For all the definitions of love in the dictionary, the one that resonates the most is that you can’t explain it in words, it’s something you feel with all your heart, why someone triggers those emotions of selflessness; no one knows. It’s a feeling in your bones, a feeling that makes the world go around and back. For everyone in love, it’s an emotion you feel every second and every minute for 365 days in a year, but somehow 14th February just stands out and cries for you to show how much you love that special someone in your life.
There are ways and there are things that you can do to make someone feel special, but there are some ways to express the love that leaves everyone speechless if that’s the kind of love you want to express and if that’s the intensity of your love, then getting something permanent, something that stays with you just like your partner is a TATTOO.
As the understanding of tattoos and the permanency that comes along with it is better understood by people now, getting one for your partner just makes it that much more special. “People have now started understanding that tattoos are permanent and it’s difficult and painful to get rid of them, therefore, couples now are now preferring symbolism or something meaningful rather than getting each other’s names tattooed. One of our clients got a tattoo of a girl with a whisk in hand which was dedicated to his fiancé who is a baker! Another client got a dumbbell/ weight tattooed because her partner is a gym freak. Another couple who survived a long-distance relationship via phone calls without even getting a chance to meet once, honored their love by getting a connecting tattoo where a boy and girl are talking through a string telephone! It denotes to keep two souls connected no matter how far apart they were because ultimately, they would still be able to find their way back to one another.” explained tattoo artists Vikas and Micky Malani-Co-Founders of BodyCanvas Tattoos.
There are a variety of tattoo styles that are popular these days, people have become creative and are finding different ways of inking their love.
BodyCanvas Tattoos and Devil’z Tattooz have listed down some tattoo trends amongst couples.
Name/Date Tattoos –
One of the tried and tested styles of getting inked and showing how much you love someone is getting their names inked. Most popular example of this was Saif Ali Khan’s tattoo for his lady love, Kareena Kapoor. You can also get special dates tattooed, birthday anniversary, or the first time you met. These are special memories and moments to cherish.
Matching Tattoos –
A lot of people also prefer to find that one common love, the thing that connects them as a tattoo, music notes, objects, hobbies or even anything else symbolic of their love. The reason for the connection.
Connecting Tattoos –
Love is specific to each and the emotion revolving around it as well, some people preferring getting inked based on themes like Lock and Key, one gets the lock and the other gets a key, depicting the key to their lock lies with the other. Another example is the heartbeats tattoo that runs from one to the other and of course, there are so many personal ways to ink your love.
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Minimalistic Tattoos –
A Lot of people like to keep things simple and personal, nothing to elaborate, visible or bold. For such private and subtle people, the minimalistic tattoos are the best options, small tattoos to define the large amount of love you feel.
Fingerprint Tattoos –
Something new and very unique is getting the fingerprint of your partner printed on yourself, it’s like a signature of love inked on you, the ultimate seal of love.
Soundwave Tattoo –
This is the most unique form of inking your love. “Soundwave tattoos is a pretty new technology and it’s really very cool. You can have the messages or sound of your special one and hear it anytime you want! This is more like a coded message which no one else can know, but whenever you feel like hearing their sound you can just scan the tattoo and playback.” says Lokesh Verma – Founder, Devilz Tattooz.
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Pride, LGBT Tattoos –
Love should not be defined by the gender of the partners, thankfully the world is evolving and people are accepting love as an emotion and not defining it by the gender of the partners. “I love that the tattoo industry in India is slowly becoming a safe and inclusive space for people of the LGBTQ community. While I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, I do support the celebration of love between people. It’s especially heart-warming to tattoo gay couples on this day who want to dedicate their tattoos to each other and I’m glad we can make them feel comfortable in the studio. I wish more people and industries would embrace the idea of fluidity. Love comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and forms and deserves a place to thrive. ” said Tattoo artists Shyamli Panda and Amar from Devil’z Tattooz.
So, if you feel your love is forever then getting a tattoo for your love that is bound to last as long as your love and longing. The new age gift of love.