The stache is popular with both men and women.
A finger mustache, also called a fingerstache, is an artistic representation of a mustache typically tattooed or dragged over the skin of the index finger that is facing towards the middle finger. When the index finger is pointed and held against the upper lip horizontally, this places the small mustache image where a mustache would traditionally grow on a person’s face. This type of fur decoration is popular with both men and women, although it is considered by many people as a fad that will pass quickly and therefore unworthy of permanent addition to the fur. Many people like to take pictures of themselves with their mustache tucked away in its proper place, and there are several websites and clubs that allow users to post such pictures.
Finger whiskers are not always permanent and can be applied with marker or a temporary tattoo.
This trend is popularly credited to a tattoo artist in Columbus, Ohio, in the United States named Giovani. The original finger mustache tattoo was created in 2003 and is said to have spread like wildfire from the original tattoo parlor. Internet imaging sites played a huge role in generating popularity for this type of tattoo, but much of the interest in this design came from face-to-face interactions. While Giovani is believed to have sparked this trend, there may have been earlier examples of finger tattoos as well as simultaneous designs.
The exact design of the finger mustache is highly variable, but many involve wavy tips characteristic of an English or handlebar mustache. Designs can involve clearly patterned hair or they can be entirely solid, tracing the outline of the mustache. In general, the mustache is very small and does not come close to the size of a real mustache. Colored mustaches can also be applied depending on the individual’s preferences.
While many people choose to tattoo this design permanently on their finger, it is also common to use temporary tattoos or draw the design on the finger. The social aspects of having a finger mustache are often lost when the design is not permanent, but refraining from applying the tattoo permanently can help prevent regrets later. Mustache clubs sometimes have rules about membership, but most are simply casual associations of people with similar tattoos.
In addition to the traditional uses of the finger mustache, many people also use this design to take funny pictures of cats and other animals or to modify existing photos. The tattoo itself has also become the subject of many art projects, typically involving the depiction of the finger as well as the mustache. There are buttons and other paraphernalia that try to capitalize on the popularity of this tattoo, as this design is not only representative of a mustache, but also a lifestyle.