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When is a "half-sleeve" not a half sleeve?

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Ok. I will go first.

"When the inside of the arm isn't tattooed."

Sorry, it's just a pet-peeve of mine -- people calling something a 'half-sleeve' when the inside of the bicep area isn't done. I've even heard people refer to a "Quarter sleeve" when someone just had a tattoo on his shoulder. In my way of thinking there isn't such a thing as a 'quarter sleeve'. You don't even start measuring til you got a real 'half-sleeve'. Then you can have a "three -quarter" or in Japanese vernacular a "7/10s". Then a full sleeve. Or "10/10s"

Please, weigh in.

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i agree, i hate when people say "half-sleeve" unless its covered, top of shoulder to elbow (obviously leaving a little lee-way right by the armpit, nobody likes that shit) To be honest, i kinda dislike the term half-sleeve for some reason. In my mind its almost a full sleeve, or just some tattoos on your arms... but thats just how its always seemed logical in my mind. Maybe its because of people calling anything that covers a large part of one arm a half-sleeve, idk.

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I don't have any clue, I just get tattooed. Don't get me wrong I obsess about tattooing and talk about a lot of aspects of tattooing just not the terminology of arm tattoos. Sleeve and half sleeve have kind of become one of those slang words that make you cringe. But I will admit it is part of the tattoo vocab and use the terms at time for lack of a better term. But most of the time I hear any of these terms it's from someone with no tattoos.

As far as Japanese stuff goes the different variations of coverage are pretty interesting. I think it was Taki's book Bushido that breaks a lot of that stuff down.

There seems to be more purpose, a method to the madness if you will. Similar concept just more interesting in my opinion.

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Never heard quarter sleeve before. My tattooist called my matching left and right tattoos "short sleeves" when I first started my tattoos. They covered the top of my shoulder and barely peaked out of my t-shirt.

What about the legs? "Leg sock" is just retarded. Nevermind...

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This is seriously always a pet peeve of mine and it's amazing how often people use it. Because I'm getting tattooed and working my way down one of my arms right now, my girlfriend always tell people I'm working on a sleeve, and it always makes me cringe just a little because it gives people the wrong idea. Because really, I'm just getting a bunch of tattoos on one arm until it's close to full then getting some filler afterwards, and it will be a long time before I'm done, so saying I'm working on a sleeve kind of seems silly.

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First off it should only be referenced to as squid appendages. I got a squid shirt and some squid pants started but only after the tatty zap gun finishes inkin me bro.

All joking aside, I use the term (even though I hate it) for lack of a better word to most people, but never refer to anything less than a "sleeve". Half, quarter, third-pounder, all sound like shit.

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Then you can have a "three -quarter" or in Japanese vernacular a "7/10s".

7/10s is what escaped my memory when commenting on the other active sleeve thread. Should've consulted my copy of Bushido. Pretty sure now that 7/10s is what I'll be going for in the not-too-distant future. (Gotta finish my back first.)

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has someone ever gotten a tattoo sock before?

I have a book.. "1000 Tattoos" that has a picture of an argyle sock tattoo in it. Check out pix from the Bristol Tattoo Club for some real old school work of similar stuff.

CG

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This is seriously always a pet peeve of mine and it's amazing how often people use it. Because I'm getting tattooed and working my way down one of my arms right now, my girlfriend always tell people I'm working on a sleeve, and it always makes me cringe just a little because it gives people the wrong idea. Because really, I'm just getting a bunch of tattoos on one arm until it's close to full then getting some filler afterwards, and it will be a long time before I'm done, so saying I'm working on a sleeve kind of seems silly.

Sleeve is just one of those general terms people pick up on and use the shit out of. Everyone has their own interpretation of it. I get asked that all the time, "are you going for a sleeve?". My forearms are closer to being fully covered than my upper arms.. not exactly thrilled at having the inside of the upper arm inked though.

CG

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My forearms are closer to being fully covered than my upper arms.. not exactly thrilled at having the inside of the upper arm inked though.

It's not that bad. The inside of mine took 2.5 hours, but I never felt like I needed a break.

As for the thread:

I've seen people debate whether a sleeve is truly a sleeve (regardless of length). What I mean is, a sleeve isn't a sleeve unless every inch of skin is covered in ink. So having a ton of tattoos on your arms that have space in between, is still not a sleeve, just a bunch of tattoos. To me, if you're covered your covered and "sleeves" don't need to be cohesive or have a central theme as long as the tattoos are done well.

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LOL! I just had this argument the other night with a neighbour who thinks that if I have all three of my kids names tattooed on my arm, it's going to be a sleeve. He knows nothing lol!!

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When one gets to the point of having a full "Sleeve" or a whole "body suit" even, when someone else says "wow, how many tattoo do you have?" Best answer isn't i have two sleeves, two chaps, and an upper body suit. best answer is...one.

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First off it should only be referenced to as squid appendages. I got a squid shirt and some squid pants started but only after the tatty zap gun finishes inkin me bro.

All joking aside, I use the term (even though I hate it) for lack of a better word to most people, but never refer to anything less than a "sleeve". Half, quarter, third-pounder, all sound like shit.

I unliked this just so I could like it again.

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@HaydenRose

A sleeve in my mind is when all skin from shoulder cap to wrist is covered. There is nothing in between. Thats my opinion...in the end it doesn't matter one single fucking bit what a "sleeve" is or isnt.

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Ive heard 'cap sleeve' for an outer arm, no inner arm tattoo. Is it just me or does 'tats' grate a little as well?

"tats" listed in the first post on terms that make you cringe:

http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/forum/general-tattoo-discussion/718-slang-terms-make-you-cringe.html

Of course, if you watch the Oliver Peck interview, he says it a million times. But then, he's allowed. haha

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