20 Thumb Tattoo Designs That Will Make You Want More Ink
A few key considerations come to mind when thinking about a new tattoo, and chief among them is where to place it. If you are looking for something small, you can always opt for a cute thumb tattoo. They may not be the most common in the world of hand tattoos, but the artist Jaz Paulino of High Hopes Tattoo in New York says the element of surprise works for certain body arts.
“This placement feels more unique compared to where you would typically get your fingers tattooed,” Paulino told Bustle. “I find thumb tattoos to be so unexpected, but they have the potential to leave a really big impact depending on the design.” And the design options for thumb ink are plentiful: you can opt for dot work, fine lines, geometric patterns, portraits, and more.
Since these tattoos feature more microscopic designs, Paulino recommends seeking out a tattoo artist who specializes in hand and finger tattoos. She also notes that thumb tattoos — and any hand tattoo, really — are more likely to fade. He’s been exposed to sunlight more regularly and, as she explains, “we literally use our hands for everything, and it has a lot to do with the healing process.
To improve your chances of ending up with the eye-catching design you sat down for and making sure it lasts, remember to follow your artist’s aftercare instructions. These can vary by design or even climate, but as a general rule (ahem) you want to avoid swimming, baths, and direct sunlight, and keep your new ink properly hydrated.
Now the fun part: Scroll forward for 20 thumb tattoo ideas that are sure to inspire your next ink.