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Finger Tattoos: Designs, Ideas, and Pictures

I have a lot of tattoos, including full sleeves on both arms.

Lightsaber finger tattoo awesomeness!

Lightsaber finger tattoo awesomeness!

Inky Fingers!

Finger tattoos are the latest craze in tattooing and have a sense of fun and whimsy that make them very appealing, especially for women. Tons of celebrities, from Beyoncé to Miley Cyrus, have finger tattoos. Just a tiny bit of ink on a finger can say a little or a lot about you. Depending on their placement, finger tattoos can be anywhere from discreet and delicate to bold and outrageous. Here are some great finger tattoo designs as well as a few cautionary words before you decide to get inky fingers.

A Few Words to the Wise About Finger Tattoos

  • Finger tattoos look awesome but require a lot of upkeep because they are on such a high-traffic part of your body that is rarely covered. Consider this when you choose the placement and color of your finger tattoo.
  • Finger tattoos will fade and touch-ups will be inevitable, especially if you go for vibrant color or get a tattoo on the inside of your finger where this is constant rubbing.
  • Opting for a black or dark blue single-color tattoo will provide you with some options as tattoos in these colors hold up quite well even with some fading.
  • Moisturizer and sunscreen are the best tools in your efforts to keep your finger tattoo looking fresh and vibrant.

Keep in Mind

Do not get your finger tips tattooed. These finger tattoos will fade beyond recognition and need to be touched up often. It is a waste of time and money. Consider your finger prints tattoo enough for this area of your body.

Think Before You Ink

  • In terms of the design, simple is best. Fingers are a small space to have tattooed, and cramming a lot of design into a small space will just result in blurred lines and an unattractive mess in years to come. Keep it small, keep it simple, keep it fun.
  • Finally, a word about the ramifications of having your fingers tattooed. Although tattoos are rapidly becoming more and more socially acceptable, there are still some pretty serious stigmas attached to having your hands tattooed. And a finger tattoo is almost impossible to hide. Consider your future and your career plans. What seems cool at 20 may seriously impact your career and personal choices in later years. And although I have a lot of tattoos, including full sleeves on both of my forearms, I have personally chosen not to get my hands or fingers tattooed out of a desire to not limit my career options down the road. Tattoos are for life, barring expensive and painful laser removal, so make sure you will be happy with one on your finger for the rest of your life.
A clever finger tattoo with novelty value.

A clever finger tattoo with novelty value.

Moustache Finger Tattoos

This is by far the most trendy finger tattoo these days and with good reason: It's hilarious and it's useful. I mean, you never know when you are going to need a mustache, right? So why not get one tattooed on your finger so you are prepared. Two simple thin curled lines will do the trick on the inside of your index finger.

Be Careful

Be advised a thicker line may result in some skin splitting and acute pain. The inside of the finger is sensitive because the skin is quite thin and there is not a lot of flesh between the skin and the bone. It also may require a serious amount of pressure from the tattoo artist to get the ink to stay in the skin and touch ups will most likely be required. That being said, it is a pretty hilarious and inconspicuous tattoo, so if you're prepared for the pain and a touch up or two, then go for it!

Word or Text Finger Tattoos

One of the coolest finger tattoos that I have ever seen was the word "Create," etched in beautiful cursive on the inside of someone's index finger. They were a writer and an artist so it seemed so very fitting. It worked because the script of the tattoo was simple and uncomplicated. It was the perfect tattoo for this person.

If you have a word that resonates with your soul and feel the need for it to emanate from your fingertips consider having it etched on the inside of one of your fingers. Perhaps your partner's initials on the inside of your ring finger or a child's name around your pinky. Surprisingly both pop artists Rihanna and Lily Allen have "shhh..." tattooed on their index fingers. Somehow I would have thought the words "sing" or "music" or even some tiny music notes would have been a better fit.

Keep in Simple!

The key to a finger tattoo is simplicity, so keep to small words or initials and don't pick and overly complicated text.

Lucky number 13 tattoo

Lucky number 13 tattoo

Number Finger Tattoos

People are a superstitious bunch. To prove my point, ask most people what their favorite number is, and they'll have a quick answer. Mine's 13. Why? Some people have no rhyme or reason and others believe that that number is particularly lucky for them or represents something special. Either way, numbers hold significance for a lot of us and feature prominently in tattoos, especially finger tattoos. For example, both Beyoncé and Jay Z have the number four in Roman numerals tattooed under their ring fingers because it has a special significance for them. They both have birthdays on the fourth day of the month, and, not so coincidentally, their daughter's middle name is IVY as in "IV," the letters of the Roman numeral 4.

A finger is a perfect place to tattoo an important number for you. Whether you opt to go for something bold and flashy like Vegas-style 7s across three of your knuckles or a discreet 13 inside of one of your fingers, having a number tattooed on you can make you feel like you have a lucky talisman with you at all times.

Awesome Bookworm knuckle tatt! Now that's hardcore.

Awesome Bookworm knuckle tatt! Now that's hardcore.

