If you are looking for a sleeve design, Japanese themes and elements may be the source of inspiration for a great full, half, or quarter sleeve tattoo.
Japanese Koi Tattoo Designs
The koi fish is one of the most venerated creatures in Japan and is a common element in the various visual arts and designs of Japan. There is a legend that the koi fish swims upstream again the river to turn into a dragon. So the koi fish is a symbol of the strength and power necessary to find one’s own way. It is easy to use koi fish as the basis of a sleeve tattoo. A clear blue water backdrop contrasts the shimmering gold color of the koi fish makes a beautiful and authentic Japanese design.
Japanese Dragon Tattoo Dragons are a very popular design in Japanese tattoo art, admired for their strength and power. A very classic Japanese tattoo is a full sleeve design that twists the long skinny dragon around the arm with the head on the shoulder.
The Japanese gods and Spirits The Shinto world is full spirits and gods. Some of them are good-natured and friendly spirits that assist humans, while others are dangerous and evil spirits. In front of all Japanese Shinto temples, a pair of evil looking statues stands guard. These oni (evil gods) are used for protection because they scare off other evil spirits with their fearsome appearance. They are typically depicted as red creatures with horns, but can be redesigned according to the imagination.