When it comes to getting a tattoo, being part of a couple brings with it some factors that need considering. The first, and probably the most important is how long the relationship lasts. Having the name of your current boyfriend or girlfriend tattooed on your arm may seem like a romantic idea, but if the relationship ends you could be left with having to find a partner with the same name, else have the tattoo removed or altered.

For this reason, couples are becoming more creatively symbolic in the choice of tattoo that they have. Instead on names, many are opting for complimentary images, for example: he may choose to have a be tattooed on his arm to compliment the flower that she has tattooed on hers. Alternatively, one may have an image of the sun while the other has one of the moon.

Quite common amongst couple’s tattoos is the half image. Each member of the union will have only one have of the overall image tattooed on their body. The whole of the picture only comes into view when both are standing together, a very potent way of demonstrating the whole is not complete without the other.

Popular amongst couples are the short statements that link them together. Examples would be: Love her tattooed on his arm and Respect Him tattooed on hers. Another stunning example is the and hers tattoo of two pieces of a jigsaw, one on each person. As an individual design each is captivating in itself, but when they fit together the picture is complete.

Amongst the symbols that many couple choose to have, crowns and rings figure prominently. Often the rings are tattooed around a finger, while crowns are added to other designs, else created ornately to be stand alone designs that are identical in every detail. The symbol for infinity is also amongst the most popular designs. The simplicity of the figure lends itself to variations that can be both enigmatic and complex, depending on the tastes of the couple concerned.

For those who seek something more profound there is always the option of having a quotation shared between you. Every saint has a past…, Every sinner has a future… is one such example. While for those who have a more religious leaning, tattooing chapter and verse from the Bible is quite popular, for example – Matthew 9:16, What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

However you decide to mark your commitment to each other, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Subtle can sometimes say more.
  • Be sure that the person you are sharing a tattoo with is the one you want to share your life with.
  • Keep in mind the sensitivity of the area of skin you are choosing to get tattooed.
  • Is your tattoo meant for private viewing or public display?
  • Allergic reaction or infection are real possibilities. It is not uncommon for one partner to be alright with the procedure, while the other is unable to participate.
  • Different skin reacts differently – some tattoos fade over time so may need to be renewed.
  • Remember that a tattoo is a lifelong commitment. Having one will change the nature of your skin, even if you have it removed later in life.

For those of you who have chosen your life long partner, or soul mate, the following website is worth checking out for inspiration: TattooMeNow.com

The site contains more than seven thousand images of tattoo designs that are updated regularly. It also has a gallery filled with stencils. The images in both galleries can be downloaded in high resolution for printing off later. This has the advantage of providing a copy of the design you want that can be shown to the artist of your choice. For convenience, images can be searched for specific attributes, making it easier for you to find the kind of tattoo that interests you.

Should you have any questions, or need to seek advice, there is a section of the website devoted to asking the artist. Here you will be able to put your questions forward as well as read those from other people who are also gathering information and reassurance.

If you are one of those people who are particularly creative, or even if you just fancy having a go, there is a tattoo image editor that will allow you to play around with ideas until you have arrived at the one that suits you best. If you are a couple seeking to mix the unique with unity, what better way of doing it than by working together on a design that you both will share?

Besides images, there is a section devoted to tattoo calligraphy. It contains a wide variety of fonts that can be inked in many different colors and applied either as you want them written, or as part of a greater design. All you need to decide is what you want to say and how you want to say it.

Still need more convincing? How about a gallery of pictures from people who have had tattoos done that they are proud of? This site has an online forum for people who want to share their ideas and creativity, as well as their stories.

It just might be that you will see something that, with a little modification, would suit both you and your partner. As an incentive to contribute to the forum pages, the top 1% of popular pictures are shown as the ‘Epic Tattoo of the Day’.

The real advantage of the forum though, lies in the ability to see tattoos in situ. Looking at a design on paper is one thing but seeing it on skin is another. What might appear bright, vivid and strong on paper can look very different when applied to the skin. Having the opportunity of seeing how others have had tattoos done only serves to make your decision easier.