Why patchwork tattoo sleeves are all the rage

You've probably heard of tattoo sleeves, but the style of patchwork sleeves is having quite a moment. Here's what you need to know about the increasingly popular style of ink.

Patchwork tattoo sleeves are a collection of smaller tattoos covering one general area of the body.
Patchwork tattoo sleeves are a collection of smaller tattoos covering one general area of the body.  © Collage: Spencer Platt & Scott Eisen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Who doesn't love the look of a traditional tattoo sleeve?

While this style of body art is beautiful to look at, there's no denying it puts quite the hole in your wallet and often takes multiple hours-long sessions to complete.

Recently, another style of sleeves has taken platforms like TikTok, Pinterest, and Instagram by storm: patchwork sleeves.

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What is a patchwork tattoo sleeve, you might ask?

It's simple: patchwork sleeves are made up of various individual tattoos, as opposed to traditional sleeves that generally include one tattoo style or image that covers a large portion of the body.

Patchwork tattoo sleeves for the indecisive souls

Music artists jxdn (l.) and Julia Michaels (r.) both have patchwork sleeves of sorts.
Music artists jxdn (l.) and Julia Michaels (r.) both have patchwork sleeves of sorts.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/jadenhossler & juliamichaels

This style of sleeve is perfect for the indecisive tattoo lovers of the world, as you don't have to pick out a singular style or color scheme before starting your ink journey.

That, and the fact you don't have to throw down a large sum of cash before getting your sleeve underway makes for two solid reasons why patchwork tattoos are having a major moment.

Say you're someone who doesn't want to grow your body art collection unless the tattoo genuinely holds some sentimental or emotional value. Rather than dedicating a large portion of your body to one singular image or design, patchwork tattoos allow you to grow your collection of ink over time in a budget-friendly way.

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Celebs have been jumping on the patchwork tattoo train for quite a minute, such as music artists Julia Michaels and jxdn, highlighting just how good this style of body art can look.

Hey, you can even mix-and-match with the styles of tattoo sleeves you get! As most know by now, there aren't any rules when it comes to tattoos – except for doing whatever your heart desires.

If indecisiveness or fear of commitment has been holding you back from investing in some ink, this is your sign to take the plunge and get your patchwork sleeve journey underway.

Cover photo: Collage: Spencer Platt & Scott Eisen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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