Originally posted on May 16, 2022 @ 7:00 am
Hand tattoos are one of our favorite types of tattoos. This is because very few men opt for them. We suppose it is because hand tattoos for men can be pretty tough to cover up, which can impact employment opportunities.
Still, if you can get a hand tattoo, then they are a great choice. You can get some pretty fancy artwork going on there.
On this page, we want to introduce you to the best hand tattoos for men. We have a lot of ideas to share with you here. Of course, you don’t have to follow the ideas exactly.
Before we dive into this list of the best hand tattoos for men, we do want to point out that we will be sharing images for each of the ideas.
However, some of them will involve female hands. This doesn’t mean that the tattoos are not worn on men. It is more the fact that we wanted to ensure that we give you the best example possible.
Best Hand Tattoos For Men:
1. Henna hand tattoo
Henna tattoos are based on an art style that has its origins in the Middle East, India, and North Africa. Traditionally, Henna Tattoos would be temporary tattoos using ink constructed from a plant. Nowadays, Henna hand tattoos replicate that art style.
They are deep black tattoos, often with various symbols that may carry a little bit of meaning. Honestly, these are up there with some of the most eye-catching tattoos you can get.
2. Joker hand tattoo
The Joker is one of the most popular comic book characters of all time. It should probably come as no surprise that people are getting hand tattoos that feature him. Of course, there are several different routes that a person can go down when it comes to a Joker hand tattoo.
Some people just opt for a straight Joker image (as seen in our example), while others opt for a Joker smile, which they can then cover their mouth with for a cool effect.
3. Lion hand tattoo
Sorry housecat lovers, but the lion is the coolest of cats. It is often seen as a symbol of leadership or courage. Of course, a person may also opt for a lion hand tattoo because they are living under the Leo star sign.
Sadly, like most animal tattoos, the lion isn’t that popular for use on a hand. However, as you can likely tell from the sample image that we have included, it is something that can work well when you put it in the hands of a quality tattoo artist.
4. Snake hand tattoo
Snake tattoos can often be tough to be hard work for an artist to tattoo on a hand, mostly because you are dealing with such a small surface. However, it is one of the popular animal hand tattoos for men. We suppose because it really plays into various tribal themes.
The snake is a symbol of fertility or rebirth. We have often seen snake hand tattoos being used by those who have managed to overcome an addiction. However, if you had to overcome any sort of adversity in your life, a snake hand tattoo could work.
5. Dragon hand tattoo
Dragons are cool mythological beasts. One of the great things about the dragon is that there are so many different dragon styles to choose from. You could even invent your own look. The one downside to having them as a hand tattoo is the fact that you don’t really have a huge amount of space on your hand.
However, as you can see from the same image here, you will be able to see that a talented artist can fit detail into even the smallest of images.
6. Jesus hand tattoo
Jesus hand tattoos are, of course, favored by the more religious folk. Some people have gone the whole hog and managed to get themselves a full-blown image of Jesus on their hands. However, we prefer simpler images. For example, you may want to go for a picture of the cross.
You may also want to copy the idea that we have shared with you here. This is a pair of praying hands. Either option is great!
7. Medusa hand tattoo
Medusa is often seen as an evil God. However, she actually serves a purpose in Greek mythology. While she isn’t the kindest nor friendliest God in mythology, she is said to protect people from the evil that surrounds them.
As a result, an image of Medusa has long been seen as an image of protection. If you opt for a Medusa hand tattoo, then it is you showing that you want to keep those evil forces and influences at bay.
8. Traditional hand tattoo
Traditional hand tattoos tend to be much more traditional in their art style. This means that you are not going to be getting massive detail in the images. This is something that works incredibly well for hand tattoos where there isn’t really a massive canvas for the artist to work on anyway.
You can have most tattoos produced in a traditional style. Look at the example photo if you want an idea as to how these particular tattoos work.
9. Wolf hand tattoo
The wolf is a symbol of loyalty and family. Many of those that get a wolf hand tattoo will often do so because they want to show their loyalty to their family. It often works when coupled with names or even just initials because you have a lot less space to play about with when you are working with the hand. Still, as you can see from the sample image, there is still a ton of space to pack a lot of detail into the wolf.
10. Scorpion hand tattoo
Depending on the culture that you are in, the Scorpion can have different symbolism. For example, in most western cultures, the Scorpion works as a symbol of death or destruction. In other cultures, the Scorpion is seen as a symbol of sex and lust. In the US, these tattoos can often be seen as tribal or gang tattoos. We just love Scorpion tattoos because, in the right hands, they look amazing!
