Are you considering finger tattoos? They are some of the most visible you can get which means they offer maximum self-expression. If you’d like to tell part of your unique story, ink is a great way to make a meaningful and lasting impression. Some people decide to get silly with their finger tatts while others are dead serious. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it. Just make sure you’re staying true to yourself.
We wanted to get a better idea of the trends and latest finger tattoo designs so we took to social media to discover all there is to find about these flashy tattoos. We found all sorts of clever designs, sayings, images, and more to share with you. If you’re after tattoo inspiration, you have come to the right spot as we have curated this list just for you. Remember to always create your own personal design and never rip off someone else’s work. If you find a tattoo artist you trust, collaborate to come up with the perfect finger tattoos for you!
Take a Look At These Amazing Finger Tattoos!
Botanical designs that border on abstract are very popular among finger tattoos. If you have a love of nature, plants, hiking, etc., express that passion in ink!
Dots and abstract shapes are increasingly popular these days. The above finger tattoo was done using the stick and poke method (no machine, just a needle). The process allows for sharper, crisper small designs.
When you think of finger tattoos the first thing that likely comes to mind are words across them. It’s a very traditional scheme that’s still popular today. Come up with an 8-letter sentiment and go to town!
An emerging trend among finger tattoos are micro tattoos on one or more of the fingers. We find the tiniest little heart on this finger. It’s the perfect dainty detail.
Here’s another example of a micro tattoo. This time, we find a black rose that looks moody and dramatic. Get something different for each finger to express even more!
Choose a theme and go to town! For these finger tattoos, we find elements that remind us of Gothic horror. A spooky castle, a skull, and a crescent moon are just a few of the images here that help convey an idea.
If you are planning on going the abstract route, another type of design that’s hot these days are multiple bands. We saw some thicker than these but we like how elegant the fine lines look.
Mix & Match
These fingers look magical and vaguely witchy which might appeal to you. Classic imagery paired with abstract finger tattoos look so great next to one another.
Another option for your finger tattoos is to do them on your fingertips. A word of caution: the insides of your hands shed a ton of skin and so tattoos on the area will fade much faster than other parts of the body. If you don’t mind some retouching down the line, go for it!
Keep the Faith
These fingers say “have hope.” If you want to spread positivity with your finger tattoos, consider something similar for your digits.
Expressing your passions through art is always a smart idea for finger tattoos and any ink in general. We find a baker who loves to cook and has decided to use a chef’s hat to express that love.
Symbols of Significance
Similar to the chef’s hat, this person has chosen a variety of evocative symbols for their finger tattoos. There are no rules so do something similar with your own chosen symbols for a similar look.
Years & Years
If Instagram is any indication, year finger tattoos are the most popular on the market. We stumbled across more tattoos of years than anything else on the fingers.
For obvious reasons, the middle finger is the most popular one to get tattooed. We find an abstract splash of a design on this middle digit.
Rune finger tattoos are also extremely popular. They offer a touch of mystery while looking distinct.
A talented tattoo artist can pull off a design like this by treating the fingers as a whole. If you’d like a design that goes from one finger to the next, consult an artist to discover the possibilities!
In tattoo parlance, a “jobstopper” is a tattoo on the hands, neck, or face. Here we find a whole bunch of them in the form of blue and black candles with a warm flame above. What a unique look!
These finger tattoos make us think of pirate adventures thanks to all of the nautical imagery. There is a reason you’re seeing so many black ink tattoos. Because we wash and use our hands so often, tattoos on the hands fade faster. Black ink holds up the best over time.
The inside of finger tattoos are hugely popular today. We find some crisp numbers in this example. Many refer to this tattoo as a peekaboo tattoo.
Do you think this person likes spending time in their garden? The more personal these finger tattoos get the better they are!
Finger tattoos that mimic jewelry are also very popular. You’ll find ink that looks like rings are super in favor at the moment.
A Superb Cover-Up
This cover-up of an old, faded tattoo is a huge success. The moth looks great spread across the fingers and probably looks very cool when the fingers are spread.
How cute is this tiny rainbow? If you want to show your Pride, consider putting a symbol of it on your fingers. You’ll be surprised how many compliments you will get!
Some traditional designs never get old. Take a look at these fingers. Each has pretty traditional imagery and each finger looks better than the last!
Remember to always keep placement top of mind when considering your finger tattoos. Just above the knuckle of the thumb is a cool spot for just about any design.
Do It With Heart
Hearts are one of the most popular finger tattoo designs. If you’ve got love in mind, consider something simple like this for an understated look.
Bold & Ornamental
Thicker lines also have their own virtues among these hand tattoos. We find an ornamental design that has employed very thick lines to share a point of view.
Inspired by Alchemy
The artist who shared this image of finger tattoos captioned it “Alchemist.” We imagine that these symbols were once used in the ancient pseudoscience. Whether or not if that’s true, they still look fantastic.
Astrology is such a huge inspiration for tattoos. This is especially true for finger tattoos where you will often find the person’s sun sign tattooed on a finger. In the above example, we think we’re seeing a whole chart!
A festive finger tattoo can be yours if you only find an object worthy of tattooing that seems to say “Cheers!” We find a frothy brew in this tattoo and it’s rather playful.
One of the smallest micro finger tattoos on this list comes in the form of the tiniest chair ever. For tattoos like this, remember that they are best applied with the stick and poke method.
The person who shared the above image explained that the circle on the back of the hand represents the sun. All of the swirling lines are meant to look like heatwaves. We think it really worked out well.
Keep It That Way
Words we can all live by, “Stay Real” is the topic of these finger tattoos that really get the message across. A reminder to always live authentically feels like the right way to go.
