Skeleton hand tattoos are everywhere: the top skeleton hand tattoos of 2021

Skeleton hand tattoos are said to be an homage to lives lost and loved.

The trend might be something that most people think is just another fleeting trend. However, there’s a deeper meaning to it. Not every tattoo you get has to be something meaningful, but skeleton hand tattoos hold the meaning of overcoming life’s obstacles. 

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These tattoos grew in popularity this year in wake of the difficulties that we’ve all had to face in lockdown and the after-effects of the pandemic. The amount of people getting tattoos has actually increased, which isn’t surprising since people have made it a point to live life to the fullest capacity that they can – which includes getting some ink. 

Let’s take a look at some skeleton hand tattoo inspiration before your next ink appointment. 

1. Fine line skeleton hand tattoos


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Since a skeleton hand tattoo is already a stand-out piece, thin, clean lines might be the way to go for those of you who are more of a minimalist. Your upkeep for this type of tattoo might be a bit more since hand tattoos fade faster. Touch-ups are highly recommended to keep those lines sharp.

2.  Outline skeleton hand tattoos


An outline of skeleton bones has always been cool. You can ask your tattoo artist to work with you on how much of an outline you actually want. There’s not much shadowing in that your aris would have to do, just intricate drawing to make your outline look neat. This type of tattoo is definitely meant to be a stand-out piece of tattoo art. It can serve as a reminder to live life to the fullest. 

3. Skeleton face hand tattoos


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This type of design is pretty intense and not for the faint of heart. If you have a high pain tolerance, then this should be a piece of cake for you. There’s a lot of shading that would have to be done for this type of tattoo, and you could even add color to make the face more realistic. This is a great opportunity to pay homage to someone that you’ve loved. It can be a piece that initiates healing from the past or celebrate a life that meant a lot to you. 

4. Rock and roll skeleton hand tattoos


If you love rock and roll and have a free spirit or old soul, this is for you. This tattoo says you’re fun and down for anything. Depending on how big you want the piece it shouldn’t take a super long time. You can choose with your tattoo artist what type of lines you want depending on what vibe you’re going for. After you get this tattoo, you’re going to get hella compliments.

5. Realistic skeleton hand tattoos


Hyperrealism art through tattoos is a trend that’s been popping up more and more. Imagine having a realistic skeleton on your hand. It’s a little eerie and it will definitely take quite a while to complete, maybe multiple sessions, but is totally worth the end result. Definitely have an in-depth consultation with your tattoo artist to get the design that you’re going for. 

6.  Skeletons and Roses hand tattoos


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Skeleton tattoos can be a way of acknowledging the inevitability of death. There’s also a playfulness that can play into it as well. A skeleton holding a rose can represent hope. There are a few ways that you can get this design: it can be detailed and shaded with color or it can also be a smaller, minimalist piece. Either way, your new tattoo will have heads turning.

7. Minimal skeleton hand tattoos


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There’s something really fun about a tiny whole skeleton just chilling on your arm. Our favorite rockstar, Miley Cyrus, can be seen sporting her tiny skeleton on the red carpets. Usually, this type of tattoo would be pretty small but you can talk to your tattoo artist and get yourself a bigger design. This type of tattoo would look great alongside a bunch of other tiny tattoos.