11. Clock hand tattoo
The clock hand tattoo is a great image. Obviously, you have a ton of different styles that you can opt for here. The traditional design is the analog clock, but why not go down the route of a digital clock, for instance? It can look just as great. Your big decision here isn’t so much the style of clock that you opt for, though. A clock hand tattoo will need a time on the clock. Make sure that you choose something meaningful because this tattoo will be with you for the rest of your life.
12. Small hand tattoo
The small hand tattoo is for those that don’t want to have their entire hand covered in ink. It is a great idea for those that don’t want their hand tattoos to be too easy to spot. They work best with letters, numbers, or maybe small meaningful symbols. Over time, you may even want to build up a collection of small tattoos on your hand, just for something a little bit different. Look at the example of hand tattoos for men if you want a few ideas that you can use.
13. Angel hand tattoo
If you are religious, then you may want to consider an angel tattoo. As you probably know, angels are seen as symbols of protection. There are plenty of design choices that you can take here. Our example image is a very simple tattoo route. It fits on the hand. However, we have seen people have beautifully detailed angel tattoos on their hands, although, in many cases, they end up stretching up their arms.
14. Buddha hand tattoo
The Buddha hand tattoo is a favorite among those that follow Buddhism. However, we have also seen it creep onto the hands of people that are not religious in the slightest. For example, you will often find it being used as a symbol of peace and tranquility. The Buddha is a pretty iconic image. If you put this on your hand, then you may even be using it as a symbol of rebirth, e.g., showing that you have managed to turn over a new leaf in your life.
15. Compass hand tattoo
The compass hand tattoo is a favorite among seafarers and explorers. In our opinion, you don’t have to be either to have a compass tattoo. This is the type of tattoo that shows that you have a direction in your life. A lot of people that we have seen get a compass tattoo have managed to get themselves a compass hand tattoo when they want there to be more direction in their life. After all, a compass always points you in the direction that you want to go in.
16. Octopus hand tattoo
The Octopus is a symbol of many things. Some people will see the octopus as a symbol of intelligence and wisdom. Others may see the octopus as a symbol of fertility and family. You may not even see the symbolism in the octopus hand tattoo. Instead, you may want to opt for one just because you enjoy the beauty of the creature. While it is a real creature, the Octopus has managed to play a huge role in many mythological stories too.
17. Aztec hand tattoo
Aztec culture is full of symbolism. Of course, the Aztec culture has long died out, which means that this is one of those rare cultural tattoos that people will have no issue with you getting, even if you are not part of that culture. Aztec tattoos have Gods that you can show off, Aztec writing, or general symbols that meant something to the culture.
18. Bear hand tattoo
The bear has a lot of symbolism behind it. Obviously, the bear is a beautifully fierce creature. It shows strength and courage. However, bears are very family-orientated animals, and thus they have a little bit of symbolism on that front too. To be honest, the vast majority of people that do seem to end up getting a bear hand tattoo for men don’t really think about the symbolism behind the tattoo. Instead, they just think that the bear is a pretty cool-looking creature. As you can see from the example that we have given, it really is.
19. Demon hand tattoo
Demon tattoos have often played a key role in tattoos where somebody is looking for an image that is very Gothic in nature. After all, demons are symbols of death and destruction. However, you don’t have to go down that route. If you look at the demon hand tattoo idea that we have shared here, you can see that demon tattoos can have a dash of color in them. They don’t always have to look dark and dreary. Of course, the tattoo does still end up looking like a demon.
20. Diamond hand tattoo
The diamond hand tattoo is one of those cool tattoos that could be as large or as small as you like. The diamond hand tattoo is often used as a symbol of wealth and power. Some people get the diamond because it is also romantic. In fact, we have seen several people opt for a diamond hand tattoo as their wedding ring tattoo, which we suppose works incredibly well. Saves having to buy a diamond wedding ring, we guess.
21. Geometric hand tattoo
Geometric hand tattoos have the potential to look amazing, assuming they have been put in the hands of the right artist. Geometric hand tattoos, as you likely know, are formed of various shapes. These shapes come together to create an absolutely stunning image. The reason why you need to get a good tattoo artist working on a geometric hand tattoo is that if just a small shape on the tattoo is out of place, then the entire look gets ruined.
22. Lotus hand tattoo
The lotus is seen as a symbol of peace and tranquility. Because of this, you are often going to find the lotus hand tattoo used by those that are going through a period of change in their lives. These tattoos work especially well when paired with a Buddha tattoo or something like that. After all, the Buddha is seen just as much as a symbol of peace and tranquility. In fact, the lotus has a major role in Buddhism.
