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Building My Tattoo 'Sleeve' My tips and the process.

Building My Tattoo 'Sleeve' My tips and the process.
Hey, Everybody, it is Qcknd, and welcome back to

Tattoo

Talk Tuesday. So if it's your first time joining us today,

Tattoo

Talk Tuesday is our little weekly interactive talk show where I take viewer-submitted questions, and try to lend my experience to you guys, as a

tattoo

collector. So, I would say, one of the more popular questions I've been getting recently is, "How do you build a

sleeve

?" "How do you incorporate

tattoo

s together?" "How do you build a patchwork

sleeve

?" Which is a word I like. I've never heard that before. I like...I like that one. Umm And I get questions like this, and I thought today, you know, I have a really exciting episode of

Tattoo

Talk Tuesday for next week, so I thought it'd be really cool for me to just answer some of these more chill questions, just by taking off my shirt and showing you. I have a traditional-

sleeve

sleeve

. And I want to, today, kinda just talk about the motions I did to build mine. So, I will say, that because I have more traditional style

tattoo

s, it was easy for me to build on this. So, I would say, you know, I've seen Yu... I would say you have a couple options if you are

building

your

sleeve

. So, I have seen questions like, "How did you build your leg?" "How did you decide on you back?" So just in this episode I'm going to talk about my arm. Um, I could do another episode on my leg. It might be a little redundant. Of course, the stories are going to...
building my tattoo sleeve my tips and the process
be different because it is my leg and it's separate

tattoo

s. Umm So comment below, or give this video a thumbs up, if you want to see a, um, a leg

building

video as well. Um, you guys are really awesome; I feel like I'm not going to be repeating myself in this video. Um, it is pretty requested, um, so, I'm gonna dive into it. I hope that it's not, like, too obvious, or too, like, common knowledge, umm, but here we go. I feel like there is a couple ways you can go about getting arm

tattoo

s. You know, you can just get one or two. I've been seeing this really cool trend where, you know, someone will get just a very couple, small

tattoo

s that eventually fill up their arm. They're pretty small. You can tell that there's not going to be much of a connection to them. I see them happening; I see a lot of like, Korean

tattoo

artists doing this. I also feel like these are more favorited

tattoo

s by like, celebrities, or like, influencers: people who aren't really interested in getting a ton of

tattoo

s. My friend, Angela, I feel like this is kind of the way that she's kind of leaning towards: these like really small, like trinket

tattoo

s, that eventually there's, like, a lot of them. Umm You know, sometimes I'll see, like, a little safety pin

tattoo

, lil saturn. Stuff like that. Angela has, like, these cool angel wings. So that's one way you could go, and have these little small

tattoo

s that have lots of space around them so they don't...
building my tattoo sleeve my tips and the process
ever need to be built upon each other. Um You could go completely for it, and get a full arm

tattoo

that is all incorporated in one thing. I think the biggest challenge in getting a full, like, arm

tattoo

, all one theme, all one sitting, one big image, is you have to start with a budget. So, the little

tattoo

s that I described before... I feel like the people who wear these are more, like, impulsive, "gonna get

tattoo

s, gonna be badass, celebrate the night" kind of people. I feel like if you are going to get the full s...like, one cohesive piece on your arm...you have to have a good job. *laughs* You have to have money to build on that. The other

tattoo

s: hundred bucks at a time; one cohesive

sleeve

: thousands of dollars saved in your bank account, lots of research picking out the artist. I think that these, these arm pieces go amazingly together. I love pieces that flow, I love pieces that are all done by the same artist and you can tell. I love viewing these things, I think they are works of art and they're always awesome. I feel like growing up, and, like, being introduced to

