Having a hard time finding a tattoo that’s as perfect as your friendship? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. If you’re lucky enough to have one of those special friendships that transcend time and distance, then the least you can do is get a little ink to celebrate, am I right? Friendship tattoos have always been a fun and popular way to go when considering getting a tattoo. And besides instantly bringing you and your best friend closer together, a little ink between two friends can go a long way in regards to maintaining that friendship throughout the years. We’ve tapped our favorite Instagram artists to bring you 50 of the latest and greatest friendship tattoos. Save your favorites, get inspired, hit up your local tattooist and thank us later.
X marks the spot, but it’s also the universal symbol for a kiss. While these designs are probably just designs, or perhaps representative of two friends, I always like to think each design can have multiple ulterior meanings. Isn’t it beautiful how simple two friendship tattoos can be?
I’ve come across this design a few different times and I have to say, I love it more each time I see it. I’m a minimalist at heart, so dots like these—even without the color—are music for my eyes. So when you add a perfectly selected rainbow of color into the mix, well, let’s just say things get very interesting.
A rabbit and carrot
When it comes to cute, this red-cheeked rabbit and little orange carrot are the very definition. Tiny designs are a popular choice when it comes to best friend designs. They’re concealable, inexpensive, quick, and a lot less of a commitment than a larger design, which is perfect for most, as people who tend to get these types of tattoos are often going under the needle for the very first time.
Tiny red hearts
Speaking of popularity, a matching set of hearts—like the one above—are far and away the most popular theme for friendship tattoos as well as couple tattoos. They’re so popular in fact, that I’d say that one set out of every 10 sets of best friend tattoos are hearts of one design or another.
“Even though all people belong to earth, each of us has very personal feeling about it.” Is what the artist had to say about these designs and I couldn’t have put it any better myself so I’m not going to even try.
Okay, this is a set of couple tattoos, but the concept was so interesting that I wanted you to see it. In addition to being perfect best friend tattoos, matching red and white ink fingerprints are a relatively new trend that always fascinates first time viewers.
A lovely pair of finger tats
Everyone loves a trendy pair of finger tattoos. So if you’re looking for something cute and to the point, a pair of matching “love” tattoos in the right font will instantly make you an Instagram celebrity—or at least get you started on the right path.
Wild and safe
There are times that you can’t help but think to yourself “Why didn’t I think of that first?” This is one of those designs that you’ve seen before if you have any sort of internet presence in your life. I’ll keep you wild. I’ll keep you safe.
Matching friendship flowers
I’m not sure which type of flowers these are, but one thing’s for sure, they do make for good photography. Florals are every girl’s fantasy tattoo, and no one does them better than Nando. In other words, if you can’t decide on what design to get, anything floral will do—especially if it happens to be by Korean tattooist Nando.
Simple, yet elegant and beautiful in a way that makes you want to spend your entire life in a bikini. Matching initials work on so many different levels, which is why we commonly see them in a lot of different contexts. And as is true with any script type design, font is everything.