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Sleeve Tattoos


Port City Tattoo is known for their diversity in style and techniques of tattooing. We are also widely revered for our exceptional Sleeve Tattoos and have perfected the art of this style of tattooing. From simplistic sleeve tattoo designs, to awe-inspiring detailed sleeve tattoos that cover the entire arm to covering a huge portion of the body, our Orange County and Long Beach Tattoo Artists can work with you on any concept or idea.

Our highly talented staff at our Port City tattoo shops can reference a picture or drawing, or we can free-hand a custom sketch based on the description of tattoo you’re trying to go for. We also welcome all guests that visit our Port City Tattoo Shop to peruse our huge catalog of Artist Portfolios to see if something catches your eye.


Call us today to set up an appointment : (562) 494-6800 


Location of Port City Tattoo


Port City Tattoo has two locations, our original tattoo shop in Long Beach and our sister tattoo shop in Costa Mesa. Both locations are convenient to all of Los Angeles county and Orange County. Travel a little further for the best that LA has to offer. You can’t let a thing like distance come between you and quality tattooing!!

Bold, visually stunning and sure to turn heads, Port City’s expertly inked Sleeve Tattoos are thick with symbolism and meaning. As with any art form that has stood the test of time and culture, tattooing continues to evolve, but the basics remain the same. Port City Tattoo makes it a point to deliver the best Sleeve Tattoo designs in Orange County and Los Angeles.


Port City Sleeve Tattoos


Orange County Sleeve Tattoos

Traditional Sleeve Tattoos | Port City

There are no shortage of full sleeve tattoos out there today, in fact they are quite popular. They vary in meaning depending on culture, taste and belief system. Here we cover some of the most popular of the full sleeve tattoo designs out there and their meanings. It is always best to conduct thorough research before deciding what full sleeve tattoo design to go with so that you are sure of the meaning and significance.

There are several things to consider before going forth with either an entire sleeve tattoo or bringing existing tattoos together by sleeving empty arm space with additional ink. Have a long talk with your Port City Tattoo Artists about placement and which arm you’re looking to get sleeved. There are full sleeve tattoos, half sleeve or quarter sleeve tattooing options. Decide on black and gray, full color or combination of both. Also it is always best to consider the implications if can have on your professional life, if you happen to have an office job that may object to such extensive and visible body art.


Here are some popular full sleeve tattoos that are solid designs for all ages.


1. Tribal Sleeve Tattoos
Full Sleeve Tattoos Orange County

Full Sleeve Koi Fish Tattoo | Port City

Tribal or Maori Sleeve Tattoos are common not only for their deep cultural and spiritual significance, but because the art itself wraps so nicely around the arm and forearm. Tiki shapes, fish hooks, coconut leaves, suns and elaborate spirals all form a very bold appearance that lends itself very well to a full sleeve tribal tattoo art.

2. Japanese Styled Sleeve Tattoos

Koi Fish Tattoos are commonly comprised of intricate lines and curves with vibrant colors. Koi Fish Tattoos are usually quite expansive so that you can properly showcase the detailed ink work of the tattoo and are not a great choice for sleeve tattoos or full body tattoos. Koi is the Japanese word for Carp and this fish is frequently seen throughout mythology as a symbol of good luck and good fortune. Dragon Tattoos are also excellent for full sleeve tattoos. Traditionally, in the West, dragon tattoos symbolize strength, wealth and longevity. The positive myths surrounding dragon tattoos have made them one of the more popular choices for Japanese tattoo art throughout the decades.

3. Realistic Sleeve Tattoos

Realistic sleeve tattoos are super popular because you can incorporate so many elements into one tattoo. Often artists and their clients opt to have elements such as plants, flowers, animals or even portraits that get beautifully melded together to create a landscape of artwork that works it’s way down the arm for an overall stunning outcome.

4. Traditional Sleeve Tattoos

Ah the classic and iconic full sleeve traditional tattoos. These are especially fun because traditional tattoo art generally relies on vibrant colors to really make the art come to life. Pin up girls, anchors, mermaids, pirate ships and even some military coat of arms can all be found hiding out within a these full sleeve tattoos. Bold and easily tied together with all things americana, traditional sleeve tattoos are a chance to really express yourself in a fun and colorful way. 

Sleeve Tattoos in Orange County & Los Angeles

Our tattoo family is just as important to us as our beloved clients. That’s why Port City Tattoo goes above and beyond to only hire the very best tattooists from all over the world. Our expert tattoo artists each have over ten years of experience in a wide variety of tattooing techniques. Some of the styles of tattoos that we offer at Port City Tattoo include black and gray, portraits, Traditional Tattoos, Sleeve Tattoos, Flower Tattoos, Realistic Ink, Religious Tattoos, Japanese designs and lettering, Koi Fish, Sacred Geometry tattoos, amongst a catalog of others. We have a total of eight artists on staff at any given time. Come in and we’ll set you up with the artist that best compliments your style.

Call us today to set up an appointment : (562) 494-6800

All of Port City’s Sleeve tattoos deliver a unique look. Our sleeve tattoos all hold significant meaning, which has made them the original elements of tattoo art in the United States. Visit one of our award winning tattoo shops in Long Beach or Costa Mesa today and get inked by the best in the Southwest. 

Port City is Proud to extend its full sleeve tattooing services to following cities :

Costa Mesa • Long Beach • Downey • Huntington Beach • Redondo Beach • Hermosa Beach • Anaheim • Santa Ana • Orange County • Orange • Torrance • Irvine • Tustin • Lakewood • Cypress • Newport Beach • Seal Beach • Los Alamitos • Garden Grove • Westminster • San Pedro • Signal Hill • Fullerton • Buena Park • Mission Viejo • Carson • Fountain Valley • La Palma • Cerritos • Compton • Rossmoor • Bellflower • Stanton • Laguna Hills • Lake Forest • Gardena • Lawndale • Palos Verdes • Lomita • Paramount • Laguna Beach • San Joaquin Hills • Manhattan Beach • Norwalk • La Mirada • Lynwood • South Gate • Whittier • Pico Rivera • Yorba Linda • Santa Fe Springs • Dana Point • Corona Del Mar • Torrance