Tattoo aftercare is pretty straightforward – clean and moisturize often, avoid sources of bacteria, and monitor for signs of infection. But for hand tattoos, there’s a bit more to proper aftercare. Your hands are involved in nearly every part of your daily life – meaning more wear and tear and increased exposure to the elements (sunlight, cold weather, infections, etc.). And because you’re pushing, pulling, and grabbing things throughout the day, the skin on your hands wrinkles and stretches over time from constant use, which could reduce the lifetime of your tattoo. For these reasons, the worst places to get a hand tattoo are on the side of your hand, palms, and in between your fingers. These areas are prone to more wear and tear from other parts of your body and external surfaces. On top of that, these parts of your skin don’t hold ink well – your tattoo could fade within just a few years or months. Instead, the best places to get a hand tattoo are on the top of your hand or fingers. These areas aren’t as involved in day-to-day habits and these types of skin absorb ink much better for a longer-lasting look. And if you want to add ink to both hands, we recommend doing so one at a time. Your hand will be sensitive for a few days after your session, so it’s best to have at least one healthy hand to perform basic day-to-day tasks. Hand tattoos might sound like too much of a hassle, but they don’t have to be. So if you want your ink to last, follow these hand tattoo aftercare tips.