Be it a leg sleeve tattoo or just some symbols that represent your personality we’re going to talk all about it today!
Let’s talk about where to get it first:
Full Leg Tattoo
Very self-explanatory name here, these tattoos cover most of the leg if not completely. The designs that we mostly see are modern tribal tattoos. But that’s not the limit by any means, some folks tune and tweak the tattoo to their taste which is exactly the point of a tattoo. Different small elements sometimes make up for the whole leg. We see sports fans tattooing their favorite team and jersey numbers along with players on their tattoo covering up the leg.
Half Leg Tattoo
Sometimes upper half (Thighs) and at times lower half (Calf) constructs for a cheeky half leg tattoo. We see a lot of avid travelers who ink sea waves, flight designs, globe tattoos on there which covers a part of their leg. Dustin Poirier, UFC Fighter has a cross on his thigh. So we see the sky’s the limit when it comes to tattoo designs.
This one is also termed a side leg tattoo. We see a lot of designs that are a mixture of different elements in this area. One thing to note though is that think through before inking this area as the shin bone is just right there which causes pain quite a bit due to lack of muscles in the front area.
Next up, “Leg Sleeve Tattoo”, yes it is a thing! Just as a normal sleeve tattoo but on your legs. Sleeve tattoos are usually inspired by tribal designs with some modern touch to them. Other concepts are a big lion face tattooed on the leg covering it all with its size.
Hawaiian Tattoos are the ones that trend on leg tattoos because they are usually pattern-based designs that require a tad bigger real estate. Other tribal tattoos like Indian tattoos are hard to be seen on legs as the culture doesn’t like tattooing mythical figures on legs.
Now coming full circle, if you are thinking of getting one, these ideas might help you plan your tattoo a bit more.
Is your design size dependent? Can you crop the size of it a bit more?
These two questions will increase your chances to layer more tattoos in the same area while also giving you a chance to cover them up or edit them in the future.
On the other hand, if you are the one with a fixed mindset and ready to layer your leg with that big tattoo then you can think about the color palette. Do you prefer it colorful or prefer a shaded vision with black and white colors? Legs are the part that is most of the time covered with clothing so fading of the tattoo is likely to happen as compared to other spots so coloring it up isn’t a bad idea.
After all of that being said, let’s take some inspiration from the following. Shall we?
Parachute Side Leg Tattoo
One doesn’t need a lot of real estate to make a tattoo pop, something like this is just a work of pure art. The color here is so vibrant that it makes it look majestic. The parachute on the top is the show stopper with ropes extending all the way down. Almost a long leg tattoo.
Skulls, Snakes and Pure Art Sleeve
Leg sleeves are totally a thing and this tattoo just makes it correct. The single shade used here steals the show with a lot of different elements fused together. The skulls, the dragon, the tiger all create a very impressive sleeve.
Intense Colorful Leg Sleeve
This has to be one of the most enthusiastic tattoo lovers there is as the tattoos here are intense, colorful, and is filled with millions of elements. The best part is the choice of intense colors that make up for this amazing leg sleeve.
Blossoming Flowers Leg Sleeve Tattoo
Light-shaded flowers on a black background are something very beautiful to look at. The sleeve here is very much dedicated to flowers and the process of blessing which signifies positive progression into something beautiful.
Samoan Tribal Tattoo for Half Leg Tattoo
Tribal tattoos are known for their size and majestic influence. The one here is the same and it covers half of the leg with nothing but one color and a good amount of shading done. The patterns in the tattoo are very neat and symmetrical. To make it even better this tattoo is structured in a banded shape.
Spooky Animated Half Leg Tattoo
Half-leg tattoos are a thing and the position of this tattoo is just top-notch. The tattoo itself shows that the person is into DC with this joker-influenced design with a spooky undertone. The green to black shading is fun to watch with good attention was given to detail.
Freehand Frog on Ankle
Less is more and subtle designs make the most noise. The front here is just outlined and structured in a way that it is trying to look up in hope. The interior is freehand designed with some mandala influence. The thin lines make it look very elegant.
Galaxy Color Thigh Tattoo
Thigh tattoos are quite personal and can be quite intimate if one wants to make it that way. The one here is filled with positivity and goes to show that the universe is the answer to a lot of problems. The color here is very galaxy-ish with butterflies around which symbolize growth and adaptation.
Growing Plant on Shin
Shinbone is a very tricky area to get tattooed, first because it is straight on the bone and might hurt more than usual. Second, it is the curve area of the leg so it has to be thought through. The one we have here is a guy who likes growth and nature. Hence the plant is on the leg.
2 Roses on Legs
Why have 1 tattoo when you can have 2, and that too roses. The funny part is that these roses aren’t colored and again, the less is more. The rose on the lower calf is a good place to make a statement that is less bold and quite subtle. The key is to use a mix of thick and thin tattoo lines.
Anchored Ankle with Protected Circle
Anchor is a symbol grounding things down and also signifies calm yet strong nature. The ancient Asian circled brush stroke is a sign of protection and a sign of imperfection being perfect as that circle isn’t fully round. This is the best part that tattoos leave you wondering.
Calf Mandala with Some Heritage
Mandala has always been at the heart of tattoos especially due to its amazing symmetry. The one here is a mix of thick and thin lines with some shading done to make it look quite versatile. This also qualifies as a half-leg tattoo.
Butterfly and Semi Colon on Thigh
Quite a meaningful tattoo with butterfly and then semicolon near its head. It goes to show that the person is obsessed with growth and there has been some suffering that has taken place. The thick and thin lines with nothing but shading is the best.
Foodie's Ankle Tattoo
Tattoos have always been a representation of personalities and this one clearly goes to show that the person clearly loves food. This depiction is what tattoo culture is all about. The clarity of the tattoo with no colors is just amazing to watch as it is clear as a message and not too intimidating.
Queen with Powers to Cover the Leg
If you want to see what magic shading and colors do on a tattoo then you have ended up at the right spot. This leg tattoo is shaded and then white color has been used so well that it almost makes the queen glow like a god. The big size helps share how majestic the vibe is.
Anklet Rosey Tattoo with some Tribe Vibe
Tribal tattoos hold so much more depth as they come from a certain heritage and culture. The inclusion of colored roses and patterns is what makes it one of the unique designs. This tattoo would have been nothing if it weren’t for the detail had been this good.
3D Skull Tattoo on Thigh
3D tattoos are a thing and this one does absolute justice to the job. The shading done here is quite top-notch with subtle colors to make it pop even better. The crown on the top is slightly crooked in order to show that imperfection is fine but the best part is that the jewel in the crown shines.
Delicate Ankle Tattoo with Thin Lines
Mandala strikes again and this time is it on the ankle which looks like an anklet worn. The detailing here is very particular and pitch-perfect. The thin lines make this very elegant and subtle. And as well know mandala is the epitome of culture and modern art fused together.
Bear Grylls is That You?
This is for sure a nature lover right here with serious love towards bears. The outlined design is a very cute gesture but this also gives the feeling of a national park stamp which very well could have been the case.
Wings and Angels to Protect
Delicacy on ankles is always on the trend hunt and this fulfils that demand quite well. The lined tattoo is very minimal but it doesn’t back off when it comes to getting the message across. The coupling up on both ankles makes it perfectly beautiful and neat.