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 tattoo artist who's very experienced with the needle together with reasonable expectations can result in excellent tattoo design, even if it's on your wrinkled little fingers! Bored Panda has compiled a list of creative tattoo ideas 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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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 body art 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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Stina Kolling
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's probably very difficult to tat lace without hands though.

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Just saying
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love, love, love this one. I would think that it would have to get touched up every so often though. Still, I would get this one.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would always be scrubbing my hands to get them clean. . .

Pam
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

none of them will age well. Its typical of work on the palm :)

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Val Naim
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this but typically the front of the center 'paw pad' is raised a little, not the back.

Larkin Elliott (student)
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3 years ago

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What? Could you please use grammatically correct sentences?

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Hermalyn Iaukea
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@ Larkin Elliot (student) No! Why? (Mother,grandmother, wife, high school graduate, 4 yr college, bilingual) need I say more?!? For one, You're on Bored panda, Not in MF Grammar school! Two, you AIN'T no teacher! Three, get a life better than this one, checking people's GRAMMAR & shit on your cell phone, computer because you think you know it all and are better at grammar! Four, your age or education doesn't give you the right nor place to be a grammar agent! ( Another one of my made up grammar B.S!) to be checking anyone's grammar where most people on here don't give a shit! As long as they get point across and, you SELF-RIGHTEOUS, wanna be a grammar major, or get a PhD as a grammar surgeon! 😂🤣😭 (Which neither one even exist or makes since!) Who GAF?!? ( How about you graduate from student, to teacher, then get out back in your place becuz you're now out of line! ( Student who still is studying wtf ever, oh, must be grammar school of Higher Education! You aren't very popular on this website/internet/bored 🐼, with 8 down votes/points and going! I can go on & on but I'm so tired of all this grammar reading! How about you check your spelling, nouns, punctuation marks, capitalism letters, spaces, & when to STFU! You see obviously, ( but unfortunately not to you who can only see pass their own feet) nobody GAF!!! We use short hand, long hand, broken English, shorter shit like WTF,STFU, OMG, DAF, AF, LMFAO, LMAO, LOL, etc, etc! Last but not least of me putting you in your place, dropping your ass back down to size, and nobody on here cares what you say about grammar! ( How MF boring!) And we have spelling and grammar check/help on our so many different types of QWERTY boards etc, translation, put in punctuation marks for you if you don't want to, put words up you already used, or looks close to so you yourself don't even need to spell! We ALL have our own personal grammar, writing, spelling, etc assistant on the tips of our fingers or our voice, all we have to do is talk- text without having to even write, text, whatever! But some of us aren't concerned much about this shit because if we chose to tap into all this our grammar would always be better than yours but most of us don't waste time because again, this nor are we in Grammar school here on bored panda, you're on the wrong site, fuc* king, telling the wrong people who don't give AF who or what you do! We just know you're a very annoying, undereducated in more ways than one, which 1 being not knowing shit about how to use your time or cellphone/computer savvy, on & on & on dang I'm on a row and I eat students or better than tho but probably still a virgin students who have a long way to go before they really learn anything outside of their own self closed minded, annoying, STFU already student, don't give a rats ass how old you are! One advise, get off your high 🐎 before your dumb af student mouth gets knocked the fu+x

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Instead, they suggest considering lots of dots. "If you're not looking for a simple black outline of your small tattoo, 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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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 that you'll see in this tattoo gallery. 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."

#5

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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#6

Rad Palm Tattoos, Such An Awesome Experience

Rad Palm Tattoos, Such An Awesome Experience

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#7

Another Pair Of Butterfly Palms From Last Week

Another Pair Of Butterfly Palms From Last Week

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#8

Honeycomb And Bee Tattoo

Honeycomb And Bee Tattoo

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Tambot
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#9

Palm Tattoo Inspired By The Simpsons

Palm Tattoo Inspired By The Simpsons

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#10

Minimal Palm Tattoo

Minimal Palm Tattoo

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Foxxy
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Got Some New Ink

Got Some New Ink

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Von
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#12

We Found This Little Foo In The Shop

We Found This Little Foo In The Shop

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#14

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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#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
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

#18

Palm Barcode Tattoo

Palm Barcode Tattoo

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Lisa-Marie Dhondt
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#20

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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#21

Traveller's Palm Tattoo

Traveller's Palm Tattoo

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Give me a beagle any day...
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#22

Flowers On Both Palms

Flowers On Both Palms

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Bec Snyder
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very pretty and intricate, would be spectacular with colors!

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#23

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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#25

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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#26

Intricate Palm Line Tattoo

Intricate Palm Line Tattoo

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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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty sure love has nothing to do with this one.

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#30

Palm Tattoo

Palm Tattoo

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Slune
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3 years ago

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

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