Just like with neck tattoos, not everyone agrees that inking your palms is a good idea. The palms are unlike most other locations on the body because their callused skin presents the artist with a tricky texture to work on. Palm tattoos are also very prone to fading. However, a pro who's very experienced with the needle together with reasonable expectations can result in an excellent design, even if it's on your wrinkled little fingers! Bored Panda has compiled a list of creative tattoos that fit in the palm of your hand, and their imperfections only add to their uniqueness. From trippy 3D designs to gentle minimal strokes, these pieces definitely deserve the attention they can get!

#1

We Don’t Typically Recommend Palm Tattoos, But This One Has A Lot Of Meaning To Our Customer. Plus We Do Really Love How It Turned Out

We Don’t Typically Recommend Palm Tattoos, But This One Has A Lot Of Meaning To Our Customer. Plus We Do Really Love How It Turned Out

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Magpie 1 month ago

Upvoted for the title.

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Inked Mag advises to not complicate a palm tattoo with intricate designs, shading, or color palettes. "Palm tattoos are extremely prone to fading and falling out, which means simplistic designs with solid black will last the longest over time," they write. "Keep your design as simple and readable as possible, otherwise, you'll be left with an illegible mess."

#2

Dot Work Paw Print

Dot Work Paw Print

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Leo H 1 month ago

Watch ink masters they will tell you the worst place to get a tat is the hands cause it won't last

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Instead, they suggest considering lots of dots. "If you're not looking for a simple black outline, you can opt for dot work shading. Most other shading styles won't hold, however, saturated dot work can stand the tests of time if the dots are applied in multiple passes. This is because an artist applies dot shading like they would linework, depositing more pigment per dot than the wash-like shading you see in the whip technique."

#3

Very Fun Tattoo Done Today

Very Fun Tattoo Done Today

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Magpie 1 month ago

Arrrrrrrrrg!!!!! *runs awaaaay* _____________oh it is a tattoo right *cough* i weren't tricked. _________________arrrrrrrrrrrg.

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But if dots aren't your thing, there are other alternatives. For example, designs that are bold and black. "Let us say this loud and clear: BOLD WILL HOLD. Small, intricate and delicate designs will fall out, but heavy blacks will stay saturated in the skin long after the tattoo has healed. Callused skin that is constantly in motion, like the palms, has a faster regrowth than other locations on the body, which means that tattoo ink fades or falls out at a faster rate."

#4

Ginkgo Leaves. Fun Using The Palms In A Way I'm Not Normally Asked To Do

Ginkgo Leaves. Fun Using The Palms In A Way I'm Not Normally Asked To Do

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Sandra Laszlo-Bross 1 month ago

Wow the pinky's are so short!

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#5

He's Got The Whole World

He's Got The Whole World

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kathryn stretton 1 month ago

In his hands...

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#6

Another Pair Of Butterfly Palms From Last Week

Another Pair Of Butterfly Palms From Last Week

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Luis Milian 1 month ago

butterfly effect

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#7

Palm Tattoo Inspired By The Simpsons

Palm Tattoo Inspired By The Simpsons

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Harry Larter 1 month ago

Why you little...

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#8

Rad Palm Tattoos, Such An Awesome Experience

Rad Palm Tattoos, Such An Awesome Experience

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Wolfie 1 month ago

Love these there really cool

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#9

Honeycomb And Bee Tattoo

Honeycomb And Bee Tattoo

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Tambot 1 month ago

So cool, love the black bee with red honeycomb, striking.

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#10

Minimal Palm Tattoo

Minimal Palm Tattoo

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Foxxy 1 month ago

white ink fades sooo quickly so they would either have to live with ART once the E and H fade or get it touched up every few years.

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#11

We Found This Little Foo In The Shop

We Found This Little Foo In The Shop

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Just Curious 1 month ago

That appears to a snake, not a foo.

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#12

Got Some New Ink

Got Some New Ink

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Von 1 month ago

Fucking dope. Excuse my language, but mad props to the artist. The eye of the pyramid. Very clever.

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#13

Moon And Sun Palm Tattoos

Moon And Sun Palm Tattoos

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Missy Barton 1 month ago

Mollymauk

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#14

Palm Tattoo

Palm Tattoo

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miaow 1 month ago

Wow !!

#15

Palm Tattoos Are A Serious Undertaking But I Assure You Ariel Is Up To The Task

Palm Tattoos Are A Serious Undertaking But I Assure You Ariel Is Up To The Task

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Shirley Heyn 1 month ago

Always should have some give and take in life. . .

#16

Palm Full O’ Pills

Palm Full O’ Pills

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Larkin Elliott (student) 1 month ago

Um... what does this represent?

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#17

Self-Poke! "Weird Is Good" On My Palm, Done With My Non-Dominant Hand

Self-Poke! "Weird Is Good" On My Palm, Done With My Non-Dominant Hand

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Bonnie Blue Bird 1 month ago

yes it is

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#18

Palm Barcode Tattoo

Palm Barcode Tattoo

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Lisa-Marie Dhondt 1 month ago

I work in retail, my boss would be thrilled I'm sure...

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#19

Something Different

Something Different

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S 1 month ago (edited)

I actually know someone who has/had this same one on his palm. Cody, that you? LOL

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#20

Traveller's Palm Tattoo

Traveller's Palm Tattoo

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Give me a beagle any day... 1 month ago

I swear I keep seeing a mistake in this one. Right smack in the middle. Anyone else?

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#21

Atom - The Smallest Particle Of A Chemical Element That Can Exist

Atom - The Smallest Particle Of A Chemical Element That Can Exist

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meow point1 1 month ago

It's a lithium atom.

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#22

Flowers On Both Palms

Flowers On Both Palms

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Bec Snyder 1 month ago

Very pretty and intricate, would be spectacular with colors!

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#23

Oldie But Goldie. Both Healed

Oldie But Goldie. Both Healed

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Bonnie Blue Bird 1 month ago

Can someone explain the symbolism, please?

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#24

My First Palm Ever! Turned The Machine Way Doooooown For This One

My First Palm Ever! Turned The Machine Way Doooooown For This One

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Scarlet Opal 1 month ago

What does turning the machine mean/do, how does that work?

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#25

Intricate Palm Line Tattoo

Intricate Palm Line Tattoo

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Leo H 1 month ago

That is alot of work

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#26

It Was A Great Pleasure To Make This Beautiful Trifle On The Palm Of Jure

It Was A Great Pleasure To Make This Beautiful Trifle On The Palm Of Jure

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miaow 1 month ago

I like this one, simple

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#27

Flamingo Tattoo

Flamingo Tattoo

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Sherry Harvey 1 month ago

Rain falls from above, so is that flamingo pee?

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#28

Dot-Work Palm Tattoo

Dot-Work Palm Tattoo

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Momo Skarsgård 1 month ago

Buddha's love palm

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#29

I’m Just In Love With This Tattoo

I’m Just In Love With This Tattoo

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Sherry Harvey 1 month ago

Pretty sure love has nothing to do with this one.

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#30

Palm Tattoo

Palm Tattoo

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Slune 1 month ago

I don't hope the inspiration comes from "Tsunami" the ancient Japanese wood print! It looks like frozen claws.

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