A half sleeve is a term that is commonly used in the placement of a tattoo. This term means that you would have a tattoo placed above the elbow. A half sleeve tattoo design only covers part of the arm and not the entire arm. This is one of the most popular areas of the body to put a tattoo. A half sleeve tattoo can consist of any design that you want it to be. Some common ones for females may include flowers, roses or butterflies. Men may choose something more manly, such as a skull, dragon, or snake among many others. It’s not uncommon for both men and women to get a half sleeve tattoo.