How Much Does a Finger Tattoo Cost?

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A finger tattoo is a subtle tattoo that often resembles a ring or some sort of design.  These tattoos can be well hidden between your fingers or around the whole thing.

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How much does a finger tattoo cost?

On average, a small finger tattoo will cost anywhere from $50 for something small to as much as $250 for something a little more complex.

According to, the average finger tattoos can range anywhere from $50 to $175.

The tattoo shop — — offers a variety of finger tattoos via its shop.  The price of its services, according to the website, can range from $80 to $200.

Finger tattoo overview

Before you have a finger tattoo, you will either be presented with a portfolio of the possible tattoo designs that can be selected or if the design you wanted is not included in the catalog, then you will need to present the tattoo artist with the design of your own.  He or she may also be able to create a customized design for an additional fee based on your idea.  An artist will often recommend a simple design, sticking to small letters or simplistic designs.

A reputable tattoo artist will perform the procedure in the shop using proper equipment that is sanitized to avoid infection.  He or she will also provide the initial aftercare for the tattoo such as putting oil on it to avoid scarring after the procedure has been completed and supplying you with the essential supplies to take care of it at home.

What are the extra costs?

One of the possible additional costs to consider is bringing in or having them create a customized design.  Since the artist will have to adjust to your preference, he or she may charge a little higher compared to the normal rates that they offer the service for a stock design that he or she has done before.

The skin on your fingers is much different than other parts of your body.  Due to the active nature of your hand, these tattoos tend to fade much more.  Because of this, you may find yourself getting a touch up more often than another tattoo you may already have.  The retouches, of course, won’t be free, so plan on spending close to what you spent in the first place.

If not included, aftercare is extremely important.  For example, a moisturizer to keep the skin supple will be mandatory.  Plan on taking care of it for the next two weeks.

Tips to know:

When it comes to a finger tattoo, the ring is considered to be the most popular option, but there are other types that also look good, such as getting a letter on each finger and forming a word on your knuckles or a finger mustache tattoo.  Other ideas, from what we researched, included a cross, heart, dots, words or a sun. says with her four years of experience, she has seen her fair share of finger tattoos not heal as they should.  She said while they may look great when they are freshly done, they often don’t stay this way for long.  Her website has a great before and after picture showing you what she means.

The finger tattoo, unlike other parts of the body, will hurt a lot more due to the lack of fat around your fingers.

Some tattoo artists may refuse to tattoo your hand as some don’t feel it appropriate to tattoo certain spots. notes that due to the tricky nature of your skin in this area, the black ink may not be as dark as you want it to be.  The same can be said about the colors as well.

Research a finger tattoo and you will often find the same complaint — they fade faster than average, with the average finger tattoo lasting five to 10 years, depending on the ink, exact location and how you use your hands.  For example, a construction worker will use them much more aggressively than a receptionist.

How can I save money?

Talk with a few reputable tattoo artists to see if they can work with your design/ideas.  Don’t focus on the price, however, as most artists will be within a few dollars.  It’s important to look at previous work, their experience and the cleanliness of the studio.

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Adriana (san diego,  california) paid $30 and said:

    Finances name on my ring finger in really nice cursive 🙂

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. La familia (Tulsa,  Oklahoma) paid $200 and said:

    For finger tattoos

    Was it worth it? Yes

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