Finger tattoos may have a reputation for being a bit taboo or only for rebels, but thanks to being completely customizable, they’re able to be inked in almost any style—meaning you can opt for a design that’s more your aesthetic. Make no mistake, though; even if you go for a more minimal feel, a finger tattoo makes a statement thanks to its visibility. Whether the impact is major or minor is based on the details of your design—including size, placement, and pigment—and the style it’s inked in.
Finger tattoos are one of the more painful places to get tatted due to both a lack of muscle and fat between skin and bone and that area having a lot of nerves. Unlike some placements, though, the pain is not a one-time experience; finger tattoos need regular touch-ups because our everyday actions tend to make the ink easily fade. For those who are ready to bear the pain for a personalized and statement-making piece of ink, here are 30 amazing ideas for your next finger tattoo.
Flowing Floral Finger Tattoo
For impactful florals, have the design stretch across multiple fingers. Using a medium black outline keeps it feeling light despite its size.
Airpane Finger Tattoo
Make a small design look crisp and smooth by doing using only black ink. By filling-in the image—like the plane here—you’re able to focus on the details of the shape without overwhelming it.
Creeping Vine Finger Tattoo
A minimal finger tattoo doesn’t have to be small; this design is spread out and the empty space gives it an airy feel. Only using outlining and light shading makes a statement without being in your face.
Zodiac Symbol Finger Tattoo
Zodiac symbols tend to be simple, so they easily shrink down to fit the finger without losing detail. Using only black ink makes it feel chic.
Moon Finger Tattoo
Moon tattoos hold a lot of meaning and make a great idea for a finger design. Inking the moon with just outlining also keeps it feeling light and dainty.
Letter Finger Tattoo
Single letters are a great idea for the finger because there are so many placement and size options. You can also ink the design in a number of different styles to make it more personal.
Heart Finger Tattoo
Hearts make great finger tattoos because they can be any size and remain recognizable. Placing it on the underside of the finger gives it an intimate feel.
Flower Finger Tattoo
Because flowers reach toward the sky, they make great finger tattoos. The movement pairs great with the placement, and you can ink them in any style.
Eye Finger Tattoo
Using the side of a finger gives you more room lengthwise to play with design and placement. This ink uses the extra room as negative space for a minimal feel.
Starbursts Finger Tattoo
Starbursts and line-art explosions can be spread across the fingers, making for a statement-making design. Use black ink for a bold look and colored ink for more whimsy—whichever you prefer.
Written Ring Finger Tattoo
For something more unique than just getting numbers or letters inked, wrap the design around your finger like a ring. Use color for certain symbols to make them pop.
Exaggerated Flower Finger Tattoo
Because flowers grow up and fingers are long, you can add whimsy to a design by exaggerating the features in the space. Keep the base design simple so as not to overcomplicate it.