Wedding Ring Tattoos: Best Modern, Celtic, Religious Finger Tattoos

Wedding Ring Tattoos

Modern-day married or engaged couples have one interesting wedding ring option that their parents probably would be scandalized to imagine and their grandparents probably wouldn't even have known about: wedding ring tattoos.

Tattoos are also, for the most part, a permanent choice, so wedding band tattoos can be a way for devoted couples to prove that their marriage is truly for better or for worse. In an age when the divorce rate is 50%, this can be a refreshing change of perspective for married couples.These wedding tattoos can also be as dramatic or as unobtrusive as you want - some people conceal them under normal wedding rings during the day, and others like their finger tattoos to be visible at all times.

Below, I present some of the most beautiful/thought-provoking/unique tattoos that I have been able to find. Enjoy!

Celtic Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://www.tattoopicturesndesigns.com/2008/06/wedding-rings.html]
Celtic Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://www.tattoopicturesndesigns.com/2008/06/wedding-rings.html]

Celtic, Ring-Style Tattoo

Tara from Tara Jubilee explains that she and her husband decided on matching wedding ring tattoos because her husband works with heavy machinery, which might make a traditional wedding band a hindrance and possible a health risk when he is working with moving parts. Another point she makes is that many men are not used to wearing any jewelry, and getting used to wearing a ring for the rest of their lives might be a nuisance they would prefer not to undergo.

The Celtic wedding ring tattoo designs are simple, with crisp lines outlining the shape of the tattoos. I really like them because they are not designed to draw attention to themselves, but to be a simple statement and representation of the couple's love and fidelity to each other.

Wedding Ring Tattoo Poll

Would you ever consider getting a wedding ring tattoo?

  • Yes, instead of a traditional ring.
  • Yes, in addition to a traditional ring.
  • I would if my spouse/fiancĂ© really wanted to.
  • No, not interested.
See results without voting
Wedding Ring Tattoo [bmezine.com]
Wedding Ring Tattoo [bmezine.com]
Religious Bible Verse Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://castironskillet-timb.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-tattoo.html]
Religious Bible Verse Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://castironskillet-timb.blogspot.com/2007/12/my-tattoo.html]

Religious Wedding Ring Tattoos

As an alternative to wedding band tattoos on his finger, Tim at Cast Iron Skillet got the phrase: "EPH. 2:25" inked on his ring finger. The meaning? It is a verse from the book of Ephesians in the Bible: "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." Whether or not you are Christian, this is a beautiful sentiment to remember, and a reminder everyday of how to act in a positive marriage.

Tim, like many others with wedding ring finger tattoos, usually conceals his under a traditional wedding band, but some people will choose to only have their religious tattoo. The option of having it small enough to hide under another ring is important for those working in conservative office environments, and unfortunately almost all of us are in places like this at least sometimes.

Indian Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://www.flickr.com/photos/lakshmananand/527215022/]
Indian Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://www.flickr.com/photos/lakshmananand/527215022/]
Howard Stern's B Wedding Ring Tattoo
Howard Stern's B Wedding Ring Tattoo
Eva Longoria's Wedding Date Tattoo [tvguide.com]
Eva Longoria's Wedding Date Tattoo [tvguide.com]

Celebrity Wedding Ring Tattoos

Howard Stern, popular radio and television host, married model and actress Beth Ostrosky in October 2008. He had expressed his reluctance to wear a traditional wedding ring because of the annoyance and discomfort factors, so he took a much more permanent route instead: he had the letter "B" in Old English script tattooed on his ring finger, for his wife's first name. Tattoo wedding bands like his are fairly large and definitely not able to be covered by a traditional wedding ring, but hey, he's Howard Stern. He has never cared what anyone else thought. Later, his new wife got the letter "H" inked on the inside of her wrist. Their two tattoos are simple, yet classy.

Instead of a tattoo ring, Eva Longoria has the date of her wedding to Tony Parker tattooed on her left wrist with the Roman numerals "VII VII MMVII" (7 7 2007) representating their wedding date. While the tattoo doesn't mimic a traditional wedding band exactly, the effect is similar, and it is a more artistic way to tattoo their wedding date.

