How Long Do Finger Tattoos Last (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 6 months – 12 months

Is it possible for a tattoo to not be noticed by people? Of course not, we normally do notice a tattoo drawn on hand, arm, neck, or fingers. They’re quite hard to resist.



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Tattoo is a type of body art that has become quite a popular trend among people. It is normally a temporary or permanent marking of ink made on the skin with the help of needles. These markings may vary from words to designs, whatever you want.

In this ongoing trend, finger tattoo has gained more popularity and most of the people choose finger tattoos, as they’re usually small and attractive. But how long can such tattoos last? Let’s find it out!

How long do finger tattoos last

How long do finger tattoos last?

Temporary Finger Tattoo1-2 months
Permanent Finger Tattoo6-12 months

Normally a permanent tattoo lasts forever, but in the case of a finger tattoo it starts fading, so you may have to touch up every 6 – 12 months. It is because, in almost every possible work, your hand plays the most important work. Due to this constant movement of the hand, the probability of the tattoo fading is much more than in other areas. But no need to worry because even if it starts fading, it won’t completely disappear.

Unlike the permanent tattoo, the temporary finger tattoo can only last for 1-2 months. This also depends upon which quality of ink product was used. How long the tattoo can last also depends on the type of skin we have.

The only difference between permanent and temporary finger tattoos is that the ink in a permanent tattoo is injected into the skin, which makes it last longer. But in the case of a temporary tattoo, the ink is just applied to our skin’s surface. When this ink comes into contact with water, sweat, and dust in the air, it starts fading slowly until it disappears completely.

If you want the finger tattoo to last longer, then you must take extensive care of the skin surrounding the tattoo. When you get a permanent finger tattoo, your skin needs time to heal itself. During that time take necessary precautions, or else it will damage your tattoo and lead to discoloration. You would have to keep your hands clean all the time and avoid using different soaps otherwise, your finger tattoo will slowly start fading.

Why does a Finger Tattoo Last That Long?

Constant wear and tear of skin are inevitable as we carry out so many tasks a day. Thus, there is a lot of rubbing between our fingers, and sometimes our palms sweat too. To maintain hygiene, we also wash our hands quite often. These all can cause the permanent finger tattoo to fade, and the temporary tattoo to slowly disappear. Another reason for fading is because of the jewelry we wear on our fingers, i.e., rings. The friction caused due to wearing and removing the rings can also cause the tattoo to fade.

The design you chose for your finger tattoo also has a little effect on the fading of the tattoo. As your finger skin is somewhat thick as compared to other parts, this makes it harder to get a tattoo. This skin can cause the ink to look less dark and the tattoo lines to be blurry right from the start. That’s why instead of choosing a complex design, a simple design would be better, and it will also be easy to touch up that tattoo.

Moisturizing your hands will also help the tattoo to last longer. Using a recommended tattoo lotion will keep your tattoo well hydrated. If you prefer a natural moisturizer, then you can use coconut oil as well.

Natural reasons like the dust particles and the rays of the sun can also cause the blurring of the tattoo. This is because when the tattoo is excessively exposed to the UV rays, there is a possibility of those rays darken your skin and lighten the tattoo.


Thus, although a finger tattoo may not last longer as compared to other body parts, it’s always worth it to get one. But if you’re not able to take good care of that tattoo, then you may have to spend a lot of money on the touch-up.

Choosing an appropriate and simple design, keeping your hands clean, and avoiding using abrasive soaps will always help your tattoo to last longer. While getting a tattoo, ask your tattoo artist as well. They’re professionals in this field, so they’ll be able to suggest you better.

Having finger tattoos is always attractive and gains attention from a lot of people surrounding you. Although it is small and simple, it seems like a perfect tattoo you should get!


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