There are many different opinions about whether or not matching tattoos are a good idea. After all, tattoos are something you have made the decision to live with for the rest of your life (unless you can afford to have it covered over or removed, both expensive to do). Some people think that even if you are in a long-standing, committed relationship with someone that you still shouldn’t do it. What if you break up? What if it is a set of matching tattoos between friends and that friendship goes sour? Are there any really good times to get a tattoo that matches someone else?
Before deciding whether or not you and another person should get a matching tattoo, think about what the tattoo will mean to you. Can you handle having that tattoo if the relationship or friendship were to end? Most people have tattoos that mean something to them. Matching tattoos should not be any different. If the tattoo has a personal meaning, it won’t matter if you have long after the relationship ends.
There are some instances when getting a tattoo that matches someone else’s in your life is a good thing. For example, a mother and daughter get tattoos that match to show their bond in life. Maybe an uncle and nephew get one to show solidarity over a family crisis or because they share the same profession. Even a husband and wife can have matching tattoos that bind them even if they later split, like a tattoo honoring a child.
It is always a good idea to really think about having matching tattoos done and discuss with the other person the pros and cons of doing it. You may say you are “BFFs” but we all know how one little disagreement could cause a rift.
As long as you are comfortable with the knowledge that your matching tattoo could one day be a reminder of a former friendship or relationship, then there is no real reason why you shouldn’t get one. There is always a good possibility that the experience of getting the tattoo together brings you and the other person closer. Even if the relationship ends, you can look at the tattoo as a reminder of the better times you shared with that person.