Finger tattoos? Yep, they’re a thing, and they’re more popular than ever. We’ll take you through the latest trends and what to expect from the process.
Looking for the perfect tiny tattoo design but haven’t quite put your finger on it yet? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
From the dainty to the adorable to the distinctively badass, our finger tattoos for women are the perfect inspiration for your first (or next) digit design.
Before we explore our favorite ideas, here’s a quick whip around some FAQs.
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- How long do finger tattoos last?
- How painful is a finger tattoo?
- What is the best finger to get a tattoo on?
- How much should a finger tattoo cost?
- Cute finger tattoos for women
How long do finger tattoos last?
OK, here’s the deal: if longevity is your aim, you might want to consider getting a different body part inked.
Finger tattoos don’t last long.
You may have to touch them up every eight to twelve months.
(And some experts say they only last between six and eight months on average.)
Whatever the exact numbers might be for your tattoo, know that it won’t stick around forever.
That’s because our fingers and hands are just about the most utilized parts of our bodies, making tattoos in the area more susceptible to wear and tear.
If you want to keep your tattoo in mint condition, it can be expensive and time-consuming to keep up with the touch-ups.
And a pro tip?
It’s not advisable to get inked while you’re pregnant.
So if you do need touch-ups, you may want to factor this in.
(Curious about whether you can get a tattoo while breastfeeding?
We’ll take you through the details here.)
How painful is a finger tattoo?
All tattoos hurt.
And finger tattoos tend to hurt more than others.
Some experts even say that fingers are one of the most painful places to get a tattoo.
There are a few factors that contribute to this.
One is that our fingertips have a very high concentration of nerve endings, making them more sensitive to pain.
We also don’t have a whole lot of fat or muscle on our fingers, and the skin is relatively thin.
All this means that you’ll be totally forgiven if you let out a yelp while having your finger tattoo done.
Another thing to consider is that finger tattoos might experience blowouts, making them look blurred or distorted.
This happens when ink is deposited below the top layer of the skin and into the layer of fat below.
Finger tattoos are more susceptible to blowouts because the skin is so thin.
For this reason, don’t be surprised if your tattoo artist recommends you get your tattoo in another area.
All that being said, if your heart is set on a finger tattoo, you’re in good company!
Getting finger ink means joining the ranks of celebs like Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, and Miley Cyrus. (Yep, they’re all the rage!)
So if you understand the blowout risk, are willing to withstand the pain, and are prepared to make touch-ups along the way, go ahead!
What is the best finger to get a tattoo on?
That’s really up to you, but there are some things to consider.
Inner finger tattoos can be quite painful because of the nerve endings on this side of your digits.
So if pain is a serious consideration, then outer may be better.
If you want to hide your ink occasionally, the lower part of your finger is a great spot for tiny finger tattoos.
(Pop a ring over it and it disappears.)
And if you want to make a statement, what says BOLD like a middle finger tattoo?
How much should a finger tattoo cost?
Tattoos really range in price, but for a smaller tattoo (like one that can fit on your finger), you’re looking at between $50 and $150.
Shop around in your area to find a tattoo artist you love who fits your budget. Recommendations from friends are always a good place to start.
And check in with your Peanut community to see how they’ve found the artists and studios they love.
Cute finger tattoos for women
There’s much variety on the menu of girly finger tattoos.
(Who says any one particular tattoo type is “girly” anyway?)
Check out these fine finds.
Butterfly finger tattoo
When it comes to small finger tattoos for women, butterflies are a perfect option.
They represent hope, transformation, and rebirth.
You can opt for one simple pair of wings, or you can set your hand aflight with multiple butterflies.
1. This one’s got wings
Source: Garden of Ink Tattoo
2. Color pop!
Source: Vining Tattoos
3. A whole flutter aflutter
Source: Flow Tats
Rose finger tattoo
As dainty finger tattoos go, this symbol of love, beauty, and courage is a pretty rosy choice.
We love the simplicity of these striking designs.
4. Smelling like roses
Source: Creighton Tattoo
5. Roses ARE red
Source: Nadia Tattoos
Flower finger tattoo
If you’re looking to explore the rest of the garden, here are some perfect picks:
6. OK, that’s just cute
Source: Dominika Najdek
7. Simple and sweet
Source: Osadia Ink
8. Blooming love
Source: Kae Rina Art
9. Flower power
Source: Hiisi Tattoo
Heart tattoo on finger
These simple finger tattoos are just lovely.
They’re subtle, charming, and speak volumes.
And if you’re looking for ideas for mother-daughter tattoos, these are a great option.
(They’re great for mother-son tattoos too!)
Source: Red Lantern Tattoo
11. You have my heart
Source: Leya Tattoo
12. Ten hearts beating as one
Source: Red Lantern Tattoo
Lotus finger tattoos for women
The lotus flower is an important symbol in the Buddhist faith.
One of the key reasons for this is that it blooms in muddy waters.
If that resonates with you, perhaps one of these gorgeous designs might be a good fit.
13. Lotus love
Source: Louiza Marie Designs
14. Lotus line art
Source: Movemotion Studio
15. The linear lotus
Source: Mr Ace Tattoos
Snake finger tattoos for women
Snakes have had potent significance throughout human history, commonly representing rebirth, immortality, and fertility.
Source: Premier Tattoo Company
17. The subtle serpent
Source: Ju Diament
18. Thumb tattoos: serpent edition
Source: Miguelitos Tattoos
Middle finger tattoos
Assertive and prominent, this finger tattoo type needs little explaining.
Here are some gorgeous options, from the simplest to the more elaborate.
19. Oh-so dainty
Source: Elle Jay Tattoo
20. Knuckling down
Source: Art & Soul Tattoo
21. Service with a smile
Source: Charlyn Shaper TTT
A full hand
Keen to go all in?
How about a tattoo on every finger?
22. Let your fingers do the talking
And there you have it!
22 glorious options for appendage art inspo.
Dare we say it — don’t let the opportunity slip through your fingers.