Out of all of the types of tattoos, some remain taboo. And, of course, let’s talk about the implications and options for one of those taboos: couples tattoos. The idea of couples tattoos doesn’t sit well with most people, since break ups come out of nowhere and you would be stuck with a reminder for the rest of your life. If you get a name tattooed, that name follows you permanently. Couples tattoos pose a huge risk, especially considering only 50% of marriages last past a few years. The odds stack against you.
But, regardless of risk, couples tattoos show your love to your significant other. Both of you should discuss it for months ahead of time, ensuring you both feel the same way about tattoos. Oftentimes, two people think about tattoos differently. Your significant other might find them unattractive, tacky, or kitschy. If you never gave them a reason to say so, you would never know! A good talk convinces them of the truth—tattoos create permanent art on your skin. But, if you get a tattoo before you give them that talk, prepare yourself for some spite.
Bringing You Together
Whether one person or two people choose couples tattoos, approach them as a group effort. If you end up having a falling out together, at least one good thing happens. Both of you at least take home this: you made a profound difference in each others’ lives, and you both improved. Even if the breakup sucked. A few guidelines keep yourself sane when the worst happens: expect the worst in the first place, make sure you personally love the tattoo, avoid using names, and make sure you want a tattoo.
Several types of couples tattoos exist, so let’s check out a few types to help you pick out your favorite!
Let’s just start by saying that most relationships don’t last. With that in mind, you can still commemorate your love with something lasting! Several types of tattoos work well on their own, even though they match someone else’s. Opposites, such as the sun and moon, a king and queen, a doe and a stag, and a lock and key represent one part of a whole. Your other half walks elsewhere, but your tattoo still shines on its own.
Of course, you both need to choose the same location. I recommend a smaller tattoo for these designs. It works better when you put your tattoos side-by-side for pictures and introductions. If something happens that creates a break in your relationship, changing smaller ink proves easier. You also cover or remove them more easily. Removing it should stay out of your options though–this tattoo benefits you first and foremost.
Married Couple Tattoos
Marriage creates a different level of commitment—well, for most people, anyways. If you plan on living with someone for the rest of your life, then step up your game with the matching tattoos. Both marriage and tattoos require hefty amounts of commitment, so if you both want matching tattoos, many more options exist for you.
First, remember that wedding ring? The fancy one covered in jewels, or maybe a simple platinum band? You lose those faster than a tattoo fades! Use a wedding ring tattoo for a substitute wedding ring. Really, any tattoo on the ring finger shows off a strong relationship. If not a ring, then a heart suffices. The nice part about these small, colored tattoos is that they will require some maintenance to keep them looking pretty and bold every ten years or so—which is about the time you would want to renew your vows! It could become an anniversary activity.
You can use other kinds of matching tattoos, of course. Once you’ve hit marriage, names should be alright to tattoo. I would wait until ten years or so after meeting a person before ever considering getting their name on my skin permanently, but to each their own. A clever way of getting a married couple tattoo is to get half of a quote on each person. That way, both of you need to be present for the quote to be completed. Getting half of a large design which can be completed by standing next to each other is also a good idea.
Of course, you don’t need to get matching tattoos or even be in a relationship to get a couples tattoo! Getting a love tattoo is a good way to tell others how romantic you are and perhaps start a new relationship with someone! Loving quotes, blooming roses, a pair of sparrows, crimson hearts—all of these things tell others that you are interested in love! You can also combine them with other facets about yourself to further personalize them. Putting headphones on a heart tells others that you love music, while putting a skull inside a heart tells others that life is fleeting and should be enjoyed. You can do a lot to communicate to others just by changing your love tattoo design a bit.
If you enjoyed this, feel free to read our gallery article on relationship tattoos—it goes over several different kinds of matching tattoos, and it has dozens of design pictures to browse. You can also check out the rest of our site to learn more about the history of tattoos, find more designs, read through interviews with tattoo artists, and more! As always, thanks for reading!