23. Anchor hand tattoo
Anchor hand tattoos are often used by those that have a tie to the sea. You will often find them used by sailors and the like. However, you don’t need to have a tie to the sea if you want to enjoy one of these tattoos. It is one of those rare tattoos that can also work immensely well if you are looking for a symbol to show how grounded you are in your life.
24. Gorilla hand tattoo
The gorilla is seen as a symbol of strength and intelligence. Despite the fierce exterior that some gorillas seem to put out, they are often seen as a symbol of gentleness or family. This means that if you are into that sort of symbolism, then the gorilla hand tattoo will end up working wonders. We just have gorilla hand tattoos because they end up looking amazing, no matter how simple or detailed the tattoo ends up being.
25. Grim Reaper hand tattoo
The Grim Reaper hand tattoo is often part of an emo or gothic image. Obviously, the grim reaper is mainly seen as an image of death. However, there are some people that use the grim reaper as a way to show that they have managed to cheat death in their life. For example, because they have managed to overcome an addiction.
26. Moth hand tattoo
Moths are another one of those tattoos that can be a symbol of death and the afterlife. However, we also like to see the moth as a symbol of rebirth and beauty. There are many moths out there that actually look a lot more gorgeous than butterflies do. Because there are tons and tons of different moth species, you probably shouldn’t have too many issues finding a moth that suits your own personality.
27. Tree hand tattoo
There are lots of trees that you can use on your hand. Each of them will carry a different meaning. For example, a tree of life could be a symbol of rebirth. Other trees may symbolize that you are close to nature. It is important that you think long and hard about the type of tree hand tattoo that you want. You are looking for symbolism that really speaks to you.
28. Eye hand tattoo
The eye hand tattoo can mean many things. For example, the tattoo idea that we have shared with you here is a symbol for the Illuminati. A great symbol for those conspiracy theorists! Most people, however, will be getting an eye hand tattoo because they want to show that they are keeping a careful eye on the world around them. It is a symbol of awareness. Others may just get an eye tattoo on their hand because it looks cool.
29. Family hand tattoo
Family hand tattoos for men, as the name suggests, are all about family. For example, you may want to get the names of your family members tattooed onto you. Some people opt for something a bit more subtle and get their initials or date of birth. Of course, if you really want to go all-in on the family hand tattoo idea, then you could even get their faces tattooed onto your hand. You will probably need an experienced tattooist for that, though.
30. Sun hand tattoo
The sun is a symbol of light and rebirth. It has also played a key role in several different religions. Because of this, there are plenty of different ways you can incorporate the sun onto your hand. One of the great things about using the sun on your hand is that the image tends to be rather small. This means that it works well on the tiny canvas. The sun will always be recognizable as a sun, even when it is shrunk down.
31. Tribal hand tattoo
Tribal tattoos come in a whole host of different forms. Obviously, they are meant to represent a tribe that you belong to. The vast majority of people will only get a tribal hand tattoo when they are a member of a particular tribe. This is because each type of tribal tattoo will have its own symbolism, and you really want a tattoo that symbolizes who you are as a person.
32. Polynesian hand tattoo
Polynesian hand tattoos are tattoos that have their roots in Polynesian culture. As a result, this is another one of the tattoos that you will probably only want to get if you are part of that culture or at least have ties to the culture. There are many different symbols that you can use here, and each of them tends to relate to something very specific.
33. Raven hand tattoo
Raven tattoos are key parts of gothic culture. The raven is a symbol of prophecy, mostly related to death. However, they can be used in a whole host of different ways. In our opinion, the raven is one of the most beautiful birds around. Even if you are not planning to get this type of tattoo for the symbolism that it promotes, we are fairly confident that you will find that it works anyway. It is one of the better birds that you can have on your hand.
34. Bat hand tattoo
Bats are often seen as a symbol of death and rebirth. Honestly, a bat may be one of the only rodents out there that tend to have a bit of symbolism behind it, at least to the point where you are going to want to try and incorporate it onto your hand. Of course, bats also play a key role in the mythology of vampires. So, if you are a fan of bats, a bat hand tattoo could work incredibly well for you.
35. Cherry blossom hand tattoo
The Cherry Blossom is a tattoo that many men seem to steer clear of. We suppose that this is down to the fact that the Cherry Blossom is pink, and many men aren’t a huge fan of having a pink tattoo. Still, it is something that we have absolutely fallen in love with. This is because the cherry blossom is a symbol of life and rebirth. Of course, unique tattoos are always great too, and there being few people rocking this tattoo can work in your favor.
