120+ Individual Knuckle Tattoo Designs & Meanings – Self Expression (2018)
If you have always dreamed looking tough or rugged, then knuckle tattoos are what you need. However, these types of tattoos are not for everyone, and so you have to be sure before getting one as they are pretty hard to hide.
With all said and done they still inspire interest and a lot of creativity in tattoo artists. There are many options to choose from when it comes to this tattoo, and you can get any matching four by words inked on you provided the words mean something to you.
However, just like worth any other tattoos there are a few common types that can act as a source of inspiration for your tattoo. The following are some of the most popular kinds of this tattoo.
- Brass Knuckle Tattoos
The brass knuckle tattoo is one of the most common types of tattoo that many people get for their knuckles. Besides from having it drawn on the knuckles some people will often have it drawn in other places on their body.
What makes this tattoo unique is its metallic look that makes it a hardcore tattoo. This tattoo is perfectly suited for the knuckles since it has four openings to fit your four fingers. Space at the bottom part of the brass can also be drawn to give the impression that you are wearing the brass on your hand.
- Game Over Knuckle Tattoos
The Game Over phrase will look cool on your knuckles especially if you choose a suitable font and ink for the tattoo. This type of tattoo is quite popular, and it can mean different things to different people. However, some people will choose to have the phrase inked on them simply because it looks cool.
Regardless of whether you have any meaning attached to your tattoo of not it still makes a great tattoo. One way to make this tattoo look fabulous is to use different colors for each one of the letters in the tattoo.
You can also use a different color or font for the two words, but you should be careful with this to make sure that your tattoo remains legible.
- Love Hate
The phrase “LOVE HATE” become popular in the 1950’s after the film “The Night of the Hunter” was released. In the thriller, one of the main characters who also played the roles of a serial killer in the movies had this type of tattoo inked on him.
Since then people have always been fascinated with it, and its popularity has spread far and wide. This phrase acts as a permanent reminder of life’s Ying and Yang. There cannot be hate without love, and the vice versa is also true.
Although human beings strive for a perfect world full of love, hate will always be there since this is just how nature is. Besides from the ordinary meaning that this phrase holds you can have this tattoo to mean anything that you wish.
- Knuckle Flames
Most knuckle tattoos are usually four by four words phrase, and so the knuckle flames are unique. With this type of tattoo, you can choose to have simple Flames inked on you or you can get more creative and have a different type of flame tattoo.
For example, you can have the blue flames inked on your knuckles or even combine the flames with a famous phrase to make it more fabulous. If you choose to have this tattoo you have to be careful with how it will be placed on your knuckles.
For the flames to look beautiful, they should cover your knuckles completely and be drawn in a uniform pattern on all your fingers.
- Animal Face Knuckle Tattoo
Animals make perfect tattoo images as they can be drawn in many ways. If you would rather have an image on your knuckles instead of the usual phrases, then an animal face is a good tattoo idea for you. The most common animal faces used in this tattoo include lions, elephants, and tigers.
Even though you can have an animal face in each one of your finger, sometimes this can look crowded. To avoid overcrowding the images on your hand, you should have one or two fingers tattoos with the lion or elephant face as this will still qualify it as a knuckle tattoo.
Another idea for this tattoo is to mix different animal faces on your knuckles.
- Tribal Cross Knuckle
Anytime the word tribal is mentioned in a tattoo niche one expects nothing less than perfection and the tribal cross knuckle duster lives up to this expectation. Depending on the size of the cross that you would wish to have inked on you the tattoo can start at the back of your hand and end on your knuckles.
Since you will be getting one cross on one or both hands, you should have it more centrally located on your middle finger. For this tattoo, you can use any color that you like but red and black seem to work perfectly well with the tribal cross.
- Memorial Knuckle Tattoos
This tattoo as the name suggests is dedicated to a loved one. The most common phrase used in this type of tattoo is “DEAR JOHN”. The name John in this phrase is replaced by the name of the person the tattoo is dedicated to.
Some names may be longer than four characters, but there are different ways to work around this. For example, you can use initials of the person’s name, or you can eliminate a few letters from their name.
Before having the name of an individual inked on your knuckles you have to think about it for some time since this will be a permanent mark. There are many cases of people who regret getting tattoos of their partners name inked on them once the relationship comes to an end.
With the knuckle, it’s very hard to hide the tattoo, and so you should be sure that you want the tattoo before getting it.
- One Word Knuckle Tattoo
If you want to have a word that is more than four characters long inked on your knuckles you can have it on both hands. The word starts on one hand and ends on the other hand. Common words used in this tattoo include survival and devotion.