While cultures from around the world have decorated their hands with bold and often astonishingly detailed tattoo art for thousands of years, today’s tattoo designs can be as simple as the wearer wishes, and at no expense of style.
Sailors, warriors, and priests often tattooed sacred symbols onto their hands for protection against evil, as well as in honor of loved ones.
For that reason anchors, birds, and stars abound in sailing lore, with no shortage of tattoo renditions.
The initials of a loved one are also ideal for the hand, a constant and cherished reminder of what you hold dear. Many modern couples even prefer to tattoo their nuptial bands onto their fingers, with class rings and friendship emblems not far behind.
Arrows and compasses are well-suited to the fingers and center of the hand respectively, as both remind the wearer of their true direction, and to lead by example.
We use our hands more than any other part of the body, so it’s understandable that the right tattoo represents all you put into action. Entrepreneur or tradesman, hand tattoos in their simplest rendering remind us of where we come from, what we love, and what compels us to keep going. These are not just accessories, but proclamations of what a man devotes his strength to.