33 Ring Tattoos You'll Love for Eternity

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

hand with diamond tattoo on ring finger

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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 always 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, many couples are opting for ring finger tattoos for a permanent way to symbolize marriage.

Of course, it's important to keep in mind some things when getting a finger tattoo, notes tattoo artist Dillon Forte: "If you are getting a tattoo on your ring finger you should manage expectations and be ready for a lot of care. In my experience they can last a lot longer than what you read online, but note the finger skin is very thin and susceptible to blowouts and likely the bottom will fade quicker over time. Getting touch ups from your artist may also be in your future. Fingers get a lot of wear and can age more rapidly due to their exposure to the elements. Try to limit the amount of time your hands are submerged in water—like when you’re doing dishes for example."

Meet the Expert

  • Dillon Forte is a tattoo artist based in Austin, Texas.
  • Shaughnessy Otsuji is a cosmetic tattoo artist and the founder of Studio Sashiko.

Ahead, see some of the most stunning ring finger tattoos to ink as newlyweds.

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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. "I’ve seen a ton of people get numbers on their ring fingers, which usually reflect wedding dates or sentimental events," says Forte.

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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 near the top of the finger, making it a midi ring. "Some ideas for the ring finger could be lines, dots or small symbols or designs that have meaning to you," Forte notes. "Fingers have limited space, so try to pick something original and meaningful, but keep it simple."

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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 colorful depth and makes it feel light and dainty.

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Star and Eye

If you’re getting more than one piece of ink on your fingers, consider designs that can be complementary. This look features a dainty constellation of dots, a bold seeing eye, and a delicate star.

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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. One thing to note about ring finger tattoos, notes cosmetic tattoo artist Shaughnessy Otsuji, is that fluctuations in weight can make a noticeable difference on the art. "Substantial and rapid changes in weight loss can alter the original placement of tattoos and may cause minor skin texture changes due to volume loss and increased laxity," Otsuji says. So keep that in mind when getting a design on an area prone to swelling or changes in weight, like the fingers.

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Cross Tattoo

Want a super minimalist tattoo but don’t want to sacrifice personality? This thin cross tattoo is delicate and elegant to begin with, but the added component of being slightly bolder 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 is to play with dot detailing. "I personally enjoy some of the more geometric and dot-work type designs on fingers," Forte says. "You can get the bulk of the art on the top of your finger, and wrap it around the bottom if you truly want that 'ring' aesthetic." Here, the dots are added above to create a parallel, dotted band.

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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 finger and doesn’t connect. Also, the colors used for the ink are pastel, and a watercolor effect is apparent.

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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, depending on what it means to the wearer.

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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

Ring Finger Tattoo Infinity Band

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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. After you get your ink, be sure to care for it properly, so as not to damage the art. "Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water will ensure that your skin looks, feels, and heals its best as your body continues to change," says Otsuji.

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Full-Finger Ring Tattoo

Getting a full 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 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

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This specific design uses a thin, wiggly line that gives the tattoo a very dainty feeling. The design itself is actually the silhouette of this person’s partner'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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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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Varied 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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Two Leaves Ring Tattoo

Make a simple, medium-thick band tattoo something more personal by adding two leaf 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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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.

It's worth noting that finger tattoos might fade faster. This is because we frequently use and wash our fingers and hands, potentially causing more expedited wear and tear over time. Before you get your tattoo, make sure you ask your tattoo artist to be realistic with you about how often you'll need to come in for touch-ups.

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Colored Floral Ring Tattoo

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Ok, we know this is on the middle finger, but it's still a viable option no matter which finger you choose. 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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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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Block Letter Tattoo

The key to a timeless tattoo is simplicity and personalization. This elegant block letter has both. Concise and customizable, this subtle nod to your partner feels both personal and appropriate.

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Simple Shapes Tattoo

If you are a minimalist at heart, look into some simple shapes like the one above. The combination of dots and lines adds some interest but isn't distracting.

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Waves Tattoo

Calling all beach bums: We have found your next tattoo. In all seriousness, the best tattoos have a story behind them, and many great stories start by the water. Customize with your own take on the shape.

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The White Ring Tattoo

White tattoos tend to look more delicate and less harsh than traditional black ink. Use white ink to create a simple band around your finger or try one of the above designs in white for a unique look.

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The Delicate Dot Tattoo

If you are interested in a tattoo but are afraid you won't like it after a few weeks, try going for a super simple design. Wear them where you would place a ring or position them around your fingertips.

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The Layered Multi-Colored Band

What is better than one band? Two bands. What is better than black bands? Multi-colored bands. This inspo offers the best of both worlds.

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The Hidden Letter Tattoo

A letter is an easy way to customize a tattoo to your relationship. One way to make it even more special is to put it in between your fingers. This gives you the power to show it when you want and hide it when you want.

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The Colorful Thumb Flower

Don't let your ring finger get all of the love. Your thumb is the perfect spot to showcase your favorite flowers. Customize this by adding your own unique twist to this design.

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The Simple Heart Tattoo

Hearts can look cliche when it comes to a symbol of love, but a super simple outline on the finger looks refined and elegant.

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The Initials Tattoo

Instead of getting a simple letter tattoo, try getting your partner's initials on your finger. You can get this wear a ring would be, but we love the look of this tattoo on the inside of your finger.

FAQ
  • How long do ring tattoos last?

    Sun, water, and warm temps contribute to tattoo fading. Because hands bear the brunt of this, they tend to fade quicker than in other spots. The general rule is they last around six to eight months.

  • How much should a ring tattoo cost?

    The price of your tattoo varies greatly depending on where you live, what studio you go to, and the size of your desired tattoo. In general, they cost somewhere between $50 and $300.

  • How painful is a ring tattoo?

    Everyone's pain tolerance is different, but since there is less fat and tissue in that area, it is more sensitive. The fingers are filled with nerves which can also increase pain.

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