With an increasing number of celebrities getting finger tattoos, an increasing number of people are also following the popular trend. Finger tattoos look great and seem to suit everyone. They’re small, cute, can be inconspicuous, and generally interesting, especially if you want a tattoo but don’t want major or drastic changes to your body.
However, like any change or idea, finger tattoos also have their pros and cons. We have mentioned a few advantages, but what about the disadvantages. Are finger tattoos as good as people make them out to be? Or, getting a finger tattoo is a pretty bad idea! Let’s find out!
Finger Tattoos – Everything You Need To Know
Benefits of finger tattoos
Before we explain why finger tattoos might be a bad idea, it’s fair to start by saying why some of you may find benefits in finger tattoos. So, the benefits of such tattoos include;
- Finger Tattoos Are Simple
- They are aesthetic
- Finger tattoos are small and discreetand
- They are not too
So, as you can see, the main and probably the only purpose of finger tattoos is to look good on your fingers and to be aesthetically pleasing. Apart from that, they are quite limiting. You can’t really do much on a finger, and the majority of finger tattoos are done on the inside or side of the finger. This means that the tattoo will only be visible from a certain angle or movement of the finger/hand. This alone can be an advantage for some people, but also a disadvantage.
Disadvantages of finger tattoos
Unfortunately, compared to the number of advantages, finger tattoos have way more disadvantages than expected. So, if you were wondering whether or not you should get a finger tattoo, here’s why you absolutely shouldn’t;
- Finger tattoos are at risk for breakouts
Because the fingers aren’t really the ideal place for tattoo placement, many tattoo artists struggle to get it right. For example, the skin on the fingers is very thin and there are a lot of nerve endings. Additionally, the tattoo artist has to stretch the skin while tattooing, which promotes thinning of the skin and causes problems such as ink spreading.
As a result, the tattoo becomes blurry and there is a risk of rash. The rash occurs when the tattoo needle penetrates too deeply into the skin below the surface and inks under the tattoo lines. The ink then spreads beyond the tattoo lines, making the tattoo blurry and generally bad.
The rash does not have to occur during the tattooing process itself. This can happen several days after the tattoo is finished, and many notice such changes during aftercare. Some people even notice the blurring months after getting the tattoo.
Some tattoo artists recommend touching up when a blowout occurs, but the same can happen when touching up. The skin is simply too thin and the needle is likely to penetrate the skin too deeply in almost all finger tattoo cases.
It is important to know that in such a case of an eruption, the artist is not to blame. They probably went out of their way to keep the tattoo clean and proper. They probably even advised against the tattoo. However, the skin is just too thin, and the placement of the tattoo is rather complicated.
- Finger tattoos tend to fade quickly
So, yes, another downside of finger tattoos is that they fade very quickly. A lot of the reason this happens has to do with how the skin in the fingers and palms works. Because we constantly use our hands, the skin on the fingers and palms regenerates much faster than the skin on other parts of the body. The same goes for the skin of our feet; due to constant and excessive use, the body has learned to prioritize the healing of the skin in these parts of the body over others.
So, as helpful as it sounds, it’s not really helpful for healing tattoos. Due to such rapid regeneration, the tattoo does not have time to go through all the stages of healing. So the ink can get fuzzy and smudge, and instead of looking clean and fresh, your tattoo will look like it was done 20 years ago and not a week ago.
Tattoo discoloration can be “fixed” with a few touch-ups, but many tattoo artists don’t think it’s worth it. You will have to pay a lot of money, and since one touch-up session is not enough for a fading finger tattoo, you will also have to do it frequently.
- Finger tattoos pose a higher risk of infection
Every tattoo poses a risk of infection if not handled properly. Lack of proper aftercare, or even contact with unwashed hands, can lead to inflammation and infection. But nothing compares to finger and hand tattoos.
The reason is very simple. First of all, every tattoo, at first, behaves like an open wound. Thus, the tattoo must first be covered, then washed, allowed to dry, and allowed to heal properly for several weeks.
But, because we use our hands and fingers every day, it can be difficult for a finger tattoo to heal properly. Unless you completely isolate the hand for at least a week, you’re going to use it and potentially touch something dirty (like dirty dishes, your pet, or even your phone).
Many think that putting on gloves could be a solution, but it can create even bigger problems. Gloves provide the perfect moisture accumulation environment, which will not allow your tattoo to dry out and heal. Humidity is also perfect for the growth of bacteria and germs, which could also lead to infection.
But, even if you manage to isolate your hand and fingers somehow and the tattoo begins to heal without infection, you are still at risk for blurring and rash. It doesn’t really make a finger tattoo worth the effort and money.
- Finger Tattoos Can Get Expensive
Even though small tattoos are inexpensive, with a finger tattoo the cost can quickly add up. Now, a finger tattoo can cost anywhere from $50 to $100, but you need to keep the cost of the touch-up in mind. Each new touch-up can cost you more than the tattoo itself, and with finger tattoos you will definitely need multiple touch-up sessions.
Thus, the final cost of the tattoo can even exceed a thousand dollars. Having a finger tattoo means having a small tattoo for the price of a big (and probably better) tattoo. And that makes it completely unnecessary and financially expensive.
- Finger tattoos hurt (a lot)
Now, taking into account everyone’s pain tolerance levels, we’re perfectly safe to say that finger tattoos hurt a lot. As mentioned, there are many nerve endings in the hands and fingers. Also, the skin is super thin and even gets thinner as the tattoo artists stretch it during the tattooing process.
So when you think about it; you have to endure a lot of pain for a tattoo that might get infected, leading to a breakout and rapid fading… Surely that shows how bad a finger tattoo idea is!
- Finger Tattoos Limit Your Design Choices
Here’s an obvious downside; the fingers are small, so your design choices are more than limited. You can try to tattoo a word, or even succeed in putting a small flower or line on the fingers. But that’s about all you can do.
If you’re looking for a tattoo with a lot of detail or even coloring, we don’t recommend getting a finger tattoo, for obvious reasons. Even if your tattoo artist manages to place a more intricate tattoo on your fingers, it will most likely result in a blowout.
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What Do Tattoo Artists Think About Finger Tattoos?
It can be said that the majority of tattoo artists advise against finger tattoos. They also want their customers to know that the wonderful and cool finger tattoos on the internet are images of the tattoo right after it was done. No fully healed finger tattoo looks clean and detailed. And, if there’s a fully healed finger tattoo that looks good, it’s probably been repaired with a lot of touch-ups.
Moreover, the majority of tattoo artists think finger skin is a disaster. Even the most experienced tattoo artists find it difficult to manage the tattoo, and even so, it leads to a blowout.
Tattoo artists also point out that finger tattoos can affect your professional life. The majority of employers will not hire people with visible tattoos, such as those on their hands or fingers. Many jobs simply have appearance standards that are against visible tattoos.
And, unless you plan on wearing gloves all the time, you can forget about finger tattoos. But, even if you argue for the case that finger tattoos fade quickly, the ink remains in the skin, but instead of looking bad, it then looks terrible.
So, are finger tattoos a bad idea? Well, that’s definitely not a good idea either. Considering the few pros and a sea of cons, we (alongside almost all tattoo artists) strongly advise against getting a finger tattoo.
It’s just not worth your money, time and pain. It will disappear quickly, given that it manages to heal without infection. Not to mention, the tattoo will never look as clean and vibrant as other tattoos due to intricate placement. Fingers flex, bend and move all the time, so you can imagine how movement affects ink.
If you want a small, understated and simple tattoo, you can always get one elsewhere. Small tattoos look great wherever you find them, as long as you stay away from the fingers, palms and feet.
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