(Closed) Would you get a tattoo for an engagement/wedding ring?

posted 11 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you get a tattoo as your engagement/wedding ring?
    I did actually (and I'll explain why it was the right choice for me in the comments!) : (10 votes)
    3 %
    I would, if I didn't have my metal/diamond/gemstone e-ring instead. : (43 votes)
    15 %
    I probably wouldn't, but just because I don't like tattoos/my job doesn't allow visible tats. : (111 votes)
    38 %
    I wouldn't. As much as I want my wedding to be 'forever', a tattoo is just too permanent. : (88 votes)
    30 %
    Other (comment!) : (40 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 32
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    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    I wouldn’t because I don’t personally want any tatoos on my body.  I love the art and symbolism they represent, just not on me.

    Post # 33
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    7429 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I love tats, I have 4! Fiance may get his done since hes a mechanic, and I told him its his choice.  He won’t be able to wear a ring at work, so he feels its justifiable – and it will be his first!  I don’t think i would only cuz my hands are sensitive and I know how bad they hurt.  But I am so trying to get him to get an arm sleeve!! 🙂

    Post # 34
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    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I heard somewhere about a couple that tattooed each other’s names underneath their actual wedding bands.. I’ve always thought it was really cute!

    Post # 35
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    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    I just wanted to point out that a ring tattoo is not actually as permanent as your marriage hopefully will be. My aunt has several tattoos on her hands and feet, and ink does not stay well in these areas of the body. The colors bleed and fade quickly. Have you ever seen what tattoos look like on grizzled old sailors? Hand and foot tattos look like that after only a few years, not a lifetime.

    The skin here overturns much faster and receives more daily wear and tear. My aunt has had her hand and foot tattoos reinked several times in the last 10 to 15 years and each time to keep it looking crisp she has had the outline enlarged slightly. On a few of them she has just given up and has faded blotchy marks instead (in addition to fading easily, they are also verrry painful because the skin there is so thin–no fat cushion). I don’t think I will ever get a tattoo myself, but if I did, I would opt for somewhere on my body, not my hands or feet. It’s a sentimental idea but I don’t think for the long term it’s a good idea.

    Post # 37
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    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    Although I voted that I DID get a wedding tattoo, I haven’t yet, but my fiance have booked our favorite tattoo artist and are planning to get a tattoo on our ring fingers.

    I have a problem with people saying "what if you get a divorce!" or a tattoo is just too permanent to symbolize marriage. My fiance and I DO NOT believe in divorce, and to us, marriage is more permanent to a tattoo.

    When you go in for a tattoo, you’ve thought it out, planned it, dreamed about it. there is all this fear and anticipation for the event, and although it can be painful at times, it will always be there with you, experiencing life and growing old with you.

    That is what I want my marriage to be like. Permanent and always with me.  

    Post # 38
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    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    Just to add…

    I understand those who can’t have or don’t like tattoos. I’m a photographer/artist/college professor, so I have the ability to tattoo myself up to Kat Von D standards if I so choose. My fiance will also be a professor, but needs to keep his mostly covered. That is why we are going to get wedding bands as well. We just wanted something you can never take off. 

     @chelseamorning yea, actually I’ve had my side tattoo retouched already because of the detail, but our tattoo artist agreed to give us a discount on touchups because we will probably be going to him every year to have it redone.

    Post # 39
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    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I have no problem with the permanence of tattoos, because I plan on my marriage lasting forever, but tattoos are just not for me.

    Post # 40
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    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I think you are either a tattoo person, or you aren’t.  I am not, so I wouldn’t get one anywhere on my body.  That being said, while I don’t personally care for tattoos, I have always said that there is nothing I feel so strongly about that I wanted to have it permanently dyed into my skin.  So even though they aren’t for me, I can’t think of a better reason to get one.  So for those of you who like tattoos and plan on getting one for your marriage, I say good for you!  I hope your ink and marriage are beautiful! 

    Post # 41
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    Nope, its not for me. I expect my marriage to last forever, so it has nothing to do with the permanency. I don’t have any other tattoos because I don’t like them on myself, so I wouldn’t get a wedding tattoo either.

    Post # 42
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    183 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I am not a tattoo person.  That said, I think if ever there was a time to have something permanently inked on your body, a wedding is the time to do that.  As for an engagement ring though . . . you’re not really married yet.  I can see it more for a wedding band, I suppose.  *shrug*  Actually, I thought this was a really great idea because my Fi will not be wearing his ring on some of his assignments, but then I remembered that he cannot have a visible tattoo either.

    Post # 43
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    365 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    My boss has a wrist tattoo, and although she’s only 29, she’s had to have hers re-inked at least twice I think.  

    I kinda like the idea of matching tattoos, if you’re into tattoos.  I personally am petrified of needles and I know tattooing involves needles, so it’s a no-go for me.  My FI’s sister and her boyfriend of 10 years recently got matching tattoos – something in Chinese, I think.  She got hers on her leg, and I think his was on his arm.   

    Post # 44
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    2249 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    I like the idea of permanant, but i’m a little queasy just thinking of the needles…

    Post # 45
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Wedding band tattoos are super popular in areas where it is dangerous to wear rings, like certain trades, and the military.

    When I was in the army (for several years) I knew tons of men and women that had ring tattoos, they still had wedding rings (then covered up the tattoo when worn) but then when the ring had to come off for safety reasons (using certain weapons/equipment with rings on could cause you to lose your finger or have all the skin on your finger stripped off – trust me I was a medic and have seen it). Often it was the wedding date tattooed onto the finger, and just acted to be there when the ring couldn’t. 

    Lots of people who didn’t already have it done often did it before a tour of duty, so when they were away they could have a ring with them at all times.

    If I was still in the military I would do it in a heartbeat, but I am a nurse now and visible tattoos aren’t looked upon so well. 

    Post # 46
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m just not a tatoo kinda girl and THANK GOD I didn’t get anything with my xh’s initials on it!!!  I hate pain and know that it’s also painful to remove a tat.  Thus, no tats for me.

    Plus with my line of work, it’s not really acceptable.  No visible tats anywhere.  Heck I wear a clean french manicure all the time b/c we are so picky with out asppe

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