Finger tattoos have been all the trend of late. Get on Instagram and it seems to be that each and everyone’s favorite celebrity and their mom, best friend and dog have a finger tattoo. They seem to be super cute, precise, minimal and easy to get.
On the other hand, finger tattoos are something that tattoo artists ABSOLUTELY HATE. Like in bold and underline. Tattoo artists would rather be working on your elbows or your butt rather than on your fingers and that is for sure. There is just nothing right about finger tattoos, and no; it’s not the pain that it will cause you, there are more places that are more painful than your fingers, and no; it is not because your tattoo artist hates you, it is only for your good.
Let’s go through the entire process of getting a finger tattoo and what goes wrong at almost each and every stage. So, here are the reasons your tattoo probably won’t work out:
First of all, you’ll probably want something you’ve seen on Instagram like a word, a flower or even the lion Cara Delevigne has, and hopefully, not Ariana Grande’s Japanese mix up. Here starts the first problem, fingers are the tiniest place you can choose to get tattooed. The area of one side of a finger is super small and also most surfaces of the finger are also curved. Thus, trying to ask an artist to fit an intricate design on a finger is just asking for only the outline and none of the intricacy.
Coming back to the area the tattoo is placed in, the outside of the finger is also super wrinkly, and this isn’t a dig at people thinking they’re getting old, but fingers need constant utility and have to be bent which can easily cause stretching and discoloration of the tattoo. The underside of the finger is super fleshy and tends to not hold pigment well. So, your ring tattoo that you got for your wedding will probably be a ghost of what it was in a year. Not to mention, imagine keeping your finger out of commission for a while, so that the tattoo can heal without movement or not being able to wash your hands.
Say you do decide you want to be a badass like Meek Mill and have a few of those finger tats, but let’s be honest; are you really badass enough to handle the pain? The fingers are a super painful spot to get tatted. I assume coming up with a story about why only half a clichéd arrow on your ring finger is super hard to come up with.
Even then, despite this explanation, I’m sure people will say, you know what, Rhianna’s finger tattoos still look bomb, she’s bomb and I want to be just like her. While her finger tattoos may look great from first glance, she probably is committed to getting them touched up once or twice a year to keep them looking as fresh as they do. Looking closely though you will see that no finger tattoo looks as good as they do on Pinterest, because half of those are photoshopped and the other half are fresh ink, which will fade away.
Now if you are married to the idea of a finger tattoo, despite the complications it may cause, here is a final word of advice; please, please, please do not get an animal, a name or a ring. Just please don’t, it’s a recipe for instant regret. Further, never forget that tattoo artists usually do their own fingers as it’s a super accessible practice spot and they have the amenities to be able to keep touching them up. Other than that, keep it simple and good luck with your new tattoo.
Keep it legible,
Tattoo Cultr ✌️