Published on May 10, 2023

A finger tattoo is usually placed on the knuckle or side of the finger. They are becoming more and more popular as they are very small and a good option for people that want a discreet tattoo before committing to something bigger.

Caring for finger tattoos is very important. Finger tattoos fade and smudge quickly, especially if you wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.

If you are constantly in the sun or work with your hands, you may need regular touch-ups.

Having said that, there are some beautiful finger tattoos to choose from, so choose a tattoo artist with experience in the area and make sure that you follow their care instructions carefully.

What Does a Tattoo on Your Finger Mean?

Many couples choose to get matching finger tattoos instead of wedding rings, so finger tattoos are often associated with eternal love and commitment.

Others choose meaningful symbols they want to literally "point out" to others or tattoo their mottos on their knuckles as they represent passion and fire.

Tattoo on Finger Mean

How Long Do Finger Tattoos Last?

It's a good idea to touch up your finger tattoo every eight to twelve months, but if you look after your skin and hands, your finger tattoo can last for a couple of years.

Speak to your tattoo parlor about the options and proper care for your finger tattoo.

Curious about the fading of tattoo colors? Find out the reasons behind it in our comprehensive article, Why Do Colors Fade? Click here to understand the science and discover tips to extend the life of your ink

Do Finger Tattoos Hurt?

Your skin is a little thinner on your fingers than other areas of the body, and your hands are generally bonier (and have more nerve endings) than the rest of your body.

A tattoo on your finger will probably be more painful than on some of your other body parts, so come to your tattooing session prepared for a little pain. The end result will be worth it!

Best Finger Tattoo Designs

We have collected some of the best finger tattoo ideas from the top artist to consider. Here are just a couple of ideas if you need a little inspiration:

Middle Finger Tattoo

Middle Finger Tattoo

Source: Our Mindful Life

We all know what your middle finger represents...but you can take the edge off by adding an irate little emoji. This funny little tattoo lets you flip someone the bird and put a smile on their face at the same time!

Linework Tattoo Design

Linework Tattoo Design

Source: Thai Tattoo

Linework tattoos are always a great idea. Linework tattoos are usually done using only black ink and resemble jewelry or tribal designs.

These tattoos can be quite elaborate or simply feature a symbol (e.g., a half-moon or heart) and a few lines.

Viking Finger Tattoo

Viking Finger Tattoo

Source: Style Craze

These bold and simple designs feature popular Viking runes , like the Chevron or the Inguz symbol. People who are tattooed with these symbols are reminded that where there's a will, there's a way! 

They are usually done in white or black ink, but you can choose any color or image that is meaningful to you.

Inside Finger Tattoos

Inside Finger Tattoos

Source: @heze_tattoo

Side finger tattoos are a fun way of honoring a loved one. You can easily hide a small finger tattoo, but you will know it's there!

You can add someone's initials on your inner finger or use a symbol that commemorates a special memory the two of you shared.

Only you will know what the design on your finger means, which adds to the romance.

Heart Tattoo

Heart Tattoo on finger

Source: Nastyamalina

Is there anything sweeter than a cute little heart inked on your finger? This line tattoo was completed using red ink.

The beating heart you've placed on your finger might symbolize something or someone you love, but there's no mistaking the meaning of the shape.

Flowers Tattoo on Finger

Flowers Tattoo on finger

Source: Michelle Santana

This beautiful lotus tattoo is feminine and understated but just bold enough to make a real statement.

A floral finger tattoo is extremely romantic and is the perfect style for someone who likes to stand out from the crowd.

Cross Tattoo

Cross Tattoo on finger

Source: Nhi Ink

Crosses are deeply symbolic. While they are strongly associated with the Christian faith, a cross tattoo is often synonymous with grace, love, and kindness. 

Placing a cross on your finger is a great way of demonstrating your commitment to kindness, generosity, or religion.

Small Finger Tattoos

Small Finger Tattoos


This small index finger tattoo really pops because of its use of color. If you are looking for a small tattoo, this cute ribbon is a play on the old-timey practice of tying a string around your finger to remind you of something.

It's a great way of paying homage to someone you've lost or a memory you hold dear.

Elaborate Designs

Elaborate Designs


So far, we've mainly looked at simple finger tattoos, but you can go crazy with your designs. This elaborate 3D finger tattoo features a tiger. It's emblematic of power, mystery, and strength and will definitely stand out.

We hope these finger tattoo ideas have been helpful! Remember, getting a finger tattoo is still a permanent commitment. Choose an artist that shares your vision and that makes you feel comfortable at all times.

Take a close look at their portfolio and ask for references. With the right parlor in your corner, you'll find a finger tattoo that works for you.

Ryan S. Mills
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