We know it’s not polite to point, but it can be super cute to point if you adorn your digits with some cute body art. Finger tattoos are having a moment, and with so many options it’s easy to wear your heart, favorite flower, or just about any other dime-sized piece you can think of.
As far as body parts go, fingers are versatile. Just keep in mind that these tattoos fade faster than others and the lack of muscle and fat in your digits makes getting one hurt. Here’s a whole spread of finger tattoo ideas to give you some thoughts for your next ink.
1. Airplane Tattoo
Instead of adding a #wanderlust caption to your next Instagram throwback photo from a study abroad trip you went on in 2012, show your love of travel with a dainty airplane tattoo on the inside of your ring finger.
2. Therefore Tattoo
Get three dots on your middle finger and tell everyone it’s Morse code for “I’m secretly a shorthand expert from the 1950s.”
3. Gothic Numbers
The year you were born is a great option, but you could also use your pin number. Either way, it’s a great conversation starter.
4. Starburst Tattoo
No, not the candy. Though now that we say that…
5. Dainty Initial Tattoos
Dainty initials on your fingers are the perfect way to commemorate your late grandma who hated seeing your tattoos anyways.
6. Zodiac Symbol Tattoo
Wearing your zodiac symbol right on your hand is a great way to let other people who are also way too into astrology know that you’re a toxic match. You’ll probably date them anyway.
7. Wedding Ring Tattoos
So, you think you’re in love? Ditch the diamond for a permanent wedding ring. Okay, fine. Take the diamond too. We’re not monsters.
8. Mustache Tattoo
This popular tattoo is perfect for when you need a quick disguise, but you left your newspaper and Groucho Marx glasses at home. Tattoo a hat on the other pointer finger for full incognito mode.
9. Snake Tattoo
This serpent says “my hand is going slither right into yours,” so you never actually have to say anything to make your move. Plus, you can blame your sweaty palms on your hand reptile.
10. Lightning Bolt
This one will perfectly match how shocked your mom is that you showed up to Christmas with a tattoo. Guess she’ll have to get you a gift card for something else now.
Fingers point, arrows point. It’s a no-brainer. Now where’s our bow?
— TattooViral (@TattooViral) May 12, 2017
12. Dollar Sign
This doesn’t work as well as Apple Pay, but it’s close.
today i impulsively got a dollar sign tattoo on my ring finger cause i’m married to the money baby 💰 pic.twitter.com/zPRBKM6w7s
— رها 🥀 (@RoseHesami) October 12, 2017
13. Crescent Moon Tattoo
You don’t have to hide how much you love Stevie Nicks. Give her iconic witchy woman style a subtle nod with this dainty ink. Your coven will love it.
— Carter Matthews (@passionatesketc) January 16, 2015
If you still want to leave people guessing what your astrological sign is, get it in constellation form. Even the most enthusiastic stargirls won’t know what it is at first glance. Or third.
got a lil Leo constellation tattoo on my finger ♌️🦁 pic.twitter.com/SIzqqxzf7M
— 🐀 (@emlyrat) July 7, 2019
15. Flower Tattoo
If you can’t keep a plant alive, this teeny tiny floral doesn’t require natural sunlight to stay beautiful.
16. Evil Eye Tattoo
This symbol is said to ward off negative energy. Make sure you flash it to Janet from HR next time she tries to tell you to adhere to a business professional dress code. No one made her the authority on whether or not leggings are pants!
a girl came into work with the evil eye tattoo on her middle finger and i want want want want want it so bad pic.twitter.com/nJcy3YZqk0
— ashley (@ashleyastoria) March 30, 2017
17. Shhh… Tattoo
Say exactly what you mean without having to say please stop listening to the Doors.
18. Line Tattoos
Can’t decide what to get? For a tattoo as indecisive as you are, give your tattoo artist the freedom to slap a few lines wherever they feel like it on your digits.
19. Wave Tattoo
Even if you live in a landlocked state, you can still celebrate your love of the ocean. Plus, if anyone gets mad at you for Irish goodbye-ing, tell them they must not have seen your wave on the way out.
I got this little wave tattooed on my finger in the midst of my 2 year travels right before I began this crazy journey building Tidal Swimwear London. Little did I know it would be the logo for a sustainable luxury swimwear brand I can call my very own❤️🌊 #tattoo #sustainable pic.twitter.com/Dr6dypMgiK
— Tidal Swimwear London (@tidalswim) October 4, 2018
20. Infinity Symbol Tattoos
Tattoos last for infinity. Or, at least until you die and decompose. Yay!
For a tattoo that’s (almost) as precious as the stranger’s dogs that you can’t stop petting without actually ever making eye-contact with the owner.
— Little Tattoos (@little_tattoos) November 5, 2016
22. Feather Tattoo
Feathers are perfect for a finger tattoo. It screams, “these are tickling hands, baby!” Don’t tickle people though. No one likes it.
Put each word on a separate finger so it’s readable when you spread your hand. For this one, we’re loving “don’t talk to me” or “buy me pepperoni pizza.”
— All World Tattoo. (@AllWorldTattoo) August 17, 2013
24. Heart Tattoo
Get a cute little heart for Valentine’s Day (and every other day of the year), or go the anatomical route. Somehow most people don’t think that’s quite as sweet.
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