Although praying hands tattoos are usually symbolic of religion, they can also have other meanings. The act of putting two hands together in a flat fashion could also be an act of mercy, a sign of asking for guidance, or a depiction of trust or unwavering faith.
Praying hands tattoos became popular during the era of urbanization, and have not gone out of vogue since.
Prayer tattoos often come in many styles, and change depending on what religion the person in question follows. For example, those who follow the Hindu faith pray with their hands joined in Pranam, those following the Islamic faith pray with their hands open, while other religions fold their hands or use prayer accessories such as prayer beads or rosaries.
Praying hands are a visual cue of prayer, and have been a symbol of a connection between a person and their respective god (or gods) since religion first appeared in ancient times.
Praying hands tattoos are popular among religious individuals, as the permanent nature of a tattoo symbolizes that they ask for their respective god’s support at all times, not just when they are praying. This form of “permanent prayer” can be inked in many different ways.
Most are done in black and white, however, a bright colored background can add more uplifting tones. Praying hands tattoos can also be accompanied with other religious motifs such as rosary beads, roses, clouds, angels, and crosses.
Other popular ideas include making the prayer tattoo design assume a marble-like appearance or pairing it with a quote from your respective religious text.