Whether or not you should have tattoos done is a quite controversial question especially when it comes to religious tattoos such as praying hands. Though this tattoo stands for faith and remembrance in a first place, it has other meanings as well, so you really should be careful while choosing it to get tatted up with.
The Story of Creating the Praying Hands Drawing
Clasped together in a prayer two male hands with partly visible sleeves are by far the most well-noticed image closely associated with faith. Bet that only a few people know the origin of this piece of art that goes far back into the 15’th century and leads to the family of Goldsmith Durer. The man had eighteen children so he couldn’t provide education for all of them. Two goldsmith’s sons, whose overall dream was to become artists, had decided to toss a coin. The lucky winner Albrecht Durer received his chance to study Art, and his brother had to go to work as a miner. Years later Durer drew his the most famous ink drawing called ‘The Praying Hands’ as a tribute to his brother. Some assume that these hands are Durer’s bother hands, the other think that he drew his own hands.
Praying Hands Tattoo Meaning
We can surely say that praying hands tattoos are rich in symbolism. Among diverse meanings we would like to single out next ones:
- Overcoming life hardships and obstacles
- Religious devotion
- Family bond
- Courage and Bravery
- In some gangs, it means praying for forgiveness
You may like to add some complementing images to increase the symbolic side of your tattoo or to bring something new to the design. Get acquainted with some of the most common elements you can choose from:
- Roses and other flowers
- Rosary beads
- Barbed wire
- Skull, skeleton
- Stairway to heaven
- Banners with quotes and lettering
- Names of beloved people
- Virgin Mary image
- And even Pizza slice (we aren’t kidding)
Praying Hands Tattoo Designs
Praying hands tattoos come in different sizes and styles depending on the bearer’s preference. It’s a unisex design so you can easily meet the exact same image on a man and a woman. One of the most common ways to illustrate praying hands is to copy Durer’s original drawing thus this tattoo is usually depicted in black ink. So to speak where to place your tattoo is totally up to you to decide, it will look gorgeously anywhere on your body. As for styles, keep in mind the list of most appropriate for praying hands design:
- Traditional, Neo-Traditional
- Old and New School
- Dotwork and Linework
- Black and gray Realism, Photo Realism
The last but not the least, do your research before getting inked and make sure that you really want to express your personality and devotion to religion in this way. Take your time and check out some of the most eye-catching praying hands tattoos below!
2 Hands Praying Tattoo in Blackwork Style
Though the praying hands tattoo is small, it is highly detailed and well shaded. Truly awesome and clean work on the hand.
3D Praying Hands Half Sleeve Tattoo
One of the best ways to decorate your prayer hands tattoo is to add the rosary beads. This black and gray 3D realism praying hands tattoo is accompanied by the fantastic rose image that perfectly blends into the composition.
Cool Tiny Praying Hands Tattoo
Decorated with the beautiful miniature rose this Linework praying hands tattoo with clean outlines and the shades that are also made of lines reminds rather some book engraving than the tattoo.
Cross with Praying Hands Tattoo in Blackwork
One more amazing take on engraving style tattoo depicting praying hands with the cross and clouds. Combining all of these elements this Blackwork Tattoo is sure stands for faith and religion.
Evil Panther on Praying Hands Tattoo in Traditional Style
This extraordinary Old School praying hands with panther tattoo is encircled by barb wire signifying the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head. Panther is seen as the symbol of Christ so this tattoo, on the whole, signifies deep faith of the bearer.
Female Praying Hands Tattoo with Quote
This black ink on the ribs in Traditional style as a companion to lettering ‘Madre Mia’, that is the Spanish phrase for ‘My Mother’, is pretty interesting. Since the praying hands are handcuffed, the tattoo symbolizes hard times the person is going through relying on faith in God.
Praying Hands Tattoo Under Girl’s Collarbone
Sometimes even the smallest tattoos like this ink of praying palms with the charming heart can help the bearer to make it through the day. The power of tattoos is often underrated.
God Hands Tattoo on Bicep
If you are leaning towards religion-themed tattoos, the original praying hands drawing by Durer must be the best option to inspire you.
