From Heart to Hand: Hand Tattoos Explained
Choosing the location of a tattoo is a big decision. It’s not something to take lightly because body art sticks with you for a long time. It’s important to consider all the different implications it might have for you. Once you’ve decided it’s the right decision for you, have fun! Start dreaming, begin doodling, look up different ideas and decide what type of design you would like. Choosing to get inked on your hand is a great idea and as you scroll through, you’ll see a compilation of a variety of stellar designs.
Next, decide where you want to place it on your hand. You may wish to opt for a place that makes the tattoo stand out or is more likely to be seen. Others, however, want to hide their pieces in a more intimate location where it is not as readily visible to the naked eye or to the public. Depending on the location, the beauty and the intricacy of the tattoo can be one that is a focal point of conversation. Sometimes, you may choose for it to be something hidden for that special someone or those with whom you share the artwork with.
A readily visible spot that is guaranteed to start conversation is the hand tattoo. Hand placement is becoming more popular as tattoos and body art become more accepted in the public and in work circles. None the less, there are some benefits to these designs as well as other things to consider. The following delves deeper into the hand art trend and what you may want to consider before you get inked.
Check out the array of colors and intricate details on the top of the hand. The added art to the fingers gives it a tribal/native overall appearance. The forearm tattoo and the art on the fingers gives it a look that isn’t completely cohesive. Deciding if you want all of your work to follow a specific theme is something to consider as you add more body work over time.
This noose could represent a myriad of things. It’s detailed and the length of his palm to thumb. It’s worth noting that hand tattoos are much harder to cover up than a lot of other choices in placement.
The other hand appears to be scar laden. Sometimes people opt for tattoos to cover up marks on the skin. The overall look of this tattoo kind of reminds us of a gloved hand where the fingers are exposed.
Who doesn’t love Mikey and Minnie!? They’re love is one for the ages. This is a cute shout out to Disney characters who have been around for a really long time! This will definitely be fan favorite among adults and children alike! The line work here is pretty great too and really encompasses these characters the way they look on TV!
There is so much going on in this picture. It appears that there is a forearm tattoo as well as some variations of imagery on the fingers. The ship here reminds us of the Mayflower. The happy sky and sun emerging from the outer part of the hand embodies a cheery scene rather than an ominous ocean design. The shading here is legit and so are the contrast in colors. The artist really took time and paid quite a bit attention to detail to ensure the quality of this piece was fantastic.
Did anyone have this little doll set when they were younger? This is representative of the Russian Matryoshka, the doll that gets smaller and smaller as you open each lid. These vibrant colors bring out the details of this design. There is so much beautiful detail that we bet this person sat under the artist’s gun for quite a few hours!
As you can see from the above pictures, lots of people don’t just stop with one tattoo on their hand. One of the most popular types of hand tattoos is not about depicting any particular thought or image. It is the tribal meets intricate design that is depicted along the back of the wrist or even across the hand between the finger and the thumb. These are popular options because they create a visual context and beauty without words being needed. It’s subtle and yet makes a statement. It’s typically quite feminine although plenty of males get this type of tattoo as well. It’s eye candy if done correctly and can hold significant meaning that only the artist and client knows and understands fully.
She used fun font lettering and a lightning bolts to create the shock and wow factor that goes along with her overall aesthetic.
This gorgeous design of a blooming flower has the unique fading the background that creates a mysterious overall sense. It’s quite feminine and lovely. The shading on this is just spectacular.
Nothing like half a heart on each hand to make a whole heart. The use of these skeletons could evoke a morbid curiosity but because they are so cartoon like in nature, it adds a fun appeal. The line work here is fantastic. It’s clean and looks so good.
This is pretty intense and dramatic and you should probably check your company’s tattoo policy before adding this to your collection of body art. From the intense and deadly, blank eyes to the open brain and blood spurting from it’s mouth all alludes to some pretty intense things.
Henna is very popular in Indian culture and has grown in worldwide popularity. This gorgeous look is no exception and has that same sense of sensuality and pleasure. It’s eye catching and beautiful. This is an example of matching tattoos on each hand. It’s not a look for everyone but this is a beautiful example.
Those eyes feel as if they are peering into us! The life like qualities are incredible and so is that mustache! The artist did a fantastic job with the shading and complete look with this piece! The added smaller tattoos on his fingers add to the mystery of the overall aesthetic. The blue seems random but definitely has some hidden meaning.
Another popular option in hand tattoos is the floral line. Flowers lacing up the hand are popular choices and can bring some color to the hand. While simpler designs tend to stick to the black and white palette, these floral options are bright and bold. They are quite noticeable and are beautiful for those who want to make a distinct choice in hand tattoos. Depending on your overall style, floral art can really pop and make quite an expression. Plus it provides excellent conversation pieces. Choose something that inspires you and that you enjoy seeing on a regular basis. When picking the color palette, be sure and select colors that you love and wouldn’t mind seeing for a long time!
This diamond in a snake’s mouth tells a dramatic story and is quite eye catching to the casual observer.
The variety of colors arrayed in this art is piercing and engaging. It appears to be one of many tattoos and the usage of red really makes the sword pop. The yellows and purples creates such an appealing overall look.
