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Finger Tattoos: Designs, Aftercare, and Answers to Your Questions

Finger Tattoos: Designs, Aftercare, and Answers to Your Questions

Not many can resist the appeal of a cute finger tattoo. Subtle yet full of personality, these tattoos continue to charm chronic inkers-- and not just the ones coming to our parlour! There are any number of reasons for wanting a finger tattoo. Perhaps you want to share something symbolic with your partner. Maybe you and your friends want to match. For others perhaps a design or having seen the tattoo on a celebrity has inspired you. Whatever your reasoning, our team of talented artists want to help. But before you dive in, there are some things you need to consider before getting a tattoo on your finger-- things like the process, aftercare, what design you would like, and - most importantly - that finger tattoos can fade.

Getting a Finger Tattoo

Actually getting the tattoo tends to be the hardest bit of the process. Sure, choosing the right design takes time, but finding your own style is a lot easier than picking a reputable tattoo artist and sitting still during the process. Finger Tattoo

Do Finger Tattoos Hurt?

Yes, getting a finger tattoo is going to sting. Skin lays right against the knuckle and bone, and your fingers are chock full of nerves. That means little to no muscle will cushion the needle, and you’re going to feel it. If you have a low pain tolerance, then finger tattoos might not be right for you. Some choose to work through the pain anyway, especially if the tattoo is symbolic.

What Should You Look for in a Tattoo Parlor?

As much as we would love to handle all of your tattoo and piercing needs, we get it-- this is the internet, and not everyone is local. So if you’re searching for a parlour, take it from the experts: you want a clean environment, a dedicated artist, and good reviews. Tattoos aren’t cheap, so be sure your money is going to a good place.

How to Care for Your Finger Tattoo

As with any type of body modification, finger tattoos need proper aftercare. You want to ensure that your tattoo looks its best and that the skin properly heals. Always follow the advice of your tattoo artist regarding aftercare. Below is a brief overview of what to expect.
  • Keep the Tattoo covered for at least eight hours
  • Wash with hot, soapy water
  • Leave the tattoo alone for a day
  • On day two, start using a fragrance-free moisturizer
  • No soaking it or exposing to direct sun for two weeks
  • Don’t pick at it when it peels! We know it’s tempting, but the skin needs to peel naturally.
  • Most importantly, keep your hands clean!
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Our Favourite Tattoo Aftercare

After Inked

After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer delivers effective skin moisturization and helps to preserve the colours of your tattoos. There's no petroleum so it won't stick to or stain your clothes. This moisturizing skin lotion, enriched with Grape Seed Oil, can also be used on any permanent makeup procedure on lips, brows, eye liner, and areola, as well as an after-laser tattoo removal moisturizing lotion. After Inked is Dermatologist tested, non-allergenic and non-irritating.

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PurSan Aftercare is a specially formulated Vegan skin cleanser used to clean and moisturize as part of an aftercare regimen for fresh tattoos and piercings. It revitalizes, refreshes and purifies skin without drying it out. Gentle yet effective, PurSan contains no parabens, fragrances, colourants or alcohol. Chloroxylenol (PCMX) is a proven antimicrobial ingredient shown to be effective against bacteria and viruses without burning or irritating the skin. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Hypromellose) is an ultra-high grade lubricant ideal for sensitive skin.

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How Long Does a Finger Tattoo Take to Heal?

From the time your artist applies the bandage after inking, finger tattoos can take up to six weeks to heal. Your skin will start looking normal after two to four, but be patient with caring for your hands.

Do Finger Tattoos Fade Completely?

They can, yes. The skin on our fingers is different from elsewhere; these small tattoos see a lot of wear and tear, and there is no fat to cushion the ink. Because of this, finger tattoos often need a lot of upkeep and are a huge commitment. If you aren’t sure you can fit the touch ups in your schedule or budget, you might want to pick another body part for your tattoo. Small Finger Tattoo

Design Ideas for Finger Tattoos

One thing is certain: finger tattoos are uniquely personal. That’s why we custom-design your tattoos and offer a variety of one-off designs from our artists. We want you to be completely satisfied with your tattoo. How do you choose? Epic and beautiful tattoos saturate the internet with imagery. That’s why we constantly post great update pictures and inspiration on our Instagram. It helps to have an idea of your style and what you want; if you bring in the base idea, our artists can help you flush out the details. An important note is that finger tattoos are not for perfectionists. Because of the awkward angles and shapes of fingers, deviations can happen-- that’s perfectly normal. Simple and sweet designs or letters are best. A large portion of finger tattoos are rings for couples who either can’t wear bands at work or wanted something a little more permanent to represent their relationship. Many love the symbolism behind small flowers, a dove, or a feather. Tribal markings, animal faces, and runes are another option. Some clients will tattoo years of significance across their knuckles. Multiple Finger tattoos

Ready to find your perfect finger tattoo?

Finger tattoo designs are available for people of every gender and taste. If you need help deciding, give us a call or submit your ideas through our website, and our staff will reach out

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Tattoo Locations

Downtown Toronto

378 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1S6 Directions

Midtown Toronto

252 Eglinton Ave East, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1K2 Directions


7381 Kennedy Road, Unit #105, Markham, Ontario L3R 5B5 Directions

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