Amazing digitized digits

Finger painting is sooo 20th Century. This millennium, it’s all about the finger portrait — at least according to the Italian artist named Dito Von Tease.

Also known as Il Dito (“The Finger” in Italian), Von Tease has revolutionized the traditional avatar by snapping a pic of his naked finger before digitally dolling it up with characteristics of world leaders and pop-culture personalities.

Initially motivated by a desire for privacy on his Facebook profile, Dito withheld his image — and his real name — in favor of an obscured fingertip avatar with a little help from computer software. Drawing inspiration from disguise maven and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, this Photoshop wizard has produced the likes of Steve Jobs, Shrek, Mickey Mouse, and the Dalai Lama, all on the tip of his finger.

Check out Dito’s blog “Ditology” to see the full collection.



Mickey Mouse

Alex (A Clockwork Orange)

Mr. Spock

Mr. T

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

President Obama

A nerd

Frida Kahlo




Dalai Lama

Ronald McDonald

Steve Jobs

Nichi Vendola



Which of Dito’s portraits is your favorite? What celeb would you choose as your fingertip avatar? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Pocholo Peralta

    I tried creating one on my own thumb but the position is so awkward that my wrist cramped! How do artists create them position-wise?

    • jaystrab

      They create them by taking a picture of a thumb and then doing all the work in Photoshop. Every one of these is done in Photoshop. They are not real.

  • Pocholo Peralta

    I know Ion, but that would mean finding and hiring a ‘model’ first to work on