The old adage, “less is more,” proves appropriate for this minimalist dragonfly tattoo. Three simple lines come together to create this immediately recognizable creature.
Old wisdom for finger tattoos that say words is that the eight fingers each contain a letter. In this example, we find six with letters and the outer two with some decorative elements to help achieve balance. Savage indeed.
These gorgeous, ornamental finger tattoos were inspired by a piece of embroidered fabric. The end result is beautiful and timeless.
Save That Date
It’s a popular trend for couples to get matching tattoos to celebrate their love. In this example, we find a popular choice, a date that’s been inked in Roman numerals.
It’s a Winner
Where’s the lie? We find the words, “Love Wins,” in these finger tattoos that spread positivity and optimism. Don’t you feel this way too?
Nautical motifs are popular for any tattoo so it should come as no surprise that they are popular for finger tattoos as well. Anchors symbolize steadfastness along with strength, faith, and hope.
Inspired by Architecture
We are not certain if each one of these structures is supposed to be a cathedral but we are getting those vibes. The style reminds us of illustrated children’s books.
Simple black lines can transform fingers into works of minimalist art. Keep things simple for a sophisticated look like this.
Some Fine Lines
Fine lines create a unique shape that opens around the knuckle. Work with a tattoo artist who knows how to make the most of space for something equally as handsome.
Falling for Floral
We have seen several examples of floral finger tattoos on this list but these delicate flowers really spoke to us. A word of caution: tattoos that are this light tend to fade quickly on the fingers.
Take the Wheel
It’s time to take the wheel with this classic steering wheel tattoo. Simple, black lines are all it takes to realize the object.
We encourage you to really experiment with different fonts and even request something custom from a tattoo artist that you trust. These elaborate letters look so fantastic.
The Right Direction
We find an arrow symbol in this finger tattoo that seems to be pointing the way. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel for your finger tattoos. Keep it simple for a straightforward design.
Slithering In Black & White
Tattoo artists have been turning to white ink more and more these days. For this very detailed and very small snake, we find white ink used as a highlight to make the design actually appear dynamic.
Tiny & Traditional
Feast your eyes on some of the best finger tattoos on this list. We find elements adopted from traditional tattooing and transformed into truly remarkable ink. Look to the past to find tattoos that can be reformatted for today.
This gorgeous little wave tattoo was hand-poked and you can see a very cool color shift from white to deep blue to baby blue. Nature-inspired designs are never going out of style.
If you’d prefer your waves in a more abstract fashion, consider getting some parallel wavy lines like these for your finger tattoos. Further, switch up the color ink for something that feels more personal than just standard black.
The lotus flower symbolizes resilience and rebirth. For this reason, it is one of the most tattooed flowers on earth. This very, very fine example is so small there’s no doubt it was applied by hand.
Baby on the Inside
We’ve seen a lot of finger tattoos on the outside of the hand but on the inside, you can have a great deal of fun. While tattoos on the inside of the hand fade quickly, they do look fantastic when they’re fresh.
We find a couple of characters from Spirited Away in these adorable finger tattoos. Again, these are on the inside of the hand so they will need to be touched up in the future to keep them fresh.
We love when tattoo artists forgo the standard black line and instead use color to create the shape. It’s a more impressionist look that is the definition of subtlety. Bravo!
Yep, even Donald Duck has been put on a finger! We leave you with this image to encourage you to get creative as the sky is the limit with finger tattoos.
There you go! Do you have some good ideas for your very own finger tattoos? We sure hope you feel inspired to get some ink on those digits to better tell your story. Finger tattoos are not going to be for everyone but if you are already inked up, they are a natural next step. Be creative and you might walk away with some truly clever designs. Now, go get inked!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Take a Look At These Amazing Finger Tattoos!
- 1.1 Gentle Botanicals
- 1.2 Ornamentation
- 1.3 Home-Sick
- 1.4 Micro Tattoos
- 1.5 Little Rose
- 1.6 Themed
- 1.7 Bands
- 1.8 Mix & Match
- 1.9 The Tips
- 1.10 Keep the Faith
- 1.11 Be You
- 1.12 Symbols of Significance
- 1.13 Years & Years
- 1.14 Solo
- 1.15 Runes
- 1.16 Across Them
- 1.17 Jobstopper
- 1.18 Pirate-Themed
- 1.19 333
- 1.20 Constant Gardener
- 1.21 Jewelry
- 1.22 A Superb Cover-Up
- 1.23 Baby Rainbow
- 1.24 Go Traditional
- 1.25 Cool Placement
- 1.26 Do It With Heart
- 1.27 Bold & Ornamental
- 1.28 Inspired by Alchemy
- 1.29 The Signs
- 1.30 Cheers!
- 1.31 Tiny Chair
- 1.32 Heatwaves
- 1.33 Keep It That Way
- 1.34 Minimalist Dragonfly
- 1.35 Simply Savage
- 1.36 Embroidery-Inspired
- 1.37 Save That Date
- 1.38 It’s a Winner
- 1.39 Anchored In
- 1.40 Inspired by Architecture
- 1.41 Abstract
- 1.42 Some Fine Lines
- 1.43 Falling for Floral
- 1.44 Take the Wheel
- 1.45 Lovely Lettering
- 1.46 The Right Direction
- 1.47 Slithering In Black & White
- 1.48 Tiny & Traditional
- 1.49 The Wave
- 1.50 Parallel Lines
- 1.51 Little Lotus
- 1.52 Baby on the Inside
- 1.53 Spirited Away
- 1.54 Pastel Heart
- 1.55 Endless Possibilities
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