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.
For a minimal but not boring tattoo, a small ribbon wrapped around the finger is a delicate touch. A bit of color will make it pop even more, like this red.
For impactful florals, have the design stretch across multiple fingers. Using a medium black outline keeps it feeling light despite its size.
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.
Beyoncé's Simple Dots
Keep it minimalist with a series of simple dots, perhaps one for each sibling or child that you have.
If you want something more cute and whimsical, go for bright punchy purple, as seen here. But for something a bit more moody, go basic black for a ring-finger lightning bolt.
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 connecting it to more art on the wrist makes a statement without being in your face.
Art-enthusiasts will love this Salvador Dalí-inspired design, which stretches from the center of the hand toward the fingers.
Numbers are a great design for finger tattoos because they’re able to be inked as big or small as you’d like. There are also an almost infinite number of fonts to choose from to make the tattoo uniquely yours.
Sprig and Leaves
This sprig and leaves offers an alternative to the standard rose or flower, with a casual, boho vibe.
If you're someone who loves tattoos and loses everything, consider inking your significant other's initials on your ring finger instead of wearing a wedding ring. (We wouldn't be doing our due if we didn't remind you of the risks of tattooing someone else's name, though).
Moon tattoos hold a lot of meaning and make a great idea for a finger design. Inking the moon with just outlining (as seen on the middle finger above) also keeps it feeling light and dainty.
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.
Get your own (or a loved one's) initials tattooed delicately in a script font.
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. Fingers are long enough that, if you want, you can combine designs, like the symbols and letter seen here.
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.
Zoë Kravitz's Crescent Moon (and Star)
Kravitz's moon and star finger tattoos complement each other perfectly.
Laurel wreaths are popular tattoo designs, and they can even be adapted to be inked on a finger. The thin but bold lines create a crisp image.
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.
You'll never have to (verbally) put someone in their place with this tattoo.
Make more of an impact with a flame design. The length of the finger means you have space to show movement in the flames as well.
Is it a glittering star or a cross with a star at the center? You decide which meaning is more important to you.
Small scribbles or abstract designs are easily designed for the finger due to their innate versatile nature. Make the lines crisp for impact or soft for aesthetics.
Use bright colors in an outline-only design to make an impact without taking up too much space. Placing it on the bottom of the inner finger keeps it hidden and intimate.
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 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.
Butterflies make for great finger tattoos because of their ability to be intricate or simple. While this design is complex, using only black ink keeps it from feeling overwhelming.
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.
This vine motif winds its way around the finger, for an interesting — but still dainty — result.
Because flowers grow 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.
Because abstract designs can use so many different elements, they can be customized to fit the space and your style. Keep the elements basic to create a crisp tattoo.