Forget the Metal—These Ring Finger Tattoos Will Stay With You Forever

The perfect replacement if wedding bands aren't your style.

Updated 12/02/19

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Wedding rings are typically exchanged during a marriage ceremony and are worn as a reminder of a major milestone in your life. In traditional wedding vows, couples promise to love each other “‘til death do us part.” And while intentions are certainly for feelings to last forever, metal rings don't live up to the same promise. People often grow out of them (be it physically or just outgrowing a certain style), they're expensive, and they're easy to lose. Instead, couples are opting for ring finger tattoos for a permanent why to symbolize marriage. Ahead, 30 stunning ring finger tattoos to ink as newlyweds.

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Dainty Floral Ring Tattoo

Adding florals to the basic ring shape makes it seem like the plant is wrapping around the finger, adding a sense of movement to the tattoo. The watercolor technique gives it depth of color and makes it feel light and dainty.

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Wave & Cut-Out Ring Tattoo

If you’re getting matching ring finger tattoos with your other half, consider a design that can be inversions of each other. The band features heavy blackwork on the wave/cut-out elements.

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Minimal Midi Ring Tattoo

Why not keep it super simple with a basic, medium-thick line band? This minimalist tattoo adds another unique element by placing it at the top of the finger, making it a midi ring.

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Mobius Arrow Ring Tattoo

This design mimics the shape of a Mobius, a conveyor belt that seems to go in a constant loop, representing the idea of forever. The arrow elements call to mind Cupid’s arrow, suggesting the tattoo is meant to show that their love will last forever.

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Growing Vine Ring Tattoo

A ring finger tattoo doesn’t have to be a traditional band shape. This design wraps around the finger multiple times to give the illusion of a growing vine.

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Infinity Band Ring Tattoo

If you’re a traditionalist at heart, your ring finger tattoo can also be designed to mimic the overall look of a normal metal ring. This ink is crafted out of two thick blackwork bands that give the effect of one large ring with an infinity sign in the middle.

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Broken Band Ring Tattoo

A band doesn’t have to completely wrap around your finger to give off the impression of a ring. This ring-finger design is two basic lines that run parallel to each other, creating the idea of one thick band. However, the lines don’t go fully around the finger, giving them a minimal feel.

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Two Leaves Ring Tattoo

Make a simple, medium-thick band tattoo something more personal by adding two leave details to signify you and your other half. The simple nature of the tattoo makes it feel sleek, simple, and elegant.

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Crown Ring Tattoo

Sometimes you just need a reminder that you’re royalty, baby. This ring-finger tattoo features a simple crown surrounding by a lot of dot detailing. The simplicity of the dots makes the tattoo feel focused on the crown, and the shape makes it feel like a real ring.

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Roman Numeral Ring Tattoo

Since a ring-finger tattoo is supposed to help commemorate your wedding—an important life event—consider getting its date tattooed in place of a ring. You could use Roman numerals to give it a sense of permanence and lasting.

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Single Line Ring Tattoo

What more do you need for a ring than a simple band? This ring-finger tattoo uses a very basic design and a thin line to create a minimalist band that feels delicate and minimal.

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Simple Flowers Ring Tattoo

If you want to keep your ring-finger tattoo minimal but still fun, try adding some basic floral details. By using the same thickness of outline as the band, the flowers feel part of it, rather than placed on top of it.

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Bird Inner Finger Ring Tattoo

This small tattoo is placed in the inner finger, meaning the ink stays relatively hidden. It’s a design meant to be enjoyed more by the person getting the tattoo than others looking at it. Customize the design with something meaningful to you, like an animal.

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Colored Floral Ring Tattoo

Add a bit of whimsy to your ring-finger tattoo by creating a band shape out of disconnected elements. The color and floral design used here also make the ink feel bright and dainty.

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Small Notched Ring Tattoo

Want a super minimalist tattoo but don’t want to sacrifice personality? This thin band tattoo is delicate and elegant to begin with, but the added notch component makes it unique and adds an element of design.

