Tattoo Ideas for Friends

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Tattoo Ideas for Friends
Tattoos are a form of expression that can be shared between friends. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Tattoos are a thoughtful way to express something about yourself to the world. If you and a friend are looking for a way to show that you will always care, a tattoo is a permanent way to do just that. Before getting a tattoo, it is a good idea to put plenty of consideration into what you should get. If you want to express your friendship, brainstorm something that is very personal to you that says something special about who you are individually and as friends.

Important Dates

A popular option for friendship based tattoos are ones that honour important dates in your personal history. For example, tattooing the date you met, achieved an important accomplishment or shared a notable experience. This date can stand alone or be worked into a greater design plan.

Special Interest

In many cases, friends bond over a shared interest or hobby. This could be a love for the same music, a passion for a sport or a sports team or any favourite pastime. Whatever the interest, this can become the basis for a matching tattoo. For example, if you both enjoy baking, you may enjoy having a tattoo of a cupcake or even rolling pins.

Friendship Quotes

Inspirational quotes are loved by many tattoo-wearers. For friendship-themed tattoos, you can choose a favourite inspirational quote that you share or one that is based on the theme of friendship. For example, a quote by Brandi Snider says "To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world." Another quote hints at how unforgettable friends are -- a good theme for a permanent tattoo design. It is "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."

"BFF" Ideas

Instead of matching tattoos, you can choose a tattoo that is completed only when you and your friend are together. For example, tattoo one half of a "BFF" charm on each friend. "BFF" or "Best friends forever" is a symbol of the permanence of your friendship. Having a tattoo that can only be completed when you are together is a reminder of how much that person is needed in your life.

Group Friend Tattoos

Friendship tattoos do not have to be limited to just two people. In fact, friendship tattoos can be proudly worn by a whole group of close friends. These tattoos can all match, or they can be a part of a running theme. For example, if each friend in the group has a nickname, each person can get their nickname tattooed on themselves in a similar font or style that as the rest of the group.


One way to honour a deceased friend is with a memorial tattoo. You can get a tattoo of this person's portrait, the date they were born or died, or even just a reference to a shared memory that you never want to forget.

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