36. Line hand tattoo
Line art tattoos are simple tattoos, which means that they are not going to cost a ton of money to get. Of course, the whole reason why one would get a line hand tattoo is not that they are cheap (although that is a benefit); it is just that, sometimes, line tattoos are simple, and this creates a powerful message. You break down any symbol, animal, or tattoo idea into a few lines. It is just striking. You can have these tattoos as small or as large as you want.
37. Samurai hand tattoo
Next up on our list of the best hand tattoos for men is the Samurai hand tattoo. In Japanese culture, the Samurai are fierce warriors who are also intensely loyal to those that surround them. This means that when you get a Samurai hand tattoo, you are really pushing the idea of loyalty to all of those that surround you. It helps that the Samurai wear some great outfits too.
38. Viking hand tattoo
Vikings are seen as some of the toughest warriors in history. They managed to fight their way across Europe. There are a lot of people that claim that they have Viking blood, and these tend to be the same people that end up getting a Viking hand tattoo. You could always get an image of Norse Gods or various Viking clothing. However, on the hand, we prefer the idea of Viking runes. It helps to keep things nice and simple.
39. Biomechanical hand tattoo
Biomechanical hand tattoos are meant to create the illusion that you have gears and metal pistons operating underneath your skin. Basically, almost like you are a robot. As with many of the best hand tattoos for men on this list, the biomechanical hand tattoo works exceedingly well when you are working with a talented artist. This is because you want every part of that image to line up with your bones, muscles, etc.
40. Eye of Horus hand tattoo
The Eye of Horus is a key symbol in Ancient Egyptian culture. The Eye of Horus is meant to be a symbol of protection. In Ancient Egyptian culture, the Eye of Horus was meant to be seen as a symbol of health. A lot of people opt for it for that reason. Of course, there may still be a few people out there that worship Ancient Egyptian Gods, but we reckon those people are few and far between!
41. Panther hand tattoo
In most countries, the panther is seen as a symbol of death. We like to see it as a symbol of solitude. These tattoos tend to be rocked by those that like to keep themselves to themselves. Of course, it is also a pretty ferocious animal and one of the most beautiful of cats. It could work like that too.
42. Phoenix hand tattoo
The Phoenix is a mythological bird. It is said to symbolize rebirth. We find that the beautiful colors of the Phoenix work well for a hand tattoo. They really stand out. We find that the Phoenix hand tattoo tends to work incredibly well for those that are going through a period of change in their life. Almost as if they have been reborn.
43. Bull hand tattoo
Bulls are symbols of wealth, courage, and power. Sadly, not a lot of people opt for them when it comes to hand tattoos. However, we suppose that this is something that will end up working in your favor. If you rock a bull hand tattoo, you will be able to stand out from the crowd. This type of tattoo also works well if you are born under the Taurus star sign.
44. Couples hand tattoo
If you are in a relationship, then a couple’s hand tattoo could work. There are a couple of paths that you can go down here. Some people may want to go down the simple route of having their significant other’s name tattooed onto them. Other people will opt for half and half tattoos. This means that when you join up with your partner, the tattoos are combined into a single image.
45. Galaxy hand tattoo
Galaxy hand tattoos are uncommon. We suppose it is because many men do not believe that you can fit the vastness of space onto your hand. You can. You just need a good tattoo artist. Look at the example that we have given here. The artist has managed to capture planets and other celestial bodies, even on a small hand.
46. Chinese hand tattoo
Chinese hand tattoos can go down two routes. One of the most common routes is to get some Chinese writing tattooed onto you. In other cases, you could opt for Chinese symbolism, e.g., parts of Chinese culture, Chinese dragons, etc.
47. Kraken hand tattoo
The Kraken is a mythological beast said to pull ships down to their doom. This is a favorite type of tattoo among those nautical lovers. However, the Kraken hand tattoo also works well for those that are into mythological creatures. A lot of the Kraken symbolism is the same as that of the Octopus.
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48. Mayan hand tattoo
Mayan hand tattoos have always been a firm favorite for people. There is something about a culture that practiced human sacrifice that seems rather endearing. Of course, that is not the only thing that the Mayans did. They did build an epic civilization. However, it always seems to be the human sacrifice that ends up sticking in people’s minds. These Mayan hand tattoos tend to boast Mayan symbols, perhaps skulls.
49. Tree of Life Hand Tattoo
Mythology states that we all come from the Tree of Life. The leaves fall, and that creates us. When we die, we return to the tree of life, and it is there that we wait, ready to be reborn again. As you can probably imagine, the symbolism related to Tree of Life tattoos is rich.
