Finger tattoos have growing in popularity for the last several years and continuing to increase on almost a daily basis. There are pros and cons to finger tattoos, and its your responsibility to know them, as many artists will not tell you, but instead take your money for a quick buck. The texture of the skin changes about half way down the finger (from top to palm, not knuckle to nail). Because of this, the ink is guaranteed NOT to stay, well not in full anyway. It will be choppy at best, as seen in the photo above. There is nothing we as an artist can do to prevent this, except to just not do it. Many people say this is ok and you can get it touched up, but a touchup over something not guaranteed to stay is a guarantee it will not stay a second time. It makes the artist look like a bad artist and expecting something to be done for free over and over is taking advantage of something you knew not to do in the first place.
Tops of the fingers are better, and do not heal out poorly as the above photo, but do tend to have a bleed or haze factor around the tattoo. Fingers are constantly moving and stretching, so adding a liquid ink beneath the surface with no meat to really hold it, this is not a guarantee to look rockin’ in years to come either.
We have had great luck with the tops of the hands, no issues with heal out at all, so long as you are working with a good artist. There is the potential for scarring with any tattoo in any location with heavy handed and inexperienced artists. Palms of the hand really don’t hold at all, and must be “really” inked in. In my opinion it just makes you look like you have dirty hands.