Hand and finger tattoos are becoming popular options for both men and women who want to get inked for the first time. Delicate tattoos, whether in colour or as linework, are gorgeous on these parts of the body. It's also a great way to know if you want a larger piece in the future. If you’re interested in getting one, here’s our quick guide to tattoos, what you should do to take care of them, and some ideas for the design you could get from a studio.
Q: Do Tattoos Hurt?
A: Yes, they do. The more intricate the design, the longer it will take for your artist to finish your tattoo. Because your fingers have tons of nerves and your skin directly covers bone, finger tattoos are often more painful than other tattoos, Fortunately, many tattoo shops offer local anaesthetic to help you manage it.
Q: What Are Finger Tattoos?
A: Finger tattoos are basically tattooed designs that you get on your fingers, whether they’re knuckle designs, side finger tattoos, or multi-finger inkings.
Q: Why Are Finger Tattoos So Popular?
A: They’re popular because they’re relatively small. For people who are a bit squeamish about getting tattoos, this is a way to have a permanent and artistic memento on your body without the heavier commitment of a larger design.
Q: How Long Does It Take For A Finger Tattoo To Heal?
A: On average, a finger tattoo will take around a month to fully heal. Don’t pick at the scabs or pull any peeling skin, as this will prolong the healing process.
Q: What’s The Proper Aftercare Method For Finger Tattoos?
A: Your tattoo is going to scab and peel, so friction and washing up a lot will make it harder for finger tattoos to heal. Keep it covered for the first three hours after you get it, and regularly wash it very gently with some mild soap and water.
Keep it moisturised with cocoa butter or vitamin E lotions, preferably one recommended by your artist as they will know what won’t irritate your skin. You can get your tattoo wet, but avoid submerging it. A tattoo is basically an open wound for at least 48 hours, so submerging it will make it harder to heal!
Q: How Do I Take Care Of My Tattoo At The Beach?
A: Don’t expose it to the sun without any sunscreen, and avoid keeping your tattoo in the water for a prolonged period of time. Even healed finger tattoos can fade under sun and salt exposure.
Our 10 Favourite Finger Tattoo Designs
Looking for finger tattoo ideas? Here are some suggestions for the right design for you. You may get some inspiration from these simple, unique pieces. A good artist won’t completely copy someone’s work—they will put a spin on your tattoo so it will be uniquely meaningful to you.
Before you get any of these, note that regardless of size, a finger tattoo should take around a month to properly heal. If you want to get the best prices for good tattoo designs, these will vary from shop to shop. Send an email out to a tattoo parlour first and ask for a price quote after you show them the design. Compare the prices and the reputation of each studio before you commit to a choice!
1. Flower Tattoos
A small rose, Egyptian lotus or daisy looks extra dainty as a finger tattoo, especially if you get it rendered in watercolour!
2. Tattoos of Quotes Or Inspirational Messages
Finger tattoos of your personal motto or a special word can be cool. You can easily customise these with special lettering or fonts—you can even have it done in your own handwriting.
3. Couple Tattoos
Small finger tattoos are becoming the millennial version of a wedding band. Getting matching tattoos is a great way to celebrate a relationship milestone, or simply to show how much you love each other. You can even get your partner's name tattooed on your finger.
4. Family-Inspired Tattoos
Matching tattoos aren't just for couples. Sibling or mother-daughter tattoos are also becoming more popular, often to commemorate a special event. What's a quirky childhood memory you share with your sister, or brother, or even best friend? Something like that could be rendered into a beautiful finger tattoo.
5. Astrological Tattoos
Moon or star tattoos are elegant choices for finger tattoos. Want to put a more personal spin on it? Get a finger tattoo of your astrological sign as a constellation.
6. Inspirational Or Faith-Related Tattoos
If it's not against your religion, you could get a tattoo that honours your beliefs. You can also get one that can inspire you to keep going and stay strong. Popular options include small Celtic crosses, infinity symbols, and memento mori skulls.
7. Mandala Tattoos
Intricate and sacred, a mandala is a beautiful symbol for people who want to show deeper connections to nature and the universe.
8. Animal Tattoos
From a fragile butterfly to the majestic elephant, you can get tattoos of your favourite animal or insect that will look just as great in a smaller size. Look at this lovely elephant design that sits perfectly on a finger!
9. Minimalist Friendship Tattoos
This is the kind of tattoo that doesn’t take itself too seriously—sometimes you just want to have a special thing to share with your best friends. These have been seen on the likes of ‘it girls’ like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne. Popular choices for these matchy-matchy tattoos include the linework heart, outlines of fingers crossed, and anchors.
10. Musical Note or Instrument Tattoos
Music lovers can get tattoos of notes on their fingers to show a sequence, or get a tattoo of their favourite musical instrument. Check out this series of note tattoos!