Modern Red Band Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://community.livejournal.com/perthgoths/701054.html]
Modern Red Band Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://community.livejournal.com/perthgoths/701054.html]

Modern Wedding Ring Tattoos

Much less traditional-looking, these modern wedding ring tattoos do not try to look exactly like a traditional wedding ring, but instead be a new twist on the concept of wearing a physical wedding ring at all. This style of tattoo wedding rings are becoming popular with today's twenty-somethings, and I expect to see more modern tattoo styles in years to come.

Blue and Black Men's Modern Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://www.checkoutmyink.com/tattoos/jlord/wedding-ring-1]
Blue and Black Men's Modern Wedding Ring Tattoo [http://www.checkoutmyink.com/tattoos/jlord/wedding-ring-1]
Wedding Ring Date Tattoo [bmeink.com]
Wedding Ring Date Tattoo [bmeink.com]

Date of Wedding Ring Tattoos

It's supposed to be the happiest, most memorable day of your life: your wedding day. They say you will never be more beautiful or more in love with your significant other. Whether or not that's true, many people recognize their wedding day as the day their lives changed forever - the day things changed from "I" to "we". Many couples choose to immortalize their favorite day be getting the wedding tattoos of the date on their ring finger as a sign of lifelong commitment to each other.


Funny and Casual Wedding Ring Tattoo [bmeink.com]
Funny and Casual Wedding Ring Tattoo [bmeink.com]

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Comments 38 comments

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Thanks for the great tip! This is really a unique idea for a wedding.


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IntimatEvolution 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

How great this is. Just so you know, I sent a tweet out about this hub. Thanks for sharing. Really cool hub.


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kbennett51770 7 years ago

Interesting hub! Keep on writing :)


Kyeshia Williams 6 years ago

i luv des tattoos nd now i gettin 1 just like 1 of des.


inkyONE 6 years ago

i am a tattoo artist.....and this....is a really bad thing to do....lol....if you get sumONEs name....i can cover that up when the relationship is over.....when you get a ring tattooed on....even if i cover it up....it will still look like a ring to remind you of the relationship that is over....i did this on one young couple....they broke up two weeks later....and she took a grinder to it and ground it off....you know how ya get when it is over....lol....tattoos last longer than any relationship i ever had.....also....over time....the ink spreads out....so if it is not really really simple....over time it will turn into a blob....and it wont stay on the underside of the finger....jus sayin...lol...sum hafta learn the hard way...so if my clients insist...i go ahead and do it...but i really try to talk um out of it......love inkyONE*:*


greg  6 years ago

inkyone

so if i had a small simple "L" - about twice the size of the one typed here on the underside of my finger which would be covered by my wedding ring - what problems are there form a techinical point of view with that - can it be done?

all the best

Greg


Ringstopper 6 years ago

I love tattoes, it's beautiful and never erased. And it's unique in a simple way. I really love it. See more of me


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

Like your hub!


McKenna 6 years ago

Greg, since InkyONE didn't respond to you, I will answer your question...Anything that is tattooed onto the palm of your hand or the underside of your fingers is not going to be permanent. Because you use your hands so much, the skin cells shed much much faster than the rest of your body, so the ink fades faster...you will literally see your tattoo come off in a matter of weeks (it will be like you just put it on with marker). I know this from extensive experience with tattoos, and also from an uncle who has extensive tattooing on his hands. If you get the tattoo on the top of your finger, it will last longer. Anything on the underside will come off...it will be a waste of money unfortunately.


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amie50 6 years ago

Wedding ring tattoo is a cool idea, I am sure its even cheaper than a real one. However, does it have issues about fading in the future since its so tiny and there are a lot of movements going on with the hands?


