Top 61 Traditional Hand Tattoo Ideas

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These days hand tattoos, which were a no no for much of the old school world of tattoo, deploy stunningly vibrant variations of traditional tattoo work.

The American traditional tattoo originated with the work of Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins, who took to tattooing after mustering out of the Navy. He eventually settled in Honolulu, Hawaii, which gave him access to a huge cross section of servicemen, sailors, adventurers and tourists that he could help get inked.

American traditional tattoos are a mix of nautical imagery, war themes, and nods to tattoo tradition stretching back even before Sailor Jerry’s time. They feature bold lines, limited color, and simple design techniques.

American traditional tattoos focus heavily on black as the main pigment, with supporting colors coming in the form of simple yellows, green and red.

Some types of traditional tattoos still have the meanings they were ascribed in Sailor Jerry’s day, such as the anchor for crossing the Atlantic Ocean, or the dagger as a serviceman’s symbol of life and death.

Contemporary tattoo has built upon the legacy of Sailor Jerry with technical advancements and creativity. The rapid development of the neo traditional style of tattooing has meant new colors and stylistic interpretations are being added to the palette of American Traditional tattoo all the time. So much so it comprises more practising artists than every other style world wide.

The tattoos in this collection showcase a great range of traditional pieces from the Sailor Jerry school of tattoo, as well as inspiration derived from the era but executed with a modern twist.

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All Seeing Eye Arrowhead Guys Traditional Hand Tattoo
Anchor With Flower Cool Traditional Hand Tattoo On Man
Anchor With Spider Web Traditional Hand Tattoo Ideas For Guys
Angry Bear Traditional Guys Black And Grey Tattoo On Hand
Away Banner Sailor Jerry Mens Traditional Ship Hand Tattoo
Awesome Traditional Hand Mens All Seeing Eye Tattoo
Awesome Traditional Shark Mens Hand Tattoos
Castle With Medieval Weapons Mens Traditional Hand Tattoo
Cloud With Eye And Thunder Traditional Male Hand Tattoos
Cool Traditional Envelope Flower Mens Hand Tattoos
Death Before Dishonor Skull Traditional Mens Hand Tattoos
Detailed Bear Traditional Male Hand Tattoo
Dragon With Sparrows Traditional Hand Tattoos For Men
Eagle With Banner Traditional Guys Tattoo On Hand
Fish Hook Traditional Side Of Hand Tattoos For Men
Flying Sparrow Traditional Mens Hand Tattoo
Gentleman With Awesome Traditional Wolf Hand Tattoo
Gentleman With Traditional Tiger Head Hand Tattoo
Grim Reaper Traditional Hand Tattoos For Guys
Guys Traditional Rose Flower Tattoo Design On Hand
Guys Traditional Sailing Ship Tattoo Design On Hand
Guys Wolf And All Seeing Eye Traditional Hand Tattoo Ideas
Guy With Cool Panther And Nurse Traditional Hand Tattoo
Guy With Shaded Black And Grey Traditional Roaring Tiger Hand Tattoo
Hand Holding Heart Traditional Mens Tattoo Ideas
Hand Holding Torch Traditional Guys Forearm Tattoos
Hand Mens Traditional Nautical Star Tattoo
Handshake With Sailing Ship Traditional Mens Upper Chest Tattoo
Hands With Beach Landscape Guys Traditional Tattoo Ideas
Hand With Dagger And Chain Mens Old School Traditional Tattoos
Manly Traditional Bear Male Shaded Tattoo Ideas On Hand
Masculine Finger And Hand Guys Traditional Tattoos
Masculine Traditional Wolf Male Hand Tattoo
Mens Hand Blue And Red Rose Flowers Traditional Hand Tattoos
Mens Hand Tattoo With Traditional Bald Eagle And Horseshoe Design
Mens Hand Traditional Horseshoe Lucky Number 13 Tattoo
Mens Hand Traditional Skull With Wings And Flower Tattoo
Mens Traditional Eye With Tears Hand Tattoo
Mens Traditional Half Moon Side Of Hand Tattoo
Old School Snake With Panther Traditional Male Hand Tattoos
Panther And Tiger Traditional Hand Tattoos For Guys
Panther With Tiger Traditional Guys Hand Tattoos
Razor Blade With Red Rose Flower Old School Mens Traditional Hand Tattoos
Retro Bear Guys Traditional Old School Hand Tattoo Inspiration
Retro Traditional Blue Rose Flower Guys Tattoo On Hands
Retro Traditional Jesus Mens Hand Tattoos
Roaring Bear With Viking Helmet Guys Traditional Tattoo On Hand
Roaring Tiger Male Traditional Old School Tattoo Design On Hand
Roaring Tiger Traditional Mens Hand Tattoo
Shaded And Red Ink Traditional Tiger Male Hand Tattoos
Snake Traditional Mens Hand Tattoos
Sparrow With Diamond Traditional Hand Tattoos For Males
Tounge With Hand And Dagger Guys Traditional Rib Cage Side Tattoo
Traditional Angry Wolf Guys Hand Tattoos
Traditional Gorilla Mens Hand Tattoo
Traditional Mens Black Ink Panther Head Hand Tattoo
Traditional Old School Sailing Ship Hand Tattoo For Men
Traditional Wolf Male Hand Tattoos

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