(Closed) Matching tattoos?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I waffle back & forth on this, but a friend of mine recently got a tattoo that says, “I love you” & her husband got one that says, “I know” [referencing Star Wars] & I thought that was cute!

Any tattoo, name or not, that commemorates your significant other would still remind you of them even after a split or whatever, right?

Post # 4
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I think they are cute.  However, old wives tales suggest they are bad luck from what I’ve heard.  Not that I believe in that, just what I think of in reference to matching tattoos. 

Post # 5
319 posts
Helper bee

I know it is cynical, but I don’t want to put anything on myself that would have to be covered up or lasered off if something went wrong on the relationship. If its just something that is cute side by side instead of a name, it is much better. But then you have to ask yourself if you’re going to hate looking at it if something goes wrong with the relationship.

Post # 6
587 posts
Busy bee

I have a friend who’s married and has a kings crown on his back, and his wife has a Queens crown. They separated for a month and the first thing he wanted to do was get it removed. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, but even though they weren’t each others names, he still couldn’t stand looking at it. If you think it wouldn’t bother you if something bad happened, then I’d go for it.

Post # 7
1351 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve been with my SO for 22 years, but I would never put his name on me. I have a tattoo on my foot with the letters M and L for my daughters’ names. I am a never say never kind of gal and I just personally wouldn’t do it In case we split up! Something matching but without names sounds safer. Wedding bands are good enough for me!!!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by  beetruz13.
Post # 8
985 posts
Busy bee

My SO and I have matching tattoos and I love them. Sure I know the whole everyone thinks its bad luck thing, but I think they can be cute, when done correctly. I’d never get a person’s name but I do have friends who have done this. I have the lemniscate (an infinity symbol or sideways 8) on my rib cage and he has the word “infinity” in arabic on his inner bicep. Although they do mean forever, literally, even if we brokeup I dont see myself having any hard feelings or regrets because I know the feeling I had when I got it And I also associate infinity with other things besides our relationship. In addition I generally dont believe in regrets. Im all for matching symbols but I dont ever see myself getting a name. 

Post # 9
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I got a matching tattoo with my first husband. We both still have them. Dispite being divorced, we had a good marriage for many years and just like our tattoos, that can’t be erased. 


Post # 10
58 posts
Worker bee

My boyfriend and I have matching tattoos. I picked the Celtic trinity knot and we have it on our left hip bone. Regardless of what happens in the future, it is a meaningful symbol that I love whether or not it corresponds to a tattoo on his body.

Post # 11
8028 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My ex husband and I have matching tattoos. Not each others names. I still like it and I would not get it removed.

Post # 12
54 posts
Worker bee

I can’t get tattoos due to severe skin issues but if by chance I ever can I know my husband would be up for it..no names but something meaningful for us both!

Post # 13
7150 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Haruyou:  I was just talking to my friend/tattoo artist about this! I want to get something (specific) with a nautical theme on my right forearm, and my artist came up with the idea of tying in part of my FI’s tattoo on his left for arm into it, so when we’re holding hands, they look like one piece. He’s also coloring in my FI’s tattoo, so he would tie in a part of mine, as well. I’m smitten with the idea 🙂

ETA: I know people are hesitant with the idea, and as a pretty realistic person, I’ve gone through every scenario. What I know is that I’m in a happy, healthy relationship with an amazing man and his wonderful son. I will never look back and regret this time in my life because I’m truly happy. That tattoo, no matter what happens, will represent a big part of my life and a great experience.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by  SeaOfLove.
Post # 15
7808 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Personally, I would never want something permanent to remind me of someone I was not with. DH and I have been together for almost 20 years, and neither of us have any intention of not being together for another 20, but still… I read so many threads here where someone turned out to be so different from what the other person thought. There was recently a thread where someone had known and dated someone for years and that person had carried on an affair for most of those years. I wouldn’t want to find that out 4 or 5 years into a marriage and have ANYTHING that reminded me of them permanently inked on my body. No one ever thinks it will happen to them, but half of marriages end in divorce, so it happens to far more people than anyone wants to believe.

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