Tattoo Ideas: Hands, Fingers, Palms

Updated on August 1, 2007

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 come to bring in the tide, and along with it flows a plethora of fresh ideas when it comes to hand tattoos. My girlfriend, for example, 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.

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.

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      sneha 6 years ago

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

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      lavanya 6 years ago

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


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      ashana 7 months ago 6 years ago

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

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      LL COOL J. 6 years ago


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      jr 7 years ago

      WTF is up with the german nazi tatt?

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      Tony 7 years ago

      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?

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      Troyfus 7 years ago

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      Abi1990 7 years ago

      they are well cool

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      Sian 7 years ago

      ..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 :)

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      ellen 7 years ago

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

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      tia aka 504grl 7 years ago

      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

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      Is A monster ;) 8 years ago

      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

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      retard 8 years ago

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

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      under each and everyones bed  8 years ago

      you all are so stupid

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      Patrick 8 years ago

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

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      snape 8 years ago

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

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      chicabonitax 8 years ago

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

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      Brenda 8 years ago

      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?

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      clallovio 8 years ago

      last one. disgusting nails !

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      sam 8 years ago

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

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      TITA( GREEN) 8 years ago


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      chloe 9 years ago

      omg that's funni shit!

      lmao meens laugh my ass off btw



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      Brooke 9 years ago

      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.

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      bonnie 9 years ago

      i need a cover up for initals on my ring finger

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      me 9 years ago

      you gotta check out the Palm tat i did.

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      holly 9 years ago

      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!

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      starrkissed 9 years ago from Arizona

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

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      jann 9 years ago

      wat lmao means?

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      Krystal 9 years ago

      The pay up sucker is Jesse James hand

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      Mike 9 years ago

      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!

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      2sxc 9 years ago

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

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      Cha 9 years ago

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

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      Undiscovered 10 years ago

      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

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      ashlee 10 years ago

      that star tattoo is sick... i luv them