When it comes to a half sleeve tattoo cost, there are many determining factors that will affect the overall price. The cost for any type of tattooed sleeve, whether it be a half or a full one, are very specific and vary depending on where you are, where you go, etc.

What is a Half Sleeve Tattoo?


A half sleeve tattoo covers no more than half of an arm and is either one large picture or a piece that is made up of numerous pictures. For most, a half sleeve tattoo covers from the shoulder to the elbow, but it can also be from somewhere on the far side of either side of the chest to the elbow.

Half sleeves are not as complex and time-consuming as full sleeves are, but they require multiple sessions to do. Therefore, the person getting the half sleeve and the tattoo artist that they have chosen will need to sit down and go over the design, or multiple designs, to ensure that everything is planned out perfectly. This includes the number of sessions that will need to go on, as well.

From here, figuring out the half sleeve cost is something else in itself entirely.

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Determining The Half Sleeve Tattoo Cost

When it comes to determining the half sleeve tattoo cost, there are multiple factors that determine what the end price will be. Because there can be instances during the process of getting the tattoo itself, a set price may increase or decrease.

For starters, the overall half sleeve tattoo cost will depend highly on the tattoo artist that you choose to do your sleeve. Compared to artists who charge by piece, and those who are not as skilled as some, going with a highly skilled artist who charges by the hour is typically the better choice, but will definitely cost more.

If the half sleeve is going to be incredibly detailed with multiple smaller pictures, instead of one larger one, then you should expect to pay quite a lot more. If your custom design is one that needs to be tweaked multiple times, paying more will also be the case here, as well.

If your arm has a larger width and length and needs a lot more ink than an arm that is of a smaller size, which your tattoo artist will no doubt talk to you about, your cost will be higher.

You will also have a more specific price based on your age as well since some people at a certain age have tougher skin than those who are younger and have softer, easier skin to work on.

If you are getting a full-color half sleeve, then expect to pay a lot more than you normally would be compared to if you were to get one that incorporates black, gray, etc. Full color means using a lot more ink, so get ready to pay a higher amount to have your half sleeve done, especially if the small details require multiple colors instead of just one or two.