76 Hand Tattoos For Women with Meaning

Hand tattoos are always visible. From small to big, simple to intricate, these hand tattoos for women are so stunning that you will never regret them.

Unlike the back or the arm, there is not much flat, blank space to tattoo on the hands. But what makes the hand such a unique tattoo placement is that it is rarely covered. With such high exposure, you will want something both aesthetically pleasing and personal.

Though the hands are not a big canvas, there are some sub-placements to choose from – the palm, the fingers, the thumb. Or you can get a full hand tattoo covering the entire hand.

While men may prefer tattoos with dense colors and thick lines, hand tattoos for women are often simpler, more decorative, and elegant. So if you are looking for ink that is both expressive and beautiful, this list of hand tattoos for women is for you.

Disclaimer: This tattoo collection is for inspiration only. Please do not copy the artwork. If you love these tattoos, follow artists and show them some support.

Hand tattoos for women with meaning

Simple hand tattoos for women

A beautiful hand tattoo doesn’t need to be intricate. Because the hand is smaller than the back, the arm, or the thigh, simple tattoos fit better into the placement. If you are a minimalist and appreciate something elegant and simple, the following tattoo ideas are for you.

Leaves hand tattoo

Leaves hand tattoo by @joannamroman

@joannamroman

Natural elements like the leaves and vines are perfect to tattoo on the hand. To keep it simple and nice, you can tattoo one small leaf on the finger. Or you can multiply and tailor-make to the shape of the placement.

Blue leaves finger tattoo

Blue leaves finger tattoo by @morae_tattoo

@morae_tattoo

One way to make a simple leaf tattoo unique is to add color, like this stunning blue tattoo wraps around the index finger.

Small botanical hand tattoo

Small botanical hand tattoo by @oble_tattoo

@oble_tattoo

Floral bracelet tattoo

Floral bracelet tattoo by @ovenlee. Tattoo

@ovenlee.tattoo

Bracelet tattoos or hand band tattoos refer to those that wrap around the wrist or the arm. They are not just ink but also a piece of jewelry like this small bracelet wrist tattoo. It resembles a bracelet made of flowers. The combination of green and white adds freshness to the tattoo, making it perfect for young girls. Check out our interview with the tattooist Ovenlee to know more about her work.

Vine finger tattoos

Vine finger tattoos by @noirpink. Tattoo

@noirpink.tattoo

Small crystal butterfly hand tattoo

Small crystal butterfly hand tattoo by @tattooist_flower

@tattooist_flower

Butterflies represent beauty, the pursuit of freedom and transformation. They can be small and fit on the hand. But just because they are tiny doesn’t mean they are dull. And this small butterfly is proof.

The light blue color of the wings creates a crystal-like transparent effect. The tattoo feels airy, like a real butterfly resting on the skin.

Butterfly and flower hand tattoo

Butterfly and flower hand tattoo by @lanarae. Tattoo

@lanarae.tattoo

Small butterfly tattoo

Small butterfly tattoo by @d. On_tat

@d.on_tat

Single-line hand tattoo

Single-line hand tattoo by @crooked_gun

@crooked_gun

For minimalists, lines and simple shapes are all it takes to create a unique tattoo, just like this one here. With a single line stretching on the side of the hand, this is not some common tattoo you will see each day.

Small single-line on the finger

Small single-line on the finger by @choiyun_tattoo

@choiyun_tattoo

Simple tattoos are often timeless. This small one-line tattoo resembles the shape of a mountain. It wraps around the middle finger like a ring. It is a reminder to never lose the desire to explore.

Simple cross wrist tattoo

Simple cross wrist tattoo by @chorong_tattooer

@chorong_tattooer

Small star hand tattoo

Small star hand tattoo by @5e_tattoo

@5e_tattoo

A star looks great wherever you put it, just like this simple symbolic star tattoo. But, to really make it shine, you can put it near the tip of the finger.

Eye hand tattoo

Eye hand tattoo by @purensonmez. Ink

@purensonmez.ink

The eyes are the window of a soul. Across cultures, an eye can be a divine symbol, meaning that whatever you do, god is watching. It can also be a talisman that wards off bad energy and protects the wearer.

The Eye of Ra

The eye of ra by @nhi. Ink

@nhi.ink

The Eye of Ra, or Eye of Horus, is an ancient Egyptian symbol representing protection. The eye was believed to belong to the god of the sun. And it was usually seen on jewelry.

As a tattoo, the Eye of Ra can give the wearer strength to power through difficulties in life.

Name tattoo on the hand

Name tattoo on the hand by @poonkaros

@poonkaros

Word tattoos are popular among minimalists. And if you find the right word, a simple word tattoo can be meaningful. This vertical name tattoo on the hand is exactly that. It’s the name of the wearer’s daughter. Because the area is never covered, it serves as a constant reminder of family and love.

