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How long will my tattoo take? 

 

It's a complicated question, and it's tough to give an estimate until the drawing is done and sized on the body. 

 

Factors on how long a tattoo takes include the size, the level of detail, the size of the line, and the placement on the body.

 

Thicker lines tend to go faster than finer lines. 

More detail/texture/stippling takes longer. 

 

Some extremely basic estimates:

Forearm single side: 2-3 hours

Forearm complete wrap: 4-6 hours

Upper arm half sleeve: 3-5 hours

Full sleeve: 6-8 hours+

Inner upper arm

: 2 hours

Back of upper arm: 2-3 hours

Shoulder cap: 3 hours

Upper back: 2-4 hours

Large back: 3-6+ hours

Chest: 4-6+ hours

Sternum: 2-4 hours

Thigh: 3-5 hours

Calf/shin: 2-4 hours