This is incredible homage to the late Heath Ledger and the Joker from the Batman series. It’s life like qualities give off an ominous and creepy vibe. Check out those eyes and the wrinkles and the scar. The artist didn’t miss anything as he skillfully inked this. The red blood really magnifies the image as a whole.
Deep eyes really set this art apart from a lot of the other pieces. It’s quite imaginative and captivating. It’s masked innocence holds a secret that isn’t meant to be divulged. The face literally looks as though it’s coming off the hand.
Dinosaurs on hands may not work for everyone but this artist did a great job conveying fierce and fun colors to make it dramatic and engaging. Even though this person has several different tattoos, he did a great job thematically with all the colors correlating. It ties the whole thing together and is very aesthetically pleasing. The artist here did a fantastic job with the line work. The attention to every detail is quite impressive and took a lot of skill and overall focus.
A sword piercing through the skin. This could signify breakthrough or even heartbreak when it pierces us. What are your thoughts? PS do you see the artist’s tattoo under his gloved hand?
Another popular option in hand tattoos are those that are on the skin and actually depict a word or phrase. These are tattoos are meant to say something, quite literally. They can highlight an important quote or thought and can create a depth of information that is both beautiful and grand at the same time.
For that reason, consider utilizing a hand tattoo with words if you want to create a dialogue or statement that will be read by those who see it. A lot of times, people will go through a life event or season in life that impacts them significantly and as a means to encompass what it meant to them, they ink a word or phrase onto their hand or other body part as a remembrance. It isn’t necessarily a bad time or a good time, just a time in their life that they want to acknowledge. Think through whether you’d want it in calligraphy writing, block lettering, free hand etc. Something to consider when choosing font is this- pick something that you really like because fonts come in and out of style. Choosing something that is in style can be risky because it will fall out of style just as quickly. If you love the font you choose, then it won’t matter if it’s “in” or not!
This is a pretty vicious tattoo with “Life” and “Hope” inscribed on the fingers. Check out that wolf! Definitely wouldn’t want to bump into him when he’s hungry!
Meet Kermit the Frog’s brother. Great use of green coloring and attention to detail. From the hat to the bowtie, this frog is so stylin’!
Great idea incorporating both fingers to tell the complete story. Kids will love seeing your fingers in this position and they’ll think it’s the coolest thing ever! If you have kids and you want kid age tattoos that they will love seeing, then something like this is so perfect.
Black and white with hints of gray undertones set off the details that this rose represents. Unique placement on the pinky could signify the fragility of life or is in honor of someone who has passed on. It’s a very delicate look and the white undertone also gives off a vibe of purity and elegance.
This forlorn sailor woman has eyes that are so haunting. The different colors really ties the entire piece together and the rope heart tells a story of deeper meaning. The shading creates such a great backdrop for the overall piece. You can practically feel the sadness when looking at it. This could mean a variety of things. What strikes you most about the overall imagery of this art?
The the beauty of the art world, including body art, is that it can transcend socioeconomic barriers and gender lines. For all the barriers that have been passed, there are still certain trends in tattooing that need to be addressed. For instance, flowers and the more delicate tattoos tend to be on females while aggressive tattoos tend to be chosen by males. It’s not a concrete rule and it’s totally acceptable for men and women to cross their tattoo designs. Still, hand tattoos tend to be a feminine trend on the today’s market. Females, especially younger females, are opting for this unique design option in body art. Again, because it is growing in social acceptance, tattoos on the hand tend to be worn with a pride and disregard for any potential cultural norms or rules that may say otherwise. It is both a bold statement and a feminine one, hence the appeal to women more so than men.
What to Consider
It is important, however, for you to consider any restrictions that your tattoos may unnecessarily or unwarrantedly place on you if in a visible location. Hand tattoos are noticeable and are going to be seen unless you wear gloves or plan on covering them with makeup to hide them. That is why you want to make sure that your job or place of employment allows these types of tattoos. You may want to take the added precautionary measures to ensure it’s acceptable before you make the commitment to get inked. Hand art, just like body art in general is definitely growing in cultural norms and overall acceptance but it’s definitely worth checking into all the ramifications that getting a tattoo could potentially have on your life or at least your job setting. Once you’ve considered all of this, take time in discovering what art is best for you. Ask yourself what best describes your personality. Would words or imagery look best with your overall style? Talk with your artist and make sure you trust them to do good work. It’s ok to ask to see other work they’ve done in the past. You want your art to look awesome and it’s worth the extra steps to ensure that it’s a great experience for you.
Don’t forget that with hand tattoos, they often fade faster because you use your hands a lot. Whether you’re washing them with soap and water, driving and their exposed to direct sunlight, shaking hands or just using them in everyday life, there is a lot of wear and tear that occurs on the hands. You can try to protect them from the elements by wearing gloves or sunblock but ultimately, you may have to get the coloring touched up down the road if it happens to start fading. Maintenance is sometimes just part of the process when wearing art on your body as a form of expression. Don’t let this stop you from getting inked, but it’s just something to consider as you decide what’s best for you.
Overall, hand tattoos are a fun and unique expression that conveys something you want to say through art. It’s healing and an inner release that people have loved doing for years and years. Throughout the decades, tattoos have waned in popularity but in recent years, they have roared back by popular demand and are gaining ground in cultural norms on a near daily basis.
Enjoy your next tattoo!