It is all about showing off the rebirth of a person. A lot of people that opt for a tree of life tattoo have gone through a life-changing experience, and they are showing that they have come through that experience as a much better, much more knowledgeable person.
50. Watercolor hand tattoo
Watercolor hand tattoos are not a specific type of tattoo. Instead, it is all about having the image produced in a specific art style. As you can probably guess from the name, this means that the image is meant to look like it has been crafted using watercolor paints.
This means bright colors that have almost that thin paint feel to them. Just about any of the tattoo ideas on this page could easily be replicated in a watercolor hand tattoo style. Although, of course, you will want to ensure that you are working with a good tattoo artist for this one.
51. Arabic hand tattoo
Arabic tattoos can take a variety of different forms. Some people, for instance, are going to opt for an Arabic tattoo that really shows off Arabic lettering, etc. However, in this case, the person has opted for an Arabic hand tattoo that shows off parts of Arabic culture.
This means beautiful, intricate patterns. The main issue that one is going to face here is not so much deciding they want an Arabic hand tattoo but trying to determine the exact imagery that they want to show off in the tattoo that they do choose.
52. Blackwork hand tattoo
The way that a blackwork hand tattoo can look will vary depending on who you ask. For us, a blackwork hand tattoo is a gorgeous tattoo that boasts dark coloring. In fact, just black. Just about any image can probably be recreated in a blackwork hand tattoo.
However, the ones that tend to work the best will be those that do not need a huge amount of detail in them, as you can see from the blackwork hand tattoo idea that we have shared here. If something looks good with solid colors, then it is probably going to work well as a blackwork hand tattoo.
53. Hourglass hand tattoo
The hourglass hand tattoo is an ever-present reminder that time is constantly ticking down upon us. Many people see this type of tattoo as a reminder to try and live life to the absolute fullest, and you may want to go down that same route. We love hourglass tattoos as there are plenty of ways to spice them up, e.g., add specific dates or times around them. There are some pretty cool hourglass designs that you can use too.
54. Pocket watch hand tattoo
Much like the hourglass, the pocket watch is an indicator of the time that is ticking by. It is often used by those that want to represent a specific time in their life. For example, the time they are or their children were born. These tattoos are often an option for those that really feel as if they are governed by time. Some may see them as a reminder to try and live their life to the absolute fullest. The choice is yours!
55. Spiderman hand tattoo
Spiderman is, without a doubt, the coolest of superheroes. Stick one of his tatts on your hand? You are showing your love for him. Plus, let’s be honest, spiders are pretty damn cool. We find that Spiderman hand tattoos work with a dash of color.
After all, Spiderman red is highly recognizable. However, if you aren’t a fan of having color on your hand, this isn’t too much of an issue. You can opt for black and white, just like our example tattoo has.
56. African hand tattoo
When it comes to African hand tattoos, there are a ton of routes that you can go down. In the example image, you can see key scenes of Africa. So, animals, iconic trees, etc. That is if you want to go down the route of something a bit different, and that can be tough when you are looking to decorate your hand as you won’t have a huge amount of space to work with. Other people will likely opt for certain African tribal symbolism or even some ancient languages.
57. Maori hand tattoo
Next up on our list of the best hand tattoos for men is the Maori hand tattoo. As you likely know, the Maori come from Polynesia. Polynesian cultures tend to be steeped in tradition, and Maori tattoos are no exception to that rule.
Each of the tattoos will carry a different message. So much so that they are often frowned upon by those who are not part of this culture. If you are, then we suggest that you put in a little bit of research. There are some awesome tattoo ideas out there.
58. Neo-Traditional hand tattoo
Neo-traditional tattoos tend to make use of bright colors. They will often be paired with nice, clear lines. These tattoos are never going to be all that detailed and often make use of simple imagery. As you can tell from the example photo, flowers are a good choice for neo-traditional tattoos.
Because they do not rely on huge amounts of detail, you will often find that neo-traditional hand tattoos are firm favorites for the hand, particularly if you want a pop of color.
59. Stick and poke hand tattoo
When it comes to hand tattoos for men, the stick and poke hand tattoo is probably the most traditional. These are based on tattoos of old. Back then, they didn’t have all those fancy machines that they could use to draw fancy images. Instead, you would be jabbed repeatedly with a single ink-laden needle.
This creates a rather rough look to the tattoo image, which some people love. In our opinion, stick and poke tattoos tend to work best when you are working with smaller images, just like the example image that we have included.
