Reviewed & updated: March 22, 2023 by Jamie Wilson BA
If you are looking for a good palm tattoo idea, then look no further as we have the best list of palm tattoo ideas here for you.
Palm tattoos are pretty rare and for good reasons.
The skin on our palm is unlike most other parts of our body. The tricky texture and callused skin of the palm make it hard to ink.
Expert tattoo artists can draw them, but you need to have a better understanding of them in your head before you go to ink. Inking palm tattoos provide a lot more pain than other locations of our bodies. Additionally, the skin on our palms is callused skin which means they have a faster regrowth rate than other parts of our body. This is why they are extremely prone to fading very shortly after the healing process has ended and you will require touch-ups at multiple passes which will cause you pain multiple times. If you want to keep them on your skin long and heal them quicker, keep the part of your hands tattooed safely from sun damage by wearing gloves. When you wear gloves, they keep your tattoo clean as well.
Small Palm Tattoo
Small tattoos are just as intriguing as large tattoos that cover up a large part of someone’s body. Many people get small tattoos when they don’t want the ink to take up a whole lot of their skin. However, many people even ink many of them together to make a large body art, like a large doodle painting.
The picture above is of a small traditional coin tattoo in a simple black outline in the middle of the palm. The picture below is of a small and intricate Penrose triangle outline tattoo art with shading done in dot work. The Penrose triangle symbolizes doing the impossible and the mysterious side of the wearer.
You can get any design you want in a small and minimalistic form by drawing just the outlines with minimal or no shading.
Old School Palm Tattoo
Old school tattoos are steeped in the history of various cultures. Japanese traditional tattooing or Irezumi began around 10000 BCE, while American traditional tattoos started around the 2nd World War. The bold lines and bold colours of the tattoos made it quite popular in a very short time and they are still popular today.
The picture above shows a black and grey traditional tattoo of the mythical creature Kraken and it’s holding a small ship on one of its limbs. The picture below shows two black and grey traditional tattoos of peonies and a skull in the shape of a heart wrapped by barbed wire and some flames above.
Traditional tattoos usually have excellent bold colour work. Hence, you can get colourful traditional tattoos other than black and grey ones of the pictures as well.
Black And Grey Palm Tattoo
Black and grey palm tattoos gained their popularity from Chicano tattoos. Chicano tattoos came into existence with the help of people of Mexican-American culture. The journey of black and grey tattoos starts from there and is still going strong. Many people around the world still choose these tattoos instead of trendy colourful ones.
The two outline tattoos on both palms in the picture above are of skulls and flowers in black and grey bold lines with no shading work. The other tattoo on the palm and fingers in the picture below is made up of geometric patterns filled with solid black ink.
Any tattoo design can look good in black and grey ink, but especially realistic, and Chicano tattoos are the best of the lot. Hence, you can choose small designs in any tattooing style for your next black and grey palm tattoo.
Simple Palm Tattoo
Simple tattoo design means simplistic designs drawn with just the outline or fine line work of the desired design. Most people get the outlines done in black and grey ink, but the fine line tattoos that are done in different colours have a modern touch to them. Sometimes these simple tattoos look much more gorgeous and elegant than any complex big tattoos.
The picture above is of an ornamental dot work palm and fingers tattoo made up of different shapes of dots. The picture below is of a palm tattoo with animated designs of eyes, nose, and mouth with a cigarette in mouth, tear from an eye, and the words ‘dead inside’ written above.
Any and all designs can be turned into simple tattoo designs and they still hold all the symbolism, so get choosing the best one for your tattoo.
Dot Work Shading Tattoo
Dot work tattoos are mostly done by hand poking technique. They can be done by regular coil machines, but people mostly prefer stick-and-poke tattoos. They come in all colours. Most people get the shading styles done in dot work, but some even get full portraits, landscapes, or pieces of art done in dot work.
The picture above shows two skull tattoos, one includes candles and the other includes a snake. The skulls and candles have shading work in dot work. The picture below shows a palm tattoo of round figures entirely done in dot work. The entire tattoo is done in black ink dot shading.
Shading in dot work in colour is rare, but many artists do them and they surely look unique. You can get flowers, birds, or butterflies with dot work coloured shading.
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Religious Palm Tattoo
Many people get religious tattoos in their palms or as hand tattoos to always keep God with them. There are millions of Gods and Goddesses around the world in every culture. If you belong to a particular culture or respect the religious stories of the culture and their deities, then you can get tattoos of them.
The outline tattoo of the Hindu deity ‘Maa Kali’ in the picture above is done in simple black ink. Another outline tattoo of the third eye in the picture below is also done in black ink. Third eye tattoos can represent God watching over us.
You can also get a Hamsa tattoo done. It’s an amulet that is said to symbolize blessings of God, power, and protection from evil. The amulet is in the shape of a palm.
