Siblings don't always get as much credit as they deserve. Sure, they don't buy you Trader Joe's gift cards or help pay your rent (thanks, mom and dad), but they've always been on your side. When you snuck out of the house, they kept your secret (albeit in exchange for an entire month's allowance); they took you trick-or-treating, and let you borrow their clothes and drive their car. They're the built-in best friends no one ever actually asked for, but got anyway. And who better to get a tattoo with than your oldest companion and confidante?
Unlike college best friends and partners, siblings are forever — and so are the tattoos you get with them (hopefully). Whether it's a tribute to another loved one, a childhood pastime, or simply designs that remind you of each other, a sibling tattoo is always a good idea. And just in case you agree, we rounded up some of our favorites. Maybe one will inspire your next...
Remember those best-friend lockets? This tattoo is exactly like that — just permanent.
You and your sister aren't twins — so why should your tattoos be? New York artist Kelli Kikcio
created these unique tattoos for two siblings who dig realistic fruits
In search of inspiration that doesn't feel cheesy, but is still sentimental? These sisters got the window sills from their childhood home imprinted on their skin forever.
Consider complementing the details with some color, like red or white ink
. Although artist Tea Leigh
kept the brighter lines to a minimum, the modern addition still looks rad.
Sometimes it's the simplest — or most unlikely — image that has the most meaning.
Commemorate your twinship with matching constellations.
Or get spiritual with your unique take on some traditional symbols.
Getting a technicolor tattoo from Gong Greem in Seoul gives you and your sibling an excuse to book that vacation you two have talked about going on for years.
The coolest way to show off your placement in the fam is with a permanent floral.
Get matching butterflies to mark your transformation from baby siblings to grown-and-fine adults.