60. Trash Polka hand tattoo
Trash Polka is an art style that began in Germany, although it rapidly spread around the world. Trash Polka tattoos make use of two colors; black and red. They tend to be bold colors, which means no shading.
The images that are used tend to be incredibly simple, but they look fantastic when they are done right. You are going to need to find a tattoo artist that understands this art style, though. Sadly, there are very few out there that do.
61. Eagle hand tattoo
Fancy a patriotic tattoo? An eagle hand tattoo may be right up your street. Obviously, you can get pretty detailed with these hand tattoos. However, we have deliberately chosen an eagle hand tattoo example that borders on the simpler side.
This is because most hand tattoos do tend to be simple. A lot of people don’t want something that is too overwhelming. In our opinion, you could try and spice your eagle hand tattoo up with an American flag or something similar.
62. Palm Tree hand tattoo
This is one of those hand tattoo ideas for men that many people don’t actually seem to think of. The palm tree is a symbol of peace and tranquility. There are some cultures that even claim that the palm tree is a symbol of rebirth.
Of course, a lot of people don’t even think about the symbolism when they are getting a tattoo like this. They just love beaches, or the palm tree reminds them of vacation that they once went on. These tattoos work best when they are on the smaller side of things.
63. Spartan hand tattoo
The Spartan is rarely found as a hand tattoo, hence why our example image has it on the arm. However, don’t let that put you off. There are plenty of experienced tattoo artists out there that can shrink down this Greek warrior into something a bit smaller than our example.
It certainly wouldn’t need to have as much detail. The Spartan hand tattoo is going to be a tremendous choice for those that want a tattoo that shows off feelings of strength and power. Some may just love that Ancient Greek culture.
64. American Flag hand tattoo
This is another one of those patriotic tattoos. Although, of course, only if you are an American. Getting an American flag otherwise would be rather odd! There isn’t all that much to say about this one of the best tattoo ideas for men.
After all, you probably already know the symbolism that the US has for you. You may want to pair this with other awesome images from American tradition for a tattoo that is even more patriotic.
65. Angel Wings hand tattoo
If you are religious, then the angel wings can be seen as a commitment to your faith. They may also be seen as a symbol of protection. One of the reasons why people tend to opt for angel wings rather than a full-sized angel on their hand is due to space.
As you can see from the example image we have given here, the person is rocking a tiny pair of angel wings on their fingers. It is still a religious symbol for them, but perhaps not as forward as a full-blown angel.
66. Bird hand tattoo
There are a ton of different routes that you can go down for bird tattoos. This is because each species of bird carries different symbolism. Some, for example, are symbols of beauty, intelligence, and wonder. Others are symbols of aggression or perhaps even rebirth.
If you are thinking about getting a bird hand tattoo (and you really should), then we suggest that you put in a lot of research. This way, you can end up with the perfect bird hand tattoo for you.
67. Date hand tattoo
Date hand tattoos are nowhere near as popular as we thought they would be. We suppose a lot of people tend to have meaningful dates hidden away or perhaps over their chest. This is why our example image doesn’t have a tattoo on the hand.
However, the same principle will apply when it comes to the best hand tattoos for men. You get a tattoo that shows off key dates. This may include the date that you got married, the date that your children were born, or even the date that you lost somebody close to you.
68. Greek God hand tattoo
At the risk of dealing with the wrath of Norse God lovers, we do have to say that the Greek Gods are the coolest gods imaginable. You have the likes of Zeus, Hercules, Medusa, and even Hades. You have a Greek God to fit every personality, so why wouldn’t you want to rock one of these on your hand?
Choose the Greek God that really gels with who you are as a person, and we reckon that you are going to end up with a tattoo that you will love for the rest of your life.
69. Name hand tattoo
As the name suggests, name hand tattoos are all about showing off people’s names. Generally speaking, it probably wouldn’t be your own name. Instead, it will be the name of somebody that is close to you. For example, we have seen people get name hand tattoos of the person they are in a relationship with.
Other people may get a name hand tattoo of their children. In both cases, you may even want to combine them with dates for an even cooler tattoo idea.
70. Ring hand tattoo
Let’s be honest; wedding rings are pretty damn expensive. Therefore, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that more and more people are opting for ring hand tattoos. You can use them as a symbol of your everlasting love, and you are probably going to end up with a ring that looks far cooler than anything that is storebought. These are great tattoos to get with your partner.
71. Roman numerals hand tattoo
Roman numerals tattoos are number tattoos designed to convey numbers and dates in a far cooler way. For example, you may want to use a roman numerals tattoo to show off the date that you got married (as in the sample image given), or you may want to use it to share the birth dates of your children. The possibilities are endless!
