55+ Hand Tattoos: Examples, Ideas & Meanings Explained

You got to hand it to them, these are some cool tattoo designs.

55+ Hand Tattoos: Examples, Ideas & Meanings Explained


Men, have you ever considered a hand tattoo? While you’re likely going to be drawn to having a tattoo inked on your arms, chest or back, hand tattoos are becoming more and more popular as a place to show off some artistic ink.

You only need to take a look at Harry Styles, Pete Davidson and David Beckham to start getting an idea of how cool hand tattoos can look. In our opinion, hand tattoos on men will look better if there are already some other tattoos on the forearm, as they can help to minimise the visual impact and in many ways, a hand tattoo can act as an extension of other designs you have on your arms.

Naturally, when getting a tattoo on your hand, you have less space to work with compared to your chest or back, for example, so you need to think carefully about what design or designs you can realistically get inked onto the skin.

What does a hand tattoo mean?

As with pretty much any tattoo, having a tattoo specifically placed on your hand doesn’t tend to have any real meaning. However, some tattoo die-hards have suggested which hand you choose for your tattoo could have some significance.

For example, it’s claimed the right hand can be associated with dominance, mercy and logic. The left hand, meanwhile, is said to be associated with emotion, the moon and justice. Whether you want to agree with these meanings or not, is entirely down to personal preference.

If you’re thinking of getting a hand tattoo but need some inspiration, then we’ve rounded up some of the coolest and most unique hand tattoo ideas for men. Just remember, even though tattoo removal technology continues to improve, your tattoo is, in theory, for life, so make sure you’re going to continue to love your new hand tattoo as you get older.

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