From complicated to simple in design, finger tattoos are paving the way for an ever-evolving creative talent. Though, as you can expect, your bone-y fingers are more than just hard to ink, their painful too.
Of course, there’s the fading from constant exposure and contact as well. However, if that doesn’t stop you from getting one, your tattoo artist just might.
In today’s times, finger tattoos are more popular than ever, but some still view them as job stoppers. It’s the one part of your body you simply can’t hide. Which means if you’re not heavily inked, it’s going to take some serious consideration before making a commitment. Unless you’re getting a ring tattoo to honor your marriage, you may just be out of luck.
With that in mind, if you’re okay with others seeing your ink with every handshake you make, then you’re going to enjoy this collection of the top 75 best finger tattoos for men. In this masculine collection you’ll find some of the coolest designs and ideas in the world, from symbols to lettering and more. Even abstract and more artistic styles have made their way into this men’s guide.
1. Extended Finger Tattoos
Some of the most intricate and detailed finger tattoos are extended finger tattoos that continue up the hand to make a larger, more dynamic image. These tattoos make greater use of space by treating the fingers and the hand as one solid canvas rather than separate pieces, allowing for larger pieces. They can also feature designs which exploit the unique anatomy of the hand, such as ones that present the skeletal structure of the whole hand.
2. Symbol Finger Tattoos
Thanks to the limited space available, using a variety of small symbols is well suited to finger tattoos. These tiny images do not require extensive detail or shading which is ideal for the limited space and difficult skin that an artist needs to navigate when tattooing digits. At the same time, small symbols like eyes and knives make for very eye-catching tattoos in this location.
3. Nautical Finger Tattoos
If you’ve ever wondered why nautical imagery like anchors, ships, and nautical stars are so prominent, wonder no longer. There was a period in history when tattoos were strictly reserved for circus performers, criminals, and sailors.
Today’s widespread acceptance of tattooing was born out of those early days of niche tattooing and, thanks to sailors requesting images that were important to them. Nautical themes are still a big part of tattoo design today, especially in the old school American Traditional style. Nautical finger tattoos featuring ropes, anchors, and even ships fit easily onto fingers.
4. Simple Finger Tattoos
Choosing the right finger tattoo can be difficult given the limited space you have to deal with. There’s no need to overcomplicate things if you don’t want to and simple finger tattoo designs are often the bets choice. Bold, solid black lines are the best for this style, either fine or even thicker if the design merits it. The key is a clean design without a lot of extraneous detail, so the tattoo is easy to read and punched in with clarity.
5. Lettered Finger Tattoos
Lettering across the fingers is one of the most classic finger tattoo designs in the world. Most of us have seen the words “LOVE” and “HATE” emblazoned on some knuckles in the past but you need not limit yourself to that simple a design. Any four-letter words will fit but so too will eight-letter words across both hands and even across the insides of your hands. The script style can be a simple, flowing handwriting to bold, blocky letters to something more ornate.
6. Beastly Finger Tattoos
The challenge of a finger tattoo is fitting the right amount of detail into a small space to make it readable. One of the most fun applications involves a beastly design that shows off artistic skill to make a clear and readable animal image in only the width of a finger. When you don’t want to commit to a massive animal portrait, or you just don’t have the real estate left for the ink, this is a great option. It takes an artist with a degree of confidence in their line work to make sure the image doesn’t blur and look amateurish.
7. Skull Finger Tattoos
Skulls have long been a popular image in tattooing and skull finger tattoos are one of the most fun and unique ways to apply them. Unlike standard skull tattoos the detail here has to be restrained because the space is so limited. A competent artist needs to balance the design between simplicity and overly detailed to hit that sweet spot where the image is clear and recognizable without looking messy or overworked.
8. Clever Finger Tattoos
Tattoos designs that flip your expectations are always eye-catching, so a clever finger tattoo is an excellent choice if you want to have a good conversation starter or just have people stare at your hands. These designs are best when they exploit the natural length of the finger or the shape of the hand as it tapers but they can also just use an elegant or unexpected design in a small space to be noticeable.
9. Side Finger Tattoos
Classic finger tattoos are put in across the front of the fingers between the knuckles, but you do have more space available. Side finger tattoos offer a fun alternative to the usual and can range from simple text to fun symbols like arrows or a linework mustache that fit the space. These tattoos are subject o a lot of wear and the application can be uncomfortable, so a very simple, clean design is often your best choice.
Finger Tattoo FAQs
Are finger tattoos a good idea?
Because fingers are such active parts of the human body, finger tattoos don’t always work out the same as tattoos located elsewhere. They can become fuzzier and color put into them will not show as brightly. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea to get a finger tattoo it just means you need to be aware of the complications and plan for them. The best finger tattoos are really punched in and solid black to reduce fading, smudging, and illegibility.
Do finger tattoos last?
Because of how much you use your hands and the density of finger skin, finger tattoos take are subject to fading at a much faster rate than something like a back piece. This can be mitigated by limiting your color palette to just black, and using thick, solid linework. Be aware that no matter what, a finger tattoo will not be as bright for as long as a tattoo located elsewhere.
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