72. Space hand tattoo
Space hand tattoos are always difficult to get right. This is because space is big, and well, your hand isn’t. These are tattoos that have normally been reserved for the larger canvases on the body. However, as you can see from the sample image that we have given, this is a tattoo that absolutely can work.
You just need a good tattoo artist to do it. A good space hand tattoo will convey the vastness of space. They may include various colors, etc. We love a good space hand tattoo that has stars and the like on it. Some people may choose their favorite planets.
73. Abstract hand tattoo
This one of the best hand tattoos for men can mean different things to different people. To us, an abstract hand tattoo means a beautiful image where you can’t really tell what it is. Or, if you can, the image isn’t going to be too clear.
If you look at the works of Pablo Picasso, then this may give you a rough idea of what abstract means. In the example image, we have given, abstract means wavy lines. The image isn’t identifiable in the slightest, but you do get a great look.
74. American hand tattoo
We have already covered a few American tattoo ideas for men on this page. This means American flags and eagles. However, your possibilities for American hand tattoos don’t end here. Oh no. You have the entirety of American culture to tap into. For example, you can opt for a Native American. You can opt for passages from the Constitution. You can even get guns or whatever screams ‘America’ to you.
75. Big hand tattoo
Big hand tattoo ideas for men aren’t really a specific tattoo type. Instead, it is just a larger tattoo that you rock on your hands. Be prepared for these tattoos taking up your whole hand, though. Some people may find that it is tough to get employed when they do that. Still, a big hand tattoo can look great. This is because you have a ton more space to try and work huge amounts of detail into the tattoo idea.
76. Greek hand tattoo
There are a ton of things in Greek culture that you can try and incorporate into your Green hand tattoo ideas for men. For example, you can opt for Ancient Spartan warriors. You can opt for Greek Gods. You may even want to look into the idea of getting a tattoo of Ancient Greek writings. There are so many choices out there. We are sure it won’t be too tricky to find something that really lines up with your personality.
77. Koi Fish hand tattoo
The Koi is important in Japanese culture. You wouldn’t believe the amount of cash people will pay for unique-looking Koi. You? All you need to do is get a koi fish tattoo. There are a whole host of different colors that you can incorporate into your tattoo. You may even want to mix it up with some other images from Japanese culture.
78. Melting clock hand tattoo
The melting clock is a rather famous piece of artwork by Salvador Dali. Ever since then, the melting clock has been used in tattoos. The melting clock, supposedly, shows that time is constantly melting around us. It is a symbol that shows that we need to take advantage of the life that we have. You can put any time you want on the clock. Most people will opt for a time that is meaningful to them.
79. Minimalist hand tattoo
Minimalist hand tattoos tend to be very small. When most people think of minimalist tattoos, they tend to think of smaller images on their hands. Nothing too crazy. We have extended the definition of minimalist hand tattoos to anything that is small. Take the example image. Here, the person is opting for a phrase that means something to them.
80. Dotwork hand tattoo
Dotwork hand tattoos tend to be very similar to stick and poke tattoos. This means that the tattoo is just made up of a series of distinguishable dots. However, dotwork hand tattoos tend to have a lot more detail to them. Many of them will take up the entire hand. As you can probably guess, you can easily get a dotwork hand tattoo of any image that you want.
81. Egyptian hand tattoo
Egyptian hand tattoos are meant to show off symbols of Egyptian culture. The best Egyptian hand tattoos tend to depict Ancient Egyptian Gods. Others may have hieroglyphs or even images of the pyramids. Of course, you don’t have to look thousands of years into the past to get Egyptian hand tattoo ideas for men. You can also look into modern Egyptian culture for ideas.
82. Hawk hand tattoo
The hawk is an absolutely stunning bird. They are often seen as a symbol of loyalty and majesty. Some may see the hawk as a symbol of ferociousness. Of course, some people out there just see the hawk as a stunning bird that they want to include on their body in some way. You can opt for a very detailed hawk, although we have seen some hand tattoo ideas that opt for a slightly more cartoonish style, which we also love.
83. Mexican hand tattoo
Mexican hand tattoos are used to depict parts of Mexican culture. For example, you may get some Spanish lettering. You may get images of the Mexican flag. Or, you could just go down the route of the tattoo idea that we have included here.
This is a couple of singing Mexican fellas while wearing a sombrero. Of course, Mexican hand tattoos tend to be a favorite among those who hail from Mexico or have some connection to the culture.