Nicole 6 years ago

I am getting married in July and have considered getting a tattoo on the ring finger but i think now after reading these posts that i may just get a ring and get my tattoo on my back to represent our long lasting love and commitment for each other....Although this is really awesome i just have small fingers and it think i will have the blob everyone is talking about


cranberries 6 years ago

wow.. nice.. now I'm seriously thinking of getting one! but first I have to persuade my wife to agree with me hehehe


all4it 6 years ago

I never in my 25 years wanted a tattoo, until the idea of wedding tattoos made an impression on me. I love the idea and I would def get a small one on top of my ring finger in addition to a traditional ring. I love the idea because it truly shows the level of commitment and loyalty between the couple.


Kelly 6 years ago

My soon to be hubby and I have three tats we are going to get...one of which is the ring tat, we are still going to have our rings/bands, but we wanted something more...only we are getting eachothers name on top and under to complete the band will be the date...congrats to everyone who is going to get one of these tats...


poledancer 6 years ago

The one that I had done on my ringer finger faded a bit on the underside. It still looks ok though, but it is definetely lighter than the top. Just bear this in mind. However, if you wear rubber gloves a lot when putting your hands in water I think you should be ok. I work as a dishwasher so it didn't help.


Dave 6 years ago

I just lost a finger due to a wedding ring ( my finger was torn off) any outdoor working man should def consider the tattoo ring...


Jon 6 years ago

I'm thinking of getting something like that. but I might put it where my watch is, instead of under my wedding band. A tat of an ECG strip that says "my heart beats for you".


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Connie Ho 6 years ago from Montreal, Canada

Hi, a wonderful hub! Ring tattoo is classic, fun and modern. Many people think that tattoos have to be big and bold. Ring tattoos prove them wrong. They are very attractive, especially when the designs really look like a ring, great for love birds. The pics are stunning, thanks.


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Anjelica Rae 5 years ago

I am back and forth about how much I like this idea. I kind of think that it's a great way to express your love and devotion, but at the same time the issues that can arise with a finger tattoo such as how quickly it fades is a major drawback. I'd be sad looking down and seeing the tattoo fading and then SUPER bummed getting it touched up every year (each touch-up hurts worst than the last from the scar tissue). Still though, I think it can be a really thoughtful and meaningful gesture!


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deathsreality 5 years ago

We got ours and I love them. It is a sign of commitment even deeper than the vows in my opinion.


Nost_gurl 5 years ago

I think the ring tattoo is the perfect idea. I am a mechanic and can't wear rings to work so my fiancée and I are looking into getting one done. Only problem I have run into is the tattoo artists refusing to do it. It's my hand and if that is what I want why can't they just do it. I mean I'm paying for if we split I'll cover with something else.


Aaron Royal 5 years ago

This concept is amazing, ESP for the people

That are in branches of the military where we aren't allowed to wear rings, just for anyone that still wants to show they're commitment. I am getting one of my own this month!


Brandy 5 years ago

I got a wedding ring tattoo and then divorced a year later. Life is not always linear and predictable. It's a romantic notion, but risky.


Sunshine 5 years ago

Love the rings they are fab and lovely :) How do ya do them


Sunshine 5 years ago

The rings are lovely they would be fab after somone has just got married how do you do them the are amazing,wickedand FAB!!!I love this idea so very much.Who discovered it?p.s it is a fab idea.xxx


29Eleven 5 years ago

In looking at the religous tattoo section, it is interesting since the picture show EPH 2:5 as the verse, there is no 2:5, the verse they are referring to is EPH 5:25... opps, gotta be careful!


melanie 5 years ago

Seriously? These look AWFUL. Especially the first ones with the "I do" and "ditto" with the freaking date on the other side of the finger.

You know what I think? That these people want a tattoo but have no imagination so they get a freaking ring and a date tattooed on.


Amanda 5 years ago

Thanks for this very interesting hub page. Do you know of anyone who has the Royal Engagment Ring tattooed on their finger?


deltayankee6 5 years ago

melanie, I know what you're saying, but this will be my 6th tat, and my first 5 are all original. Please stop judging.

I get the whole 'relationships may not last' thing, and that's totally true. If you've only just got married, or not been together long, then I would say go without a ring at all for a while to make sure.

