As of 2014, a full-sleeve tattoo may cost anywhere from $500 to $3000 or more. Factors that affect the price include the artist chosen, the intricacy of the design, whether the tattoo is done in color or black ink and the location of the tattoo parlor.
Custom designs often cost more than flash designs, which are pre-made designs selected from a catalog. Artists may charge an additional up-front fee to complete a full-sleeve tattoo in only one session, rather than completing the tattoo in sections over multiple sessions. Some tattoo artists may charge by the hour, while others may charge by the tattoo.