Wedding Ring Tattoo Ideas

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As a popular alternative to traditional rings, wedding ring tattoos serve as a display of commitment to your spouse and provide an opportunity for artistic expression. Men and women who cannot wear a traditional ring on a regular basis, such as doctors, athletes and mechanics, find tattooed rings to be both practical and convenient. Whether the decision to get a wedding ring tattoo is based on practicality or personal style, couples can select from a wide variety of wedding ring tattoo ideas.

Matching Designs

Many couples choose to select a matching design to tattoo around the ring fingers. Popular ideas include tribal or Celtic designs, although the design should be appropriate for both bride and groom. Choose a relatively simple design, since the finger is such a small area. It is not absolutely necessary to select matching designs, however. Some couples choose their own designs based on personal styles and preferences. For example, some women might choose to have a series of small hearts around the finger, while a man might opt for a barbed-wire design.

Names and Initials

You might also tattoo your spouse’s name on your ring finger, showing a commitment directly to your spouse. Other couples might choose their pet names for each other as wedding ring tattoos. For long names, consider having your spouse’s initials incorporated into the tattoo design. You might also use a monogram that includes the initials of both partners. For example, a couple with the names “Anthony and Mary Black” would use the monogram “ABM.” Try a variety of lettering styles to design a personalized wedding ring tattoo.

Dates and Phrases

Consider having the wedding date permanently etched into your ring finger. The wedding date design can be done in traditional numbers or Roman numerals and often includes the month, date and year of the couple’s wedding. If adequate space is unavailable, you might simply use the month and date. Common phrases used for a wedding ring tattoo include “I Do” or “Taken.” In some cases, the wife will use the “I Do” phrase, while her husband simply tattoos “Ditto” onto his finger.