I love my wife to bits. Sure, that could change, but I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, or the world could be invaded by zombies. Personally I would rather live for today with only half an eye on tomorrow.

Like any tattoo you should give it much thought and for the right reasons (whatever that means). But, for fucks sake, live a little and be unique - if that's what you are.

... or is that too deep?

:)


KYLA 5 years ago

29Eleven 3 months ago

In looking at the religious tattoo section, it is interesting since the picture show EPH 2:5 as the verse, there is no 2:5, the verse they are referring to is EPH 5:25... opps, gotta be careful!

HAHA LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER! THE TAT DOES SAY 5:25


Alysha 5 years ago

My husband and I have been married for 16 years. He has only become interested in tattoos in the past year and a half but has ALWAYS expressed his distaste for wearing a wedding band. He does not like jewelry...won't even wear a watch. So, we've recently begun discussing the idea of tattooed rings. I don't think it's the wisest idea for some couples but then again, I don't think some couples should be out there procreating after just months of knowing one another but people do it. Live for today. Tomorrow isn't promised. If you want a tattooed ring...do it. Do it wisely. Make sure you like what you're getting and trust the artist doing it...but do it. Life's too short to quibble about it on some random internet site with people who don't even know you.


Toni P 5 years ago

I have had a wedding band tattoo for 11 years now and it has not changed it shape or crispness in any way whatsoever (unfortunately)! My tattoo artist was not keen on doing the tattoo, and he warned us of the fading, etc. 2 years later my marriage was over. I was remarried, and had my new ring custom designed to cover up my old one. My current husband, of 6 years now just lost his 2nd wedding band. We have now decided that his next ring will be tattooed on his finger. Having my old one doesn't bother me at all as I see tattoos as a permanent storybook. I do want to alter it though so that my husband and I have similar tattoos. I feel a little weird about it though. Should I just get a new one that goes with my husbands or cover up the old one? Thoughts? (I did get a very large one across my lower back with our wedding date on it for our one year anniversary).


LKS 5 years ago

I have wanted to do this when I got married. Have been so for 10 years, together for 14. I plan to do mine small, as I work in a professional job and can cover with my ring. I would like to have purple in mine, should I only do this on the top? Anyone who can help, that would be great. Will be dine on sept 17, so thanks


dave 4 years ago

I have plans for a wedding band tat.After 16 yrs of marriage, 3 bands,and shortened fingers, I feel this is a fit for me. :)


tkaye 4 years ago

My husband after 10 years of engagement :) is allergic to ALL metals. He wanted to wear his ring, but can't. So this Valentine's Day he's getting a gift card for a wedding ring tat. I'm soooo excited! I agree life is to short, GO FOR IT if you want!


Trina 4 years ago

LOVE LOVE LOVE mine, my husband and I have been married for 12 years and together for 14. I had mine done 2 weeks ago and love it, so he is gonna go and get his done. It will work out great for him since he is an electrician and can't wear jewlery on the job.


Kahnknee 3 years ago

My husband has lost 2 wedding bands , and he hates any kind of medal on him , he hates jewlery of any kind , I ask him if he would like to get ring tattoos for our Anniversary, he said yes , so on our 10th Anniversary in July we getting them done .


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Kathy Tobacco 20 months ago from Fayetteville, Georgia

The great thing about a read wedding ring is the very fact that wearing it is a daily choice. According to some statistics more people than not will regret ANY given tattoo. A tattoo doesn't say," I am sure today" it says "I was sure then." As for now, who knows? She could be history or dead but the tattoo is still there. You have to ask to know for sure. A ring sends a slightly different message because the person choose to put it on, wear it as a symbol and of course could remove it at will. A gold band isn't as talisman against cheating, or divorce but it is a daily choice to say, "I am married." But absolutely to each his own. I want that symbol on my hand that says I promised then in front of witnesses and God, and I promise today too. Still if it a tattoo is a better choice or the only choice for some couples it is our duty to honor it.

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