Relationships are complicated. Not only is it the union of two very different people, each with their own past, ideals, and hopes, but it's also a commitment to try to be open to each other's issues. When we listen to our partner's fears and dreams with love, the bond we share is strengthened. That bond is not one that is dictated by laws or beliefs. At times marriage is simply a piece of paper that cannot hold all that is shared between two people. It is a mere contract rather than a declaration of love. This is why there are other ways to seal the partnership between you and your significant other.
Some couples find in tattoos the perfect symbol to show their commitment and bond. It's a visual way of showing off your devotion to each other to the world, while also not needing to conform to society's standards and ideals. If you're thinking of taking the next step and adding some ink as proof of your love, here are some ideas.
Find a design that only makes sense when it’s seen next to your couple's tattoo. It doesn't have to be large. A small, simple tattoo, like a line that starts in your body and ends in theirs, or half a heart that becomes whole when you stand next to the other.
You could also find designs that are both complementary as well as individually beautiful. This is a symbol of how balance is crucial in a relationship.
Be creative. Any interests both of you share can easily be turned into complementary tattoos. Hobbies such as gaming, playing cards, or chess are perfect examples of activities that can express duality and connection.
Add some color, words, or another level of complexity to the tattoos. Many couples prefer to stick to simple, black and white drawings, but don't be afraid to take it a step further. You can also find a quote you both like and place one half on each of your bodies.
From simple geometrical figures, to complimentary crowns and animated characters, the important thing is to find something that you both love. Whether that means a reference to your favorite book series, like Harry Potter, or film, like WALL-E, love can take many forms. Just find the right one for your relationship. These are way cooler than any ring will ever be.
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