tattoo

s, I feel like, when I would watch, like LA Ink or something there's always one episode I think about where the girl got like shoulder to wrist, like this mermaid, aquatic kind of scene--you guys know what I'm talking about. I think of that all the time. And that's always, like, really cool and stand out to me, but my mom, she had to have gone, saved up a cool mil, and...
building my tattoo sleeve my tips and the process
got that all done. Um, it's painful, it's your whole arm, but...I mean, sessions. In real life we have sessions, not like TV. So, I'm gonna talk about why I didn't go down either of those paths. I mean, there's a million other ways you can get full-arm

tattoo

s. You can just get one

tattoo

. I just have the one

tattoo

on this arm. There's no rules. When I started with my arm, the first

tattoo

I ever got on my arm was the, um heart, lock, and key

tattoo

. And this kind of started off my arm. You can see that when my arm is down, imagine nothing else is here, it took up this much space. Which is kind of a big daddy to start with. If I could go back, I feel like I would start with smaller

tattoo

s, or

tattoo

s that don't touch. So, how the rose is kind of incorporated into this, and then the diamond was incorporated into this...I feel like it creates like this blob. And I think

tattoo

s are easy, easier read, when there's space in-between them. Unless you are getting that one *whaow* (swoosh) big cohesive piece. So, if I could go back, I feel like I would either get space in-between here, or maybe build everything all as one. So, I would say that a traditional

tattoo

usually does have more space around it, and this is more of a, like, um, a take on traditional

tattoo

ing. But this was the first

tattoo

I got. When I got this

tattoo

I was not sure if I was going to continue to build my arm. I got that

tattoo

, and probably for about a year it's the only...
one I had. Back when I started getting

tattoo

ed though, I did not have any money. It was probably not very responsible that I was getting, that I was spending the money that I did have on

tattoo

s but back then, you guys have probably heard me say it before: I was low on money, and I was selling...If I would get something of value, I would have to sell it. If I got a Nintendo Wii, I had to sell it. You know, my bike, stuff like that. So, I was like, "I'm gonna spend my money on

tattoo

s. That way I can't wake up one day and be like, 'I have to pay my bills what do I...'" I can't, you can't sell your

tattoo

s. They're with you forever. Having tangible things was important to me, so yeah, I would spend money on

tattoo

s. But, that's where I think the magic of having this, like, "patchwork" or, like, traditional pieces working together, really works for people like me. I feel like we can all diagnose that as "irresponsible spending." *laughs* Strangers on the street have asked me, "How much did you waste on those

tattoo

s?!" And I'm like, "Mm, what? The bad ones?" Ha..." But, I just feel like, most of us want

tattoo

s, and the easiest way to get them are to get small

tattoo

s that build into something. I mean, unless you...I...there's a million ways. But that's just my opinion, I guess. Or the way I went about it. After I got this outline, I got the color. Everything was broken up into...
pieces to be very affordable. After that, I got the rose, because I thought that I wanted to have a piece that built on one another. And you can see that they kind of blend-in to one another. You could go this route, and have all your

tattoo

s, like, mesh and blur together. I just think, because of the way that the rest of my

tattoo

s are spaced out, it kind of looks like two different styles together. But it doesn't bother me; I think it wears well, and I think, you know, getting a big piece at the top of your arm can really help set everything else into place. Umm It's going to be the biggest workable area that you get

tattoo

ed; and it's going to be easy for your

tattoo

artist to put something really nice there. And you have all this space. It's like, if you had a really great idea, and you wanted it to be executed perfectly--you would want it on your upper arm because it's flat, easy to work with... It's like, if you gave your

tattoo

artist your upper thigh and you were like, "Go crazy." This is the upper thigh of your arm. *laughs* And, my inner arm didn't hurt that badly; I just think I went the wrong direction with it. I think I thought this would be a more subtle

tattoo

cause it hides on the inside of your arm, but I would say it's still really noticeable, and worth, um, consideration. So, the next

tattoo

, after the rose, I got was this, um, sawdust and diamonds

tattoo

. It's based off of a Joanna Newsom song. Um, and then...
there's, like, some branches, I guess, in here to make it earthy, and uhhm weird. Most people ask me if it's a bruise. So, I think I should have put more consideration into this