Knuckle Tattoos

Once relegated to hardcore bikers and prison inmates, knuckle tattoos have now gone mainstream and are being sported by the likes of Rihanna and Kelly Osbourne. Many people opt to tattoo all of their knuckles to spell out meaningful words, like "Thug Life" in the case of Rihanna. Others choose to tattoo just one or two with a cute or meaningful symbol like the single pink heart seen on Kelly Osbourne's left pinky.

As I mentioned earlier, getting all of your knuckles tattooed is a pretty serious commitment to ink. Be sure you are prepared to live with the consequences and misconceptions that will inevitably come from these kinds of finger tattoos.

Tattoo wedding bands bring new meaning to forever.

Tattoo wedding bands bring new meaning to forever.

Ring Finger Tattoos

Creating a ring, specifically a wedding ring, with a tattoo has become old hat, but not long ago it was seen as the ultimate act of forever when the likes of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson got their wedding fingers tattooed with each other's initials to mark their nuptials.

Although getting the initial of your beloved tattooed on your ring finger is still in vogue, now people are also opting for anything from ornate Celtic bands to a matching single black line.

As pessimistic as this may sound, with 50% of all marriages ending in divorce, I wonder about the wisdom of wedding ring tattoos. A ring finger tattoo won't exactly be easy to hide when you hope to meet someone new and it will forever remind you of a time you might want to forget. These kinds of finger tattoos aren't exactly easily morphed or covered by another tattoo. My suggestion would be to avoid this kind of finger tattoo like the plague. Remember, love is fleeting, but ink is forever.

Thumb Tattoos

There is some serious fun to be had with a thumb tattoo. Something as simple as the dots and a curved line can bring tons of enjoyment to yourself and the little people in your life. Let's face it, a finger puppet tattoo really never goes out of style, does it? And it's so practical. (Okay so a ballpoint pen can achieve the same effect, but what if you can't find a pen and it's a finger puppet emergency? So what if it will fade almost instantly, nothing beats a poorly-thought-out novelty tattoo.)

If a simple finger puppet thumb tattoo is not your style, why not consider something a little more complex? I have seen a number of matching or connected thumb tattoos on couples as a sign of their commitment to each other. Anything from two pieces of one heart, a simple lock and key, or connecting puzzle piece tattoos have extra meaning when placed on the thumb of two people. Alone these tattoos hold their own meaning, but when the two hands clasp together, the meaning intensifies.

If a lovey-dovey, matchy tattoo isn't your style, why not use a thumb tattoo to make a statement? In palmistry, the thumb symbolizes your strength of will and your most primal desires. Why not highlight that aspect of yourself with a symbol that is reflective of your true nature, like a tiny anchor for strength and stability, a dove for peace, or a tiny cupcake . . . just 'cause they're yummy.

Or why not take your tattoo to the next level by going for a simple decorative scroll design and adding glue-on jewels to it for an evening look. Super fun and fancy.

Simple heart finger tattoo. Perfection!

Simple heart finger tattoo. Perfection!

Finger Tattoo Fantastico!

Finger tattoos are the ultimate in cheeky fun. Where else can a well-placed small symbol say so much? And as long as you remember to keep it small and simple and to think before you ink, you're sure to be happy with your inky fingers for years to come.

Happy Inking!

© 2013 Catherine Taylor


Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on April 09, 2014:

Enjoyed your article Thundermama. Shows you all the different options with finger tattoo designs.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on May 20, 2013:

Very interesting subject. My favorite are the ring tattoos.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on May 10, 2013:

Thanks for reading and commenting FullOfLoveSites. Interesting name btw. Finger tattoos can be quite appealing because of the cute factor. Good luck finding a design that works for you.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on May 10, 2013:

I don't like tattoos generally, but I find those finger tattoos cute and not conspicuous. Maybe I'll get one of those, I have to think which design is right for me. Thanks for posting! :)

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on April 30, 2013:

Thanks so much kidscrafts. From what I hear it is exceptionally painful, especially on the inside of the finger. I so appreciate that you pop in and comment on my tattoo hubs even though your are not a tattoo aficionado yourself. I enjoy your perspective.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 30, 2013:

I think I can say that I never saw a tattoo on fingers! Very original.... but it must be so painful to have that procedure done. I know it's art but I will pass for art on my body!

Thank you for sharing! You always have interesting things to say about tatoos... so I learn new things each time!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on April 30, 2013:

Sugahware, thanks for reading and I'm glad I could help you with some ideas.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on April 30, 2013:

Really Bill? You definitely strike me as a finger moustache kind of guy. LOL. I get it, my cousins skin actually split open while getting a finger moustache tattoo. Not for everyone. As always thanks for being number one on here with your support and comments.

Robyn D Bera from California on April 29, 2013:

Great hub and lovely photos. I've been considering a finger tattoo for years and you've given me some great ideas. Mustache finger is hilarious!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 29, 2013:

I think it's safe to say that I won't be doing this in this lifetime. LOL However, some of them are cool and I can understand the attraction to them. Nice job on this one my friend. The pictures are great.