Definitive Proof That Couple Tattoos Don't Have To Be Cheesy

Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
There's a lot of thought that goes into getting a tattoo: Which artist should you trust? What design do you want? Where will you get inked? More difficult than thinking up a solo piece of body art, though, is getting a matching one with your significant other. Because if a relationship is going to last forever — it better look pretty damn good, right? Luckily, there are ways to ensure your couple tattoo looks cool enough to stand the test of time.
First, check out some celebrity BFFs and S.O.s for matching ink inspiration. Plenty of A-listers are covered in tribute tattoos to the people they love. Then, make your way to Instagram. Skip over the matching initials, ring-finger bands, or anything else that feels too cliché. Instead, look for minimalic designs and simple artwork that you'll love regardless if the relationship doesn't last.
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Or, you can click the slides ahead — because we just did all the non-cheesy couple tattoo work for you.
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Jay-Z and Beyoncé know best: Getting a tattoo instead of a wedding band was once the cool thing to do. Now, this fun twist on the trend is what we're looking for in 2018.
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Whether it's the day you first met or the day you proposed, this subtle tribute to your relationship is cute without being cheesy.
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Two halves of one... fish? This piece of artwork is subtly sentimental and loaded with color.
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The forearm is the place to ink your latest minimal design — so why not do it with your S.O.?
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The only love that's stronger than the one you have for each other is the one you have for your pets.
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To commemorate your combined love of art or that your first date obviously took place at the MoMA.
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For moments you want to say your love is infinite without sounding like a '90s rom-com.
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Opt out of the fancy jewelry and choose a stacked knuckle design.
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At first glance, it looks like a bunch of squiggles — only those close to you (or lucky enough to get that close) will know it's two your faces entwined into one.
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Take this as proof your superhuman worlds can collide without losing any of your own power.
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Getting a tattoo in each other's handwriting is the modern way of saying, "I love you."
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days had a love fern, but it definitely looks cooler in tattoo form.
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Eyes are the windows to the soul — that, or you and your S.O. share a similar appreciation for mascara.
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Sometimes, simple is better. Three dots, three syllables, three words: I love you.
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