One-word hand tattoo

One-word hand tattoo by @purensonmez. Ink

@purensonmez.ink

“Angel energy” inner finger tattoo

Angel energy inner finger tattoo by @fine. Line_. Tattoos. Melbourne

@fine.line_.tattoos.melbourne

“My baby” simple hand tattoo

My baby simple hand tattoo by @joannamroman

@joannamroman

“Gravity” one-word tattoo

Gravity one-word tattoo by @keyatattoo

@keyatattoo

Greek word tattoo

Greek word tattoo by @choiyun_tattoo

@choiyun_tattoo

The letters IXOYE are the acronym of five Greek words: Iesous, Xristos, Theou, Yios, and Sotare. Respectively, they mean Jesus, Christ, Son, God, and Savior. It also means “fish” in Greek.

This letter hand tattoo might not make sense to someone who doesn’t know the language. But for those who understand its meaning, it will no doubt be a conversation piece.

To the stars

To the stars quote tattoo by @tivas

@tivas

“Bang bang”

Bang bang finger quote tattoo by @joannamroman

@joannamroman

Just

Just one-word tattoo by @mizy_tattoo

@mizy_tattoo

Small number hand tattoo

Small number hand tattoo by @tattooer_jina

@tattooer_jina

Numbers are another great tattoo idea if you opt for something simple and personal. Think about your birth date, the year you got married, or the number of your first room in a new city. You can always find a number that means a ton to you. And that is what will make a simple hand tattoo timeless.

Small snake hand tattoo

Small snake hand tattoo by @charcoaltattooclub

@charcoaltattooclub

People love snake tattoos for a reason. They have elongated, curvy body shapes, making them perfect for the arm, the finger, and the legs. The snakes are also dangerous and mysterious creatures, which as a tattoo, adds badass vibes to the wearer.

Finger heart cute small hand tattoo

Finger heart cute small hand tattoo by @joannamroman

@joannamroman

Matching straight line tattoos for couple

Matching straight line tattoos for couple by @tattooer_jina

@tattooer_jina

What can be simpler than a straight-line ring finger tattoo? These matching hand tattoos for couples are not just minimalist. They will probably last longer than a ring, which represents the couple’s eternal love.

Vine ring finger tattoos

Vine ring finger tattoos by @5e_tattoo

@5e_tattoo

Matching music tattoo

Matching music tattoo by @tattooer_jina

@tattooer_jina

Small hand tattoos for women

Because of the space and the exposure, hand tattoos for women don’t have to be big to capture attention. Instead, a small, well-thought-out design is what it takes to make a statement. And if you want to have a glamorous but low-key tattoo, the following list is for you.

Gradient circle hand tattoo

Gradient circle hand tattoo by @sinbar_tattoo

@sinbar_tattoo

How cute are these matching hand tattoos! The gradient colors are what make the simple design pop out.

Lover one-word tattoo

Lover one word tattoo by @kanvaskass

@kanvaskass

M initial tattoo

M initial tattoo by @jorichbeauty

@jorichbeauty

Not everyone wants a full name tattoo on highly exposed placements like the hand. And getting initial tattoos might be a better idea in this case.

Oriental dragon hand tattoo

Oriental dragon hand tattoo by @drag_ink

@drag_ink

Rose hand tattoo

Rose hand tattoo by @second. Pin

@second.pin

A rose has always been among the most popular tattoos for women. It represents purity, beauty, and love, and it’s aesthetically pleasing. A rose tattoo of untraditional patterns on the leaves makes it stand out even more.

Simple smiley face

Simple smiley face hand tattoo by @tattooer_jina

@tattooer_jina

Small burning fire

Small burning fire tattoo by @guadalupe. Depaulis

@guadalupe.depaulis

Are you a passionate person? Do you have dreams that keep you awake at night? If so, a small flame tattoo on the finger may speak to you.

Small fish inner finger tattoo

Small fish inner finger tattoo by @chorong_tattooer

@chorong_tattooer

Small heart hand tattoo

Small heart hand tattoo by @ladnie. Ink

@ladnie.ink

Tiny lady bug hand tattoo

Small lady bug hand tattoo by @tivas

@tivas

Small lotus middle finger tattoo

Small lotus middle finger tattoo by @alcoolholicat

@alcoolholicat

The Lotus flower represents calmness and inner peace in Buddhism. And having a lotus tattoo on the finger will keep the wearer grounded when she feels overwhelmed.

Small sunflower hand tattoo

Small sunflower hand tattoo by @sinbar_tattoo

@sinbar_tattoo

Snow flake

Snow flake small hand tattoo by @hongcle_tickle

@hongcle_tickle

The dancing flower

The dancing flower cute hand tattoo by @oeltattoo

@oeltattoo

Who doesn’t love a cute, dancing flower? Of course, it’s outlined in black. But it doesn’t undermine its liveliness. On the contrary, it’s so cheerful that it puts a smile on your face every time you look at it.

Tiny butterfly hand tattoo

Tiny butterfly hand tattoo by @joannamroman

@joannamroman

Tiny four-leaf clover

Tiny four-leaf clover tattoo by @chorong_tattooer

@chorong_tattooer

The four-leave clover is not only an Irish symbol of good wishes. Respectively, the four leaves represent faith, hope, love, and luck.