tattoo

. It kind of does translate into, like a big... I'm like stretching my arm... a big, like, blue blob and doesn't really translate much as a diamond. But, I think this looks cool, I like this *wee-woop.* *laughs* When I got this

tattoo

, though, I had not gone below the elbow yet. Which, you know, you can have

tattoo

s above your elbow, and it's pretty easy to conceal. I think you can live a very normal, un-

tattoo

ed, life if you continue to get

tattoo

ed above your elbow. So, you can have a nice big piece, with

tattoo

s all along here, and only share them when you have a tank top on. So, after this

tattoo

, you know, I was getting these one at a time, coming into like $300 every once in a while. Umm And that is when I jumped the elbow, and went straight to my forearm

tattoo

. So Getting this

tattoo

, it was the first

tattoo

on my forearm. I remember on BMEzine, they had this, like, photoshop XBox Live, um, First Visible

Tattoo

accomplishment, and I remember I, like, posted that to my BMEzine, I was like, "Duuuude." But this was my first visible

tattoo

on my lower arm. I...I would say, you know, I was doing it very impulsively. I was like, you know...I would think, normally, you would work down the arm, but I wanted this

tattoo

; the

tattoo

artist kind of talked me into the...
placement. Not in a bad way, but he was like, "Are you ready for your first visible

tattoo

? I think it would look great right here. Are you gonna continue

building

your arm? Why not put it right here?" And, I said "yes" to both of those questions, so that's where the

tattoo

ended up going. I would say, um, that it does take up a lot of space right here. And all of that space is valuable. You can get a *smack* great

tattoo

right there. It's great space, it's flat. Like the upper arm, it's a great space to get

tattoo

s that have detail, that can be large. You...I feel like, if I could tell myself, like, "Don't waste this *pats arm* on a small

tattoo

," umm, that would be good advice if you are

building

up your whole arm. I would say this is a relatively bigger

tattoo

. This, and then This take up this whole space. Umm, but finding a

tattoo

that did fit right here was a little hard because of the size of This. So I would say, go big. Or get something pretty large there. But don't think that because that is the inner part of your arm, that it's not visible, because it is. So, don't try to hide anything there: it's a very visible

tattoo

. I'm only saying that because that was my thought

process

. I was like, "Love kills slow, my little secret." And it's like, dude, it's right there. Umm After that

tattoo

, I went back up to my upper arm, and I got this

tattoo

by Max Kuhn. Getting this

tattoo

right...
here really capped off this area. And I had to decide, like, am I going to keep

building

this, like, puzzle piece, like, mushed up all together? Or, am I gonna put something right here. So, I decided to get this right here with no other

tattoo

s in the area. And that's exactly what it did: it capped off that area. Because of this I can't get anything in here, or around here. So, I made that decision and then went with it. I talked to Max, and Max was like, "Yeah, it'll look good right there." And I think it will, I mean I think it does, from behind, you know, with my arms crossed, you can see it really visibly right there. I think it looks pretty good. When my arm is swinging, you can see it all the time. I think that is a...still a really good space for a

tattoo

; still a really visible, this is not a lil secret spot. Umm After that, I got this, um, envelope by Mike Adams in this like, little space right here. Umm, it's not too technically in the bend of my elbow, which is right here. You can see that it's, like, above that. And then, it kind of gave me this space right here. Umm When I got this

tattoo

right here, it really capped off this area, because I already had this

tattoo

; so it created this space right here. Which, to this day, has been a challenge to find a

tattoo

to fit in this area. So, it's good to be conscious of that. But, my wholesome advice, is to not worry about it tooo much. Umm, like, I wasn't like, "Uh, no, Mike...
Adams, I can not get that

