Not for the timid, hand tattoos are a choice made by those seeking a bold tattoo. There are few ways to cover up hand tattoos, making them a commitment.
There is of course the idea of words spelled out on the hand, each letter displayed on a finger.
This is not the only hand tattoo out there, though. Some tattoos are simply extensions of sleeves. Of course, there are also some that are pieces in their own right.
The hands thin skin can make it very sensitive, but the back of the hand is not considered one of the most sensitive areas on the body. So, discomfort is usually not a main factor in deciding to tattoo the hand. The location is probably the biggest aspect with this particular type of artwork. For professionals, or anyone hoping to one day work in the professional world, this can be seen as a very bad idea. Times have definitely changed when it comes to tattoos in mainstream society, so this is not the hard and fast rule it once was.
One form of hand tattoo that has become more acceptable in recent years are wedding rings. The permanence of a tattoo is an ideal symbol of eternal love and a lifelong commitment. The small ring tattoos can also be easily covered up, just in case.