Little Jesus Hand Tattoo Filler on the Arm
Some get their sleeves tattooed fully from the start; other prefer tattooing small inks step by step so eventually, they get their sleeves as well. Here’s some little filler tattoo of praying hands on the bicep consisting of just bold outlines.
Jesus Hands Praying Tattoo on Side
Based on Albrecht Durer’s ‘The Praying Hands’ ink drawing but complemented with the cross and rosary beads this awesome Linework hands of the prayer tattoo finds its place on the ribs. Ouch! It’s a quite painful body spot.
Muslim Praying Hands Tattoo for Men
Though tattooing or, in other words, permanent changing of skin color is forbidden in Islam, it’s possible to meet Muslim tattoos, and this praying hands ink is the proof of what these words. The tattoo shows two hands strongly compressed in a pray indicating deep faith.
Grey Praying Hands Tattoo on Neck
Dark yet soft shades create this astonishing neck tattoo that depicts two hands raised in a prayer to God. Quite interesting body spot for this kind of ink though.
Praying Hands with Rose Tattoo Design for Men
You can complement your praying hands tattoo with the rose which closely associated with the rosary that people use during a pray. Dotwork style combining with Linework gives this unusual yet charming look to the tattoo.
Praying Hands Tattoo Design for Women
This inspirational praying hands tattoo on the girl’s bicep that is made of solid black contours and some dots imitating shading looks gorgeously.
Cute Praying Hands Female Tattoo with Flowers
This cute hand poked praying hands with Lotus tattoo on the back of arm looks incredibly beautiful and placed on this girl’s body to be an eternal reminder of serving to God.
Praying Hands Half Sleeve Tattoo for Guys
Paired with the rose this tattoo of praying hands is depicted on the bicep and continues the religious theme of the sleeve. The perfect blend of basic colors creates some marvelous image.
Simple Praying Hands Outline Tattoo on Arm
Would you like to have something simple but symbolic of your faith? Well, you have to take into account this nice bold black outline illustration of praying hands that is simple in design but deeply meaningful tattoo.
Small Praying Hands Underboob Tattoo Design for Ladies
Copying the famous Albrecht Durer’s praying hands ink drawing this awesome tattoo couldn’t have been better. We tip our hats to the beautiful detail job of this tattoo author.
Praying Hands of Maria Tattoo on Forearm
Some prefer tattooing not the just separate image of praying hands but huge religious tattoos of praying Virgin Mary or the Lady of Guadalupe. However, be careful, these tattoos are often chosen by criminals and those who are in gangs to get forgiveness for what they’ve done.
Praying Hands with Rays Tattoo on Ribs
Symmetrically placed on both sides two black and gray tattoos one of which shows the praying hands with Catholic beaded necklace and the other presents the revolver wrapped by the snake look fantastically.
Praying Hands Tattoo with Roses on Arm
When it comes to commemorative tattoo designs, the praying hands tattoo is one of a few which springs the mind first. Adorned with roses and names of beloved people who passed away, this memorial praying hands tattoo is touching.
Praying Hands Tattoo with Clouds in Old School Style
Since two hands clasped in a prayer is a quite popular tattoo design, you can ask your tattoo artist to twist it a little to get some fresh and unique look. For example, add some flowers, clouds, sunbeams or/and traditional popping colors, and here you go, the result is pretty cool, ha?
Attractive Praying Hands with Banner Tattoo
As an option, you may like to add the banner with lettering to your praying hands tattoo. Aside from this one which says “In God’s hands”, people often chose “Only God can judge me” or “Faith, Hope, Love”.
Praying Hands with Cross Necklace Tattoo on Forearm
Thanks to those white ink highlights this tattoo of praying hands looks as realistic as a photo. Featured the rosary beads with the cross this tattoo focuses on the religiosity of the wearer.
Praying Hands with Cross Tattoo in Black and Gray
With sort of glossy effect, this black and gray praying hands wrapped with rosary beads tattoo has its distinctive look and catches the eye.
Beautiful Praying Hands with Dove Tattoo on Side
Awesomely shaded this black and gray religious side tattoo portrays stairway to heaven along with the dove and praying hands. The message is obvious – faith gives you hope. The plethora of soft clouds symbolizes transcendence.
