Time for Clock Themed Sleeve Tattoos

William Faulkner once wrote, “Clocks slay time…time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” As true as this may be, we all, at times, feel the pressure and restrictiveness of timed schedules. Waiting for a train, we may feel boredom or an anxious desire to fast-forward to its arrival time. The universality of these feelings are part of the reason why clock themed tattoo sleeves are so popular. Time has a hold on us all, and the clock is easily the most powerful symbol of this.

But is there a specific reason behind people’s interest in clock and timepiece tattoos? It turns out that there are several. Below, we’ll go over different kinds of clock tattoo designs and the meanings behind them.