Tiny heart tattoo

Tiny heart tattoo by @ovenlee. Tattoo

@ovenlee.tattoo

Small leaves tattoo

Small leaves tattoo by @tattooer_jina

@tattooer_jina

Tiny planet hand tattoo

Tiny planet hand tattoo by @chorong_tattooer

@chorong_tattooer

Tiny semi-colon tattoo

Tiny semicolon tattoo by @tivas

@tivas

The semi-colon might look small. But it’s s significant symbol in mental health tattoos.

Grammatically, a semi-colon indicates that a sentence stops briefly but will continue on. It’s a symbol of not giving up after mental struggles. And it’s often used by mental illness survivors to represent their hope and faith.

Gorgeous hand tattoos for women

It takes creativity and courage to break the rules and create art. And the hand tattoos for women you are going to see are exactly that. They are authentic self-expression that extends on the hand. Keep scrolling for more.

Birds tattoo

Birds tattoo by @mauro________

@mauro________

Birds are symbols of freedom. The birds look like they are flying on the skin in this tattoo because the tattooist perfectly captures the birds’ movements and postures.

Intricate bird on the hand

Intricate bird on the hand by @ulassyesilyurt

@ulassyesilyurt

Rose and bird hand tattoos

Rose and bird hand tattoos by @tattoopeps

@tattoopeps

The tattoos on both hands don’t need to be identical. Take these thumb tattoos, for example. The bird and the rose represent freedom and beauty. Though they are two different elements, the same illustration style keeps the tattoos cohesive.

Oriental landscape wrist tattoo

Oriental landscape wrist tattoo for women by @newtattoo_franky

@newtattoo_franky

Whale and rose hand tattoo

Whale and rose hand tattoo by @chorong_tattooer

@chorong_tattooer

Snake tattoo on the hand

Snake tattoo on the hand by @k_inx

@k_inx

Butterflies

Butterflies hand tattoo by @chorong_tattooer

@chorong_tattooer

Red dragon hand tattoo

Red dragon hand tattoo by @joannamroman

@joannamroman

Ornamental thumb tattoos for women

Ornamental thumb tattoos for women by @2zzinzzin

@2zzinzzin

Lotus flower hand tattoo

Lotus flower hand tattoo by @mukyeon_tattoo

@mukyeon_tattoo

Spider lily hand tattoo

Spider lily hand tattoo by @e. Nal_. Tattoo

@e.nal_.tattoo

Spider lily is beautiful for its unique shape. When it blooms, the petals turn slightly inward like the claw of a spider. But what makes this hand tattoo stand out is the color. The blue is not only elegant but untraditional for flower tattoos. And this design will belong to someone who dares to be different.

Black ornament

Black ornament hand tattoo by @chenjie. Newtattoo

@chenjie.newtattoo

Interstellar hand tattoo

Interstellar hand tattoo by @choseung. Tat

@choseung.tat

Ornamental palm tattoo

Ornamental palm tattoo by @nick3xl

@nick3xl

Stunning ornaments on hand

Stunning ornaments on hand tattoo by @slavenavena

@slavenavena

Cry later ignorant tattoo

Cry later ignorant tattoo by @purensonmez. Ink

@purensonmez.ink

Floral cross

Floral cross hand tattoo by @masa__island

@masa__island

A cross tattoo is not only a decoration but also a symbol of religion. This floral vintage cross is a reminder to always have faith and do the right thing.

Small ornaments

Small ornaments by @sydney_osso

@sydney_osso

Star in the center of the hand

Star in the center of the hand by @rena_tattoo

@rena_tattoo

Pendant thumb tattoo

Pendant thumb tattoo by @joannamroman

@joannamroman

Some people see tattoos as a way to express their beliefs or make a statement. But for others, tattoos are like jewelry that complements their style.

This pendant tattoo falls into the second category. With the pendant dropping downward, this tattoo looks as stunning as a genuine gemstone hanging on the hand.

Ornamental hand tattoo

Ornamental hand tattoo for women by @frag_ptc

@frag_ptc

White ink hand tattoo

White ink hand tattoo by @nhi. Ink

@nhi.ink

White ink is a type of ink used in tattoos that will glow under UV light. The glow will last for 45 days to 60 days. Later, it will fade into the natural skin color.

Full hand tattoos for women

When we talk about tattoos covering the entire hand, we usually think of blackwork or tribal tattoos for men. But full hand tattoos for women can be more elegant, balanced, and aesthetically pleasing. So if you are going big, don’t miss the following full hand tattoo ideas.

Henna hand tattoo

Henna hand tattoo by @celebrate_with_henna

@celebrate_with_henna

Henna tattoos are created with natural dye from the henna tree. Typically, a henna tattoo may last for two weeks before it fades. So if you want a bold tattoo, it’s a good idea to experiment with something temporary like henna tattoos.

Black foliage full hand tattoo

Black foliage full hand tattoo by @kataaza. Ttt_

@kataaza.ttt

Blackwork butterfly tattoo

Blackwork butterfly tattoo by @tattooist. Moon

@tattooist.moon

Feminine full hand tattoo

Feminine full hand tattoo by @mayflowerink

@mayflowerink

Super cool cracks

Super cool cracks tattoo by @brudneloki

@brudneloki

Which of these hand tattoos is your favorite?

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