast food place?". My answer to this was that there are that many unskilled positions, that even if I did end up desperate, there are call centres, independent retailers, office jobs where long sleeves are permissible...

    What I'm (ineloquently) trying to say, is that the worry about "what if" is just about unfounded, due to the options of cover up or go elsewhere. I don't know what the job market is like where you are, but here it's getting more and more tolerant: I've even seen McDonalds staff with throat tattoos :P

    But eh, if you're uncertain you're uncertain. It's not like you'll run out of time to do it. It's worth looking at from all angles and getting some opinions. Personally, I was slightly apprehensive but am happy about the decision so far and will hopefully remain that way.
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