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

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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.
Or, you can click the slides ahead — because we just did all the non-cheesy couple tattoo work for you.
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Ain't no mountain too high, valley too low, or tattoo too small to show you care.
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If you ever need a helping hand, this tattoo will remind you that one is just a quick text away (or just over in the other room).
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Research has shown that lavender can reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness — and this tattoo is a little reminder that your partner offers up a similar soul-soothing effect.
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No one should get a finger tattoo alone. Luckily, your loved one will be there to hold your hand through the pain.
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Matching coordinate tattoos, to forever remember where you first met.
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Just because you two are dating doesn't mean you have the exact same taste in tattoos. These two date designs look different, but share the same sentimental meaning.
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For the Buzz Lightyear to your Sheriff Woody...
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Two plant tattoos proving just how dedicated you are to watching your love grow.
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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 2019.
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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 your two 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 of mascara.
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Sometimes, simple is better. Three dots, three syllables, three words: I love you.
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Even if your new daughter isn't named Stormi and you're not an offspring of the Jenner family, you still can use Kylie and Travis Scott's dainty butterfly as some relationship ink inspo.
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A lot of people say that when you really fall in love, you and your partner become one. In this case, so do your tattoos.
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Getting a tattoo with your partner is an exciting date idea to replace your weekly dinner and a movie this month.
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Coordinating sun-and-moon tattoos are one way to mark which of you is a morning person — and which of you is most certainly not.
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Getting someone else's name inked on your body should be done with caution. Still, when it's in this beautiful script font, how can you resist?
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