32 Rocking Ring Finger Tattoos for Men & Women in 2023
A growing trend in the tattoo community has seen ink lovers choosing ring finger tattoos and other designs for use in illustrative and symbolic artistic pieces.
People are choosing to get tattoos inspired by rings instead of a traditional wedding ring, friends get matching tattoos, while others may simply enjoy the look of permanent art on their ring fingers and other digits, seeing them as jewelry they never have to take off.
Ring finger ink and other highly visible approaches to body art have grown exponentially in the last decade. Men and women are choosing individual self-expression to challenge society’s traditionally conservative views of this tattoo style and placement.
But before you go and get your ring tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the cutest, sexiest, and most interesting ring finger tattoos of 2023. You’ll surely be inspired with the perfect idea of which tattoo style to get, as well as the exact size and shape to get tattooed on your body.
With that said, let’s begin.
Ring Finger Tattoos: A Fine Line Ring Finger Tattoo
This line art finger tattoo is simple and elegant, comprising five dots and a looping diamond in black ink. This piece works with the client’s other simple dot tattoos, while the second joint placement is unique – allowing for real rings worn on that digit without covering the ink.
Matching Cat’s Eye Ring Finger Tattoos
This is an extraordinary pair of matching cat’s eye tattoos. The artist displays considerable skill in getting the brown-gold flecks of color to hold, while the eye’s edges also show great detail in shading. This piece will hold up better than many other types etched in the same position.
Delicate Left-Hand Finger Tattoos
A series of tiny tattoo icons at various points on the client’s left hand. The ring tattoos are exceptionally crisp, flowing down each finger, with the artist mixing patterns and line thicknesses. These tattoos are going to be difficult to maintain over time as finger tattoos have a habit of aging quickly. These ring tattoos might need regular updating to keep them looking fresh.
Black Ink Henna-Style Tattoo
This Henna-style design covers both of the client’s hands with mirrored black ink geometric patterns. The lines are thick and strong- a difficult task for finger tattoos that often look scratchy or shallow. These won’t fade as quickly and severely as others in this style – it’s a sure-handed, professional piece of body art.
Illustrative Black Ink Lotus Tattoo
This stunning lotus tattoo is a beautiful black ink piece that rises from the ring finger and up the client’s hand – a cool placement choice! The shading and line work is crisp and professional, and it’s settled well with no dropouts or bleeding ink.
Love Heart, and Rainbow Ring Tattoo
A simple but nicely etched pair of tattoos that use colors rather than black ink. The rainbow ring is clever, each dot a different color across the top of the finger. The simple red love heart looks cool – I like the position on the palm-up side of the finger.
Dove Ring Finger Tattoo
The dove is a universal symbol of peace, a popular theme in many different tattoo styles. This ring finger tattoo is unique – a delicate two-tone blue bird on the wing. I worry that the sky blue will fade quickly, but I like the artist imbuing a small tattoo with depth.
Line Art Wedding Band Tattoos
More people are choosing a ring tattoo to commemorate events shaping their lives, the motivation for these simple wedding bands. A single black line takes the place of a wedding ring to symbolize the couple’s commitment to each other.
Delicate Tiny Tattoo Designs for the Left Hand
Collecting elaborate finger tattoos is becoming a popular alternative to charm bracelets of yesteryear. This client has eight different individual patterns adorning her left hand, including a dog’s paw, a crescent moon, a love heart, and the astrological sign for Leo. Its elegant and efficient line art, however, will likely need retouching in the future.
Matching Four Leaf Clover Tattoos
More matching couple tattoos, this time taking the form of a four-leaf clover- a well-known symbol of good luck! The royal blue ink is a great alternative to black, and the simple piece is well-placed on the underside of each ring finger.
Butterfly and Love Ring Tattoo
A beautiful, elegant pair of finger tattoos showcasing classy single-needle linework. The gossamer panels of the butterfly’s wings are the highlight, but all the tattooing is neat. I like that the word love is engraved on the side of the finger rather than across the top.
Grayscale Tiny Tattoo Collection for Both Hands
Finger tattoo designs don’t often pack in the degree of detail as this collection. From left to right: a Louis Vuitton symbol, A dove, a cannabis leaf, a palm tree (and plane below), a revolver, a Nike shoe, a diamond, and a hammer. It will be interesting to see how these tattoos retain shape, color, and detail as they age. The artist has created beautifully vibrant images using grayscale shading and white ink highlights. With plenty of space left on the second joint, the client will likely return for more!
Left-Hand Tiny Tattoo Compilation
Another collection of tiny tattoos, emphasizing simple linework and geometry. Interestingly, the traditional ring finger placement is the only joint lacking any tattoo work – the client is waiting for a wedding band tattoo to finish the space.