84. Microphone hand tattoo
Microphone hand tattoos are firm favorites among singers or those that regularly perform on stage. A lot of the microphone tattoos that we have seen include images of singers or even song lyrics. Although, of course, you don’t have to go down that route. Sometimes simplicity is good, and just having a standard microphone can really convey the message that you want to convey.
85. Mountain hand tattoo
We do love our tattoos that depict nature scenes. Although sadly, there isn’t all that much that you can depict on the hand. The canvas is way too small. This is why we suggest that you consider mountain tattoo ideas. Mountains don’t need to be large to know what they are. This means that you can convey feelings of nature and openness right there on your hand. Of course, you may want to pair the mountains with smaller images, e.g., trees or nature. They won’t have anywhere near as much detail in them, though.
86. Old School hand tattoo
Old school hand tattoo ideas for men take you back to an age where tattoos were much simpler. Old school tattoos tend not to have a huge amount of detail in them. They use simple lines and simple colors. For some reason, skulls seem to be a big favorite in the world of old school hand tattoos. Flowers are another favorite.
87. Portrait hand tattoo
Portrait hand tattoos are meant to show off images of people that mean something to you. A lot of people may opt for images of their spouse or children. Some may go down the route of a favorite singer or actor.
The choice is yours. We do recommend that you take the time to track down a quality artist here, though. This is because a good portrait tattoo will need to have a lot of detail in it, and this is something that can be tough to do on the hand.
88. Superman hand tattoo
The Superman tattoo is often found on the chest. After all, sticking it on your chest allows you to recreate some pretty epic scenes from the movies and comics. However, if you don’t fancy getting it on your chest, no worries. The hand is just as good.
You just need a small Superman logo to show that you love the character. You could even go down the route of the example image that we have included. This means multiple symbols depicting top comic book characters from DC.
89. Tree roots hand tattoo
Tree roots hand tattoos can show how grounded you are as a person. Some people will use tree roots hand tattoos as a symbol of rebirth. In our opinion, the most important thing in a tree roots hand tattoo is the tree. Every tree carries different symbolism, so do your research. Find a tree that is perfect for the image that you are trying to convey.
90. Unicorn hand tattoo
Unicorn tattoos tend to be a favorite among women. You don’t find them often for men. However, that is why we love them. Sometimes, you just want something a bit more unique. Unicorn hand tattoos allow you to inject a touch of color onto your hand. You can also consider the symbolism of the unicorn. It is seen as an image of purity, love, and freshness.
91. Bible Verse hand tattoo
Bible verse tattoos are ideal for those that want to show their connection to religion. We are sure that you already have some bible verses that you really feel connect with you. You don’t even need to get the entire verse tattooed onto your hand. You should just get the name of the verse. That tends to be more ideal for the hand where you have limited space.
92. Celtic hand tattoo
Celtic hand tattoos for men are ideal for those that have a connection to Irish or Scottish culture. While the Celtic culture has long since died out, there are plenty of things that you can use for tattoo ideas here. This includes Celtic runes. Celtic Gods, or even writing in Ancient Celt.
93. Family tree hand tattoo
Family tree tattoos are perfect for those who want to fit the names of their loved ones onto their hand. You can opt for a symbol design here. This means the traditional way of looking at a family tree, i.e., names connected to one another. However, we prefer the design given in the example image. It is just awesome to look at the connected names on an actual tattoo.
94. Filipino hand tattoo
Next up on our list of the best hand tattoos for men we have the Filipino hand tattoo. This tattoo, as the name suggests, has its roots in Asian culture. There are lots of symbols that you can whip out here. However, we love the idea of having your favorite words in Tagalog. This means something that may mean a lot to you. This may mean your emotions or a goal of yours.
95. Flag hand tattoo
Flag hand tattoos are simple. You get a flag from a country that means something to you, generally the place where you live. Although, of course, there are flags for just about everything nowadays. What about a tattoo that shows your gender or sexuality?
96. Norse hand tattoo
Norse hand tattoos are awesome. The Vikings have always been seen as one of the most powerful cultures. They explored the world. They settled in places. They always let their aggression win out. Norse hand tattoos really play into this. They can depict Norse Runes or Norse Gods. You may even want to consider a tattoo of clothing from Norse culture.
97. Sketch hand tattoo
Sketch tattoos are made to appear as if somebody has sketched something in pen or pencil on your hand. You will need to pick a talented tattooist for this. A surprising number of them aren’t that great at sketch art. These images tend to be rather simple and yet still have a huge amount of detail. Of course, just about anything can be depicted on a sketch hand tattoo.