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Are you looking for a full or half sleeve tattoo design that is unique and different then a lot of the others you have seen out there already? You might want to consider a Japanese sleeve tattoo design. There are tons of great themes and designs that can easily be incorporated into a full sleeve, half sleeve or even a quarter sleeve.
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The koi fish is one of the most sacred animals in Japan and used throughout Japanese visual arts and designs. The legend is that the koi fish is strong and swims upstream again the river and eventually turns into a dragon. So the koi fish is often used to symbolize strength, power and finding one's own path. Thus can make a great sleeve tattoo design. With a beautiful blue water background and the wonderful gold colors of the koi fish splashing in the water makes a very sticking tattoo design and one that is authentic Japanese style also.
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Another very popular design hat is used in Japanese tattoo art is the dragon. The dragon is again a symbol for power and strength and because of the shape of a dragon's body being long and skinny it can easily be incorporated into a wonderful full sleeve tattoo design that twists around the arm with the head coming up at the top of the should area. This is also a very classic Japanese tattoo design and one that can work well as a sleeve tattoo.