Heavy Black Tattoo Collection
This client possesses a bevy of tattoos on her hand and fingers (I love the ‘Why not?’ tattoo on her hand). They are a much heavier set of black ink tattoos than others on this list, and I hope they retain shape and clarity as they age.
Henna-Style Ring Finger Tattoos and More
Another henna-style set of finger tattoos on both hands. The tattoos feature a nice combination of patterns and well-inked solid lines. The client has also left the ring finger joint bare so her engagement ring doesn’t cover the ink.
Matching Ring Finger Tattoos for Couples
These clients have opted for matching-style couple rings that feature each other’s name on them (I would usually argue against this, but in this tattoo, the cover-up would be minimally discomfiting). It’s a tiny but well-engraved flowing script!
Delicate Finger Tattoo Collection
Another extremely delicate set of finger tattoos that I’m not sure will hold up as they age. They look beautifully elegant right now but are too fine for the area in which they are inked, so will need regular retouching to keep them looking good.
Black Ink Index, Ring Tattoos
A simple pair of black ink finger tattoos on the second and fourth fingers. Another piece that applies ink on the second joint tattoos, tattoos such as this never used to exist two decades ago. The patterns are simple but elegant and should hold up well – there’s plenty of room left for other designs of this kind.
Geometric Finger Tattoo Collection
Another interesting set of finger tattoos on the left hand. I like how there are designs on both the first and second knuckles, and how the artist has created shapes around the major knuckles. I would like to see how these tattoos look when the hand is clenched into a fist.
Heavy Black Finger Tattoos
A collection of interesting black ink finger tattoos in the henna style. The depictions of small vine-like leaves made to look like they’re wrapping around the client’s fingers are a standout and pair well with the geometric dots and flowing line work of the other designs.
Black and Negative Space Finger Tattoos
A unique set of finger tattoos on both hands. This piece is interesting because it utilizes negative space in the small tattoos to contrast against thicker black ink, although I’m not sure what the symbols mean, and the placements seem quite random. Provided there is no leaching out these tattoos should hold up well over a long period.
Witchy Tattoo Collection
A cool set of left-hand witchy tattoos, including a black ink crescent moon and stars made to glitter with white highlights – a highlight of the work. It’s a well-crafted piece that runs from the tips of the fingers up to the client’s wrist.
Line Art Constellation Tattoo Set
This is a cool collection of small black ink tattoos making up a larger constellation piece. I like the linework technique used in the crescent moon, stars, and the Taurus astrological symbol. The decision not to use solid black ink has paid off well with this piece – it looks clean and unique.
Heavy Black Hand Tattoo
Wow! This is incredibly heavy black ink applied to these finger and hand tattoos. I hope the color doesn’t leech out to create blobs or fuzzy patterns. The new work has been added to cover up old finger tattoos. It will be interesting to see how everything looks in a couple of years.
These Single-Line Black Ink Tattoos
These single-line black ink tattoos display excellent technical line work. The flow of the lines – considering the difficulties often experienced by tattooing fingers – is exceptional. I love how the flower patterns have been spaced along the client’s fingers.
Star Tattoo Pattern
An eclectic collection of star tattoos with different sizes, shapes, and patterns. It’s simple elegant and effective line work and I think the decision not to color in the constellations results in a better tattoo. I also like that the artist has left the option for more ink later on.
Tribal Hand and Ring Tattoos
This two-hand tribal tattoo collection is well-etched and clean, featuring an interesting array of complementary pieces. The small scorpion ring tattoo is one of the best in this gallery, demonstrating a steady hand and simple, crisp black lines. The fingers match well with the stylizled tribal blackwork on the client’s hands.
Line Art Finger Tattoos
A crisply drawn and engaging collection of finger tattoos designed to fit in with the client’s jewelry on both hands. The line work is uniformly excellent – the sparkling heart, small constellations, and the three love hearts, all display a beautiful needle technique that should age gently over time.
Couple’s Single Line Ring Tattoos
Cool couple tattoos, one in black ink, the other in red ink. The lines are simple but clean, and I like the placement of the red ring tattoo on the client’s thumb. Both of these tattoos likely need to be redone later on but it should not take too much effort.
Cursive Love Finger Tattoo
The simple cursive love tattoo is well done, the script chosen works beautifully along the side of the client’s finger. It’s not overdone – the artist’s solid application technique helps the flowing script. You won’t see another tattoo with this style and placement executed any better.
Small Finger Tattoo Collection
There are some excellent tattoos in this eclectic collection of finger designs. The artist’s use of negative space and the natural finger contours create cool patterns and shapes. I particularly like the dot work around the knuckle of the right index finger, while the lotus and rose flower designs are both simple and elegant.
Grayscale Finger Tattoos
Another collection of small tattoos on the left hand featuring stars, the moon, and some leaves. I’m not sure shading this piece in gray (rather than solid black ink) is the right technical choice, yet the work is well executed. The simple star on the index finger combining dots and lines is well done.