Pretty Ideas for Hand Tattoos

Hand tattoos are kind of like getting permanent jewelry. They are pretty, often delicate, and on display for the world, wreaking havoc with everyone’s tattoo envy. If you’re thinking about getting a hand tattoo, here are some things you need to know before taking the plunge and some pretty ideas to help spark your creativity.

Hand tattoos
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The Fundamentals of Hand Tattoos

Before you get too attached to the idea of getting a hand tattoo, there’s a little bit of bad news. Hand tattoos hurt; they are one of the most painful places to get a tattoo, ranking up there with the head, spine, and behind the knee. This is likely because hands are boney and full of nerves, and sometimes it takes a few times for the ink to stick. However, if your pain tolerance is high, this might be of no concern to you.

Also, hand tattoos are prone to fading, especially if you get your palms tattooed. Tattoos on the top side of your hands won’t fade quite so quickly, but they will still fade faster than a piece somewhere that isn’t exposed to as much sun, use, and washing would. Also, healing from hand tattoos on your palms is very difficult because we use our hands so much.

Lastly, you can’t hide hand tattoos unless you live in Siberia and can wear gloves every day without striking anyone as strange. If you work in an industry that doesn’t care about tattoos, then you’re good to go! Otherwise, it’s something you will want to consider.

Inspiration for Hand Tattoos

Despite the drawbacks, tattoos have become quite popular. They are so bold and visible, and there’s no questioning that they make a statement. You get a lot of bang for your buck as far as how much you’ll get to show off your hand tattoos compared with tattoos placed almost anywhere else. Naturally, they are a tempting tattoo placement for many. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite styles of hand tattoos.

Sometimes you feel like a tiger, and sometimes you feel like a flower. This vibrant one-two punch combo is perfect for both moods.

These little creatures are so cute that it’s getting out of hand.

 

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This ornamental pattern on the side of the hand is elegant.

 

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Henna forever on this hand and wrist.

 

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Just look at this stunning butterfly migration!

 

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Loving the details on this ornate mandala.

 

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This floral blackwork piece is feminine and bold.

 

The sleepy little cherub on the back of this hand is super adorable.

 

This art deco tattoo is super eye-catching.

 

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Famous Hands with Ink

Some celebrities have helped establish the trendiness of hand tattoos. Ariana Grande has many hand tattoos, including the words “baby doll” and “honeymoon,” a Venus symbol, and a heart. Yet, somehow they all flow and look amazing.

 

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Halsey has “929” on the back of her hand—perhaps representing her September 29 birthdate.

 

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Rihanna’s hand tattoos are iconic.

 

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