Although a wedding is often both a huge undertaking and a rite of passage marking a significant change in one’s life, once the ceremony is over and the papers signed, most people don’t look different. The wedding ring is often the only external sign that someone’s social status has changed from single to married. Some people, though, don’t even bother to wear wedding rings, while others – for a variety of reasons – want that change in status to be permanently advertised. These serious folks get wedding band tattoos. Know as wedding ring tattoos these are both intimate and fun ways to show your partner that your bond is forever.
The old view of tattoos was that they were only for tough people – sailors, bikers, and other rough sorts who (presumably) gave little thought to being poked for hours with painful needles and having permanent marks on their bodies. In recent years, though, tattoos have grown increasingly popular at all levels of society as a means of personal expression, and it is no longer surprising to find tattoos on just about anybody. Wedding band tattoos have also been growing in popularity and are now a common thing done by spouses soon after their wedding. As always there is no limitation on what you can do or what design you should pick. We decided to share some wedding ring tattoo ideas that we loved.
Wedding band tattoos can be a practical alternative to wedding rings, if your job forbids the wearing of jewelry for safety reasons. Wedding band tattoos are also not likely to fall off in the sink, at the airport, or in the couch, and get permanently lost. And a good tattoo artist can give you a beautiful wedding ring tattoo for a price similar or better than a fine piece of jewelry.
Wedding band tattoos do have some problems, though:
- Tattooing can be a painful procedure even on relatively insensitive areas of the body, like the back or thighs. Hands have many more nerve endings than most other areas and any tattooing on the hand will be extremely painful. The skin on your hands is also different from skin in other areas, so it heals differently and holds ink differently and often not very well. Fingers, in particular, are an awkward area to tattoo – and the smaller your fingers, the more awkward it will be.
- Consider as well that your hands are the part of your body that see the most use and exposure to the elements. This means that the tattoo ink will fade, distort, and blur much more quickly than it would on other areas of the body. So your “permanent” wedding ring will actually need to be reapplied periodically, probably about yearly. This means the lifetime cost of a wedding band tattoo is probably going to be much higher than the one-time investment in a wedding ring.
- And finally, there is still some lingering prejudice in society against people with tattoos, particularly tattoos on highly visible areas of the body – so a wedding band tattoo may not be a good option for people working in socially conservative professions or circles.
If you still are interested in getting a wedding ring tattoo, it is recommended that you choose a simple design that is easy to maintain – your tattoo artist should be able to help you with this decision. The simplest design to maintain is a dark one-color band, and this sort of tattoo will probably show less evidence of fading or blurring than others over time (although it will still have to get re-inked periodically). A simple Celtic knotwork design, or a stylized tribal design incorporating the name of your spouse, may also be a good choice, depending on the design and the ink colors.
Finally, you’ll need to find a tattoo artist who is willing to do the tattoo. Many artists will not do tattoos in highly visible areas, and some tattoo studios forbid such tattooing. Other artists may not like working on such an awkward area of the body that does not hold ink well. However, if you are persistent, you should be able to find someone who is willing to do a wedding band tattoo. A reputable and professional tattoo artist will be happy to show you the tattooing equipment, explain the process, provide assurances of cleanliness and sterility of the equipment and needles, and help you choose a unique design that suits your style and is also easy to maintain. A good tattoo artist also maintains pictures of previous tattoos they have done to demonstrate the quality of their work. The work of such an artist will not be cheap – but for a wedding band that is going in your finger instead of on it, such expense will be well worth it.