A wedding is a celebration of marriage – of two people who choose to be with each other through sickness and in health, ‘till death do they part. It’s a couple’s way of showing how committed they are to each other.
But as great as this may sound, not a lot of people withstand marriage, and at the same time, marriage is no longer a symbol for endless love. Do you know what else shows endless love? You guessed it, it’s a tattoo.
All You Need to Know About Tattoos
If you haven’t gotten inked before, the few things you probably know about tattoos are it being permanent, painful, and expensive. If you plan on getting one for yourself or for both of you and your spouse, then here are a few things you should know.
- Not all tattoos are permanent.
Yes, there are tattoos that are very permanent, so permanent that you can’t remove them. However, there are other kinds of tattoos that stay on your body for a few weeks. Take, for example, henna tattoos.
Henna tattoo is a kind of tattoo that is not permanent. It makes use of dyes that can be applied to the skin and in a few weeks, your skin is back to normal. People who are not ready for a permanent tattoo usually try a Henna first so they can get a feel of a tattoo.
- It’s a huge commitment.
With that said, a tattoo, then, is a huge commitment sometimes even bigger than your marriage. Unlike marriages that can end up in divorce or separation, you will always be bound to that tattoo. So before you get one, make sure that you and your spouse are willing to have each other’s memory for as long as you both shall live.
- It stays even when you’re old.
Needless to say that a tattoo will be there even when you age. But that isn’t the main point of this fact. What you should know is that tattoos might not be good to look at when your skin starts to wrinkle. Yes, it might be cool on your arm now, but when your muscles and skin start to sag, the tattoo’s design might not be as clear as you want it to be. For one thing, you will have folds on your skin that will not show the tat properly.
- You have to go through great lengths if you want it removed.
Because a tattoo is permanent, it needs a lot of pain and money to get one removed. And even then, there is no guarantee that the tattoo will no longer exist. Again, when you get a tattoo or matching tattoos for that matter, you have to think about it twice and even thrice.
- It’s always better to attach a deep and personal meaning to it.
It’s always highly recommended to attach a deep and personal meaning to your tattoo. Although you can always get a tattoo design just for the sake of it, it would help you love your tattoo more if you find it annoying at times. Take, for example, your picture of the tattoo looks different on your skin than expected and you start to loathe it. What can help you lessen the annoyance is you remembering why you got that tattoo in the first place.
- There are a lot of affordable and safe ways to get a tattoo.
Lastly, even if tattoos are generally expensive, there are still ways to get affordable tattoos. There are artists who are incredibly talented and are willing to make a free tattoo just so they can add something to their portfolio. There are also tattoo studios that give discounts for getting a group tattoo or getting a lot of tattoos. Just remember that it’s best to pay a lot for as long as it is high-quality.
Things To Consider Before Getting Matching Tattoos
When you want to get matching tattoos, there are a lot more things to consider than just your own. So, before you decide to get a tattoo, don’t forget to discuss these things with your spouse first.
How Much You Want It
If you were deciding by yourself, it would be relatively easier to say how much you want it. But if you are to get matching tattoos, then you have to be sure that both you and your spouse want it as much as the other. A wedding ring or wedding band tattoos require that both of you love and want it before you get one. Think of it as a wedding ring that you permanently have on your bodies.
Since you’re getting matching tattoos, you have to know the pain tolerance of one another. People have different levels of pain tolerance and for you, it might not be painful, but the sight of needles pricking the skin might be very uncomfortable for your spouse. You also have to know that there is a way for people who have low pain tolerance to get a tattoo. More muscular areas of the body would be less painful places to put a tattoo because these areas are not that sensitive and do not have a lot of nerves.
So, you both have to think of where you plan to put your matching tattoos. Of course, you don’t have to have it in the same area. Your wife can put it somewhere that they think would look sexy on them, while your husband can put it somewhere that would look more masculine. You can also have them in places that would seem to connect if both of you were sitting/standing beside each other.
DesignAfter being sure of where you want to put the tattoo, it’s now time to decide what the design will be. Depending on where you want to put it, the design can be better small or big. There are certain areas of the body where a small tattoo is better (like the wrists, ankles, and back of the ear) while there are areas where a big tattoo looks better (like the forearm, back, and the rib cage).
Wedding Tattoo Designs
There are many matching wedding tattoos you can choose from. You can have either a wedding ring, a wedding band, or a matching wedding tattoo.
Wedding Ring Tattoo Inspirations
Each Other’s Initials
One of the most popular wedding ring tattoo designs is each other’s initials inked on your ring finger. This is a lot shorter and more appropriate for the ring finger because you can make a band around those initials that are wrapped around your finger. It is a simple yet meaningful design because you will always be reminded of your husband or wife.
A compass is not a common wedding ring symbol because a compass is not usually linked to romance. However, it is a great way to symbolize that no matter where you go, you will always be going toward home.
There are couples who find a home in each other, and a compass is a great reminder of that. It can also mean that you will always find each other no matter what and even if you both fall apart or out of love.
A + Sign
A “+” sign is a symbol of having someone else in your life. It’s a symbol that shows that you are taken, that there is someone else you spend your life with. For other people, the plus sign shows that their special someone inspires them to be more and to do more just like what a healthy kind of love does. It can also mean something as simple as 1 + 1 where two individuals choose to be together.
