Finger Tattos Can Fade? 10 Facts To Know Before You Get A Finger Tattoo

Before you embark on getting any finger tattoos, it's important for you to carry out an in-depth research which will include knowing whether they fade or not.

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Finger Tattos Can Fade? 10 Facts To Know Before You Get A Finger Tattoo

Do finger tattoos fade?

Truth be told, there’re a ton of facts about finger tattoos that you’ll have no other choice but to learn about before getting the one that tickles your fancy. It’s also important to seek the services of an incredibly gifted and experienced tattooist who will not only get the designs right but also observe all the necessary health protocols.

Because of the constant friction/abrasion in and around your fingers - which is normal by the way – it’s important to, first of all, acknowledge and accept the fact that your finger tattoos WILL fade much faster than the tattoos on other parts of your body.

This also means that retouching your finger tattoos from time to time is the only way to keep them looking incredibly dazzling. Without further ado, here are some important facts about finger tattoos you’ll be required to take note of, you know, apart from the obvious fact that they fade much faster:

1. Finger tattoos hurt as hell

Just like tattoos on other parts of your body, finger tattoos tend to come with their fair share of pros and cons. Unfortunately, one of the very few cons or disadvantages comes in the form of excruciating pain. The reason why finger tattoos are painful is simply that of the concentration of nerves just below the tender skin. The tender skin on the fingers also lacks enough fat which is a fairly decent “pain absorbent” – if that’s even a thing.

Thankfully, experienced tattooists use strong anesthesia to numb the pain during the entirety of the rather short procedure. But if you can’t handle the pain that comes with finger tattoos, then I’d suggest you sit this one out. There’s nothing to be ashamed about it, trust me.

2. Finger tattoos fade a bit slower with good care

As earlier mentioned, finger tattoos tend to fade much faster than others due to the constant abrasion in and around the fingers. Thankfully, the rate of fading can be slowed down especially with great care. For instance, a fast visit to your tattooist’s parlor for either a consultation, a clean-up job in the event that the coloration didn’t pick up nicely etc. can indeed be an incredible idea altogether.

You can also take great care of your finger tattoos by first of all allowing the skin to heal completely heal before you getting it retouched or colored. A little oiling from time to time can also go a long way in preventing your finger tattoo from fading away much faster. This is because oil effectively reduces the friction between the fingers in just a single application.

3. Finger tattoos aren’t perfect

Ask any skilled tattooist and he or she will tell you that doing finger tattoos is and will always be a daunting challenge. And the latter is the reason why your tattooist will always encourage you to go for the simpler designs. Simpler finger tattoo designs can be retouched easily - and at a much cheaper cost – when they eventually fade away.

4. Original ink won’t fade away easily

The number one problem with finger tattoos is that they have a knack of fading away quite easily. Therefore, in order to turn this con into one of the pros, you’ll be required to seek the services of an incredibly gifted and experienced tattooist even before deciding on which tattoo design to go for.

Your tattooist’s first order of business will be using original ink to do your finger designs. This will ensure they are staying a tad bit longer and by extension, cost even less in the long run.



5. Getting finger tattoos is a commitment

The fact that finger tattoos fade quickly makes it quite difficult to maintain them. For starters, you’ll have to redo them over and over again. And as earlier stated, these procedures are not only painful but also hectic, time-consuming and quite expensive because the costs will keep recurring.

And the upkeep doesn’t stop there because you’ll also have to keep your fingers oiled at all times in a bid to prevent friction from taking its toll on the masterpieces on your fingers. Therefore, before making this commitment, you’ll have to make sure that getting finger tattoos is exactly what you want.

And after you’ve marinated on it and still want to do it, then, by all means, do it. And while you’re still at it, feel free to ask your tattooist for ways you can maintain your tattoos without hustling way too much.

6. Finger tattoos should have bespoke meanings

As cute as most finger tattoos may be, it is always important to pick those with personalized or bespoke meanings. This’s because it takes a lot of time and commitment to maintain them, meaning that they have to at least have some deeper meaning to you apart from just looking good.

For instance, you can get a ring to symbolize love, initials for someone special or numerical figures to signify an important date etc. Apart from these examples, feel free to find other designs that will not only bear a significance to you but will also end up looking extremely good on you. That way, you’ll do just about anything to protect them from the “fade problem”.

7. Finger tattoos are splendid conversations starters

Finger tattoos are as beautiful as they are very easy to spot. Therefore, it’s only natural to always expect the curious ones to not only approach but also ask you a shitload of questions about your ink pieces. The latter can serve either as pros or cons - all depending on the kind of person you are.

For instance, if you love meeting and talking to new people, then getting finger tattoos can be an incredible idea. But if you are an introvert, then you’ll have to avoid people who are curious about your finger tattoos and that can be a little inconveniencing especially in the long run. This also means that you’ll have to go for designs that you fancy since you’ll end up talking a lot about it.

Either way, if you ever decide to go for the finger tattoo of your choice, then by all means try and have fun each and every time someone approaches you out of curiosity. Who knows, your finger tattoos might just end up making you a whole of cool friends in the process. 

8. Wedding rings are usually complete

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In as much as wedding ring tattoos are as common as they can be easily done, it’s almost impossible for any tattooist to make them full circle. This is simply because friction is highest between the fingers, meaning that the ink in between the fingers will fade much faster than the ink in other areas.

So, to avoid the latter from happening, your tattooist will choose the cute but incomplete ring designs that you’re highly likely to fall in love with. This also means that your first order of business should be finding the perfect tattooist for the job.

9. Finger tattoos are always simple

Besides the rather obvious fact that finger tattoos fade, another important thing you’ll need to acknowledge is the fact that most of their designs are often cute but very simple. This is because there isn’t enough room on the fingers to accommodate big and complex designs. In addition to that, the excruciating pain will most likely not allow the tattooist to dwell on the fingers.

In other words, the easier the tattoo designs, the faster your tattooist will be over and done with hence sparing you a hell lot of agony. Since finger tattoos always fade at a much faster rate, retouching the simpler designs is always easier. Thankfully, there are quite a lot of finger tattoo designs you can choose from.

10. Last but not least, finger tattoos fade

By now, you ought to have known – and most certainly accepted - the fact that finger tattoos do fade at a much faster rate than the tattoos on other parts of the body. Therefore, you might want to schedule regular appointments with your tattooist in order to have them retouched before it’s too late.

Thankfully, finger tattoos do come with more pros than cons. For starters, finger tattoos are undeniably beautiful as well as very easy to spot. In addition to that, the cost of retouching won’t deal your wallet any damage that you can’t recover from since the designs are often small and simple as earlier mentioned.


As reiterated over and over again, finger tattoos aren’t just meant to be beautiful but also to act as the perfect reminiscent of an important time, person or event. And in order to keep them intact for as long as you can, you’ll need to take great care of them.

This is because since finger tattoos tend to fade faster than tattoos on other parts of the body thanks to the abrasion factor. Apart from having a much quicker lifespan, finger tattoos also happen to be very painful. To fix the problem – the one about fading quickly – you’ll first of all have to seek the services of a good tattooist.

A good tattooist will use his or her experience to give you useful tips on how to properly maintain your finger tattoos as well as advice you on the perfect time to have ink pieces retouched. But first, you’ll have to decide on whether getting finger tattoos is worth it.