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Tattoo Ideas for the Hands, Fingers, and Palms

A trail of stars running from the arm down to the hand and knuckle.

A trail of stars running from the arm down to the hand and knuckle.

How many times have I seen the words "love" and "hate" tattooed across the knuckles of each hand? Honestly, I've lost count. It's fairly common placement for a fairly common phrase, and although it fascinated me the first time I saw it, it has now grown old and tiresome.

Luckily, there is always a new wave coming to bring in the tide, and along with it flows a plethora of fresh ideas when it comes to hand tattoos.

Ring Finger Tattoos

My girlfriend has the first initial of her ex's name tattooed on her ring finger—they did this in lieu of exchanging rings and getting engaged like normal people. Obviously, they broke up in the end, and it would've been a much easier engagement to dissolve had they just been able to remove a metal ring from around their fingers and store it in a jewelry box; but neither of them regret their decision nor wish to cover the tat (much to my dismay, when I am feeling selfish and not thinking logically), even though the tattoo is located on a very prominent body part.

The Significance of Inking Tattoos on the Hands

Perhaps this is why so many people choose to imprint words and messages on their hands. Other than your face, your hands are the feature you put forward first. We shake hands when meeting and greeting, high five when we're happy, and give the thumbs-up sign when we've accomplished something, so it makes sense to tattoo our ideals on the body part we use to communicate ideas with.

Of course, images can be placed on hands as well, and you'll be amazed at the inventive and extraordinary things people can think up when it comes to body modification: a palm that opens to reveal a third eye; two halves of one heart that only form a whole when the hands are clasped together in prayer; letters on the insides of the knuckles rather than the outside; and much, much more.

[images courtesy of bmezine]

More Finger Tattoo Ideas

See the videos below for some more ideas for hand and finger tattoos for both men and women.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


LesterVanEpps on July 09, 2020:

Love the hollow star mixed with solid star. A true look that won't bite you in the butt when minds and importance change.

sneha on March 22, 2012:

tatoos r my life i lov them more than my boyfreind.

lavanya on March 22, 2012:

awsome desings i lov tattoos hope we'll get more desings


ashana 7 months ago on October 30, 2011:

I always had love 4 tattoos i think there awesome lookin 4ward 2 gettin more

LL COOL J. on October 06, 2011:


jr on January 13, 2011:

WTF is up with the german nazi tatt?

Tony on December 30, 2010:

I had a eye done on my palm of my hand and its nearly disappeared now proper faded,wonder if they all go like that?

Troyfus on October 24, 2010:

Here's mine.

Abi1990 on August 04, 2010:

they are well cool

Sian on July 21, 2010:

..its your tatt, get it where you want it. You don't ask him to try anything, you tell him 'I WANT THIS'...with a please of course lol, well that's what i did when i got the inners of three of my fingers done...i was told the same thing...if it fades, it fades but i got what I want where i want it because; it didn't make sense to me to put it elsewhere. Probably not that helpful, but thanks for the chance to rant hahaha good luck :)

ellen on May 16, 2010:

im looking for a daisy chain effect, to have tattooed on the side of my hand, anyone know a good website with designs?

tia aka 504grl on April 11, 2010:

my tatt artist said tatts on the palm of your hand wont there any truth to this , what can i tell him so he will try it... i wont go to any other artist but him....i really believe in sticking to one artist

Is A monster ;) on March 22, 2010:

be stupid today for tomorrow you may be dead ! tattoos are good fun so what if you are marked for life if you are truly into tattoos why would you care what people thing as with everything in life not everyone likes or understands why.

me i think tattoos rock and for the record im quite looking forward to being in an old peoples home covered in ink least you have something to take your mind off the fact you are waiting for god! carry on people spme wicked tattoos out there these days lots of luv monster xxx

retard on January 10, 2010:

its crzy to tatoo ur ears bt i got influnced by ur site. i love my tatoos and da ears one most important!

under each and everyones bed on December 25, 2009:

you all are so stupid

Patrick on October 08, 2009:

The Latin equivalent of 'Cornel' (if you mean the male name, Cornel) is 'Cornelius'.

snape on August 03, 2009:

hahaha yeah u gt that right the nails suck:P lol

chicabonitax on July 19, 2009:

Oliver Sykes has a tattoo that says "High Five" on his palm, its so cool! :) These tattoos gave me lots of ideas! Thanks:)

Brenda on July 16, 2009:

I had two people tell me that tattoos on the fingers will not last long, that you have to redo them every two years, and after a while, they look really bad. Can anyone telll me if this is true?

clallovio on July 02, 2009:

last one. disgusting nails !

sam on May 13, 2009:

I have eyes tattooed in my palms aswell, check it out, they trump the one in the photo :)

TITA( GREEN) on March 28, 2009:


chloe on December 22, 2008:

omg that's funni shit!

lmao meens laugh my ass off btw



Brooke on December 08, 2008:

My friends Hubby got a ring tattoed on his finger because he's an electrician and can't wear his ring a work incase it gets hooked on something.

i think it's a wonderful idea.

bonnie on December 06, 2008:

i need a cover up for initals on my ring finger

me on October 16, 2008:

you gotta check out the Palm tat i did.

holly on August 28, 2008:

i saw a great knuckle tattoo that said 'HALF FULL', which i thought was awesome. exactly the opposite of what people expect from the kind of person with knuckle tattoos. similarly, saw a couple of guys who had matching OPTIMIST tattoos across their knuckles!

starrkissed from Arizona on July 27, 2008:

haha these are great! i love your site. you have some great pages!

jann on July 08, 2008:

wat lmao means?

Krystal on May 27, 2008:

The pay up sucker is Jesse James hand

Mike on May 16, 2008:

I love the eye in the palm. I can imagine playing with kids by covering your eyes with the other hand and pointing the tattooed one at them and saying I See You!

2sxc on May 12, 2008:

that guy with the "pay up sucker" tat on his hand... that's fully sic!!! i love it.

Cha on April 28, 2008:

GREAT side. How do I spell Cornel / CORNEL in Latin? If anyone can help please.

Undiscovered on November 28, 2007:

wow that guy that has a tattoo on his palm is so funny, it's a russian tattoo that means "people that need to know everything get D-CK in their A-S" lmao

ashlee on August 09, 2007:

that star tattoo is sick... i luv them