Male Praying Hands with Rosary Beads Tattoo
Speaking of this refined little neck tattoo of two hands folded in a pray with rosary beads we must admit that it is a quite brave location for a tattoo. The result is impressive though.
Praying Hands with Roses Tattoo in American Traditional Style
If you want your praying hands tattoo to be more intimate, consider placing it on the chest. This quite painful pleasure but having this tattoo inked on the chest allows you to keep your religion personal the way it should be.
Praying Hands with Sun Rays Tattoo on Chest
This amazing chest piece depicts praying hands with rosary beads and the cross that is the powerful protection sign. The enlightened texture of heavenly light and dotted shading all around makes this tattoo look so breath-taking.
Religious Hands Tattoo on Ribs for Boys
This stunning simple praying hands with barbed wire tattoo on the side indicates person’s hardships in life which he went through with the help of faith, religion and relying on God’s grace.
Skeleton Praying Hands Tattoo on Leg
This traditional black and gray tattoo is the handcuffed version of praying skeleton hands that are supposed to represent some hard time the tattoo owner is going through but not giving up faith.
Skull Praying Hands Tattoo on Leg
Reminding some x-ray tattoo, this patterned skeleton praying hands ink symbolizes the bearer’s beliefs that mankind is doomed, and we should all pray for forgiveness.
Small Praying Hands Outline Tattoo on the Hand
Have faith and then you’ll find the strength to go through any hardships in life. This nice small praying hands tattoo serves as a reminder that everything’s possible with faith in your heart.
Traditional Praying Hands Tattoo with Heart
This eye-catching Old School praying hands tattoo is something you should definitely check out. We especially love the way the author combined solid black and popping red colors in this awesome shoulder tattoo.
Praying Hands Tattoo on Forearm
Whether it’s your desire to show spiritual growth or point on your faith, the black and gray praying hands tattoo would help you to implement these desires.
Best Praying Hands Tattoo on the Ankle
This nice ankle tattoo may portray prayer hands or player hands considering the pinky ring. One way or another, the tattoo is so clean and smooth that who cares what the original idea was.
Cool Simple Praying Hands Tattoo for Guys
Here ‘s another simple outline tattoo version of praying hands on the bicep performed in hand poke technique. Yeah, machine free tattoos can be so cool, but they are so painful!
Tiny Praying Hands Outline Tattoo on Bicep
Charming mini Linework tattoo of praying hands on the bicep proves that small inks are as beautiful as those huge detailed pieces covering much of skin. Plus, the size doesn’t influence on how important and meaningful the tattoo is to the wearer.
Cool Sketch Praying Hands Tattoo
You can implement any of your tattoo ideas in Sketch style and be sure that the tattoo would look interesting reminding academic drawings or book engravings. Imitating Durer’s original pen-and-ink drawing of praying hands, this tattoo looks so cool on the bicep.
Praying Hands with Distinctive Veins Tattoo
This black and gray praying hands tattoo looks insanely beautiful along with the beloved person’s name below. If you want to say how grateful you are to God for having your family and friends, you won’t find a better tattoo design than praying hands.
Unique Praying Hands Tattoo with the Slice of Pizza
The Classic style tattoo of pizza prayer is quite funny and extraordinary! Who knows? Maybe, this guy’s praying for more pepperoni or cheese in pizza. Anyways the tattoo is dope!
Perfect Dotwork Praying Hands Tattoo on the Shoulder
This nice tattoo of praying hands with roses that are representatives of bearer’s family members is a great way to show love, affection and family bond.
Praying Hands with Dagger in Traditional Style
Here’s super clean tattoo with praying hands holding the skull dagger in traditional colors, bold and bright as they should be. The lining and shading are great as well.
Neo-Classic Praying Hands Tattoo on the Shoulder
If you are one of those who are crazy about bikes, take a closer look at this awesome praying hands custom tattoo with the chain instead of rosary coupled by different tools, the chain ring and the rose. Nice way to show off your entire life passion, isn’t it?
Simple Old School Praying Hands Tattoo Idea
Signifying absolute peace and readiness to reflect during a prayer, the praying hands’ image is a powerful symbol of faith and religiousness of a man.