Palm Word Tattoo
Word tattoos can be of anything and in any language and they usually help you express your emotions the best. It can be a word that has some significance or something related to your passion. You can also get a word tattoo in honour of someone close to you, something as a remembrance.
The picture above is of a Japanese word tattoo with some flowers on a palm in red ink. It’s the Japanese word ‘oni’ which means ‘demon’ in English. The picture below is of a black palm tattoo of cat eyes, nose, whiskers, and mouth drawn in bold lines with the words ‘meow’ written above it.
You can get tattoos of an inspirational line that will remind you to stay motivated all the time or something said by someone close to you to always keep them close by.
Coordinated Two Palms Tattoo
If you decide to get palm tattoos, you get an option to get such a design that you only come alive when you put two palms together. There are endless designs you can try with these tattoos and they all look extremely unique and fun. Some designs that can look the best are heart tattoos, circle tattoos made up of words instead of lines, or yin and yang.
The picture above shows a honeycomb and bee design tattooed by coordinating in both palms. The picture below shows intricate designs of flowers tattooed by coordinating in both palms. It looks like the wearer is holding a bunch of flowers in their hands.
You can get some tattoo designs with your loved one by coordinating on each palm of both your hands. Couple tattoos with your partner can be a fantastic choice for these kinds of tattoos.
Palm Henna Tattoo
Henna tattoos are made from fresh organic matter and they are drawn on the skin with the paste made from them. They are temporary designs that will not cause you any pain, unlike electric tattoos that are pretty painful. These will also fade in about two weeks from your skin, so they can be perfect for people who don’t want to commit to a tattoo for the rest of their lives. They might even be fading at a faster rate. They can seem to be fading if you just got it last week. Henna tattoos are widely popular hand tattoos for women in India. Mainly women get them on their palms during weddings and other festivities.
The henna tattoo on the picture above is made up of intricate geometric patterns, floral, and mandala designs. The henna tattoo on the picture below is made up of delicate designs of butterflies in various sizes. Both designs include finger tattoos as well.
You can get a design specifically designed for any festivities, like a Christmas-themed henna, a Halloween-themed one, or Easter-themed henna.
Palm Print Tattoo
Palm print tattoos have gotten quite popular nowadays. Most parents get the palm prints of their children tattooed on their skin to carry the love they have for their kids everywhere they go. Some parents get them to honour the little ones they lost along the way by including angel wings with the tattoo design.
The picture above is of a palm print or palm-size tattoo on palm of hand of the wearer in honour of their lost baby. The picture below is of an intricate palm print design tattooed in a way that it looks like two people are holding hands and walking.
You can get the shape of the palm print of the ones you love and make the design with their birth date, time, and more things related to them. It can be a unique design.
If you have decided on what design to get, hold that thought as we have a few more suggestions for you. Get your palm tattoo in solid colours and keep the design minimal or it may end up looking like an illegible mess. Dot work can do wonders, especially saturated dot work which provides more pigment than brushed shading of tattoos done by whip technique. The solid tattoo ink and dot work both stay saturated for a long time and you will need that if you’re getting palm tattoos as they are prone to fading.
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What is a palm tattoo?
A palm tattoo is any type of tattoo that is placed on the palm of the hand. This type of tattoo design generally features bold lines, geometric shapes and symbols, which are meant to represent something meaningful to the wearer. Some popular designs for palm tattoos include mandalas, lotus flowers, animals and other spiritual symbols. Generally, people who choose this type of tattoo design are looking to make a powerful statement. Palm tattoos are often used as an outward expression of inner strength and courage, or an inward reminder to stay true to oneself. Additionally, these types of tattoos may also signify protection, both physical and spiritual.
What are the benefits of a palm tattoo?
Palm tattoos can provide a number of benefits to the wearer. For example, they are often larger than other types of tattoos, making them more visible and easier to show off. Additionally, many people find that palm tattoos have a more dramatic effect than other body art designs. This type of tattoo is also considered very personal, as it is often used as a way to share hidden messages and create meaningful connections with the wearer. Finally, palm tattoos have been known to be quite mesmerizing, making them eye-catching and attractive.
How much does a palm tattoo cost?
The cost of a palm tattoo can vary greatly depending on the size and complexity of the design. Generally, simple designs will cost less than more detailed ones. Additionally, the location of the tattoo studio and the experience of the artist can also affect the price. On average, expect to pay anywhere from $50-500 for a quality palm tattoo. However, it is important to remember that quality tattoos take time and care to create, so be sure to do your research and find the right artist for your design.
What are some palm tattoo design ideas?
Some popular ideas for palm tattoos include symbols of protection, strength and courage. These may include mandalas, lotus flowers, animals, words or phrases in different languages or even names of loved ones. Additionally, geometric shapes are often used in palm tattoos as they can be manipulated to create intricate designs that have special meaning to the wearer.