Yin & Yang
Yin & Yang are said to be opposites but bring them together and they balance each other perfectly. The Yin & Yang symbol is a great way to show a marriage – it shows how couples balance each other’s traits and how they work together to create cooperation and peace. You can have the whole symbol on each other or you can have the Yin and the Yang separately.
Actual Ring Designs
If you want to have another ring to give to each other that does not cost as much, then you can get it inked instead. You and your partner can find a ring design that both of you love and you can get it tattooed on your ring finger. For those who already have a ring placed there, you can have the tattoo on your other ring finger instead or on other fingers.
Your Favorite Word
Like the “Okay” of Augustus and Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, you and your spouse can have your go-to word that means the world to you. It can be a reminder of how much you love each other or a word that will both make you feel better. If you have that word or phrase, you can have them inked on your ring finger as a reminder of your love. What’s great about words and phrases is that you can customize it depending on the font you like.
Your Wedding Vows
If you don’t have a phrase or a word that you always say to each other, maybe you can get inspiration from your wedding vows. You can use the phrases “‘till death” or “in sickness and in health”. If you are religious, you can have Bible verses that pertain to love inked on your ring finger.
Special DatesIf you are not a fan of words and names, you can have dates instead. You can choose which date you want to get inked – either your wedding date, anniversary date, each other’s birth date. It’s really up to you. You can even add a twist by not having numbers. You can have in Roman numerals just to make it more unique.
If you think a wedding ring tattoo is too small a depiction of your love and commitment, then you can get other wedding tattoos on different parts of your body. Here are some wedding tattoo inspirations for couples in love.
Lock & Key
A lock and key tattoo is not exactly a matching tattoo, but it is a nice way to show that the couple completes each other. It can also mean that the other is the key to their partner’s heart no matter how cheesy it may sound.
Having love quotes inked on you is one of the most common wedding tattoo ideas. But if you think that this is the best way to show your love for one another, then there is no stopping you from picking this design. Love quotes are better placed on spacious areas so it’s easier to read the words. You can place them on the arm, on the back, on your shoulders, and even above your hips.
Anchors symbolize being anchored to a person. In other words, it can show how much the other grounds you to be who you are.
On the other hand, an anchor can also show being grounded as an individual. When in a marriage, it is easy to lose one’s way because you can get caught up with raising a family, paying for the bills, or chasing your spouse’s dreams. However, an anchor is a symbol of being held down by your own sense of self that can help you not get lost in your marriage.
If a portrait of both of you seems very hard to do, then you can get inspirations from boy and girl portraits. Take, for example, male and female images that are known to be together. You can have peanut butter and jelly, lock and key, chicken and gravy, and many more. There are so many couple images to choose from that you are bound to find something that perfectly depicts your relationship.
Heartbeat lines are a great way to show that both of your hearts beat for each other. It is simple and romantic. The most common placement for heartbeat line tattoos is the arm because your arms can easily be put beside each other to complete the line. You can also have them tattooed on shoulders as long as the lines look connected if both of you are seated or standing beside each other.
Variations of “I Love You”
It doesn’t have to be the “I love you” phrase. You can choose any phrase you want – whether a quote, a name, or reminder and then convert it to Latin or in Morse code to make it more unique. Some couples even put twists on it by having their own language tattooed on their body.
Taking Care of Your Wedding Ring Tattoo
Like your marriage, your tattoo needs a lot of attention, especially in the first few weeks. What you do during this time can help prevent any bacteria from infecting your tattoo. It will also help preserve the quality and color of your tattoo. Here are a few tips to take care of it.
Do not touch it.
The first rule in taking care of your tattoo is not to touch or scratch it. Sure, it feels very uncomfortable during the first few days and you are dying to touch it, but for the sake of safety, you shouldn’t be tempted to do it. During the first few days, your fresh tattoo is prone to get bacteria, and in order for you to avoid that is to not touch it. You can even put a bandage around it if it will cause friction with your clothes.
Apply moisturizing lotion all the time.
Having moisture on your tattoo can help prevent infection. It will also help relieve you of the pain during the first day of having the tattoo. Most tattoo studios already have lotion and they apply it the moment they finish the artwork. But to be sure, better bring your own lotion or petroleum jelly for your tattoo appointment.
Wash it gently.
After you get a tattoo, it’s important to not wash it after a few hours. But when enough time has passed, you should wash it with lukewarm water and fragrance-free soap. This will clean the tattoo and the skin around it. When you do this, be very gentle because you don’t want to ruin your tattoo or to cause unnecessary bleeding. Also, don’t scrub it.
Do not soak it in water.
Even after a few days, you should refrain from soaking your tattoo in water for long periods of time. This means that you have to stay away from bath tubs and swimming. Aside from moisturizing lotion, you should also avoid putting unnecessary products on your tattoo because it might get irritated with the chemicals. For a good two weeks, just keep your tattoo away from anything that will harm it.
Getting a wedding tattoo is a great way to show your love for one another. Unlike rings and other things, a tattoo is a more permanent way of having someone’s memory with you.