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Here's What You Need to Know Before Getting a Hand Tattoo

Plus some elegant design ideas to consider before booking your appointment!
Here's What You Need to Know Before Getting a Hand Tattoo
IMAGE Instagram/i_tats_, west4tattoo
Plus some elegant design ideas to consider before booking your appointment!

With all tattoos that you get, it’s important to mull it over for some time—because remember, it will forever be inked on your body! When getting inked in visible areas like the face, arms, or hands, for example, hiding a tattoo would be difficult, which emphasizes the need to choose a design you won't regret.

The hand is therefore a great tattoo placement if you want something easy to flaunt, although it comes with its own set of caveats to take into consideration. Even with its disadvantages, hand tattoos are popular because it's the best place for small, dainty, and minimal designs.

Why should you get a hand tattoo?

Since the hand is rarely covered up by any clothing, it's the perfect place if you want to show off a meaningful ink to the world. Not only that, having a hand tattoo can also express just how confident you are. After all, not everyone is daring enough to sport a tatt in this location!

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Whether it be your first ink or another one added to your tattoo collection, a hand tattoo can easily capture anyone's attention, allowing you to convey your self-assuredness through its placement combined with a design of your choosing.

What are the disadvantages of hand tattoos?

1. It's highly visible.

With every reason to get a hand tattoo, there are also some points to keep in mind before getting one. Its highly visible area, while being one of its most appealing factors, can also be its downfall. There are some days where you might not be feeling your tattoo and want to be a bit more discreet about it, but a hand tattoo might make that difficult to do.

Depending on your work place, such an obvious tattoo might be a challenge as well. Some professions are strict with their employees having visible tattoos so you might want to check your company's rules before getting one.

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2. It's more painful than other tattoos.

The pain level in this area will also differ from other parts of the body. Because of our hands are delicate and bony, expect more pain than usual when getting a tattoo as you'd feel the needle directly. Our hands are also full of nerve endings which is another factor that exacerbates the pain that comes from this tattoo location.

3. Touch-ups will be essential.

Hand tattoos tend to fade faster than any other body placement. Think about it—we use our hands throughout the day for different tasks and hand washing is an essential part of our daily routine. With that said, hand tattoos need to be touched up regularly, which may cost a pretty penny overtime.

Here are 10 design ideas for your first or next hand tattoo:

1. Smiley Face

Need a reason to smile when you don’t particularly feel like it? Getting a tattoo of a smiley face will cheer you up just at the sight of it!

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2. Scorpion

Calling all Scorpios! This intricate ink is such a unique way to show off your zodiac sign and have a tattoo that represents your strength and boldness. 

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3. Wine Glass

Whether it be Merlot, Pinot Noir, or Cabernet, a tattoo of a glass of wine on your hand is a dainty way to express your love for the beverage. Wine not, right?

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4. Rose

Instead of the usual rose bud, why not try a long stemmed thorned rose for a tattoo? They’re just as beautiful, but with the added meaning of the thorns symbolizing protection or defense.

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5. Flame

A flame tattoo might just be the perfect tattoo for you to get if you're a passionate soul. These tattoos symbolize blazing passion or desire, so if you're looking some low-key daily motivation, this design is definitely something to consider.

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6. Heart Outline

One of the reasons why heart tattoos are so popular is that they have so many interpretations! But in general, they express the feeling of love and life, which may resonate with many people.

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7. Cross

The beauty of having a minimalist cross tattoo is that you'll be able to show off your faith in a subtle yet powerful way.

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8. Constellation

Having a starry night tattooed on your hands may be painful because of the level of detail needed to achieve it, but all the pain will be worth it after seeing how gorgeous it looks! 

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9. Initial

A tiny precise letter can hold such a big meaning! A loved one's initial or your own initials would work perfectly for a delicate ink.

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10. Reminder

An inspirational word tattooed somewhere visible can be so uplifting. Since it's easy to get a view of your hands, you can always take a quick glance as a reminder.

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