Tattoo on your fingers? 8 things you should know before getting one


More and more often, clients who are interested in having a tattoo on the finger come to me – I discourage them to choose this place as a location for a first tattoo.

What answers you will find in this article about a tattoo on your fingers?

  • Tattoo on fingers meaning,
  • How long do tattoos last on fingers?
  • Tattoo on finger aftercare,
  • Tattoo finger blowout – what it is and how to deal with it,
  • Tattoo between fingers fading and pain,
  • Tattoo on fingers cost,
  • Does tattoo on fingers hurt,
  • Tattoo on finger removal.

If you are looking for inspiration before your finger tattoo, check out my portfolio – you can find my works and projects here – on Instagram.

Tattoo on fingers meaning

As with most places on your body, the same will be with a tattoo on your fingers, it’s the design that carries meaning, not the location. 

Some most common designs on fingers include dots in different configurations, for example, single dot tattoos on fingers often represent a ‘full stop’ – the end of one phase and the start of another. A row of three dots is another popular version of this tattoo. Once often worn by gang members, today, it is associated with living life on your terms

The design does not always have to matter, I often make tattoos that customers like – flower patterns, birds, etc., but there are also people for whom symbolism matters. It can be the name of a loved one, an inscription that means something to you, or, for example, your zodiac sign.

lines and dots tattoo on finger
Tattoo on finger made by me

How long do tattoos last on fingers?

Do tattoos on fingers fade? Unfortunately yes, more than on other body parts. There is no regular rule for how long do tattoos last on fingers, but in general, due to some factors like frequent hand washing and constant irritation of the tattoed area during daily activities tattoos on fingers will be fading faster than on other body parts. 

In most cases, if you take care properly, your tattoo will start to lose color, not before six months. In most cases, it keeps its original color saturation from six to eight months.

flower tattoo on the finger idea
Tattoo on the finger, flowers, inspiration from styl.fm

Tattoo on finger aftercare

Here are some ideas I have tested for the aftercare of your first tattoo on your finger:

  • Fresh tattoos on fingers are covered with a thin foil for the first 3-4 hours, then it is good for them to have air access to speed up healing.
  • A new tattoo on fingers should be washed every day – but gently, do not scrub, just spray lightly with water, preferably dry with a cotton pad.
  • During healing, which usually takes 2 to 4 weeks, you should avoid swimming, visiting a sauna, or bathing where the tattoo on your fingers is completely submerged in water.
  • The skin at the tattoo site often dries out more, so ointments such as Bepanthen or Alantan can be used on it.
  • A new tattoo on fingers should not be exposed to the sun. Even after it has healed, make sure you protect it with adequate sunscreen at all times.
crown tattoo on the finger idea
Tattoo on the finger, crown, inspiration from zeberka.pl

Tattoo finger blowout – what it is and how to deal with it

What is a tattoo blowout on your fingers? It’s when the ink has spread beyond the lines of your tattoo and now it looks very blurry. Fortunately, a tattoo blowout isn’t a serious problem that can harm your health, but it can impact the appearance of your tattoo.

Blowout happens when your tattooer goes too deep with the needle and ink goes to the layers of skin where it is not supposed to be. The easiest option to fix it, other than laser tattoo removal would be a cover-up tattoo, a bigger design made by a professional artist that will cover a blowout. 

rose tattoo on the finger idea
Tattoo on the finger, rose, inspiration from wzory-tatuazy.net

Tattoo between fingers fading and pain

How long do tattoos last between fingers?

The situation with tattoos between fingers is quite similar to those on top of fingers, they will fade with time. If you take care of it properly, your tattoo will start to lose color after six to eight months, because of all of the daily exposure to rubbing and washing that your fingers and spaces between them endure. 

Does it hurt to get a tattoo in between your fingers?

What my clients are saying is that pain is the same as on the fingers themselves, finger tattoos are painful. The reason for that is that there are less muscle and fat around the fingers, and because of that the needle of the tattoo machine is directly working around the bones and knuckles. 

Tattoo on fingers cost

The price of a finger tattoo depends most often on the size, and thus the time needed to complete it. You can assume that the typical small finger tattoo will cost between $50-$100.

snake tattoo on the finger idea
Tattoo on the finger, snake, inspiration from wizaz.pl

Does tattoo on fingers hurt

Yes, finger tattoos are painful. The reason for that is the lesser muscle and fat presence around the fingers. Because of that, the needle of the tattoo machine is directly working around the bones and knuckles of fingers.

Remember, however, that tattoo pain is a very individual matter – you know your pain threshold best, so think about whether such a place as a finger will suit you, there are places where it hurts less, for example, the forearm.

pain chart for women tattoo on fingers
Tattoo pain map for women from healthline.com
pain chart for men tattoo on fingers
Tattoo pain map for men from healthline.com

Tattoo on finger removal

Are finger tattoos easy to remove? The difficulty of removing a finger tattoo will depend on the skill of your tattooer in some way, they can be unpredictable due to the uneven application of ink sometimes. Some artists deposit less ink leading to easy tattoo lightening, some can just as easily deposit too much ink, causing the need for more removal treatments.

Some of my favourite designs, tattoo books and aftercare products, selected for you

working on tattoo at my studio
Working at the studio on one of my projects

Thank you for reading my article, I hope that you have found it helpful. If you would have trouble finding ideas for your tattoo, wonder what is meaning of design that you have found or what to buy for aftercare, to make sure that your tattoo will be healing quickly and easily, here are some of my favorite products in one place, hope that this will also help.

Deasign and tattoo ideas

For some ideas you can have a look at those 3 books with hundreds of designs that I use with my Clients, they are available on Amazon for Kindle or in classic, paper version (links below):

Tattoo meaning

If you would like to read more about the meaning of different tattoo styles and designs before you will decide what you would like to have, I can recommend a book that was really useful for me when I was starting my tattoo adventure – it’s “Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos” by Lisa Barretta (through the link you can find it on Amazon for around $10).

Tattoo aftercare

The skin at the tattoo site often dries out. To prevent it and speed up healing for my Clients, I usually recommend one of those tattoo aftercare balms (you can find them on Amazon):

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