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Friends are Forever–And So Is That New Friendship Tattoo


People, as a species, tend to be rather social in nature. We thrive when meeting like-minded souls whose interests, fears, and desires align with our own. Making friends and connecting with others is a fundamental part of the human experience. While enjoying one’s own company has innumerable merits, we also tend to enjoy having the opportunity to explore life and have adventures with other people.

It’s natural, then, to want to do something to celebrate and commemorate the unique bonds we share with others—and what better to way to rejoice in the ties of friendship than with a friendship tattoo?


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Best Friends Tattoo

People are wildly diverse, which makes for a fun and colorful array of ink when talking friendship tattoos. Why waste money on a friendship necklace or ring that might tarnish or get lost? To truly express your friendship, invest in something that will last forever—a friendship tattoo.

Once you’ve decided that you and your BFF definitely want to get friendship tattoos, how do you even begin to choose what to get? Friendship tattoos can take myriad forms but should all come from one particular place; this variety of tattoo should be both special and personal to you and the person with whom you’re getting comparably inked. That’s not to say that you can’t go into a shop and select a piece of shop flash art that you both think is eye-catching. Just keep in mind that this ink is representative of your relationship with your bud, which is a distinctive and irreplaceable experience.

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Friendship Tattoo Ideas

Don’t stress if you don’t consider yourself artistic or creative enough to come up with a good idea for a friendship tattoo. Take the time to hash out thoughts with your partner in crime. Do your homework and find an artist with whom you can dish about the whole process—make them integral in your friendship ink experience. You may even have a friend who can design a personalized tattoo based on your interests and passions—which is yet another form of a friendship tattoo.

Quite often, friendship tattoos will take the form of inside jokes: “You and me’s like peas and carrots!” Or perhaps you want to commemorate a particularly awesome experience, like that time you won a free beverage together on your birthday because you guessed that the cap of the bottle possessed the ten of spades on its underside. Then there was that other time you were at Warped Tour with your BF and got into it with a self-righteous vegan—and the whole debacle resulted in obtaining bacon-caricature tattoos together (you and your BF, not the vegan). If you want a jumping off point for coming up with a friendship tattoo idea, personal experiences are a prime way to get started.

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Friendship Tattoos Design

Friendship tattoos can take the form of your pal’s initials—or can even be a memorial to someone whom you and your friend both loved and tragically lost too soon.

There’s a major caveat to this discussion that should not be dismissed or overlooked: if, for any reason, you suspect that you’re not going to be friends with your comrade on the long-term, do not bother getting a friendship tattoo together. It’s said that getting couples’ tattoos can be the kiss-of-death for a relationship; the same might be warranted when discussing friendship tattoos. No one wants to think about relationships coming to an end, but the reality is that they sometimes do.

Put some thought into the friendship tattoo process, talk to artists, and hash out ideas with your friend over brunch or cocktails. Choose a piece as priceless and inimitable as your bond with your bud—both friendships and tattoos can last forever, if properly cared for and handled. Devon Carnahan says of her friendship ink, “Tattoos never go away, they fade a little bit, they require a little bit of up keep here and there, just like a true friendship.”

Devon Fulford

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About Devon Fulford

Devon is a logophile fortunate enough to do writing and editing for her 9-5, while traveling the United States in a pop-up camper with her man and 100-lb chocolate Labrador, The Walrus. She’s also the gratified canvas for over 60 hours in ink work and is starting to run out of un-inked skin for upcoming major projects.

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  1. Thank you!!

  2. Sibling tattoos, too, great article~!

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