tattoo

there!" I was just like, "Do you think that's cool? Ok." So, it did leave this space right here, but, honestly, it really, like, isn't too much of a bother for me. Umm, I would say, though, it started to create a mix amount of styles on my arm. I would say that This leans in a more neo-traditional kind of sense, in a way, a light, a light maybe. I would just say that this is a different kind of style than Max Kuhn's style. And then, old Mike Adam's style is a very different style, too. I would say they are, like, bold, bright, traditional

tattoo

s; but you can see differences in the color palette, and kind of how they make my arm look. But that was fine. After that, umm, I got the inside of my arm

tattoo

ed right here. This...is a secret spot. If you get a

tattoo

here, you're never going to see it, your friends are never going to see it. Don't put your favorite thing on Earth there, because it's basically hidden; right below the bend of your elbow. There isn't really a great angle that I can really see this. I forget all the time that I have rain shoes as a

tattoo

. This might be the first time you guys have ever even seen my rain shoes

tattoo

. I just feel like they are just another representation of bad luck, which goes with This. Umm. How many people knew I had that

tattoo

? That's what I kind of mean; it's a really secretive spot. If you have a secret, put it right there. Like, it basically...
almost touches my envelope, but all you ever see is the envelope. After all that, it was kind of just like there was no method to

building

my arm anymore. And it, a lot of it, was all about saving money, having just enough, and then getting a

tattoo

right away and starting over. Umm, I kind of fell into that almost 'til the end of my arm But, you know, I was seeking

tattoo

artists who were working in the same style as my arm, and I think that that's important, too. Straying out of the style can pose difficulties for you. I don't have a ton of styles that are too different from one another. Neo-traditional is only a half-step away from, like, traditional, and then a half-step below, like, "American traditional." So, I notice a difference between this top one, and you know, my Max Kuhn

tattoo

, cause he does a very specific style. And then down here with my Mark Cross

tattoo

s I feel like *boop boop boop* All three are kind of a liiittle different from one another, but it's not a leaping difference. So, I don't have any great advice for mixing two different styles. I think that they should be on separate body parts. Umm When I was younger, I thought that I wanted this entire arm to be a black and grey arm, and then This would be a color arm. I still think I might do that. But, I think that's the best way to separate styles. I have black and grey mixed together on my leg, like, don't get me wrong, but I just think that that works best, and is...
easier to read. I'm not telling you how to live your life. That's advice from me with no experience. I only have one style of

tattoo

. After there was not really much more of a method to how I was getting my

tattoo

s, I capped the bottom of my arm off with the cardinal. The cardinal flower does go onto the tip of my wrist; so this was kind of my last experience with having

tattoo

s I could totally cover. Before that, I could wear a quarter-

sleeve

, and only my little sinking ship

tattoo

would show. Now, that was over: I had the cardinal. The cardinal was my most visible

tattoo

, and, I guess, still is because it does go down so far. Umm, with a long

sleeve

shirt, you can still see it. But, from there, you know, I created this kind of monster, where I had a

tattoo

Here, a

tattoo

Here, and nothin' else Every thing after those two

tattoo

s, was strategy. It wasn't, too much, of, like, me, wanting something really badly, like, "Oh, I really, really want rain shoes!!" That was out, and this was, the rest of it was strategy. This rose is a filler

tattoo

. You can definitely see that the way it folds into Here, and the way it kind of *blahlahl* dips into There. And how the lines fit perfectly into Here It's all filler. *mee meem* This was a filler

tattoo

that I got the same day. And it's a woman's hand shaking a man's hand. Umm, I told Mark that I wanted it to be obvious that, like, a woman was shaking a man's hand. It'll kind of, like,...
represent peace within the sexes. I don't know what I was going through, I guess I was like, "I hate men, but, I live in the same planet as them." I don't know. Umm So, that caps off my elbow right there. I don't think I would get any filler in-between here cause I do like'a the three spaces it creates. *uoop* Umm This big daddy snake was done, umm, right before the rose, to kind of fill up this whole area Here. *whistles* I don't get to see this