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Dotted Ring Tattoo

Another suggestion for jazzing up a basic band design to is play with dot detailing. Here, the dots are added above the band to create a parallel, dotted band.

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Blackwork Leaves Ring Tattoo

Make an impact with a statement ring-finger tattoo. Instead of a dainty band design, this ink uses heavy blackwork on the leaves to contrast against the slightly thinner band. The design is actually two separate tattoos, giving the illusion of wrapping without having to actually tattoo around the finger.

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Flame Ring Tattoo

If you’re less dainty and more rock ‘n’ roll, this flame ring-finger design is a great alternative to the basic band. While the design itself gives the ink an edge, its placement as a midi finger also makes it feel less traditional and more personal.

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Pastel Flowers Ring Tattoo

This dainty flower ring takes the idea of a traditional band and adds elements to make it feel more elegant. For one, the band doesn’t go straight across; instead, it twists as it wraps around the finer and doesn’t connect. Also, the colors used for the ink are pastel, and a watercolor effect seems to have been used.

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Three Triangles Ring Tattoo

This specific design is a great way to represent a number of things in a relationship. The three triangles could be a crown, to represent the royalty of your partner or symbolize something personal. They could also be mountains, representing the strength and beauty of your love. Or, it could represent something completely different totally unique!

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Rainbow Dots Ring Tattoo

Create a whimsical ring-finger design that still feels simple by using colored dots. While the placement is that of a traditional band, the dots only go across the top of the finger, giving it a minimalist feel.

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Infinity Band Ring Tattoo

Mimic the appearance of a real metal ring by running two lines parallel to create the illusion of a thick band. Here, the two lines overlap in the front to give the impression of an infinity sign, emphasizing the purpose of the ring as a reminder of forever, and of your love’s undying nature.

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Full-Finger Ring Tattoo

Getting a full-finger ring-finger tattoo doesn’t need to be super dark or super complicated. Here, the band itself is a thick, filled in line with a small design seeming radiating out of it. There are then a few dots by the nail, making the design feel like it stretches over the finger without being in your face about it.

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Silhouette Ring Tattoo

This specific design uses a thin line, wiggly line that gives the tattoo a very dainty feeling. The design itself is actually the silhouette of this person’s other half's face, which gives an elegant personalization to an otherwise minimal design.

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White Ring Tattoo

This ring finger tattoo design uses a few different elements to create a unique and interesting tattoo. Rather than simply drawing a black band, the tattooer opts to use white, making it both stand out and slightly hidden. The underside also features a wave design, interrupting the continual line and adding movement.

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Floral Branches Ring Tattoo

Dress up the traditional band with a bit of flora. The base band, in this case, is made up of two thick lines, drawing attention to the actual ring aspect of the design. The leaves that branch off of it cross a bit as well, calling to mind Roman olive branches.

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Snake Ring Tattoo

This small snake is a great alternative to a design based on the traditional wedding ring. Instead of getting a band, consider getting a symbol, like this snake, that is in some way symbolically significant to you. Here, the snake is shaded on one side to give it a 3D and filled-in effect.

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Name Ring Tattoo

Another simple idea to customize your ring finger tattoo is to get the name of your other half inked in the same place where a traditional ring would sit. This way, your partner is always with you, and you get a classy and one-of-a-kind ring finger tattoo.

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Vary-Sized Dots Ring Tattoo

Unlike the dot detailing we’ve seen on a lot of other ring finger tattoos, this ink uses dots of varying sizes to put more designing into the dots, rather than just using them as a detail. The tattoo also isn’t a straight-across band; instead, it seems to twist around the finger.

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Bow Ring Tattoo

Here, the ring features a literal bow, tattooed using a fairly thin line, making it feel less shoelace and more delicate tie. It’s also a nod to the ring’s job to remind the person getting it of their wedding.

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