A hand tattoo is one of the most eye catching and bold type of tattoo one can invest in. They make a statement and fully represent personal style. When deciding on a hand tattoo its best to go in 100% sure of what you are getting and know you will love it for years to come. Styles can come in everything from gothic, to a subtle minimalist design. Common placements include along the line of a finger, or a full hand. For inspiration on how to ink your hand check out these images below.
Unique little designs on each finger.
A full hand tattoo including words and pictures, this piece is symbolic of a cartoon theme.
Simple yet intricate lines covering the forearm and hand.
A full arm a tattoo with one common theme, in a serious black and white.
“Time and Tide wait for no Man” – Chaucer. The clock is a reminder to take advantage of the time you have.
The words “pride” are symbolic of strength.
Nautical themes have many meanings, an anchor is stability for all those who wear it.
The creative alternative to the classic human skull.
The sword can mean purification and cleansing of ones soul.
Consecutive lines breathe the feeling of being content.
For extremist, go for all black filler and fully covered hands and arms.
Trees can be reminiscent of strength and patience.
Be creative with your flower, mix vibrant hues that are offset by a dark background.
In ancient societies skull tattoos we’re a celebration of life. Nowadays, everyone has their own meaning behind the tattoo they choose, but it has been said that skulls are representative of death. If you are not ready for a permanent tattoo but you really want to adorn yourself with a skull, you can just try to pick up some jewelry, for example a skeleton hand ring.
These barber shop themed images are great for those who cut hair, it shows the passion behind loving what you do.
Simple little lines can represent anything from the number of kids you have to a memorable date.
Elephants are large and strong and loyal to their heard. An elephant tattoo is the perfect way to radiate strength and nobility.
The all seeing eye is a symbol of divine omniscience, it can also have a religious meaning, representing the father son and the holy spirit.
Growing flowers to represent life and rebirth.
Eye tattoos hold powerful meanings, it is the truth behind vision, life and intuition.
This reminds us of the lotus flower, who in theoretical stories grew from the mucky grounds of mud to rise beautifully above the surface.
Words hold special meanings and are reminder of an everyday mantra.
A crying heart is a sad symbolic gesture of losing hope on a broken relationship.
Ship tattoos are most often the choice of those who have a connection with the ocean.
The words “hard work” accompanied by a skull symbolizes the ability to work through anything.
Cute little blue swallow to represent happiness and peace.
The anatomy of the hand can show inner strength.
The lotus flower is symbolically known for its growth through the murky waters into a beautiful growing life.
These intricate shapes and patterns are a personalized design that emphasize the creativity of the person who is portraying them.
Just as the diamond worn on a ring is a symbol of wealth and power, a sketch of one on your finger can mean the same.
Represent of the traditional Indian inspired henna tattoo, this drawing takes a modern and more permanent approach.
Wave tattoos hold many meanings because a wave is the form the water sign takes. It can be a memorial, or symbolic for someone who works or spends time by the water.
The sun and moon are a vision of two opposing forces joining together.
A rose tattoo is reminiscent of unadulterated love, where as a black rose can mean death and sorrow, devotion, rebellion, or the completion of a journey.
The Panther is associated with the sun, they hold symbols of power and guardianship.
The red rose of love complimented by the purple flower, represents a loyal relationship.
Inner palm tattoos are daring and bold, they make a statement that your body is your canvas.
This adorable kitten tattoo can be done for the one you love.
The peace sign has been a popular tattoo throughout the world, it is possibly the most obvious in meaning but also the strongest, representing peace and tranquility.
Cross tattoo’s can be representative of religious expression but can also have a darker meaning, of pain and anger in a gothic culture.
Three dots can be translated to “mi vida loca” or “my crazy life”. Accompanied by other symbols can further emphasize the craziness of ones life.
This fine line floral tattoo is impeccably designed to be simple yet intricate in its own way.
Butterflies are the truest form of nature, a black butterfly is a representation of someone who has been lost, it can be considered a tribute to a loved one, or lost soul.
This full hand skull tattoo acts as a mask for the face the hands belongs to.
“Pray” will keep your mind strong and your values known.
Geometric forms are the guiding force of simplicity.
The rosary is a basic system used to count prayer, each bead represents one prayer and a tattoo of one can signify what a person is praying for.
These finger encompass a plethora of meaning, from the prayers behind the rosary to the heart of love. Designs such as this encompass all of a persons feelings in one place.
Knuckle tattoos are popular among many types of people and anything can be written to express true emotions.
Adding color to your black ink henna is a beautiful alternative.
Full colored arms are an imagination into the mind.
The whole world on your hand is an expression of a love for travel.
Use both hands to complete an intricate design.
Having a different design on each finger can display everything a person desires.
Unicorns are representative of creativity and a mythological being.
Similar designs with friends are an expression of the love you have for one another.
Dainty designs are perfect for any indie inked girl.
Couple tattoos are a beautiful and permanent way to represent the love you have for a significant other.
The realistic look of this image is the truest form of the human skull.
This hand has a gothic feel, that we love, whether its each singular piece or all of them combined.
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Reminiscent of beauty and the beast this is a modern take on princess hands.
To add a little something extra to black outlines add shadings in a dark gray.
The natural form of the heart and the words home are significant in the portrayal of the love of ones roots.
These black tulips are signs of growth, love and beauty.
The beauty behind a hand is the shapes that can be formed around its intricacy.
Reminiscent of the walls of ancient Egypt, we love these symbols of curved and straight lines.
Money, coffee, love.
Cartoon style tattoos are the original graffiti of the body.
An old wives tail describes the compass as a form of protection that sailors of the past would get before long journeys.
Henna inspiration is growingly popular and don’t in clear black ink.
A story continued from one hand to the next binds two people forever.
The skull accompanied by the rose depicts love and loss in one combined design.
This simple triangular shape is reminiscent of a permanent ring.
The eye on the inner palm has the all seeing power, accompanied by a quote it holds true meaning.
Butterfly tattoos are reminiscent or nature and wonder.
The deer is a symbol of grace and peace.
Solid black arm band tattoos tend to be used as a memorial, for loss in a persons life.
King and Queen, the bond between lovers.
The expression behind this tattoo can signify hurt in ones life, it is something they want to remember and hold onto.
The heart locket, is a great counter part to the key, in a couples tattoo.
Cool girl tattoos such as these are inspired by the creativity within.
This tattoo reminds us of greek mythology and the growth of life.
This intricate black rose is perfectly placed in order to encompass the entire hand.
This fiery devil tattoo is fierce and exotic, it can be a sign of rebellion.
Couples who ink together stay together.
Flowers are a girls best friend, the black and white adds an artistic nature.
Circles are never ending, and each of these circles can be a reminder of the continuum of life.
With a mixture of skulls, this hand is a representation of the forms of life and death and unity of animal and human.
Everyone has their own meaning behind their ink, but we hoped this little guide to hand tattoos and their symbolic meanings will help you pick something you’ll never regret.