tattoo

a lot, but I figure if you're walkin' behind me and I'm swingin' my arms, you get to see it. So, I would say that it's not wasted space. Umm Definitely get something cool there, but you'll never see it. *laughs* I could only see it when I do this, and I'm looking into my viewfinder. So, I would say, be more conscious of the

tattoo

s you put Here *slaps inner arm* verses Here *slaps back of arm.* Umm And thenn, This was the last

tattoo

I got on my arm, this sacred heart. I...this is a filler

tattoo

, like, no doubt, I was just watching a ton of Scrubs and I was like, "Sacred heart; I want a sacred heart

tattoo

." And that's all this is. Umm You can even see how Mark has the lines just to fill space. This is all a gap-filler kind of thing. This is a large gap, I mean, it's definitely not space to waste, but I love the ru...the blood drips right on the wrist like that. When I wear long

sleeve

s that's all you can see, and that's really badass for me....
Umm But, this was a filler

tattoo

just because this space was so straight, and complicated. I feel like, what can you put there, a...a grandfather clock? Like, I don...I didn't know what to really go there. Umm. When I needed that space covered, I went to Mark, and I said, "I need this space; here's some of the ideas I had." Mark literally traced the space that I needed, and drew a design within his tracing. Same with This, but this was a little more drawn-on. And that is my arm. Other than that, I have my cobweb inside my armpit. I would say, if you're working on a full arm

tattoo

, like, this isn't super crucial, but I do like the way it finishes the arm when you can kind of see my arm pitched like this. *whooup* And then the branch is a cover-up. I like that, but, it is like, you and kind of see it like this when my arm is down *makes farting noise* but, like, not totally. But, I think a

tattoo

in your armpit is pretty sweet. And I do like the way it looks. But you can't see it from behind, at all. That's kind of, like, the story behind my arm, and the method that I used while doing it. Like, I'm not a

tattoo

es...expert. I'm just somebody who has

tattoo

s, and has collected

tattoo

s throughout the years. With no money, some money. Umm, some idea of what I wanted, no idea of what I wanted. Umm I think, if you're planning your

tattoo

s, you know, get a couple big

tattoo

s that you want and you like, and then eventually you'll...
have to get filler

tattoo

s that fit the space, but look good. I mean, my rose filler

tattoo

: I get a ton of questions about it and I'm just like, "Oh, I just needed that, but sure." So, people seem to like it, and I really love it, I love the way it looks. So, I don't think there's a problem with having filler. A lot of people who have more traditional

sleeve

s will finish off their arm with, umm, stars and dot filler. Umm, and that is just, like, tiny little stars and dots that go all along, in-between all the open spaces of the

tattoo

Umm, and then my friend Alexx Valencia, she took a different approach, and she has, like, smoke filler. And the smoke filler's really tight--wish it was my idea. Umm Me, personally, I think I'll leave my arm exactly how it is. Who knows how I'll feel next year, or tomorrow, but as of right now, umm, this is my arm; I like the empty spaces, I think they make the pieces more legible. And, I am, like, a very freckled person, so it does help me kind of see where all my freckles are just in case. So, I don't know. So yeah, that was kind of my method of

building

my arm

sleeve

. Let me know what you guys think, if you can relate, if you learned something new. Um, thank you guys always for the questions, I hope I answered most of them. I just think that

building

your arm is a very personal journey, that you can get advice from some people, but in the end you kind of just have to figure it out. And, if you fuck up,...
get laser removal. Six years of

building

my arm, and it was awesome. I didn't hate the blank spaces while I was going through it; they just encouraged me to save up and continue my pashion (passion) of getting

tattoo

s Thank you guys so much! Give this video a thumbs up, and don't forget to subscribe, I make videos like this every Tuesday. Next Tuesday's video is going to be super tight if you know what i'm talking about. And, until next time, Bye. =]