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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

butterfly effect

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#7

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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#8

Palm Tattoo Inspired By The Simpsons

Palm Tattoo Inspired By The Simpsons

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Harry Larter 2 months ago

Why you little...

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#9

Honeycomb And Bee Tattoo

Honeycomb And Bee Tattoo

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Tambot 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

Mollymauk

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#14

Palm Tattoo

Palm Tattoo

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miaow 2 months ago

Wow !!

#15

Palm Full O’ Pills

Palm Full O’ Pills

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Larkin Elliott (student) 2 months ago

Um... what does this represent?

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#16

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 2 months ago

yes it is

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#17

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. . .

#18

Something Different

Something Different

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S 2 months ago (edited)

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

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#19

Palm Barcode Tattoo

Palm Barcode Tattoo

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Lisa-Marie Dhondt 2 months ago

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

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#20

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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#21

Traveller's Palm Tattoo

Traveller's Palm Tattoo

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Give me a beagle any day... 2 months ago

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

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#22

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 2 months ago

It's a lithium atom.

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#23

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 2 months ago

I like this one, simple

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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 2 months ago

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

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#25

Oldie But Goldie. Both Healed

Oldie But Goldie. Both Healed

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Bonnie Blue Bird 2 months ago

Can someone explain the symbolism, please?

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#26

Intricate Palm Line Tattoo

Intricate Palm Line Tattoo

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Leo H 2 months ago

That is alot of work

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#27

Flamingo Tattoo

Flamingo Tattoo

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Sherry Harvey 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

#31

Scorpion Tattoo

Scorpion Tattoo

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miaow 2 months ago

Cool

#32

Is It Shark Week Yet?

Is It Shark Week Yet?

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#33

Everything Fades

Everything Fades

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Kristy P 2 months ago

That'll be cool when it does:-)

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#34

Palm Tattoo

Palm Tattoo

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Momo Skarsgård 2 months ago

The fingers and edge of the hand messes it up for me.

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#35

Palm Tattoo

Palm Tattoo

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NoYFB 2 months ago

Funny idea but the anatomy of the tattooed hand looks weird.

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#36

Little Old Match Stick

Little Old Match Stick

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Katie Redman 2 months ago

Awww, that's so beautiful! I love the idea of how it could represent the "magic" sparking in a hand? But all the same, it's really lovely and the artist should be proud, as it just entices me even more to get a tattoo, although I don't exactly want to be violating any school rules quite yet... :)

#37

Circles

Circles

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Tambot 2 months ago

I would like to know the story or meaning behind a lot of these.

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#38

Palm Tattoo

Palm Tattoo

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Leo H 2 months ago

Alot of these just scream..look at me

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#39

Ant Tattoo On Palm

Ant Tattoo On Palm

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miaow 2 months ago

but what if there was a real insect on your hand, how will you find it? The lucky ant can blend in with the crowd lololol :D

#40

The Moon

The Moon

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#41

Artwork On A Palm

Artwork On A Palm

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#42

Palms Tatted

Palms Tatted

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反社会的 UNDER COVER 2 months ago

this is super fucking cool though

#43

So This Happened Today, Finally Got My Other Palm Tattooed

So This Happened Today, Finally Got My Other Palm Tattooed

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Tambot 2 months ago

Beautiful pointillism, so nice

#44

Snake's Spine. Traditional Berber Tattoo. Antique Protection Symbol Against Bad Things And Evil Eyes

Snake's Spine. Traditional Berber Tattoo. Antique Protection Symbol Against Bad Things And Evil Eyes

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#45

Palm Tattoo

Palm Tattoo

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Mama Panda 2 months ago

Why does his thumb look like a penis?

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#46

Brain And Heart

Brain And Heart

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 2 months ago

I love this concept. The dichotomy of man.

#47

Palm Skull Tattoo

Palm Skull Tattoo

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#48

Emotional Landscapes/Don’t Tell Me To Smile

Emotional Landscapes/Don’t Tell Me To Smile

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#49

Little Cute Devil

Little Cute Devil

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Nikki D 2 months ago

Why file your nails into claws?

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#50

Blasted A Palm Last Night. Kid Took It Like A Champ

Blasted A Palm Last Night. Kid Took It Like A Champ

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Anne 2 months ago

why.

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#51

Hand Mandala

Hand Mandala

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miaow 2 months ago

this one is really pretty

#52

Snowflake

Snowflake

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PinkPanda 2 months ago

This is really pretty, I’d personally put it somewhere other than the palm, though.

#53

Nick Didn’t Enjoy This

Nick Didn’t Enjoy This

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#54

Impressive Palm Tattoos

Impressive Palm Tattoos

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反社会的 UNDER COVER 2 months ago

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge?

#56

Broccoli Tattoo

Broccoli Tattoo

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PinkPanda 2 months ago

Someone lost a bet?

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#57

Warrior Palm

Warrior Palm

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#58

Palms For Emilie

Palms For Emilie

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#59

Palm Tattoo From The Voodoo/Tribal Flashes

Palm Tattoo From The Voodoo/Tribal Flashes

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#60

Little Bit Red “Creation Of Adam” Hands For Jaleesa Made Today On The Palm

Little Bit Red “Creation Of Adam” Hands For Jaleesa Made Today On The Palm

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Tambot 2 months ago

I love your "psalms" tattoo.

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#61

Scissors On Palm

Scissors On Palm

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#62

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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#63

Hold On Palm Tattoo

Hold On Palm Tattoo

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Martti Laurson 2 months ago

What does no dloh mean?

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#64

Heart Tattoo

Heart Tattoo

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#65

Had The Pleasure Of Ruining Bri's Day Yesterday With These Palm Tattoos

Had The Pleasure Of Ruining Bri's Day Yesterday With These Palm Tattoos

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#66

Well This Was Just A Little Bit Of Fun And Also... Ouch

Well This Was Just A Little Bit Of Fun And Also... Ouch

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#67

Client Of Steel

Client Of Steel

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#68

Healed And Fresh

Healed And Fresh

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#69

Cheese And Knife In The Hands

Cheese And Knife In The Hands

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Dana 2 months ago

Who cut the cheese?

#71

I Got To Make Brennas Day Today. Thank You For Sitting So Tough

I Got To Make Brennas Day Today. Thank You For Sitting So Tough

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#72

Beautiful Line Work

Beautiful Line Work

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#73

Dead Inside

Dead Inside

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miaow 2 months ago

:(

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#74

Palm Tattoos

Palm Tattoos

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#75

Fresh And Healed Pictures Of This Unalome In The Palm I Did Some Time Ago

Fresh And Healed Pictures Of This Unalome In The Palm I Did Some Time Ago

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miaow 2 months ago

Awesome!!!

#76

Harry Potter Palm Tattoo

Harry Potter Palm Tattoo

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Give me a beagle any day... 2 months ago

I knew it was coming.... someone had to do a HP ink.

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#78

Line Tattoo

Line Tattoo

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Tardis42 2 months ago

Why get this put on your hand?

#79

Rose On A Palm

Rose On A Palm

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