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Matching Love Tattoos: Think Before You Ink

Updated on August 8, 2013

Matching Love Tattoos - Everlasting Love?

What better way to show your undying love than with matching tattoos?

Well, how about a ring? Oh, you want that as well. OK. Well, before we get started, here's a statutory warning:

Statistically, his and hers tattoos outlast the relationships they celebrate.

Right, now we've got that out of the way, let's get down to business.

So you've decided. Love conquers all, you've found your soulmate and you're ready to put it in writing. Or symbols.

Now all you need is a little inspiration to fine tune your matching love tattoo design.

Above all, it's worth remembering:

Your love for one another is unique. Your choice of tattoo should reflect this. Make it personal to your relationship.

Simply copying what someone else has done is not the way to go. Let other people's ideas be your guide, but in the end, go your own way.

Online tattoo galleries are an endless source of ideas. Here's one that's nicely put together.

Names are generally a bad idea. Every tattooist has a tale to tell about cover-ups. Johnny Depp has one too. When his love for Winona Ryder faded, it was laser time and Winona Forever became Wino Forever.

But if names is where you're at, you could at least be a little lateral. Have the name translated into Hebrew or Japanese or Arabic. Apart from saving you both potential pain and embarrassment should the flame of passion die, it's quirky and adds a flourish.

I'll never be stupid enough to have a man's name tattooed on me again.

The quote above is from Angelina Jolie, who needed five visits to the tattoo removal clinic to erase husband Billy Bob Thornton's name after the couple divorced.

Quotes are another popular source for matching tattoo designs. Again, translating your pet phrase into something a little more fancy than plain ol' English adds a bit of finesse.

Just make triple sure you've got it exactly right before you go ahead.

Countless couples have followed the Beckhams' Hebrew rendering of "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine." But, as experts have pointed out, in this case identical tattoos are nonsense to anyone who understands the language. The phrase needs to be different when coming from a man than when coming from a woman.

Some couples go for lyrics from songs that hold special meaning.

Some split a phrase in two. Yet again, foreign languages add a touch of romance. For example, for True Love, he could have Vrai, and she Amour.

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Of course, matching tattoos don't have to be identical.

Sometimes what looks good on a girl simply doesn't work on a guy.

Besides, some people prefer not to take the match too literally.

So another option is to have a matching theme with a different design.

I heard of one couple who were into horror. He had a tattoo of Frankenstein's monster, she had the monster's bride holding his severed head.

Another couple chose stars. His was shrouded in flames, hers surrounded by water.

So in seeking out a symbol of your love that you are both happy to share, don't lose sight of your own individuality.

Why be obvious? It's your little secret.

Part of the fun of having matching tattoos is knowing you share something that other people may be blissfully unaware of.

So, while some people are happy to wear their his and hers tattoos with all the subtlety of a pink gorilla, others prefer to play it cool.

That could be as simple as having your tats on different body parts.

Of course, if you're already sporting a spot of ink, you might like to do as this couple did and take your partner's design and make it your own.

If love should die...

While some couples fear that having matching tattoos will curse their relationship, others ink away, certain their love is for ever, come what may.

Truth is, no one knows what the future holds. So with this in mind, here's my parting shot.

Choose your matching tattoos together. Choose something that unites you in your devotion. Choose something original and meaningful.

But above all, choose something you can live with, wherever life's road takes you.

Whatever happens, our love tattoos will remind us of the joy we have today.

Another top-notch online tattoo gallery is Tattoomenow.

Apart from a portfolio of over 3500 designs, there's an active forum where you can get feedback and a members' gallery to inspire you to go beyond the ordinary.

Isn't that what your love deserves?

Tattoo tale to tell? Go on, put it in pixels.

Found your perfect matching tattoos?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      liz sagittarius jay leo, matching love tattoo

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      Hearts in Ink 5 years ago

      @RosemaryB: I wouldn't disagree myself, Rosemary, but each to their own. Tattoos are still very much in vogue, flawed concept or not.

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      RosemaryB 5 years ago

      I don't think there is such a thing as a perfect tattoo. It is a flawed concept and as for matching - think before you ink is the best advice Ive read here.

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      Yes we have aum symbols not quite matching but they are very similar

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I think matching couple tattoos are great if they stand alone too and don't involve names.

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 6 years ago

      I would like to Say, Great LENS!!!